Completing a personal income tax return is one of those things on your list that is easy to put off, like a car with an oil leak. Instead of taking it to the mechanic, you might just add oil to it. “It’s a slow leak,” you tell yourself. Well before you know it, there is a huge puddle of oil on your driveway, and you can’t even go to work. Taxes are just like that.
Personal income tax planning is not just about writing the government a cheque; it can be a deeply involved process that takes months of planning. This careful work can dramatically lower the taxes you owe. Every investment option has a tax implication, and understanding the tradeoffs between each choice is critical to maximizing your returns.
RRSP, RRIF, LIF, TFSA, JWROS, LIRA – who can make sense of this alphabet soup? A financial advisor can help you understand your investment options, their different taxation rates, and how they fit into your overall financial strategy. The more assets you have, the more complicated this process can become. Owning a corporation, being a beneficiary of a trust, or being in a limited partnership can all affect your tax plan.
Investment tax planning is another essential service offered by our team. Not only can an advisor help you choose the right investment options, they can show you why some alternatives aren’t the best fit for you.