Précis: In a complex land transaction with the Province of Nova Scotia the taxpayer claimed to have paid $2.24 million by way of set off to cancel a ground lease with the Province under which its wholly-owned subsidiary, Founders Square Limited (“FSL”), was the tenant. FSL acted as a bare trustee for the taxpayer and the taxpayer claimed to deduct the payment made by FSL as a business expense. CRA denied the deduction as being on account of capital, or alternatively, a non-deductible pre-payment of rent. The Tax Court held that the payment was on account of capital and dismissed the appeal with costs to CRA. The taxpayer appealed to the Federal Court of Appeal which affirmed the decision of the Tax Court with costs to the Crown.
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