Year-end tax and investment planning tips

They could save you a bundle

Even though most of us are preoccupied with other things at this time of year, there is a handful of year-end investment and tax tips that make a lot of sense to look at now. That’s because they could save you money now and next April, when it’s time to pay your taxes.

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How to cut the cottage-sale tax bill

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The ABCs of the ACB

Thinking of selling your cottage, cabin, or recreational property? Unless it’s truly your principal residence, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will want its share of any capital gain you make on the sale. It calculates the capital gain as the proceeds of the sale minus the cost of selling and the adjusted cost base (ACB). Here’s where you can find ways to cut the tax take. But a note of caution: The CRA are fully aware of ACB games people play with cottage sales, so ensure that all the components of the ACB are documented and are all bona fide. READ MORE

Which investment expenses are deductible in 2017?

Not everything is, so make sure you claim the correct ones

With year-end rapidly approaching, many investors have been going through their financial statements and slips to see what kind of investment or investment-related expenses they’ve paid through the year, and which ones might be deductible on their personal tax returns. The bad news is that the types of expenses you can deduct are limited. The good news is that they’re typically the biggest ones, so be sure to claim them to get the maximum tax benefit. Here’s a summary of the do’s and don’ts of investment expense deductions. READ MORE

Year-end tax tips

Act before Dec. 31 to get these tax benefits for 2017

The holiday season is fast approaching. And with the lights and festivities, investors and taxpayers will also have visions of year-end tax planning dancing in their heads. Well, maybe not, but there are certainly plenty of year-end tax-planning ideas you might want to consider that could save you big tax bucks come next April. Here’s a summary: READ MORE

Just a few days left for these year-end tax tips

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Don’t delay! They could save you a bundle

Even though most of us are preoccupied with other things at this time of year, there is a handful of year-end investment and tax tips that make a lot of sense to look at now. That’s because they could save you money now and next April, when it’s time to pay your taxes. READ MORE

Don’t extend credit to the CRA!

Why your tax refund may be a planning mistake

When you get a tax refund, it would be nice to think the government is “giving” you something. But that’s not the case. A large tax refund simply means you’ve paid too much tax through the year. You’re just getting your own money back. If you get a large refund regularly, it’s a sign you need to tighten up your tax planning. The government is happy about it, because it’s had the use of that extra money interest free, while you haven’t. That money could have been earning a decent investment return instead of sitting in the government’s general revenue slush fund. READ MORE

How to get year-end TFSA information from the CRA

It’s available, but forget about calling

Still looking to contribute to a Tax-Free Savings Account before the end of the year? If you’re not sure how much contribution room you have available for this year, you’ll have to do some digging. Unlike RRSP contribution room, that information is not shown on your annual Notice of Assessment. But getting that and other information on registered accounts and on your tax status in general isn’t easy. Here’s a primer on contacting the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). READ MORE

Year-end personal planning tips

Time’s running out for these 4 financial strategies

It’s already getting rather late in the year to set up financial strategies that will have a tax-saving or other impact for 2015. However, there are a number of items you can attend to before the year is out, including deductible payments, tax-loss selling, portfolio rebalancing, and RRSP maturity options. Here’s what you need to do. READ MORE

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