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Owner-Manager Remuneration Series


As we approach the end of the year, owner-managers of Canadian private corporations may be thinking about their annual remuneration plan. This yearly assessment is a key step and should consider changes in personal circumstances and various external factors including changing tax rates and laws. Owner-managers often ask:

  • Should I pay myself a salary or dividend this year? 
  • Are there ways to reduce our family’s income tax bill by paying amounts to family members without adverse tax consequences?

Furthermore, many owner-mangers may be in a position to devise or re-evaluate their long-term strategy for saving and planning for retirement. They may be wondering:

  • Are there concerns with growing an investment portfolio in my corporation to save for retirement?
  • What pension options should I consider when building a robust retirement plan?

How BDO can help

Annual remuneration and retirement planning can be complex. Reach out to a BDO advisor for customized tax strategies that work best for you.

The information in this publication is current as of October 18, 2023.

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