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Tax Treatment of Warrants and Rights to Purchase Additional Shares
Income Tax Act s. 15(1), s. 49
This information is regarding warrants or rights (options) which are received outside of RRSPs or other registered accounts.
When a corporation grants, to existing owners of its common shares, rights to acquire additional shares of the corporation, in the form of a warrant or option, the following tax consequences result:
The amount of the benefit under s. 15(1) is normally the greater of:
If the rights expire without being exercised, the holder of the option is considered to have disposed of the option for no proceeds of disposition. This results in a loss equal to the cost basis of the rights.
If the rights are exercised to purchase shares, the cost basis of the shares acquired will be equal to:
If the rights are sold without being exercised, there will be a gain in the amount of:
Capital or Income?
For most taxpayers, the gain or loss will be a capital gain or loss, 50% of which is subject to tax. See the article Capital or Income? as to whether the gain is taxable as a capital gain or an income gain.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Resources
IT116R3 Rights to Buy Additional Shares (Archived)
Revised: May 26, 2022
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