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Russ Johnston

Vice President and Senior Private Banker | CFP, FEA

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Tax Planning Strategies

Tax Planning Strategies
Tax Tips for Investors
This article provides an overview of select strategies to assist you in reducing your tax bill.
Alter Ego Trusts
Alter-Ego Trusts, which are set up for individuals, and Joint-Partner Trusts, which are set up for spouses (including common law couples), are often used as Will substitutes by many high net worth families.
Tax Tips For Investors
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.
New Tax Rules May Affect Your Estate Plan
New tax legislation which originated from the 2014 Federal Budget will take effect on January 1, 2016. These changes will have significant implications for existing and future testamentary, spousal, alter-ego and joint-partner trusts, as well as affecting testamentary charitable gifts. This article provides a brief summary of the upcoming changes.
Personal Tax Calendar 2020
Tax planning should be a year round activity, in order to maximize the savings opportunities available to you. The Personal Tax Calendar has been updated for 2020 and summarizes important tax deadlines and provides some planning tips for you to consider throughout the coming year.
How Investment Income is Taxed
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.
Separation, Divorce and Your Financial Plan
Separation, Divorce and Your Financial Plan outlines the financial and tax implications of a breakdown in a relationship for issues relating to both married and unmarried (i.e., “common-law”) spouses.
The Tax Consequences and Benefits of Charitable Giving Through A Will
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.