fbpx

RLB Blog

Categories

RRSPs and RRIFs on Death

RRSPs and RRIFs on Death

RRSPs and RRIFs can be valuable tools to reduce your income and ultimately pay fewer taxes throughout your working career when your income is likely to be at its highest. However, it’s important to designate beneficiaries in your RRSP/RRIF contract and to have a plan in place to withdraw from your RRSP/RRIF once you retire, as holding an RRSP/RRIF at the time of your death can result in a significant income tax bill.

Continue Reading

Donation Planning and Gifts-In-Kind

Donation Planning and Gifts-In-Kind

Canadians donate their time, volunteer and fundraise for charities, and make charitable donations. All of these efforts contribute to the country’s societal wellbeing. In addition to benefiting society, when planned properly, charitable giving also may benefit the donor from a tax perspective. If you are considering making donations, be sure to include these in your tax and estate planning. This article will provide more details on the taxation rules that apply to charitable donations, specifically to donations made upon the death of an individual. Although there are various types of donations to utilize in planning, this article will focus on the tax treatment of cash gifts and gifts-in-kind.

Continue Reading

Investments and Terminal Income Tax Returns

Investments and Terminal Income Tax Returns

At the date of death As a general rule, when an individual passes away, they are deemed to have disposed of their assets on their date of death at fair market value (“FMV”). As a result, any accrued gains on investments held in non-registered accounts, and the full value of certain registered accounts, such as registered retirement savings plans (“RRSP’s”) & registered retirement income funds (“RRIF’s”), typically must be included as income on the deceased’s terminal income tax return.

Continue Reading

9 Reasons Why You Should Leave a Bequest to a Canadian Charity

9 Reasons Why You Should Leave a Bequest to a Canadian Charity
April 5, 2018
| By

5 Reasons You’ll Need Support as the Executor of a Will

5 Reasons You’ll Need Support as the Executor of a Will

Being asked to be the Executor of a Will (or the Executor of an Estate) is one of the greatest possible honors you can receive. It is a huge sign of trust bestowed upon you by the friend or family member in question. At the same time, being an Executor can require an enormous amount of work—becoming almost a full-time job in some cases.

Continue Reading

What is a Family Trust?

What is a Family Trust?

Family Trusts can be confusing to understand and therefore making it difficult to plan on how to utilize their characteristics to the best of their capabilities. This is why we have taken some commonly asked questions and shed the light on the Inter vivos (Family Trust) world.

Continue Reading