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5 Ways to Avoid Capital Gains Tax

Capital Gains tax occurs when you sell capital property for more than you paid for it. In Canada, you are only taxed on 50% of your capital gain. For example, if you bought an investment for $25,000 and sold it for $75,000 you would have a capital gain of $50,000.   You would then be taxed on 50% of the gain. In this instance, you would pay tax on $25,000.   In Canada, there are some legitimate ways to avoid paying this tax:  Tax shelters, Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption, Capital Losses, Deferring, and Charitable Giving.

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How To Protect Your Assets Against Inflation

Ever feel like your money is not going as far as it used to?   Do not worry, you are not imagining it.  You can blame inflation.   Inflation is the rising price of goods and services over time.  This rise impacts your purchasing power. Though it can be discouraging to think that inflation is eating away at the value of your assets, economists consider a small amount of inflation indicative of a healthy economy.  Inflation encourages consumer spending and corporate productivity.

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Converting an RRSP to a RRIF 2021

If you are nearing retirement, you may be starting to think about creating retirement income for yourself from your RRSPs.  Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) are considered accumulation vehicles.   This means they are used to save for your retirement in a tax efficient way.  When the time comes to start using your hard-earned savings to fund your retirement, you may want to consider moving them to a payout vehicle called a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF). 

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What Happens If You Overcontribute to Your TFSA?

The amount deposited into a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) is subject to a yearly contribution limit. For 2020, and again in 2021, the annual limit has been set at $6,000. As of 2021 the lifetime maximum contribution has grown to $75,500.
If an over-contribution is made Canada Revenue Agency will levy penalties.

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What to Consider When Drawing Down Your RRSP

If you have been a good saver and contributed religiously to your RRSP, you should be rewarded with a sizeable six or seven figure RRSP that would make your retirement that much more enjoyable. The only issue now is – how do you get the money out of the RRSP without paying more tax than you should? Typically, it is advised that investors leave their RRSPs alone for as long as possible to take advantage of the tax-free growth. While this can be true for many people, it is important to crunch the numbers before you retire to make sure this makes the most sense for your unique retirement situation. Many retirees, especially those with a high net worth, may find there could be a more efficient way to withdraw retirement income.

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TFSA or RRSP? Take your pick 2021 Update

Whether you should invest in a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) or a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is a question that affects almost every investor. For most, the answer is “a bit of both.”
If you have a looming short or medium-term need (under five years), the untaxed TFSA withdrawals are likely the right choice. For longer term retirement needs, you’ll want to invest in an RRSP.

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Essential Tax Numbers for 2019, 2020 and 2021

With a new year comes new tax numbers! Below is a quick reference of important tax numbers for three years, including 2021. CRA has utilized a 1% indexing (inflation) for those numbers subject to that condition.

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The Saving Versus Mortgage Dilemma: How to Best Utilize

Investors often are conflicted on what to do with surplus cash. Your options for available cash usually fall into three categories:  spending it, investing it, …

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Creating and Maintaining an Estate Plan

While uncomfortable to think about, effectively planning ahead for when you are no longer here can save your loved ones a great deal of time, money, and emotional hardship. Estate planning can be complicated, but there are some basic “must-do’s” that should be regularly updated and reviewed. Below is a simple checklist for making sure your estate plan is up to date.

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What to Know Before Taking Advantage of the Current Interest Rates

Current economic conditions have interest rates the lowest they have been in years. Central banks lower rates in time of economic downturn to stimulate the economy. This can make borrowing money seem very appealing. It is important to keep in mind when borrowing that interest rates will not stay low forever. Canadians need to prepare for an eventual period of rising rates, as it will impact mortgages, lines of credit, student loans, savings accounts, and investments. A survey conducted by IPSO in 2016 indicated that 48% of Canadians are just $200 away from not being able to meet their financial obligations. With the current low rate environment being as appealing to consumers as it is, it is possible to take on debt that may become a strain once interest rates rise again…whenever that may be.

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