Business plans must include retirement planning


Many business owners focus on their business and must remember to invest seriously for retirement.

The Retirement myth of the Entrepreneur: Most business owners believe their company will provide investment capital when sold, or if passed on to the next generation, a salary or dividend payments. For some, their financial stability rides on the company’s future success.

Make hay while the sun shines. Don’t be overly optimistic that your company will succeed and create good revenue forever. Planning becomes necessary when a business represents an estate’s significant value. You may make hay while the sun shines, but be sure to stack a lot of it away for future use.

Many are not convinced that they need to plan their estate or the succession of their business. Despite the economic importance of their business, most business owners are still determining the tax liability if both spouses were to die. An estate plan can ensure that these taxes will be paid from one or a combination of the following sources:

  • Life insurance
  • The business, from cash flow or liquid assets
  • RRSPSs/RRIFs (taxed when both spouses die)
  • TFSAs
  • Sale of real estate or a significant asset.
  • Non-registered investments

We are all ageing despite our business successes. Please take the time to do some essential estate planning to figure out who will take over the company and where your retirement income will come from. Review your personal and corporate-owned life insurance, disability coverage, and key-person insurance. Revise or complete both your will and power of attorney.

In some cases, paying relatively small life insurance premiums can entirely solve the estate’s future capital gains tax problems or generate capital to replace the tax that may be payable in your estate. It is essential to purchase insurance currently versus when older or health declines. If your health is a concern, ask your life insurance specialist if he can search the market for you.

Life insurance can eliminate company debt and help a succeeding son or daughter with new business capital. Finally, it can equalise the division of your estate among all of your heirs.

Note: Life and disability insurance taxation vary in accord with the strategies used by the life insurance specialist, changing legislation, and hiring an accountant to guide effective business strategies relative to succession or an estate.