People often choose to fulfill their philanthropic goals by making gifts to charity in their will. There are many benefits to this form of giving and one of them is the tax benefit. When an individual provides for a charitable gift in his or her will, his or her estate is entitled to a donation tax credit. If the estate qualifies as a “graduated rate estate” (GRE), the donation tax credit may also be used to reduce or completely offset the tax liability that arises from the deemed disposition of capital property that occurs upon death. In the year of death and the year prior to death, up to 100% of a taxpayer’s net income can be offset by charitable donations.
Preparing your estate plan to accommodate the needs of a beneficiary with a disability, requires a thoughtful approach to ensure they will be properly accommodated and supported upon your death. Above all, it is important to consider the individual situation of the beneficiary(ies).
The attached article – Preparing Your Last Will and Testament – explains various aspects of Will preparation including, the importance of appointing an appropriate executor, life events that warrant a Will review and the use of testamentary trusts.
What Happens When a Canadian Resident Dies? discusses what happens to the assets of a deceased Canadian resident from a tax and estate perspective.