Tag Archives: Taxes

Traveling to the USA? Here’s How It Might Affect Your Taxes (Ep. 60)



Many Canadians pack their suitcases as it gets colder and fly off to warmer places in the USA. While that sounds like a wonderful idea, it is important to know the tax implications of your trip.

In this episode, Kris Dureau provides a brief overview of tax-related nuances you need to keep in mind as a frequent traveler to the USA.

Kris discusses:

  • The importance of consulting an accountant who is experienced in cross-border taxation
  • How the length of your stay affects your tax situation (Substantial Presence Test)
  • Insights into taxation on US-sourced income
  • And more!

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Offsetting Taxes From Your RRSP: Facts About The RRSP Meltdown Strategy (Ep. 56)



The RRSP meltdown strategy has been saving our clients’ tax dollars for many years now, allowing for more savings and tax benefits.

In this episode, Kris Dureau unpacks the benefits and risks of this strategy along with ways you can reduce taxes during your retirement income in your early golden years. 

Kris discusses:

  • How to save money when taking out your RRSP
  • How to avoid paying large amounts of taxes when withdrawing from your retirement savings plan
  • Techniques to save money during your retirement years
  • The role of these RRSP strategies when it comes to your estate planning 
  • And more!

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6 Things To Avoid With a Tax-Free Savings Account (Ep. 55)



Just the name Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? You can set aside money tax-free throughout your lifetime and it is a great idea… If you don’t make some simple mistakes. We need to be aware of the regulations around these accounts to avoid any painful mistakes.

In this episode, Kris goes through six simple steps you can check off in order to have a tax-free savings account as a valuable tool that benefits you. Your TFSA is a registered plan that could help you save a certain amount of money each year and grow it tax-free.

Kris discusses:

  • Why you should name your spouse as a successor holder rather than a beneficiary of your TFSA
  • The reason you should not use your TFSA as a high-interest savings account
  • The importance of planning when to withdraw money out of your TFSA
  • Factors to consider when looking to make a big purchase
  • And more

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Investing While Owning a Small Business with Gary Armstrong, CPA, CGA (Ep. 54)



You want to invest your money and we want to help you do so, but you have a small business. So, what are your options now? Do you invest through your personal assets or your corporation? 

In this episode, Kris sits down with Gary Armstrong from Green Private Wealth to discuss what both of these routes can offer you. They talk about things to consider before making this decision such as taxes, returns on investments, and how much cash you should have as liquid assets within your company and in your personal portfolio. 

Gary and Kris discuss:

  • How to identify investment risks as a young entrepreneur 
  • What redundant assets entail and how you can use them for investments 
  • The tax implications of each investment route 
  • And more

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About Gary Armstrong:

Gary Armstrong is a chartered professional accountant and certified general accountant (CPA, CGA) with a specialization in taxation through the In-Depth Tax Course offered by CPA Canada.  Before joining Green Private Wealth Counsel, Gary worked for almost ten years at a local accounting firm that focused on personal and corporate tax services for individuals and businesses of all sizes. Before that, Gary worked in 2 different large international accounting firms providing general accounting and US personal tax services.


Celebrating 50 Episodes: Take A Walk Down Memory Lane With Us (Ep. 51)



The Ride: Life, Work and Wealth has officially been running for 50 episodes. To celebrate, Kris Dureau is going through his top 6 most downloaded episodes, giving you an idea of what each one entails. 

This week, Kris details why each of these releases was such a hit, followed by important takeaways each one had to offer, giving you a crash course on his podcasting journey.

Kris gives an overview of:

  • What you should consider before making a big career decision
  • How to keep the cottage in the family and make sure you are saving on taxes  
  • Insight on when you should take your CPP payment
  • Why it is vital to write your life letters
  • And more!

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15 Quick Tips to Secure Your Finances Now and in the Future (Ep. 47)



Financial planning is not just about securing your tomorrow. It’s also about living a better today.

In this rapid-fire style episode, Kris Dureau walks you through 15 quick-hit tips to help you get a better handle on your finances, both now and in the future. Investments, tax planning, wealth transfer, debt management —Kris covers it all!

Kris discusses:

  • Accounts you should regularly contribute money towards
  • Steps you can take to weather market volatility
  • How to keep your finances organized (for you, your family, and your advisor)
  • Often-overlooked financial planning areas 
  • And more!

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Tax Filing Best Practices with Gary Armstrong, CPA, CGA (Ep. 46)



Tax season and tax filing season can be stressful if you are not well prepared.

Learn how to make things easier when filing your taxes next year in this episode of The Ride: Life, Work and Wealth with Gary Armstrong, chartered professional accountant and certified general accountant at Green Private Wealth Counsel – Harbourfront Wealth Management.

This week, Gary provides some best practices for you to put into practice when filing your taxes next year. He unveils key components you need to be aware of to ensure a smooth and efficient process.

Gary discusses:

  • Why you shouldn’t file your taxes too early
  • The difference between credits and deductions
  • Changes in tuition credits
  • What fees you can deduct from your portfolio
  • What you should know about income tax on foreign properties
  • The truth about accessing the CRA as an accountant
  • And more!

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About our Guest:

Gary Armstrong is a chartered professional accountant and certified general accountant (CPA, CGA) with a specialization in taxation through the In-Depth Tax Course offered by CPA Canada.  Before joining Green Private Wealth Counsel, Gary worked for almost ten years at a local accounting firm that focused on personal and corporate tax services for individuals and businesses of all sizes. Before that, Gary worked in 2 different large international accounting firms providing general accounting and US personal tax services.


The Four Wealth Destroyers (Ep. 45)



What reduces wealth — do you know? 

Find out in this episode, as Kris Dureau explains how taxes, inflation, fees, and overreacting to the market impact our savings, income, and investments. He also unveils ways we can avoid making common mistakes and make better decisions with our money.

Kris discusses:

  • The importance of working alongside helpful and supportive financial advisors 
  • Ways taxes, inflation, fees, and overreacting to the market impact our savings and investments
  • How to curb and overcome common wealth destroyers
  • The value of being aware of our emotions during times of volatility
  •  And more!

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The Ins and Outs of Pension Planning (Ep. 44)



Whether you’re retiring or changing jobs, remember to always have your pension plan in mind.

In this episode, Kris Dureau helps out the 37% of Canadians who still have pension plans. With an all-time high of employees moving jobs, here is how you can start planning around the options you have so you can get the most out of your employee pension.

Kris discusses:

  • The types of pension plans
  • What happens to your pension if you leave your job
  • What you should know about withdrawing from your pension before retirement
  • Taxable pension plans
  • And more!

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How To Keep Your Cottage in the Family and Reduce Your Future Tax Bill (Ep. 40)



Are you thinking about selling or gifting your cottage to your kids? A lot of cottage owners want to keep this property in the family. But, too many of them get hit with a big tax bill because they don’t know how to make the transition. 

If you want to avoid tax mistakes, this one’s for you!

In this episode, Kris Dureau shares advice — as a financial planner and fellow cottage-owner — on how to reduce your cottage’s future tax bill. He also dives into the nuances of family dynamics to help you make a confident decision about which child to give or sell the cottage to.

Kris discusses:

  • Why cottage property values are surging and how that impacts estate planning
  • What to consider when deciding which child will receive the cottage
  • Major mistakes people make when selling or gifting a cottage
  • Top ways to reduce your cottage’s future tax bill
  • And more

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