April 26, 2022
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Do you have a comprehensive financial and retirement plan – written down – that maps out when you can afford to retire and what your retirement paycheque will look like?
This is the third and final blog in a series of three on this important topic.
Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve covered so far:
In the first blog we talked about the structure of your dental practice and when you are ready to sell the practice; we highlighted some of the key differences between selling the shares of your corporation versus selling the assets of your corporation.
The second blog talked about putting necessary bumper guards in place, to protect you and your family in the event life throws you a curveball.
In today’s blog, we are going to talk about how to leverage your practice to build a tax-free “personal” retirement paycheque. In addition, I’m going to explain why it is important for you to have a second corporation.
If you remember back to the first blog, I brought up the issue of “passive assets” inside your corporation. I mentioned that if you wanted to sell the shares of your corporation down the road, then you would need to restructure – or “purify” – your corporation prior to sale, to ensure that the business qualifies for the $850K+ Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption.
In order to “purify” your Dental Practice Corporation, you will need to open up a second corporation as part of that process – it will simply be an “Investment Corporation.” I don’t want to get too far into the weeds, but this second corporation is considered “connected” in the eyes of Revenue Canada. Meaning: the Small Business Tax Rate on the first $500K of active income will now be shared between the two corporations… But, if you do this correctly, this will not become an issue.
Now that you have this second corporation opened, we can now “loan money” from the Dental Corp to the Investment Corp and you only have to charge what is called the “Prescribed Rate of Interest” – which is currently sitting at 1%. So, you could move 99 cents on the dollar from your active Dental Corp over to the Investment Corp, you’re looking at 99 cents on the dollar to go out and purchase rental real estate. Now because this rental real estate is inside the Investment Corp, this will make it easier down the road to sell the “shares” of your Dental Corp in order to qualify for the $850K of the Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption.
Let’s change gears
We want to build a pension plan for you that will lead to a Tax-Free Retirement Paycheque – using either your Dental Corp or your Investment Corp. If you are confident that you will be selling your Dental Corp down the road, then I would highly recommend that we implement this strategy through your Investment Corp.
The Pension Plan is called the Insured Retirement Program (or IRP); it has both an insurance component to it as well as a cash investment component.
Now some of you reading this blog may have heard of this strategy, but I guarantee you’ve probably never seen the IRP designed the way that I design it.
Most advisors design an IRP the wrong way. How? Because they design it such that you have to wait 10, 14, or even 20 years to get access to the cash sitting inside the Whole Life Policy. In short: they have designed it for when you die and not for while you are alive.
Now I’ll let you in on a little secret: the way they designed that policy will maximize the commissions for your advisor.
In my opinion, it has not been designed for your best interest, which is what’s most important.
Let me explain.
With Whole Life Insurance, you have a component of the premium that is strictly paying for the death benefit and you have a component of the premium that can go into the Cash Investment Account. The design of the IRP mentioned earlier in this blog – where you have to wait 14 or more years to get access to the cash – means that most of your premium is going to pay the death benefit.
But what if I told you that with the way that I design the IRP, you can write a cheque for the premium on Monday and we could give you access to up to 90% of the cash value inside the policy by Tuesday.
Full Disclosure – I make a lot less commission designing it this way, but typically after four or five years, you could have access to up to 100% of the money you have put into the IRP.
So what does this all mean for you and why would I design it this way?
I have three key reasons –
1. Because I truly believe this design is in the best interest of you and your family.
2. If you think back to what happened when Covid-19 first hit, cash flow might have been an issue for you. What if I told you that based upon my design of the IRP, you could have taken a premium holiday in 2020, thereby conserving your cash flow?
3. I design the IRP this way because after four or five years, if you change your mind, you could still get up to all of your money back.
Think about it this way: if you wrote a cheque for $100K on a Monday and I told you that you could have access to $90K of that premium on by the next day… what could you do with that money?
Think about it – the $100K premium is paying for much-needed life insurance coverage for you and your family, but now you have access to $90K of that money which could be used to purchase rental real estate or to reinvest back into your business.
Now there is a fourth key reason of why I design my IRPs this way that I haven’t shared yet…
Picture this, you are making these premium payments either out of your Dental Corp or out of your Investment Corp, it doesn’t matter… We are giving you immediate access of up to 90% of the cash value inside the policy. When you decide to retire down the road, we can take that policy to a lending institution and they can turn on a 100% tax-free retirement income.
I’d say that’s kind of like having your cake and eating it too!
I’ve covered a lot about financial planning for dentists in these last three videos… now just imagine what we can do for you in person.
If you are interested in developing a comprehensive written Financial & Retirement Plan, contact me at the coordinates below to apply to become my client. Thanks for reading and always remember: when we design financial plans for our clients, we make sure that your money outlives you in retirement.
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By John Moakler, BMath, CFP, CLU
President and Senior Executive Financial Planner
Moakler Wealth Management
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