The undertaking of legitimate transactions or arrangements with a view to avoiding or minimizing the payment of taxes.
Some or all of such efforts could also be referred to as Tax Avoidance. Care must be taken to ensure the steps taken are not abusive of the provisions they are making use of.
Depending upon your situation one or more tax planning opportunities may be reasonable. Some tax planning transactions include, but are not limited to:
Tax deferred sale of certain assets to a corporation (a section 85 rollover)
Recapitalization of a corporation to minimize punitive taxes such as tax on split income “TOSI”
TFSA versus RRSP
Salary versus dividend compensation
Division of assets in a tax deferred manner (so called Butterfly transactions)
The tax traps and pitfalls
The tax traps and pitfalls that exist are numerous when one is looking for a plan on how to pass a corporation from the current ownership team to the next. There are a number of tried and true strategies out there, but the trick is finding the strategy that achieves the transition plan to your successors in a manner that minimizes the tax payable when executing on that plan. Call us to book a meeting to help turn your goal of a smooth transition into reality.
Built with an individual in mind
Within the income tax act the least number of tax planning opportunities are built with an individual in mind.
However, just because there are fewer options available doesn’t mean that a sound tax plan cannot be put in place to keep the taxes you will have to pay to the lowest legal amount possible. Contact us to book a meeting to start getting your personal finance optimized for tax.