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For many, 2020 was seen as a “critical year for addressing climate change.” Riding on a wave of environmental activism, the hope was that the 2020 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), scheduled in November of last year, would solidify plans to reduce global carbon emissions. Instead, COVID-19 and anti-racism movements refocused public attention, overshadowing many pressing environmental concerns and postponing COP26. But while this period of upheaval seems to have sidelined the momentum that environmental concerns were gaining, the social inequalities revealed have pushed many conscious investors to explore sustainable investments — specifically those focused on companies with strong environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) principles.
We can all agree that 2020 was an unprecedented year, and the global COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we live and work. Extended lockdowns made it challenging to do business, as everyone was confined to their homes. But as they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Entrepreneurs who have built successful companies often want to see their business passed on effectively to the next generation. However, a sale or transfer of ownership of the business will generally trigger capital gains tax. If the value of the shares of your business has increased, you or your estate may be burdened with a substantial tax bill. The business may even have to be sold to cover the liability
This article addresses common questions asked by our agricultural clients regarding succession planning of the family farm.
June 29, 2020: After dealing with the steepest, deepest, and fastest recession in history, there are clear indications that the U.S. economy has begun the first stages of recovery. In this report, we delve deeper into the prospects for economic recovery in the months and years ahead, including what sectors will lead, and which will be constrained. While there are serious challenges ahead for the economy, there are also important reasons to remain positive on the medium-term outlook.
The family farm continues to serve an important role in the Canadian economy and, as such, receives special status under Canada’s tax law. In particular, there are two important tax planning strategies that can be used when transferring a Canadian farm property. The Capital Gains Deduction is available to potentially shelter capital gains realized on transfers of qualified farm property, and the Intergenerational Farm Property Rollover (“Intergenerational Rollover”) permits tax-deferred transfers of farm property to other family members. Both strategies can apply to lifetime transfers (i.e., a sale or gift), or to transfers that take place upon the death of the owner. The rules surrounding these strategies are very complex and only a general discussion is provided here. As with all tax planning, professional advice is critical to understand the specific implications for your situation.
While most Canadians are aware of the April 30 personal income tax filing deadline, there are other important tax deadlines that must be observed over the course of the year – especially if you want to take advantage of certain tax deductions and credits. This calendar summarizes several important dates on the tax calendar and offers some tips to help you with your overall wealth planning. Where a deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”), the deadline is generally extended to the next business day.
This is a helpful resource summarizing important tax, retirement and estate planning information.
The monthly Global Markets Commentary provides an overview of recent global events and their impact on the markets.
Strategic commentary on equity and fixed income as well as an overview of fixed income markets.
A quarterly publication written by BMO Subject Matter Experts on a variety of timely and relevant wealth management topics.
Maximizing the value of your registered plans by making annual contributions to your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (“RRSP”), Tax-Free Savings Account (“TFSA”), and Registered Education Savings Plan (“RESP”) is an important wealth planning strategy. By making your annual contribution(s) early in the year, you’ll benefit from the tax-sheltered growth all year long.
When a child starts to receive or earn their own money through an allowance, family gifts or a part-time job, their natural instinct is to spend it all. However, it’s never too early to start teaching children the importance of savings, and to respect the fact that money can also serve other goals, like sharing it to help others.