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Investment Advisor & Financial Planner
BMO Nesbitt Burns
1445 West Central Street
Prince George, BC
Business owners need to integrate their personal goals with the needs of their business as they journey through the various stages of their personal and business life cycles. With so much time and effort invested in the business, there is often little time left to address personal and family issues. A well-thought out wealth plan will help to identify a business owner’s personal and business needs and priorities.
Unforeseen events, such as illness, disability or death, can have a devastating effect on a business owner and their family. Insurance is an important part of a comprehensive wealth management plan, and helps to provide financial protection for individuals, their families and their businesses against the unexpected. It is also a risk management tool that provides a business owner or incorporated professional multiple benefits, including the potential for significant tax savings.
Many individuals hold investment portfolios in a personal holding company. It`s important for these investors to understand the various tax implications of earning investment income through a holding company; particularly in light of the recent tax changes affecting private corporations. Tax implications can be quite different from owning investments personally, because a corporate structure introduces a number of other considerations.
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
As a business owner, you’ve worked hard to build a successful business, and may envision your children eventually taking ownership and control when you retire. Having a succession plan in place will help to ensure a smooth transition to the next generation, and the continued success of your business. This article explores several considerations when planning a transition to the next generation.