KWB Blog

The latest financial news and accounting tips from KWB.

Dec 3 2019
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, […]

Jul 9 2019
Electing out of CPP payments

Did you know that if you are receiving CPP benefits, are still working and are between the ages of 65 and 70, you can elect to stop making CPP contributions. Contributing to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is mandatory for working Canadians between the ages of 18 and 64, but optional after age 65. This […]

Jun 4 2019
CPP Rate

Beginning in 2019, the CPP rate will be gradually enhanced. This means you will receive higher benefits in exchange for making higher contributions. The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) enhancement will be rolled out in two phases. The 2018 CPP rate was 4.95% of your salary to a maximum yearly CPP contribution of $2,564.10.  Your employer […]

May 7 2019
Spousal Loan – Tax Savings Opportunity

If you are in a much higher income tax bracket then your spouse and have investments outside of an RRSP or TFSA then a spousal loan could reduce your taxes. Money that is earned directly by you through employment or investing is considered yours and can’t just be given to your spouse to invest.  That […]

Mar 12 2019
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 […]

Feb 26 2019
Retirement Planning Alternatives

We have all been told to plan for our retirement.  Yet, have you ever wondered why you need to consider the different retirement planning alternatives? Perhaps you have a plan, most people do, but is it the right plan? In the following example, it is clear how advanced planning can make a huge difference for you and […]

Feb 5 2019
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 […]

Jan 8 2019
US Tax Filing

Are you a US citizen? Do you spend more than 120 days per year in the US? If so you may be required to file a US personal tax return.

Oct 23 2018
The Secret to Fitting a Healthy Lifestyle into your Busy World-Part 2

Part 2 of an article on Healthy Lifestyles. See Part 1 posted on October 16th. Strategic Step #2: Automate & Re-Engineer Your Environment We are creatures of habit. Did you know that on a typical day you make about 300 decisions about nutrition? Most of them are done unconsciously and can often lead to poor […]

Jun 26 2018
TFSA

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to save more money, then the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) may be a good option for you to use. Learn more about the TFSA rules and limits.

Jun 12 2018
Resident or Non-resident in Canada

Under the Canadian income tax system, an individual’s liability for income tax is based on his or her status as a resident or a non-resident of Canada. An individual who is resident in Canada during a tax year is subject to Canadian income tax on his or her worldwide income from all sources. Generally, a […]

Dec 19 2017
When to Apply for CPP Benefits

The amount of CPP benefits that you are eligible to receive depends on how long you earned employment income, and how much you earned in those years. You can visit the My Service Canada website to see how much you have paid in to CPP over your working years. This information is used to calculate […]

Nov 29 2016
OAS Benefits

What is the value of deferring my OAS benefits, sometimes also called OAS pension, to a future year? There are several reasons why you might want to defer your OAS benefits, such as: 1)     Based on current and future sources of income you may be able to keep thousands more. 2)     You’re planning to work past 65 […]

Oct 6 2015
Deciding when it’s time to start taking your CPP retirement benefits

You can start receiving CPP pension benefits when you reach age 65 (the month after your 65th birthday) which will entitle you to a full CPP benefit depending on how much and how long you have contributed to the CPP. However, you have the following choices: Take a reduced CPP retirement pension as early as […]

Sep 29 2015
The Enlightened Investor – Moving Small LIRA’s to Your RSP

When you have a job transition, you may transfer your pension plan savings to a locked-in-retirement account (LIRA). LIRA’s are similar to Retirement Savings Plans (RSP’s) but with more restrictions. Adding another investment account will also add extra administration to managing your retirement savings. Alberta pension legislation allows people age 50 or older to transfer […]

Jun 23 2015
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 […]

Apr 15 2015
What will interest rates do in 2015

When it comes to interest rates here in Canada and around the world, the only thing we know is that we don’t know. For the past 4 years economists around the world have expected interest rates to increase and not go lower. What we do know is that Stephen Poloz, the Governor of the Bank […]

Mar 26 2015
The Enlightened Investor: Is Your Portfolio Leaking Tax?

It may be obvious to state that an investor only keeps the after-tax return. It is less obvious how to minimize the tax leakage from your portfolio. A good starting point is to identify the two primary causes of tax; portfolio turnover and an inefficient portfolio structure. Taxes resulting from portfolio turnover can cost you […]