Robyn Thompson is featured in The Globe and Mail’s “Financial Facelift” series by Diane Maley. Mark and Meredith are well positioned financially with robust cash flow, and want to retire, but they still have mortgages on rental properties. Should they pay off the mortgages as fast as possible? Read Robyn Thompson’s advice on why that might not be the best idea for the couple at this point in their lives.
Tax-free investments and withdrawals
It’s tax-filing season for most Canadians, and naturally, the advice and tips you get right now involve maximizing your immediate tax savings by making sure you take all the credits, deductions, and amounts you’re entitled to. But for continuous long-term tax and wealth planning, there is an ultimate tax-slashing tactic. It’s called the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), and it’s the best tax shelter now available to Canadians. Here’s a look at how it works and how to make the most of it. READ MORE
Pay no tax on investments or withdrawals
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) confirmed that the annual contribution limit for Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA) will remain unchanged at $5,500 for 2018, bringing total contribution room available since the introduction of the plan in 2009 to $57,500 for someone who has never contributed to a TFSA. READ MORE
Sorting out “successor survivor” vs. “designated beneficiary”
When you open a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), you’ll likely be asked whether you wish to specify something called a “successor holder” or whether you want to designate a beneficiary. If you’re not sure what all this means, welcome to the club. Legal jargon can be daunting. So here’s a look at what all this means, and the implications for your estate planning. READ MORE
Beat the taxman with a Tax-Free Savings Account!
Yes, you can beat the taxman! In fact, you have the legal right to arrange your financial affairs within the law to pay the least amount of taxes possible. Make sure you exercise that right. This is legitimate tax planning, and nothing to feel guilty about (unlike breaking that New Year’s resolution to diet and exercise). The result of proper tax planning is more money in your pocket and less to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). In fact, the government goes so far as to make it easy to slash your tax bill, if only you’d take the trouble to do it. One of the best ways is something called the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA). READ MORE
The good news is it’s not an either-or decision
Many investors are torn between contributing to an RRSP and putting funds into a TFSA. Is one plan better than the other? In fact, both vehicles are excellent tax shelters, but each serves a different purpose. Here’s a look at the differences, and how to make them work for you. READ MORE
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
Should you max out the $10,000 contribution for 2015?
Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) sound simple. But they’re not. There’s an array of rules and regulations involved. One of the most common questions I’m asked is whether you would lose this year’s contribution opportunity forever if you don’t contribute. And this year, the issue is complicated even further by an increase in the contribution limit to $10,000 that the previous Conservative government enacted for 2015, which the new Trudeau Liberal government has rolled back starting next year. READ MORE
Higher TFSA contribution limit is a real game changer
The revised contribution limit for Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA) really is a game changer. With the annual contribution limit raised to $10,000 from the previous $5,500, the TFSA is now a truly serious contender for the title of Canada’s best individual tax sheltered investment account, which had been long held by the venerable Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). READ MORE
Don’t set impossible financial goals
The New Year is a great time for making resolutions and for taking control of your finances. Easy to say, but not so easy to do! When you resolve something vague like, “I promise to spend less in 2015,” that’s a resolution that you’re almost certainly bound break, probably sooner rather than later. So here are four financial resolutions to help you get your financial life on track that you won’t break by mid-February. READ MORE