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.

Estate Planning for Blended Families

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In today’s family it is not unusual for spouses to enter the marriage with children from previous relationships. Parents work hard at getting these children to functionally blend together to create a happy family environment. Often overlooked is what happens on the death of one of the parents. In most cases special consideration for estate planning is needed to avoid relationship loss and possibly legal action. Your Life Could Change in a Minute!

Pay Attention to Your Beneficiary Designation

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Naming a beneficiary is a valuable feature of life insurance and segregated funds policies so it is important to carefully choose your beneficiaries.

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.

Beyond Tax-Savings: The Benefits of an Estate Bond for your Estate Beneficiaries

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This financial planning strategy replaces your taxable investments with tax-free insurance benefits to your heirs, by-passing your estate and probate fees and keeps this portion of your legacy gifts private.

Understanding your life insurance options

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Most people would agree that life insurance is an integral part of any comprehensive financial plan. The question is how to decide on the best type for your needs. This document can help you understand the different types of insurance options and how to select the type of plan that best suits your needs for coverage.

What are your risks of paying higher taxes in an emergency?

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Your most valuable asset is your ability to earn income. What are the chances of you being unable to work due to accident or illness? What about the risk of paying higher taxes if you're relying on withdrawing RRSPs for additional monies required - to pay for extra medical and non-medical expenses? What about if you have to get extra help or your family has to reduce work hours to help you out?

Federal Budget 2016

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The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, recently…

Tax-Exempt Legislation Changes

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The tax-exempt changes to life insurance become effective Jan 2017. Having the appropriate plans in place can therefore be significantly more beneficial to you if ISSUED in 2016, but be aware that most insurance companies need about 3-4 months to get through this underwriting & approval process.

A Lifetime Gift for Your Grandchildren

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If you are a grandparent wishing to provide an asset for your grandchildren without compromising your own financial security you may want to consider an estate planning application known as cascading life insurance.

BC Budget Changes

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If your plans involve doing well financially and leaving an inheritance for future generations, look at using life insurance to transfer wealth tax-free. This would seem preferable to leaving a big chunk of your hard earned money for the government. It also protects your money from probate and claims or "challenges" made to your Will.