Vice-President and Senior Investment Counsellor
BMO Private Wealth
90 Collier St
Barrie , ON
Knowing how the tax rules affect your investments is essential. Tax strategies that you should consider such as income splitting, charitable giving and estate planning.
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.
Although Canadian snowbirds reside in the U.S. for only a part of the year, there is the potential of being considered a U.S. resident and, in turn, having to pay U.S. income tax on the same basis as a permanent U.S. resident. This article outlines how the U.S. government determines whether you are a resident for income tax purposes; namely, it covers the criteria for meeting the Substantial Presence Test, Closer Connection Exception and the Canada U.S. Income Tax Treaty Tie-Breaker Rules.