4 Tax-Planning Tips to Take Advantage of by Dec 31

4 Tax-Planning Tips to Take Advantage of by Dec 31Tax planning may be the last thing on Canadians’ minds as they get ready for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. But now is the time to take advantage of credits and benefits available to you until Dec. 31, says Jamie Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning at CIBC Private Wealth Management. Otherwise, you may be leaving money on the table that you won’t be able…

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Why Canada’s Olympic Medalists Can’t Outrun the Taxman

Why Canada's Olympic Medalists Can't Outrun the TaxmanWhen Canada’s Olympic athletes returned home from Rio this week with a 22-medal haul, they were met at the airport by cheering family and friends as well as autograph-seeking fans. But some of them may also soon be greeted by the taxman looking for a piece of their Olympic winnings. In addition to the hardware the winning athletes brought home from the games, each Canadian medal winner will also receive…

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Why a Capital Gains Tax Hike Might be on the Federal Budget

Why a Capital Gains Tax Hike Might be on the Federal BudgetWith the federal deficit now estimated to come in at $18 billion (or more), there is nervous speculation that Finance Minister Bill Morneau may go beyond the specific tax changes already detailed in the Liberal pre-election platform and introduce new measures in his March 22 budget to raise much needed tax revenue. One such measure being discussed in the financial and tax community is whether the government might raise the…

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Bump-Up for TFSA in 2015 Doesn’t Have to Wait for the Budget to be Passed

Bump-Up for TFSA in 2015 Doesn't Have to Wait for the Budget to be PassedCanadians are free to top up their 2015 tax-free savings account contribution without fearing any sort of penalty, bank officials said Thursday. The government’s budget released Tuesday increased the annual contribution limit to TFSAs from $5,500 to $10,000 and made it effective to Jan. 1, 2015. Following the announcement there was confusion about whether Canadians could put another $4,500 into their TFSA account right away. The early birds, who were rushing…

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Canadians Missing Chance for Cash with Medical Tax Credit

Canadians Missing Chance for Cash with Medical Tax CreditOne of the least-used tax credits is also one of the murkiest. But by not claiming certain health-care costs via the Medical Expense Tax Credit, Canadians could be losing big dollars. “The opportunity to save money is not used…because you’ve got to keep some records and have some efficient way to calculate the deduction,” says John Crawford, chartered accountant and chief financial officer of health insurer Pacific Blue Cross. “There’s…

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Must-Make Year-End Tax Moves

Must-Make Year-End Tax MovesWe may be approaching the most wonderful time of the year, but December is also when to make moves that could save you money come tax time. “Most people think of tax time as April, but it’s really all year long,” says Caroline Battista, a senior tax analyst with H&R Block Canada. “You want to be keeping your receipts all year long, but there are few things you can do at…

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Lessons From Heartbleed – 5 Ways to Protect Your Money

Lessons From Heartbleed - 5 Ways to Protect Your MoneyHeartbleed, a software defect discovered this week with an aptly terrifying name, has scared us all into taking a second look at the security of our online financial data. This includes even the Canada Revenue Agency, which shut down its site Wednesday to protect our precious, and incidentally vulnerable, information. But we should be vigilant on a regular basis. Here are five ways to prevent financial hemorrhaging and fight online…

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6 Rules for Novice Investors

6 Rules for Novice InvestorsI recently began volunteering with an organization called Girls Inc., one of whose valuable programs that teaches teen girls the basics of investing and money management. By the end of the program, the girls will be competently managing a full-blown investment portfolio. Sadly, that’s something that most adults are unable to do. Most novice investors who come to me for advice have usually been burned badly by trying to trade…

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Keep the Taxman out of Your Investments

Keep the Taxman out of Your InvestmentsIf you are a novice investor in Canada, our tax system can make it very difficult to get the most after-tax growth out of your savings. This is because all of our income is taxed at different rates and, due to our progressive tax system, the more you make, the more they take. When saving to increase your financial security down the road, you need to have a very good…

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Failure to File Taxes Could Bankrupt You

Failure to File Taxes Could Bankrupt YouIt’s better late than never when it comes to your taxes. If you haven’t done your taxes for a year or two — or more — “get on it before CRA gets on you,” says tax expert Evelyn Jacks. The author of books such as Jacks on Tax and Essential Tax Facts says you may face big penalties and interest charges for procrastinating. “If you voluntarily comply — that is,…

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