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Gifting Money Tax-Free in Canada

Gifting money tax-free in Canada may be of interest to you when looking to support your loved ones or planning the distribution of your estate effectively. Unlike some other countries where large financial gifts may be subject to taxation, Canada presents a more favorable scenario if you are looking to transfer your wealth.

Are There Tax Implications?

In Canada, there is no gift tax, meaning that you can give any amount of money to your family members or anyone else during your lifetime without incurring any direct tax implications for yourself or the recipient. This allows for significant flexibility in financial planning, whether for educational purposes, assisting in the purchase of a first home, or simply supporting a loved one.

Capital Gains Tax on Appreciable Assets

Despite the absence of gift tax in Canada, it’s essential to consider the tax implications of gifting assets that could appreciate in value, such as real estate or shares. In these cases, the CRA applies rules related to capital gains tax. If you gift such an asset, you are deemed to have disposed of it at its fair market value, potentially triggering capital gains tax for yourself. However, any appreciation in value after the time of the gift is not subject to capital gains or probate fees on your passing making it advantageous for the beneficiary of the gift.

Income Earned on The Gifted Money

While the act of gifting money is tax-free, any income generated from the gifted money is subject to tax. For instance, if you gift money to a family member and they invest that money, any interest, dividends, or capital gains earned from that investment would be taxable income for them, but it may be the case that your family member is in a lower tax bracket than you are, thus making the tax burden on that income lower than if it had remained in your hands. It’s worth noting the attribution rules that apply within families, particularly between spouses and minor children, which can mean that the income is still taxed in your hands.

Personalized Advice is Extremely Useful

Careful planning and consideration are key when you gift money in Canada to ensure alignment with your financial goals and tax planning strategies. A tax professional can provide personalized advice and help you navigate the complexities of tax laws and regulations to maximize the benefits of your gift.

At Bloom Investment Counsel, Inc., we have been protecting, preserving, and building family wealth since 1985 and can direct you to a trusted tax professional to help you transfer family wealth in a tax-efficient manner.

This content is provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute financial, investment, tax, legal or accounting advice nor does it constitute an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities referred to. Individual circumstances and current events are critical to sound investment planning; anyone wishing to act on this content should consult with his or her financial partner or advisor.

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