Thank you for the question.
The transition of a business from one generation to the next is something that's very near and dear to our hearts at MNP, because we deal with owner-managed businesses quite frequently. This is one of the things they struggle with all the time. How do they transfer the business to the next generation?
In our brief, we have given the example of Marc and Tracy and their bakery. They're trying to transfer this business, which is worth $2.7 million, to their daughter. A lot of unwary people in this situation are going to walk into a tax bill for mom and dad and another tax bill for the daughter. There's going to be double tax on that transition. On a business worth $2.7 million, they could be paying $1.8 million in tax, at Ontario rates, which is very punitive. If they sell to a large consolidator, they are going to have a tax bill of under 10%, because they can get their capital gains exemption, and it could be funded with corporate dollars.
We have been advocating and asking for quite some time for the ability to put intergenerational transfers on an even footing with arm's-length, third party transfers. It is not fair that within a business, we cannot transfer to the next generation without a very punitive tax rate. The very best we can do, with proper planning, is get it to about a 27% tax rate, but that still leaves a lot less money in mom's and dad's hands for retirement than if they had sold to the arm's-length party.
We do know that the government is looking at this, and we applaud that. We think this is very important. It's important to get it right. We don't want to see a situation where we have such stringent, severe requirements that we can't get any businesses to meet the requirements.
We want to make sure that this is flexible enough that businesses can transition to the next generation in an effective manner. It helps keep businesses private, grow the middle class and make jobs for working-class Canadians.
Do you have anything to add to that?