Tax Court of Canada


Worker was double-dipping with employer’s consent

Appeal by worker from determination by Minister that worker was not engaged in insurable employment. Worker was employed by corporation wholly owned by his brother. Minister determined that worker was not engaged in insurable employment on basis that he was related to his employer and terms and conditions of his employment were not substantially similar to arm’s length terms. Appeal dismissed. In essence, worker was double-dipping with employer’s consent, which was not indicative of arm’s length dealing. Evidence was lacking in detail regarding amount of time worker spent on various duties, which was crucial here as some duties, such as deliveries, were typically lower-paying than sales representative’s job. Minister also raised various other facts that supported determination, including that large pay raise and large salary advance would not be given at beginning of employment in arm’s length relationship.

Zhang v. Minister of National Revenue (Feb. 20, 2013, T.C.C. [Employment Insurance], J.M. Woods J., File No. 2012-2508(EI)) 225 A.C.W.S. (3d) 865.

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