Don Foster

Senior Investment Advisor, Financial Planner

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Tax Planning Strategies

Tax Documents Overview 2021

We appreciate that tax season is an important time of year for investors. Depending on your investment holdings and account activity, you could receive a variety of tax slips that you’ll need to prepare your annual tax return. To help simplify your tax preparation efforts we are providing a brief overview of the various tax slips and supporting documents you may receive from BMO, along with their expected availability dates. It’s important to note that this schedule may be subject to change. Please make sure that you receive all required tax slips before filing your tax return with the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) to prevent having to file an amended tax return. As a reminder, most Canadian individual tax returns are due on April 30, 2021.

Tax Tips For Investors

Knowing how the tax rules affect your investments is essential. Tax strategies that you should consider such as income splitting, charitable giving and estate planning.

Completing Your 2020 Income Tax Return – Checklist

As the tax filing deadline approaches, here are some reminders to help ensure you’re prepared to file your personal income tax return, and that you maximize your tax savings.

Tax Slips Overview

In an effort to help simplify your tax preparation efforts, we are providing you with a brief overview of the various tax slips and supporting documents you may receive from BMO, and their expected mailing dates.

Personal Tax Calendar 2021

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.

2020 Year-End Tax Planning Tips

Since many tax strategies require foresight to be effective, tax planning should be a year-round activity. However, as the year end approaches there are still opportunities to consider in order to reduce your 2020 tax bill.

The CRA’s Foreign Reporting Requirements

Since Canada represents only a small portion of the world’s capitalization, it may make sense to include some foreign investments in your portfolio. However, it is important to understand Canadian and other foreign tax implications of owning investments outside of Canada.

Managing Your Wealth

Wealth Themes - January 2021

Wealth Themes provides timely articles on a variety of wealth planning topics. This month we feature articles to help you with your 2021 wealth planning.

Financial Resolutions for 2021

As you consider your financial priorities for the coming year, here are some financial resolutions that could help you save taxes, protect your portfolio, and position you for financial success in 2021.

Having a TFSA works

Having a TFSA works. Get one working for you. Whether you’re saving for a new car, a home purchase, your child’s education or retirement, a TFSA can help you reach your financial goals sooner.

Estate & Succession Planning

Preparing Your Last Will and Testament

The attached article – Preparing Your Last Will and Testament – explains various aspects of Will preparation including, the importance of appointing an appropriate executor, life events that warrant a Will review and the use of testamentary trusts.

Estate Information Organizer

This is designed to help your family, executor (referred to as a “liquidator” in Quebec), or Power of Attorney for Property (referred to as a “mandatory” in Quebec) locate all of your important documents and other information needed to administer your estate or act as your Power of Attorney for Property

Estate planning for complex family dynamics

Today, the modern family comes in many different shapes and sizes; this diversity is having an impact on family relationships and the way families interact when addressing estate planning.

Planning for the Family Vacation Property

If you own a vacation property, this provides information on the tax consequences of selling a second home and highlights important estate planning considerations, if your plan is to keep your vacation property in the family for the next generation.

Research

Rates Scenario

Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange Strategy. Outlines the firm’s short and medium-term interest rate and foreign exchange rate forecasts.

Economic and Market Updates

Portfolio Strategy

Strategic commentary and an overview of financial markets.

Global Equity Weekly

A look at what happened in the equity markets over the past week and an update on the earnings reports.

The Goods

A Monthly Commodity Watch-Tracks BMO Capital Market's Commodity Price Index and provides commentary and forecasts.

Focus

Focus is a weekly financial digest.

Current News / Affairs

2021 Federal Budget Review

On April 19, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented her first Federal Budget from the minority Liberal government in the House of Commons. Since the government did not introduce a budget in 2020 because of the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the first Federal Budget in more than two years.

Education and Knowledge

Networth Newsletter

A quarterly publication written by BMO Subject Matter Experts on a variety of timely and relevant wealth management topics.

Periodic Table of Asset Class Returns

As the Periodic Table of Returns demonstrates, your portfolio should be well diversified amongst global asset classes to enhance return and reduce risk. Click to read more.

Registered Retirement Income Funds

A RRIF is very much like an RRSP in reverse. An RRSP is an account designed to help you save for retirement – a RRIF is an account designed to provide annual income in the form of withdrawals from a registered plan during your retirement. Click to read on about how you can benefit from an RRIF.

Investing Handbook

Understanding the Three Major Asset Classes:Cash, Bonds and Stocks