The latest financial news and accounting tips from KWB.
Year End Tax Tips
Review our year end tax tips to discover a number of perfectly valid actions you may still be able to take before the end of the year to cut your taxes and to optimize your wealth management planning. As tax planning specialists, we can help you decide exactly what to do, when to do it, […]
Principal Residence Exemption
If you have sold your home and it is your principal residence then you should be able to use the principal residence exemption to reduce or eliminate any capital gain for income tax purposes on the sale of the property. CRA states that a principal residence can be a house, cottage, condominium, apartment, trailer, mobile […]
The Enlightened Investor-Retirement Income
Eventually investors move from the “saving-years” to the “drawing-years”, when they want to start drawing retirement income from their portfolios. This can be confusing. For many the natural inclination is to liquidate their diversified portfolio in favor of income-producing stocks or bonds. However, the idea that retired individuals should load up on dividend-paying common shares […]
Structuring the legal ownership of your home
What’s the best strategy for structuring the legal ownership of your home? The answer is…it depends. Are you asking for tax planning purposes or for estate planning purposes? Often you may be advised that it’s important for you to have the title of your home shared with somebody else so that if something were to […]
Capital Dividend Account
The capital dividend account (CDA) is used to track the amounts that can be paid out to shareholders, tax free. How is the capital dividend account balance calculated? Capital gains and losses – The balance increases by 50% of any capital gains your company incurs, and decreases by 50% of any capital losses your company […]
Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)
With summer over and the kids back at school, many are looking at accessing their RESPs to cover the costs of post-secondary education. Here are some things to consider.
Estate Planning Gifting Strategy
An estate planning gifting strategy is basically when you start to give away some of your assets prior to death in order to optimize taxes within the family. Usually, an estate planning gifting strategy refers to how we will distribute our assets when we die. But you might be overlooking significant tax savings by not considering […]
The Enlightened Investor:Calculating the Cost Base of a Security Held in Multiple Taxable Accounts
Congratulations! You just sold and realized a profit on that promising investment (stock, mutual fund, ETF etc.). When you’re done planning how to spend your windfall you might also consider how much tax you owe on that gain. Unless the sale occurred within a non-taxable RSP or TSFA. Normally, this is fairly straightforward. You subtract […]
The Enlightened Investor: What is meant by “market return”?
The investment industry and media often refer to the “market” and the “market return”. Or that the market was up or down on the day and that a portfolio manager’s return outperformed or underperformed the market return. So what exactly do they mean and how does it relate to you? The market generally refers to […]
Change in use of property from capital to inventory or vice versa.
There are no immediate repercussions for the change in business use of property from capital to inventory. The differences arise upon sale of the real estate. There is no provision in the Income Tax Act which describes the circumstances in which gains from the sale of real estate are to be determined as being either […]
The Enlightened Investor: A Diversified Portfolio vs. a Collection of Investments – “Recovery Returns”
Do you want a portfolio that’s vulnerable to wild swings in value? Likely not. In fact less volatile portfolios are both easier on the stomach and they help you achieve better long-term returns. For example, a portfolio that declines 10% this year requires an increase of 12% next year to recover its losses. If your portfolio […]
2013 Federal Budget
On March 21, 2013 the federal budget was released. Read about the 4 items in the budget that we think are most likely to affect you.