Parents who want to help finance their children’s education can invest in a Registered Education Savings Plan or compensate them from the family farm.  |  Getty Image

Parents have options when investing in kids’ education

An education is important for the new generations of farmers. There is a long list of the abilities that education helps to develop, such as making sound business decisions, running technology, applying appropriate agronomic practices and marketing This also provides a potential back-up plan or career to the farm. As parents, what is the best […] Read more

It’s important to plan ahead when paying tax instalments

With the end of the year approaching, the time is coming to plan for your income tax instalments. This article concentrates on tax instalments for farms operating as sole proprietorships. Instalments are a common hit to a farm’s cash flows, and these payments can sometimes come as a surprise. The government requires instalments if your […] Read more

There are ways to get the most out of a farm sale

After putting years of hard work into your farm, it is understandable that you want to get the highest value out of it on a sale. One key to receiving top dollar is planning and ensuring essential items are properly looked after. Planning your corporate structure Having a tangled web of corporations is typically going […] Read more


Younger generation has much at stake in succession plan

There tends to be a large focus on the parents of a family farm when it comes to succession and estate planning. This includes what their exit strategy is and how they plan to fund retirement. But for a successful transition, it is important that the next generation also understands the current decisions and the […] Read more

How self-employed farmers can prepare for retirement

As a farmer, you do not have a funded pension plan waiting for you upon retirement. It’s likely that you will rely on the value and potential future earnings of your largest asset, your land. If your plan involves passing the farm to the next generation, this can add complications. It is unlikely you can […] Read more


Capital gains can be saved when moving the family farm

Most producers are aware that farm property can be passed to the next generation without tax consequences if certain conditions are met. However, what if you want to relocate your operation? What if an opportunity arises to sell farmland at a premium but you wish to purchase other land in another area? What if you […] Read more

What to consider when planning retirement income

Retirement results in major changes to lifestyle and income. People planning for retirement should consider all income sources that they will have. These range from renting out land, selling land or assets (like inventory) over a period of time, or potentially payments from succession agreements to pass along the farm to the next generation. Other […] Read more

New exclusions made to proposed income sprinkling rules

The federal finance department recently announced simplification to the new proposed income sprinkling rules that begin to apply in 2018. It has provided clear guidelines (“bright line tests”) for when these rules will no longer apply to a taxpayer. The changes appear to provide relief for a majority of structures that farms may have in […] Read more


Optional inventory or deferring: how do they compare?

Farmers are relieved that the grain ticket deferral option has been saved, but they should also be aware of the optional inventory adjustment when planning their taxes. Grain ticket deferrals are useful because they help to smooth income by allowing grain to be delivered in one year and cash to be received and tax paid […] Read more

Here is the latest on Ottawa’s tax change proposals

The federal government has made several amendments in the past month to its proposed tax changes for private corporations. Since July 18, when the initial proposal was released, there have been many areas of concern on how the proposal would affect family farm corporations. Some of the most worrisome parts of the proposal have been […] Read more