Comedian Ray Romano once said, “Having children is a lot like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” But aside from being highly amusing calamities at times, families are also powerful economic unions which are subject to fairly complicated tax rules. Those that master the art of saving together become powerful economic units. There is no better time than post tax-filing season to review your opportunities and become important savings role models for your kids. Here are three teaching tips to help…
You haven’t done your taxes for a year or two or more – yikes – now what? Bottom line: get on it, quickly, and more important, start a relationship with a qualified tax professional who has taken a recent audit defense course.
In recent decades, the number of Canadians entering a second marriage has been on the rise, creating more and more blended families. And when it comes to tax and estate planning for a blended family, Advisors need to give it special attention. Indeed, the needs and desires of people living in blended unions are different from those in a more “traditional” family unit.
If you turn 65 before July 1, 2013, can you still opt to delay receipt of Old-Age Security (OAS)? You can defer starting your OAS pension by simply not applying for it at age 65. Under recent changes to the Old Age Security Act, your pension amount will be increased by 0.6% for each month of deferral after your 65th birthday or July 1, 2013, whichever comes later, until your 70th birthday.
You may not be able to control the economy but you can control the amount of income taxes you pay.
The growth of wealth in your lifetime will occur naturally if you do some of the right things. But the capital you accumulate — your savings — can fall victim to the eroding effects of inflation and economic uncertainty if you aren’t careful. Fortunately, under our system of self-assessment, it is your legal right to arrange your affairs within the framework of the law to pay the least possible taxes. So, to secure your own future and that of your heirs, be tax-efficient and protect earnings and savings.