Estate Planning: The Importance of Beneficiary Designations

When you open a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (“RRSP”), Registered Retirement Income Fund (“RRIF”), or Tax-free Savings Account (“TFSA”), the account opening documents typically include a place for a beneficiary designation.  What is a beneficiary designation, and what are the consequences of designating or not designating a beneficiary? Beneficiary Designation Explained A beneficiary designation is […]

Personal Income Tax Installments

Taxpayer’s earning employment income generally have income tax withheld from each paycheque by their employer.  In most cases, the total withheld over the course of a calendar year is fairly close to the taxpayer’s income tax payable for that year, such that the taxpayer has a small refund or balance owing. However, where the income […]

Changes to the BC Speculation and Vacancy Tax

Some good news – the BC government announced extensions to some temporary exemptions to the BC Speculation and Vacancy Tax (the “Spec Tax”) tax.  They also provided some clarity on other exemptions. What is the Spec Tax again?  It is a BC tax* that started in 2018 as part of BC’s housing affordability strategy to […]

Why Talking To The CRA Can Give You A Tax Headache

Many taxpayers receive requests for information from the Canada Revenue Agency.  Often the requests are for something simple, like supporting documents for your claim for charitable donations or medical expenses.  But sometimes, the requests are in the form of a lengthy questionnaire, a request for a meeting, or perhaps a telephone call[1].  You may be […]

Zero Emission Vehicles

This article is from the quarterly Canadian Overview, a newsletter produced by the Canadian member firms of Moore North America. These articles are meant to pursue our mission of being the best partner in your success by keeping you aware of the latest business news. Since March 19, 2019, companies that purchased zero-emission vehicles (such […]

11 Tax Tips For Owner-Managed Enterprises

TAX RATE SUMMARY BC personal and corporate tax rates will not change in 2020: Corporate Tax Rates (Fed + BC)          2019 2020 CCPC Active business income < $500,000 [1]   11.00% 11.00% CCPC Active business income > $500,000 27.00% 27.00% CCPC investment income  50.67% 50.67% Personal services business income 45.00% 45.00%   Personal Tax Rates (Fed […]