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As patriotic people, Canadians understand that tax is a necessary function of government. We believe in paying our fair share, but don't want to pay more than we have to. Tax considerations form a major part of the work we do for our clients. As with all tax-related decisions, always discuss strategies with your accountant.

Investing and Taxes: Tax Smart Strategies

When you invest, there are three traditional ways to make money: Interest Income, Dividends and Capital Gains. Each of these also has specific tax treatment, which can impact your investment return and your tax bill throughout your life.

Depending on where you hold these investments (Tax-free Savings Account, Registered Retirement Savings Plan, etc.), the tax can impact you in different ways. We have developed a system to use existing tax rules and your feelings toward risk to create a tax-efficient investment mix which will help to deal with taxes now and later in life. We call these concepts Tax Smart Strategies.

Corporations and Taxes

Understanding the opportunities and pitfalls of investing inside of your private corporation can be very difficult. The ongoing tax changes established by the Federal and Provincial government has made tax a major consideration for corporations. For an example, the tax rate on passive income in the province of Alberta is approaching 50% when investing inside of corporations. With every interest dollar that you earn inside of your corporation, you lose over 50 cents to the various governments. This is a serious concern when doing tax planning.

Taxes at Death

The biggest tax bill you may ever pay could be your final tax return. It is a priority for some clients to ensure that they reduce the taxes that their estate will pay, and we work with them to ensure we are doing all we can to make that happen.

In general, you need to do a lot of proactive planning to ensure that your taxes are minimized at death. This can mean rearranging asset mixes, using insurance, and gifting assets before death. We have developed a process for making the most of your assets now and reducing the taxes owing on your final tax return.

Ensuring that you and your family receive the most after-tax return on your investments should be a priority. Our understanding of various regulations and investment classes can help ensure that your family makes the most of your net worth when it comes to taxes.

If you are concerned about the taxes you are paying on your investments each year, please give us a call at our office to set up an appointment. You can reach us at (403) 220-9808 or by sending us an email.