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This Week’s Edition of KBR:

May 2024 Poll

“Do you agree with the proposed increase on capital gains inclusion rates to 66 2/3% on capital gains over $250,000 for individuals and all capital gains on corporations and trusts on or after June 25, 2024?”
Yes: 29 votes
No: 244 votes

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Tax Tip: Writing of Accounting and Legal Fees

With all the extra tax filings clients have had to undertake this year including the Underused Housing Tax Returns and T3 returns for trusts, as well as their personal and corporate returns, professional fees payable will certainly  have risen.  For many, it will in fact have been an unbudgeted expense. Yet others, may be incurring legal fees to challenge CRA reassessments. Understanding how much of these fees will be deductible, can help ease the annual double-whammy:  paying taxes and paying professionals to figure them out.  Here are guidelines for deductibility.

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Will CPP Survivors Receive More Soon?

The April 16, 2023 federal budget made brief mention of potential enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).  The CPP death benefit, in particular, is in the spotlight. At $2,500, it has been unindexed, and it is sorely lacking for the funding of funeral expenses.  Here is what survivors can expect to receive under current rules, and what to look for as CPP enhancements are announced over the next several months to improve benefits available:

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Top Three Retirement Income Planning Questions

Knowledge Bureau’s Advanced Retirement Income Planning Course kicked off with a day long peer-to-peer learning summit that featured four expert presenters and a highly engaged audience of tax and financial advisors from across Canada.  The online course is now available with recorded presentations and all the outstanding insights.   Some of the top retirement planning questions coming out of the session appear below, together with insights about the value this 15 CE Credit Certificate course: 

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Critical Role for Advisors Requires Knowledge on Capital Gains Changes

The capital gains inclusion rate changes have invoke wide-spread concern about the best ways to preserve assets built over a lifetime to fund retirements and pass down important real estate and business interests. These tax changes will indeed cost average households significantly more money when they dispose of the assets that form the cornerstones of their net worth.  Advisors have an important role to play in ensuring that the June 25 trigger date for the higher inclusion rates will not unduly upset retirement and estate plans.  Here are five things that can be done:

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Building Your RWM™ Office: Meeting of the Minds Live June 5!

Please join the Society of Real Wealth Managers Meeting of the Minds to learn about the benefits of professional collaboration to enhance your value proposition, and how you can build your own Real Wealth Management office of the future on June 5 at 10 am CT. Save the date for this complimentary live, virtual event, and save $500 on program tuition when you enrol in the Real Wealth Manager Program by May 31.

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