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How real estate is taxed during a separation or divorceAsk MoneySense
What happens if a married couple separates, and they own a family house and a cottage. The separation is amicable and the couple would like to split the assets, with the family house going to the wife and cottage going to the husband. Would that trigger any taxes?

—Peter

Separation can be difficult for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is figuring out the finances. There are tax implications, Peter, for both individuals to consider.

How an asset transfer between spouses is taxed

First off, a transfer of assets between spouses is by default done on a tax-deferred basis at the original purchase price. So, whether the properties are held individually or jointly, either person can transfer their share of the ownership of a house and/or cottage to the other spouse without triggering an immediate tax implication.

They can elect for the transfer to occur at any value between the adjusted cost base and the fair market value. We will come back to this point…

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TD Bank stock: Steer clear or buy the dip?TD Bank is making headlines for the wrong reasons and creating a potential buying opportunity for investors in the process.

Here’s what I know about TD Bank’s anti-money laundering troubles so far. Canada’s second-largest bank was loose in implementing the required checks and balances. It was so loose that Canadian regulator Fintrac issued TD a fine of $9.2 million—not much of a penalty for one of North America’s largest financial institutions. TD has already paid this fine. 

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