Being in Canada, a large portion of our income goes to taxes. For this reason we should try to find every legal way possible to reduce the amount we will have to pay. We need to save money on taxes in Canada.
Below are some tips with short descriptions that can prove to be handy in helping you save money on taxes in Canada.
- If you have any non-tax-deductible debt, it is important to pay that off first. Any tax deductible debt should be paid off last because a portion of the interest that you pay on that will be returned to you by the Canadian government when you do your taxes. Considering this, you should use a greater amount of your gross income to pay non-tax-deductable debt off in a shorter term. This helps in getting you a higher tax return at the end of the year.
- Another way to save money on taxes in Canada is to invest in RRSPs. Any money invested in an RRSP will be taken off of your total income at the end of the year. This means that if you made $45,000, and invested $5000 into an RRSP, you will only have to pay taxes on $40,000 instead of $45,000.
It’s advisable to use a major proportion (at least 15%) of your income (gross) to invest in RRSP. Ensure that in the long run, the returns from RRSP are greater than the interest accrued on your borrowing. This however, is vulnerable to stock market volatility. Investing in RRSP will help you to save money on taxes in Canada and you can either use the money that is returned to you at tax time for further investments in RRSPs or spend it right away. The second option will leave you with less money after retirement.
Withdrawing money from an RRSP after retirement or while you are unemployed will usually be in your favor, this is because the Canadian government follows a Progressive tax structure, where people with greater income pay higher taxes and those with lower income pay lower taxes.
Cutting down the day to day expenses can help you save some money. Consumption of goods leads to certain sales tax which can be avoided as long as unnecessary consumption is curtailed. These extra savings can be used for investments leading to future income benefits in the form of interest. Tax rates applied to this interest is less than the tax rates applied when you actually contribute to the GDP or GNP.
Investing outside RRSPs (i.e. in non-registered accounts) is better if, even after retirement, you fall under a high tax bracket. Remember to invest in capital gains and not any interest generating bonds or investments. Capital losses can be used to minimize capital gains tax and you can show capital loss if you purchase bonds at a high premium rate. This capital loss can reduce the capital gains tax on maturity to a sizeable amount and as a result, this can reduce taxes owed. Avoid selling any investment prior to your retirement because, that will produce taxable capital gains while you are still in a higher tax bracket.
So, think before you invest and plan your expenditures and investments. This will help you to save money on taxes in Canada.