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Intergenerational Transfers of Family Businesses – Proposed Tax Changes

The Canadian tax legislation contains a number of anti-avoidance tax measures such as those which seek to prevent corporate ”surplus stripping,” that can create a higher tax cost on the transfer of a business to a family member versus a sale......

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6 Tips for Talking to Adult Children About Your Family’s Wealth

All parents, particularly those of affluent families, tend to avoid conversations with their adult kids because they fear confrontation, a loss of privacy or worry about their offspring becoming entitled and losing their motivation, says Forsythe....

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8 Tips to Bulletproof Your Will

In a perfect world, your final wishes would be carried out just as you wish. In Canada, you generally have testamentary freedom, which means you are allowed to distribute your estate in the manner you choose, as stated by your Will. However, there ar...

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U.S. Estate Tax for Canadians Income Tax Considerations

The estate of a Canadian may be subject to U.S. estate tax if the Canadian owned U.S. “situs” property (U.S. assets) at the time of their death, including investments held in registered accounts – such as Registered Retirement Savings Plans (“RRSPs”)...

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Canadian Snowbirds and U.S. Income Tax

If you plan to spend your winters in the U.S., you should be concerned with more than just ensuring your passport is up-to-date and that your bags are packed. Snowbirds – Canadian residents who spend part of each year in the United States......

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The Valuation of a Professional Service Practice

A professional firm’s financial statement generally outlines tangible assets such as, cash, accounts receivable, work-in-progress, furniture, and equipment at their depreciated or amortized book value. Intangible assets in the form of goodwill can ar...

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When it Comes to Business Succession Planning, There’s No Time Like the Present

Between a pandemic, inflation, interest rates and potential recession, there’s not an entrepreneur on the planet who hasn’t had to tear up at least part of their business plan over the past three years. Now, with economic concerns continuing for the...

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Is a Professional Corporation Right For You?

Many professionals incorporate their practices to enjoy the same benefits as other self-employed incorporated individuals....

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Tax Planning for Physicians - Professional Corporations

Many physicians incorporate their practices to enjoy the same benefits as other self-employed incorporated individuals. However, important tax changes affecting Canadian private corporations that were introduced several years ago can have significant...

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Is it Time to Consider a Corporate Executor for Your Will?

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. That can-do attitude can get you far in life, but when it comes to estate planning, having a Will is often only a starting point. Without a trusted and reliable executor to distribute your assets in accordance wit...

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