Facts & commentary
On March 22, 2017 (“Budget Day”), federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the Liberal government’s second budget since the October 2015 election. The budget, titled “Building a Strong Middle Class,” focused primarily on innovation with the goal of building a nation that is both inclusive and innovative.
Many Canadians consider a living trust when creating their estate plans. More commonly known as inter vivos trusts, the trusts can be effective in reducing estate administration fees, avoiding complex estate settlements and ensuring confidentiality on death of its settlor. In some cases, these benefits can extend to a principal residence transferred to the trust. This article discusses the availability of the principal residence exemption on sale of a home by a trust, and where the exemption is not available, the taxation of accrued gains both at the time of sale and at death.
Given the income-sensitive nature of the Old Age Security program (OAS), financial advisors are always looking for ways to reduce the bite of the OAS clawback. This article discusses the clawback and options for reducing impact.