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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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RRSP or TFSA

Both TFSAs and RRSPs can be significant savings vehicles for your clients. We've put together an article to help your clients easily understand the differences between them – with one section focussing on differences in deposits and one focussing on differences in withdrawals. The deposit section focuses on: • How much contribution room is available each year • How carry forward works for TFSAs and RRSPs • Tax deductibility of contributions • Tax treatment of growth The withdrawal section focusses on: • Conversion requirements • Tax treatment of withdrawals • Impact of withdrawals on government benefits • Impact of withdrawals on contribution room

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Coronavirus & Market Uncertainty- What you should do.

Over the last two weeks, the financial market has taken a downturn amidst fears over Coronavirus. Understandably, investors are anxious about their money. If you are concerned with your portfolio, you’re not the only one, however during times of market volatility, it’s important to stay levelheaded to avoid making financial missteps.

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Business Owners: 2019 Tax Planning Tips for the End of the Year

If your corporate year end is December 31st, it’s a great time to review your business finances. With the federal election over and no major business tax changes for this year, 2019 is a good year to make sure you are effectively tax planning. Please keep in mind that your business may be affected by the recent tax on split income (TOSI) and the passive investment income rules given they came into effect in 2018. These rules can be complicated, please don’t hesitate to consult us and your accountant to determine how this can affect your business finances.

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Receiving an Inheritance

Inheriting an unexpected, or even an anticipated, lump sum can fill you with mixed emotions – if your emotional attachment to the individual who has passed away was strong then you are likely to be grieving and the thought of how to handle your new-found wealth can be overwhelming and confusing but also exciting.

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