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Most people think that tax planning is done in December, and some even go as far as planning in the following February after the tax year, and all they can do at that point is to put some money into their RRSPs. The key to successful tax planning is starting as early in the year as possible. Starting early in the year with your tax planning means you are able to accurately anticipate any or all tax consequences of your planned transactions for the year. It is important to have a tax plan in place before committing to any large transactions,...
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The Department of Finance has published details of its simplified measures to address income sprinkling. These proposed measures will take effect in 2018 and subsequent tax years. The simplified measures will clarify the process of determining whether a family member is significantly involved in a business, and is therefore excluded from potentially being taxed at the highest marginal rate. The proposed measures include tests to automatically exclude individual members of a business owner’s family who fall into any of the following categories: • The business owner’s spouse, provided that the owner meaningfully contributed to the business and is aged 65 or...
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We came across a very interesting article from Globe & Mail entitled: “How Ottawa’s so-called fair tax proposals could mean a tax rate of 90% for some businesses.” What an outrageous claim, right? Well, as we read the article, the claim turns out to be backed by a publication written by a group made up of a well-respected lawyer, Michael Goldberg of the firm Minden Gross and 2 members of the accounting profession, Mac Killoran and Jay Goodis. The article, written by Tim Cestnick, summarized the paper published by Minden Gross and explained it in a way that everyone can understand....
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Over the course of the public consultation period ending last October 2nd, the Department of Finance has received over 21,000 submissions.  And Financial post writer, Jamie Golombek, put it bluntly: "it would take a full-time staffer at the Department of Finance, spending a mere ten minutes reviewing each submission (and many of them are 50 pages or more!) 465 workdays to get through them all." That is an awful lot of time to be waiting for what the government will be doing next with regards to their proposed tax changes to address tax planning strategies used by private corporations.    And...
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