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

Oops! The CRA wants more – now what do you do?

You can fight with a Notice of Objection

Taxpayers start getting tax refunds from the Canada Revenue Agency in April and May. That may be a cause for celebration. But if you get a Notice of Re-assessment, it can contain a nasty surprise, complete with demands for more tax payments along with penalties and interest to boot. But if you think you’re in the right, there is a way to appeal that Notice. READ MORE

Don’t overlook these deductions and credits!

They could help cut your tax bill

Tax-filing season is here, and the deadline for filing your tax return is April 30. There are in fact some 94 personal tax deductions and credits available. Not all apply to everyone. And many are often overlooked, even if they do apply. Here’s a rundown of the most commonly missed credits and deductions. Consult with your tax preparer to see if they apply to you. 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

School’s in session: time to break open the RESP

How RESPs pay out for post-secondary expenses

If you have kids going off to college or university this fall, you’ll be tapping into any savings you’ve made through a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). But those payments aren’t treated like a bank account. There are plenty of rules about how they’re administered. READ MORE

Fading sunsets: selling a cottage can be a taxing problem

Unless it’s a principal residence, you’ll pay tax on any gain in value

If the likes of Steven Spielberg, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Tom Hanks, and Bill Murray have been spotted vacationing at summer homes in the exclusive Muskoka lakes region of Ontario, there really must be something to the whole cottaging experience. And judging from recent price trends, demand for prime waterfront properties is as strong as it ever was. Owning a recreational property is almost iconic in Canada. But what do you do if you own a cottage now and want to sell to a willing A-list buyer? Right now, there’s plenty of incentive to cash in. What pitfalls should you watch for? 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

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