tax planning

A Little Knowledge Can Make Life Less Taxing

It doesn't take long after receiving your first paycheck to realize that all of your money is not your own. The Canadian government is an active partner in your earnings, and the more money you make, the larger it takes.

A better understanding of taxes and how they apply to you can result in hundreds of dollars of savings back into your pocket each year.

TFSA or RRSP ?

Both TFSAs and RRSPs are excellent savings vehicles for Canadians. Indeed the TFSA has been referred to as the "Totally Fantastic Savings account" by some. However, there are important differences which may help you decide what to prioritize on over the other.

Build Your Wealth Together

The wedding and honeymoon are over and you're settling in to your new life. You've accomplished many goals together over the past year with compromises being made over wedding plans, honeymoon destination, and a million and one other details. As you settle in for a long and fruitful life together, it's an ideal time to discuss your financial goals and map out an effective tax strategy that supports it.

Create an Investment Strategy for Your Tax Savings

Year End Tax Tips

With a few weeks to go before the year-end, you may wish to think about some moves you can take now to save you some taxes for 2016.

Along with the usual advice to do any tax loss selling before December 23rd on any equity investments to offset any capital gains earned in other investments during 2016, there are a few new tax planning strategies that you can take advantage of.

The Big Squeeze!

“Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.” - Frederic Bastiat

By the time that you read this article, it is very likely that the Federal elections will soon be over. When all the back slapping, hand wringing and hyper-analysis is done, the new political regime will be faced with one inescapable challenge.

Life Insurance Tax Rules Changing

Starting in January 2017, the allowable cash value build up under tax rules in life insurance policies will change. The federal government introduced changes in December 2014 that are designed to modernize life insurance exempt testing rules as they have discovered that people are living longer and that their insurance policies will pay out later.

As a result of this new legislation, the affected demographics are middle-class consumers, business owners and wealthier Canadians looking to pre-fund their estate tax bills using cheaper life insurance dollars at death.

Year-End Tax Planning Ideas

The following are some ideas for individuals and business owners to reduce income taxes as 2014 draws to a close.

Individuals should consider doing their RRSP contributions before the RRSP rush in the first 60 days of 2015. You can get better values by buying today than when all the last minute procrastinators rush to buy their RRSPs in the New Year and temporarily push up market values.

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