What is Income Splitting?
Income splitting is the strategy of moving income from a family member in a higher personal income tax bracket to a family member in a lower personal income tax bracket. For instance, the earned and passive income of one spouse is fictionally attributed to the other spouse with the help of this tax strategy.
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Benefit of Income Splitting
Income splitting allows you to share income with family members and is utilized to reduce the overall family tax burden. In Canada, there are various tax brackets depending upon the income of people. A low-income spouse will fall in the lower income tax bracket, and inversely a higher income spouse will fall in the high-income tax bracket. With the help of income splitting, the spouse falling in the high-income tax bracket can move down, hence paying lesser tax. This helps them save more of their income.
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Corporate Income Splitting
The existence of a separate corporate entity that receives business income allows that corporation to distribute its revenue in more ways than an individual can. The controlling registrant/director of the corporation is allowed to issue voting, non-voting, non-equity shares of the Corporation to family members (defined broadly to include blended families), being children, parents, and spouses. The corporation can thus allocate its business income to employees (including the controlling registrant, family members, and others) as salary and issue dividends to any shareholder of the company.
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Tax on Income Splitting (TOSI)
The cumulative effect of such income splitting on the taxes payable (in both the long and short term) by the controlling director, the corporation, and those shareholders depends on many factors. It is essential that tax advice from an accountant or lawyer should be sought to ensure you implement the optimal tax strategy. The tax rules are complicated and splitting income could result in more tax being levied. Specifically, the new rules on tax on split income (TOSI) could have negative impacts if not taken into account during tax planning.
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