Family Tax Cut credit adds to income splitting options Canadians can use
to save tax
TORONTO, March 31, 2015 /CNW/ - While the new Family Tax Cut credit has
attracted a lot of attention since its introduction last year, there
are other potentially better income splitting strategies that have been
around a lot longer and provide much more significant tax savings for
your family, finds a new CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) report by wealth advisory expert Jamie Golombek.
"With marginal tax rates for high-income earners approaching 50 per cent
in several provinces, now is a great time to revisit income splitting
strategies," says Mr. Golombek, Managing Director, Tax and Estate
Planning, CIBC Wealth Advisory Services.
In his report, The Great Divide: Income Splitting Strategies Can Lower Your Family's
Taxes, he points out that the "attribution rules" in Canada's Income Tax Act
make it difficult for high-income earners to simply hand income to
lower-income family members for them to report on their tax returns.
"However, there are a number of strategies available to families that
can reduce your tax bill," he says.
The report describes in detail the following income splitting
Family Tax Cut credit
The Family Tax Cut credit can be claimed for the first time for the 2014
taxation year. The credit provides a version of income splitting that
allows you to notionally transfer up to $50,000 of income to your
lower-income spouse (or partner) provided you have a child who was under 18 at the end of the year. The
maximum benefit, however, is capped at $2,000.
You can split up to half of your pension income with your spouse. Any
pension income that qualifies for the $2,000 federal pension income
credit qualifies to be split.
Spousal RRSPs (RRIFs)
Spousal RRSPs can be an effective method of income splitting in
retirement for those who expect to have a higher income or have
accumulated more retirement assets than their spouse.
Higher-income earner pays all expenses
The higher-income earning spouse pays all the household expenses, while
the lower-income earner does all the non-registered investing.
Spousal loan and loan to a family trust
Spousal loans are exceptionally attractive now since the prescribed
interest rate is currently at a historic low of 1% (which is the lowest
rate possible) until at least June 30, 2015. The spousal loan strategy
can be expanded to help fund expenses for your children if you make a
prescribed rate loan to a family trust.
Put your family members to work
If you own a business, hiring your spouse or children to work for you
can be a great way to income split. The result could be thousands of
dollars of annual tax savings.
"Income splitting can reduce the overall tax burden for the family",
says Mr. Golombek. "There are a number of strategies available, so
speak to your tax and financial advisors to determine which ones are
right for your family."
The full report is available at: https://www.cibc.com/ca/pdf/advice-centre/income-splitting-strategies-2015-en.pdf.
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SOURCE Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
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