This document has been updated on October 24th, 2017 and reflects the state of the Law, including draft amendments, at that date.


Distribution of Property

The legal representative should obtain a clearance certificate or authorization before distributing the property. These certificates attest to the fact that the deceased’s tax debts have been paid or the tax authorities have accepted security therefor.

If the legal representative distributes the property without having obtained these certificates (except for an amount of $12,000 that can be distributed without a certificate in Quebec), he/she becomes personally liable for the payment of the taxes, interest, penalties and costs pursuant to a tax law, or that could become payable within the following 12 months, up to the value of the distributed property.