Financial Planning for Business Owners

Our Process

  • Establishing our client-advisor engagement

  • Determining your goals and expectations

  • Clarifying your present situation and identifying any shortfalls, issues or opportunities

  • Reviewing & selecting options to cover your needs

  • Implementation

  • Monitoring your plan and making adjustments if necessary

Some of the biggest benefits of owning a business are the tax-savings opportunities available to small business owners (sole-proprietors, partnerships and incorporated businesses).

This starts with being able to claim for business some expenses that you would normally be paying for anyway (such as a reasonable part of your car expenses, your home office, cell phone, etc.).  It can also end with you being able to claim up to $406,800 tax-free from the sale of your “Qualified Small Business Corporation”.

You can also use your corporation to save on taxes for your medical & dental expenses (through the Personal Health Savings Plan), your Critical Illness Plan (with extra tax savings when paired with a Return of Premium rider), and your life insurance (that can be passed on with tax-savings through the CDA/Capital Dividend Account).

All it takes is some proactive planning – because the day before you file your tax return is just a little too late to take advantage of these benefits.

On the other hand, the biggest risk to a business is probably the death or illness of key personnel.

So if you or someone in your organization is key to keeping the business going, it’s essential to have solutions in place to help make sure your business can ride through the wave of a sudden serious accident, major illness, or death of that key person.

This can include not only disability, critical illness or life insurance, but also financial plans to support your back-up plans to keep your business operating and avoid losing your customers.

After all, when you’ve worked so hard to get through the beginning years, you really wouldn’t want unexpected circumstances to put your back to where you started – or worse, in major debt.

So call me for a review of your old business financial plan or if you’d like a fresh set of eyes on it.  I can also give you information on some not-so-common but can-be-very-effective tax-savings ideas that you can review with your business tax accountant (that he or she may not be quite familiar with).

Articles with Tax Savings & Business Continuity Ideas for your Small Business

BC Budget Update

BC Finance Minister Carole James delivered the province's 2017 budget update on Sept. 11, 2017. The budget anticipates a surplus of $46 million for the current year, $228 million in 2018-2019 and $257 million in 2019-2020. As a result of the provincial election on April 11, 2017, the measures previously announced were not fully enacted.

Federal Budget 2017: Business

Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered the government’s 2017 federal budget on March 22, 2017. The budget expects a deficit of $23 billion for fiscal 2016-2017 and forecasts a deficit of $28.5 billion for 2017-2018. Learn what the budget means for small business owners.

The Corporate Estate Transfer

If you are the owner of a successful company it is likely that you have retained profits or surplus cash in your corporation. If this is the case, chances are also good that this invested surplus is exposed to a high rate of corporate income tax. If this describes your company then you may be a candidate for the Corporate Estate Transfer. This strategy provides tax sheltered growth as well as maximizing the estate value of your company upon your death.

BC Budget 2017

BC Finance Minister, Michael de Jong delivered the province's 2017 budget on Feb. 21, 2017. Learn what the budget means for small business owners and individuals.

Investing with a Safety Net

Investing in today’s environment is not for the faint of heart. However, fortunately for Canadians, Segregated Fund products offered by many life insurance companies provide a safety net for nervous investors.

TFSA or RRSP: What's the difference?

RRSP or TFSA? What’s the difference? With the RRSP deadline around the corner, we’re here to help you figure out where you should invest.

CPA Canada Financial Literacy Free Workshops

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The CPA Canada Financial Literacy Program offers free workshops (delivered by approved CPA volunteers) for adults, entrepreneurs, children and new Canadians - with a mission “to deliver unbiased objective financial literacy education & information to improve the overall state of financial literacy in Canada”.

What is Key Person Insurance?

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Most business owners understand that assets vital to the success of the enterprise should be insured. Premises are routinely covered for fire and/or theft; vehicles used to make deliveries, insured; machinery needed for manufacturing, also insured. Given that these tangible assets are instrumental in the success of the business, it makes good business sense that the business is protected in the event of a loss. But what about key employees? Many business owners overlook the impact on their business should a key employee die unexpectedly.

The Clock is Ticking so Don't Miss the Deadline for Higher Tax Savings

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2016 is an opportune year to buy life insurance. After this date, certain new policies will not have as much tax-free benefits as they currently do. This means policies approved and issued in 2016 are grandfathered with the higher tax-free benefits, but be aware that most insurance companies need about 3-4 months to get through this underwriting & approval process.

Creative Risk Management Planning for your Business

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Many would agree that two of the greatest risks to the sustainability of a business are: not having enough money to keep the company going in times of lower income, and losing the ability to make money. Here are some essential tax-savings & risk management strategies to keep your business going during medical emergencies, save you taxes and leave more money in your pocket.

Should I incorporate?

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I'm a sole proprietor- should I incorporate? What's the difference? We outline the differences between a sole proprietorship and corporation.

A Tax Savings Solution Using a Corporate Health Plan

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The small business corporate tax rates can be quite a bit lower than an individual's income tax rates, especially as you take more money out of your company. So you can usually save taxes by using of corporate dollars whenever possible. Here's one great idea using your corporation to save on taxes - while also reducing the risk of health issues affecting the sustainability of your company.