“There are only two certainties in life – death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin
Not only does this well-known quote continue to ring true, but the two of them truly go hand in hand. Despite the Canada Revenue Agency not imposing taxes on inheritance or an estate tax like our neighbours to the south, taxes on death are still a significant factor for Canadians.
Income inclusion from registered accounts, capital gains, and probate fees are all factors that can deplete the assets people spent their life building.
To demonstrate the affect this can have on an estate (& the beneficiaries), take a look at this Case Study:
By implementing TWO simple Estate Planning strategies, Mary is able to leave her beneficiaries an extra $60,000.00, which would have otherwise gone to Canada Revenue Agency:
- Convert her mutual funds (Scenario A) into segregated funds (Scenario B), bypassing the lengthy probate process and the accompanying probate fees.
- Selling half of her miscellaneous assets (Scenario A) and re-allocating the funds into a permanent life insurance policy with her favourite charity named as beneficiary (Scenario B). This provides a donation tax credit on her death and ultimately leads to immense tax savings. Most importantly, Mary has left a lasting legacy.
This is a very simplistic example of the taxes at death that Canadians can expect. Through basic Estate Planning strategies, substantial tax savings can be realized. Talk to us to learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-761-7543.