14 Tax Tips for Spouses and Common-Law Partners

Whether you live in a conjugal relationship is an important tax issue, as it affects many provisions on the return. Failure to report your status properly can, in fact, lead to expensive penalties. So, if your relationship status changed in 2016, consider discussing the following checklist with your advisor. It’s a “baker’s dozen plus one,” chocked full of potential tax filing provisions for couples that can save you time and money, especially on a tax audit:

Position Your Business for Success in the Innovation Economy of Tomorrow

The Federal Budget has put an emphasis on positioning Canada for success in the innovation economy of tomorrow. With so many businesses poised to change hands soon, advisors must be thinking about preparing the next generation of leaders for the new economy, despite disruptive trends and significant tax changes. The continuity, and even survival, of these companies could depend on your help.

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Valuable designation for every advisor: Margaret Hodgson, DFA - Tax Services Specialist™, Manitoba

Life Purpose

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” Steve Jobs

Manitoba Budget Hints at Tax Reform

Manitobans were spared tax increases in the April 11, 2017, budget, but the breadth of change to its complicated and voluminous tax credit structure hints at more tax reforms to come.

Are You Missing Your Medical Expenses?

It pays to hunt down medical expenses and claim them over the best 12-month period ending in the tax year. There are numerous out-of-pocket expenses that qualify, ranging from batteries for hearing aids to driveway alteration costs for disabled family members... and most tax payers miss them.

Tax Help for Charitable Canadians

Giving to charity is a noble thing to do. From a tax viewpoint, it’s also the gift that keeps giving back. However, if you’re claiming charitable donations on this year’s return, you may notice new complexity. Check out our true-to-life scenarios and the tips that follow.
 
 

2017 Federal Budget

 
 
Knowledge Bureau Poll Question

Do you agree with the 2017 Budget proposal to cancel the deferral of Work in Progress for accountants, doctors, lawyers and other professionals?

  • Yes
    30 votes
    23.62%
  • No
    97 votes
    76.38%