IPPs and Group RRSPs offer flexible pension options

Plans to keep both bosses and workers happy

There are flexible alternatives to conventional pension plans for both employers and employees. For employers, offering a Group Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) as a benefit can be more attractive to potential employees than a registered pension plan. And for business owners, executives, and professionals, an Individual Pension Plan (IPP) can offer enhanced retirement savings over and above an RRSP. READ MORE

Planning for baby

A little financial know-how goes a long way

With a new baby on the way, parents-to-be often find the transition from a free-and-easy twosome to responsible threesome something of a challenge, especially when it comes to personal finances. Luckily, there are some tried-and-true rules to ease the financial transition. So here’s a quick look at some financial essentials for bringing up baby. READ MORE

Side hustle do’s and don’ts

Don’t forget: It’s a business

A side hustle can be a good way to bring in some extra pocket money over and above your full-time job. But don’t forget: It’s a business. That means accounting, invoices, receipts, and taxes. Here’s a look at what’s involved in creating a business on the side. Handle it right, and it could become your full-time hustle. READ MORE

Cottage tax traps

Getting away from it all with the CRA

Cottages and cabins in the woods or by the lake are an iconic Canadian getaway. Most owners of recreational property happily deal with maintenance issues for the chance of that glorious sunset, water-skiing, or a dip in the lake. What they don’t count on is that silent partner, waiting to take their cut when it comes time to sell or transfer the place to their kids. Here’s what you need to know. READ MORE

Three financial guidelines for new grads

You’re in charge – make the most of it!

After the ceremonies and speeches and mortarboard tossing, fresh new grads from colleges and universities have to leave their structured and sheltered life and start fending for themselves in the real world, many perhaps for the first time. It can be a slightly scary prospect, especially if you have to make your own way financially. But if you start with a few foundational personal financial principles, that path can be a lot smoother. READ MORE

When the CRA comes calling

Refunds and reassessments

Around this time of the year, most taxpayers who filed a tax return in April will be receiving a Notice of Assessment, perhaps with a refund cheque, or what’s worse, a Notice of Reassessment, often with a demand for more tax payment. It’s important to deal with these issues, because each can have an impact on your tax planning for the year. READ MORE

Making retirement income last

Managing income streams tax efficiently

Many people on the cusp of retirement are wondering whether they’ll outlive their retirement nest egg. Even those with hefty savings tucked away in Registered Retirement Savings Plans and Tax-Free Savings Accounts have expressed their concerns to me about becoming destitute in advanced old age and have thus decided to delay CPP and OAS payments while putting off RRSP maturity until the very last possible day of the year in which they turn 71. Is this really necessary? When should you turn on the retirement income taps, and how long will your money really last? READ MORE

What to do with the kids in the basement

The failure-to-launch syndrome

More than one in three Canadians aged 20 to 34 are living with their parents according to the most recent census results from Statistics Canada. Worse yet, parents are still financially supporting them. That can lead to a series of problems, including threatening parents’ retirement nest eggs. READ MORE

Be sure to claim all your credits and deductions

Don’t leave money on the table

Are you taking all the tax deductions and tax credits you’re entitled to? If you’re a do-it-yourself-type, you may be missing out on some lucrative tax savings because you’re not claiming everything you should, even if you’re using top-quality tax-preparation software. READ MORE

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