There is a BIG hole in most individuals’ tax planning – they try to reduce their annual taxes during their lives while rarely considering how much their estate will pay in taxes.
If this isn’t addressed, it can often lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes… sometimes millions of dollars in taxes. Sometimes the family cottage or other important assets must be sold to obtain the money to pay the taxes.
If you and your spouse had died yesterday, how much of your estate would Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) receive?
This is likely a big number and a significant percentage of your net worth. It’s critical you know this number and decide if you agree with CRA inserting themselves in your estate. I have yet to meet someone who knew this number before they were a client.