Vice-President and Senior Investment Counsellor
BMO Private Wealth
90 Collier St
Barrie , ON
A small business can be an extraordinary opportunity for creating wealth. Small businesses are also the biggest creator of jobs in Canada. Almost 60% of Canada’s small and mid-sized business owners are aged 50 or older, nearly double the proportion of the overall workforce, indicated in a 2017 BDC study on The Coming Wave of Business Transitions in Canada. Furthermore, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), approximately 50% of business owners plan on exiting their business in the next five years with more than 75% planning to exit within the next 10 years. This provides a great opportunity for effective tax planning and charitable gift planning strategies for business owners.
Statistics show that family enterprise is the most common form of business ownership in the world. In Europe and Asia, some businesses have been family owned for 10+ generations, or several hundred years. In Canada, it is estimated that some 60% of the GDP is driven by family enterprises that employ more than 6 million people. Ironically research on family business has only gained significant traction over the past 50 years.
As a business owner, the decision of when to sell your business must be carefully planned, and included as part of a long-term succession planning strategy. Planning for the sale well in advance allows you to prepare your business to ensure you’re in a position of strength to negotiate and maximize the proceeds of the sale.
BMO Private Wealth Chief Investment Officer Lesley Marks discusses investment strategies and her outlook on market volatility and risks ahead of the U.S. president election and a second wave of COVID-19.
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.
When it comes to investment income, all is not equal after tax. Knowing how tax rules affect your investments is essential in order to maximize your after-tax return. This publication explains the taxation of investment income held in a taxable account as it pertains to an individual resident in Canada.
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.
Trusts are often used in tax and estate planning because of the flexibility they offer over the control, management and distribution of appreciating assets. In particular, the use of a discretionary family trust to reduce the after-tax cost of children’s educational and other expenses is a common tax strategy and the focus of this publication.
This is a helpful resource summarizing important tax, retirement and estate planning information.
What Happens When a Canadian Resident Dies? discusses what happens to the assets of a deceased Canadian resident from a tax and estate perspective.
This is designed to help your family, executor (referred to as a “liquidator” in Quebec), or Power of Attorney for Property (referred to as a “mandatory” in Quebec) locate all of your important documents and other information needed to administer your estate or act as your Power of Attorney for Property
April 30, 2020: A crisis can be a catalyst for action if you don’t have an estate plan – or even a Will. Here is a checklist to help ensure your estate plan is up to date, reflects your current wishes, and continues to align to your goals.
Today, the modern family comes in many different shapes and sizes; this diversity is having an impact on family relationships and the way families interact when addressing estate planning.
If you own a vacation property, this provides information on the tax consequences of selling a second home and highlights important estate planning considerations, if your plan is to keep your vacation property in the family for the next generation.
Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange Strategy. Outlines the firm’s short and medium-term interest rate and foreign exchange rate forecasts.
A look at what happened in the equity markets over the past week and an update on the earnings reports.
The monthly Global Markets Commentary provides an overview of recent global events and their impact on the markets.
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