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Retirement Planning for Business Owners

    Retirement planning can be a complex process for us all, but if you are the owner of a small business it may can get even more complicated, due to the various factors and circumstances that you have to take into consideration. A common mistake made by small business owners is reinvesting extra money to grow their business, at the expense of putting it aside to save for their retirement.

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    Estate Planning for Business Owners

      Writing an estate plan is important if you own personal assets but is all the more crucial if you also own your own business. This is due to the additional business complexities that need to be addressed, including tax issues, business succession and how to handle bigger and more complex estates. Seeking professional help from an accountant, lawyer or financial advisor is an effective way of dealing with such complexities.

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      Do you REALLY need life insurance?

        You most likely do, but the more important question is, ‘What kind?’ Whether you’re a young professional starting out, a devoted parent or a successful CEO, securing a life insurance policy is probably one of the most important decisions you will have to make in your adult life. Most people would agree that having financial safety nets in place is a good way to make sure that your loved ones will be taken care of when you pass away. Insurance can also help support your financial obligations and even take care of your estate liabilities.

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        How to Make the Best of Inheritance Planning

          How to Make the Best of Inheritance Planning Inheriting an unexpected, or even an anticipated, lump sum can fill you with mixed emotions – if your emotional attachment to the individual who has passed away was strong then you are likely to be grieving and the thought of how to handle your new-found wealth can

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          Getting the best from a financial advisor

            Working with a professional to help you to make sense of your finances can be a wise move, but for this relationship to work effectively it is important that you understand what to expect from your financial advisor. What can your financial advisor help you with? Defining your financial goals and creating a step by

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            2018 Federal Budget Highlights for Families

              Several key changes relating to personal financial arrangements are covered in the Canadian government’s 2018 federal budget, which could affect the finances of you and your family. Below are some of the most significant changes to be aware of: Parental Leave The government is creating a new five-week “use-it-or-lose-it” incentive for new fathers to take

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              2018 Federal Budget Highlights for Business

                The government’s 2018 federal budget focuses on a number of tax tightening measures for business owners. It introduces a new regime for holding passive investments inside a Canadian Controlled Private Corporation (CCPC). (Previously proposed in July 2017.)  Here are the highlights: Small Business Tax Rate Reduction Confirmed Lower small business tax rate from 10% (from

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                BC Budget Highlights 2018

                  BC Finance Minister Carole James delivered the province’s 2018 budget update on February 20, 2018. The budget anticipates a surplus of $219 million for the current year, $281 million for 2019 and $284 million in 2020. Corporate and personal tax rates remain unchanged. The biggest changes are: Elimination of Medical Services Plan (MSP Premiums) effective

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                  Comparing TFSAs and RRSPs

                    If you are seeking ways to save in the most tax-efficient manner available, TFSAs and RRSPs can both be effective options for you to achieve your savings goals more quickly. However, each plan does have distinct differences and advantages / disadvantages. Let’s take a look at their key features: While a TFSA can be used

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                    RRSP Deadline is March 1, 2018. How much tax can you save?

                      RRSP Deadline: March 1, 2018 The deadline for contributing to your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) for the 2017 tax filing year is March 1, 2018. You generally have 60 days within the new calendar year to make RRSP contributions that can be applied to lowering your taxes for the previous year. If you want

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