Tax Planning

6 common investment errors

Accountant Mark Goodfield (aka The Blunt Bean Counter) reviews six common investment errors he has observed over the years.
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Winding up a family trust

Discretionary family trusts have a tax life span of 21 years. Without proper planning, the family trust may be subject to a deemed capital gain, says tax lawyer Samantha Prasad.
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9 generous ways to use CPP benefits

“There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its virile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people.” Winston Churchill

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Keeping it all in the family

To avoid anger, bickering and distrust during transition of a family business,’s Mark Halpern advises a documented succession plan.
Planning for high-net worth family businesses is so important. If only   Read More

How much will I need to retire?

Mark Goodfield (aka The Blunt Bean Counter) takes a look at the popular rule-of-thumb “four per cent rule”.

The pandemic has brought retirement savings front and centre for far too many   Read More

Giving to the grandchildren

Gift-giving season prompts Mark Goodfield (aka The Blunt Bean Counter) to look at some tax and other considerations regarding gifts to grandchildren.

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Profiting from tax-loss selling

5iResearch analyst Moez Mahraz stresses any benefit from tax-loss selling is of secondary importance to the long-term benefit of investing in quality stocks in the first place.
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Q4 tax planning tips

Toronto-based tax lawyer Samantha Prasad LL.B. suggests ways that both employees and business owners can ensure their 2019 taxes are kept to a minimum.

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RESPs: Free dollars for scholars

Registered Education Savings Plans were first introduced in 1974. The program encourages Canadians to save more towards the post-secondary education of their children.
By Mark Halpern, CFP, TEP

It’s that time of   Read More