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What is a Shareholder Loan?

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Last updated: May. 3, 2023 
As Canadian interest rates continue to soar, the idea of taking out a loan from your corporation at no or low interest may be increasingly appealing. But, before you start using a shareholder loan account, it’s important that you understand the associated tax impact and implications. While shareholder loans may initially … Read more

Should I use an RRSP or TFSA as a business owner?

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Last updated: May. 3, 2023 
If you’re self-employed or a small business owner, saving for retirement comes with its own set of challenges: You don’t have access to an employer-funded savings plan You’re putting as much of your own money into the business as possible You’re so focused on growth that saving for retirement gets … Read more

What’s CRA’s Position on Family Gifts?

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Last updated: May. 3, 2023  Large gifts of money and property will get CRA’s attention. Follow these tips to limit the tax burden for giver and receiver. Gifts of property among family members are common and can be very welcome for the recipient and satisfying for the giver. Although Canada has no gift tax, in … Read more

How to use income splitting to reduce your tax bill

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Last updated: May. 3, 2023  What is income splitting? Income splitting is the strategy of redistributing income within a family—usually from a spouse in a higher tax bracket to a spouse in a lower tax bracket—to reduce a family’s overall tax bill. In general, income splitting works best when one spouse earns significantly more income … Read more

Why farm succession planning is so important

Last updated: Apr. 18, 2023  According to Statistics Canada, the value of equity in Canada’s farm sector totaled $627.6 billion at the end of 2021. In the same year, the value of total assets rose by 9.5% to $749.8 billion The only growing age group in the farm population was operators aged 55 and over. The average … Read more

How to find the industry code for your tax return

Last updated: Feb. 28, 2023  If you’re self-employed, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) needs you to take an extra step when it comes to filling out your business income tax return. In addition to declaring your income and completing the T2125 (which is used to report your business and professional income and expenses), you also … Read more

Converting an RRSP to an RRIF

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Last updated: Nov. 25, 2022  You’ve been saving money for years in your registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) and now it’s time to cash in. You could take out all the money at once if you wanted, but it’s a better idea to convert the RRSP to a registered retirement investment fund (RRIF). The RRIF … Read more

What is the TFSA Limit for 2023?

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Last updated: Nov. 24, 2022  It’s official. The federal government has increased the 2023 Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) contribution limit to $6,500. This is up from the 2022 annual TFSA contribution limit of $6,000 and represents the first TFSA limit increase since 2019. It also means that starting on January 1, 2023, eligible Canadians … Read more

2022 Canadian Corporate Tax Rates and Deadlines

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Last updated: Oct. 6, 2022  Everything you need to know about 2022 Canadian corporate tax rates and deadlines As we wind down another challenging year of dealing with pandemic fall out and now, historic inflation, the last thing you want to think about is taxes. However, with profit margins tighter than ever, this is exactly … Read more