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Estate Freeze

No business owner likes to think about handing over their business they've built from the ground up. But the fact of the matter is, you will have to do it eventually. Even more concerning, what if you were to become ill or incapacitated? Making a decision of this magnitude during trying times would not be ideal. For the business owner, an estate freeze can be an integral part of your estate planning strategy. The purpose of an estate freeze is to lock-in (freeze) the value of the business, freeing the successor from the tax liability that may arise should the business' value increase.

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2022 Federal Budget Highlights

On April 7, 2022, the Federal Government released their 2022 budget. We have broken down the highlights of the financial measures in this budget into the following different sections: Housing Alternative minimum tax Dental care Small businesses Tradespeople Canada Growth Fund Climate Bank and insurer taxes

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2021 Income Tax Year Tips

It’ll be time to file your 2021 taxes soon, and you must take advantage of every tax credit and deduction that you can. Our article includes information on a variety of subjects you need to know about, including what to do if you’ve had to repay COVID-19 benefits, how to plan ahead if you’re self-employed or retiring soon, and what you need to know if you have a home office or employer-provided benefits.

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Do you need an estate plan?

Managing your finances raises a number of topics but none as tricky and potentially unpleasant as planning for your family and finances in the event that you pass away or become incapacitated. Understandably, these questions are often ignored by many—but don’t fall into the trap of avoiding these difficult matters. Good estate planning will help to make sure that your wishes are carried out, and your family and assets are well protected.

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2022 British Columbia Budget Highlights

On February 22, 2022, the B.C. Minister of Finance announced the 2022 budget. We have highlighted the most important financial measures you need to know, with an emphasis on: • Supporting sustainable economic development • Offering stronger healthcare • Expanding child care options and lowering fees • Supporting capital infrastructure • Providing funding for affordable housing • Promoting clean transportation Budget 2022 includes no changes to personal or corporate tax rates.

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TFSA versus RRSP – What you need to know to make the most of them in 2022

TFSAs and RRSPs can be significant savings vehicles. To help you understand their differences, we have put together this article to compare: - TFSA versus RRSP - Differences in deposits - TFSA versus RRSP - Differences in withdrawals Understanding the differences between these two types of tax-advantaged accounts can help you better plan for future purchases and your eventual retirement.

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2022 Financial Calendar

Looking for an "at a glance" document covering all the important dates you need to know to stay on track with your financial planning in 2022? Our 2022 financial calendar (which you can easily bookmark or print out) makes sure you're always in the loop! It lists important dates, including: • Payments dates for the Canada Child Benefit, CPP, OAS, and the GST/HST credit. • When TFSA contribution room starts again. • Tax filing deadlines. • Charitable contribution deadlines and the last day to contribute to registered investment accounts. • When the Bank of Canada interest rate announcements are.

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2021 Year-End Tax Tips for Business Owners

We’re approaching the end of the year, so it’s time to review your business finances. We’ve put together an article highlighting the most critical tax-planning tips you need to know as a business owner. We’ve focused on: • How to determine the right salary and dividend mix. • The best ways to handle compensation. • How to make sure you can take advantage of the small business deduction. • What you need to know about depreciable assets and charitable donations. • How to make the most of Covid-19 relief programs.

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Are you on the right track with your investments?

Are you wondering if you’re on the right track with your investments? If you have concerns about whether or not you’re on the right track, our article has four great questions to help you decide: • What are your investment goals? • What is your risk tolerance? • What kind of income will you need during retirement? • Are your investments tax-efficient? Knowing the answer to these four questions can help you determine if you’re on the right track. A properly allocated portfolio can help ensure you are not unduly affected by equity volatility, fluctuating interest rates, or high rates of income tax.

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Six Steps to Retirement Success

Wondering what the key to a fulfilling retirement is? It’s making the most of everything you have – your free time, your health, and all the money you’ve worked so hard to save! It takes good planning to make the most of your retirement, though. We’ve got six steps you must take to ensure you have a steady stream of income during your retirement years. We’ll explain why you need to take all of these steps – from organizing your assets to estate planning – to make the most of your retirement years.

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Does Cashing Out Your Pension Make Financial Sense?

If you've left a job or will be retiring soon, you may have the option to cash out your pension and put your pension's commuted value into a LIRA or an RRSP. Getting a lump sum will provide you with some investment opportunities, but it also comes with the risk that you'll be tempted to overspend early in your retirement. To help you make this decision, it's essential to be aware of critical factors – such as when your pension will start and what kind of income you may be able to earn if you take a lump sum.

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Why Should I Review My Life Insurance?

It’s great that you’ve taken the critical step of buying life insurance. But have you reviewed it recently to make sure that your policy is still suitable for you? It’s important to review your life insurance policy annually to check that it is up-to-date and see if you require any additional coverage.

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