FARM FINANCIAL PLANNING

Now that you’ve built it up, the question is – How do you transition and slowly step away?

Selling The Farm? Keep an Eye on Your Tax Bracket

Selling The Farm? Keep an Eye on Your Tax Bracket

In Canada, we have a progressive tax system, which means lower-income earners will pay less tax on a percentage basis compared to higher-income earners. Tax Brackets Explained Here are the combined Manitoba and Federal tax brackets for 2020: Provincial and Federal Tax Rates (Combined) Taxable Income Tax Rate $0 to $33,389 25.80% $33,389-$48,535 27.75% $48,535-$72,164…

A Simple Formula to Calculate What Is Fair

Figuring out how much your non-farming children should receive when you pass away compared to your farming child is tough. As I’m sure you’ve heard, fair doesn’t always mean equal when it comes to farm transition planning. To help you get started on coming up with a “fair amount,” here’s a formula you can use.…

Is Farmland a Good Investment? Part 2

Last week we looked at the cash flow farmland generates (See Part 1). We assumed one acre was worth $6,000 and the rental income was $130/acre. This gave us a rate of return of approximately 2.17% on the rental income. We concluded there were alternative investments with better rates of return (GICs and dividend-paying stocks…

Is Farmland a Good Investment?

My immediate response would be, who’s asking? An investor or a farmer? Because their goals for the farmland are completely different. Farmers have multiple reasons why farmland would be a good investment beyond simply looking at the rate of return. For this analysis, let’s look at it from the perspective of an investor. This could…

Selling the Farm

Investing after you’ve sold the farm

  You’ve done your tax and succession planning, you’ve had the big farm auction, and your farm is sold. You’ve given some money to the kids, you’ve paid off your debt, you’ve made a few charitable donations, and you’re left sitting with $2,000,000 in cash. Now you’re left wondering, “Where do I even begin with…

Private Health Service Plan

How to convert your health expenses into corporate expenses

  I’m Colin Sabourin, Certified Financial Planner and investment advisor with Harbourfront Wealth Management. Today, I’ll be showing you how to tax-efficiently convert your family’s healthcare costs, into a corporate expense with the use of Private Health Service Plans. The scenario Here’s our scenario. You go to the dentist for your annual checkup, and lo…

Winnipeg Financial Planning

Is life insurance an investment or expense?

Are you thinking about purchasing life insurance as a succession planning tool, but having trouble wrapping your head around the annual costs? You might be thinking, “I could be using this cash to buy more land, pay off debt, increase my salary, upgrade my equipment, etc.” I get it, insurance isn’t a very exciting topic,…

Girl working Farm

Should I buy life insurance today or tomorrow?

Life insurance is one tool farmers use to help equalize their estate. Below is a comparison of the different costs of buying your life insurance today rather than waiting until you’re older. The scenario You have two children. One would like to farm; the other one isn’t interested. You want to make things fair, but…

Start your succession planning with the basics

Don’t wait until you have all the answers before you start working on a succession plan. As farm advisors, we often get questions like “How much does insurance cost for someone like me? What would the tax consequences be if I transferred land to my children? If I sell my land and invest the proceeds,…

Selling Farmland

Can I actually sell my farmland tax-free?

Can I actually sell my farmland tax-free? This week I’ve invited Julien Grenier, Accountant and Agricultural Manager at Talbot & Associates to provide us with insight on qualifying for your capital gains exemptions. As a financial planner, I lean heavily on professionals like Julien to provide my clients with proper tax advice. As you can see…