One of the best tax saving opportunities for family owned and operated businesses over the years has been income splitting. This is the practice of splitting income amongst family members to use up all of each family member basic personal tax credit and low tax rates at the lower income levels. The Federal Government and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recognized this lost revenue and in the year 2000 put measures in place to reduce these income splitting opportunities. These rules are generally referred to as “Kiddie Tax” and apply to these situations involving minor children.
Kiddie tax is applied on the following income:
There are some exceptions to the Kiddie Tax:
If the Kiddie tax rules are applied, all of that income will be taxed at the highest marginal tax rate, also personal tax credits cannot be used against Kiddie Tax related income.
Even though the Kiddie Tax rules are pretty tough and do eliminate a significant amount of income splitting opportunities, there are still opportunities for income splitting in family owned businesses and similar situations:
If you are in a situation and think that you may get caught up in the Kiddie Tax rules, or if are looking to do some tax planning around the Kiddie Tax rules and you want to discuss it with a Chartered Accountant please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org , 604 510-0156, or visit our website at http://www.wattsca.ca for more information.
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