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October 2017

Effective October 26th 2017, LMC Group has moved to the 15th floor of Bow Valley Square Tower II in downtown Calgary!

We have outgrown our old space and are excited for this new opportunity to better serve our clients.

Feel free to drop in and say hello at:

#1500, 205 – 5th Avenue SW, Calgary AB T2P 2V7

September 2017

The Pension Adjustment (“PA”) represents the deemed value of the pension benefit earned during the calendar year, as a result of participating in an Individual Pension Plan (“IPP”). The Pension Adjustment is calculated every year for each Member of the IPP, and must be disclosed in box 52 of their T4 slip, along with the pension plan registration number in Box Number 50. Failure to report the PA can lead to an audit of the IPP by the Canada Revenue Agency. Please ensure you report the PA for every year you have the IPP Plan.

Please follow this link to download our 2017 PA Calculator.

September 2017 Newsletter

Retirement Planning for Private Corporations in the New Tax Environment

Canada’s Finance Minister recently released a Consultation Paper entitled “Tax Planning Using Private Corporations”. This paper outlined the government’s proposals to limit the use of perceived tax loopholes in the current tax system available to private corporations. The challenge remains: How to minimize the portion of income from private corporation payable to the owner and his family that is taxed at top marginal rates.

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August 2017

It is with great sadness but tremendous pride that we announce the retirement of William R. Keech, Vice-President of Client Services.

With many decades of experience in the field of consulting, Bill earned a respected reputation for his ability to demystify group retirement plans and deliver clear, straightforward advice. His knowledge extended through all fields of group retirement, and his eagerness to share and teach the rest of us will surely be missed.

We wish you all the best Bill! Congratulations!

July 2017 Newsletter

How Do I Access My Individual Pension Plan Assets?

Most of the focus on IPPs is on how much can be contributed. Equally important is to understand how to get

access to your money – whether you retire, die, or even terminate the plan early. This article summarizes all the options available.

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May 2017

LMC Group would like to extend a warm welcome to Monika Horvat.

Monika is currently studying for her Actuarial designation and is an exciting and welcome new addition to our team.

January 2017

Expanding our Services in the Ontario Market

Lesniewski Moore Consulting Group Expands with Merger of W.C. Kennedy & Associates

As a company that prides itself on providing clarity, proactive service and support we have merged with W.C. Kennedy & Associates to continue meeting the demand for knowledgeable and timely advice. To learn more about how our practical and proven consulting services can help you and your clients make better decisions, please contact us for a meeting.

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November 2016

After fulfilling her primary objectives, Dianne will be leaving LMC Group to pursue other interests.

LMC Group wishes to thank Dianne for her numerous contributions particularly with respect to marketing and profile building of the firm.

September 2016 Newsletter

Pension Plan Design for Smaller Employers

Smaller employers have the same need to include a pension plan in the total compensation package of their employees as larger employers – attraction, retention, engagement, obligations to long service employees, etc. However, many smaller employers must also be focused on cost stability, risk management and administrative simplicity.

As a result, a capital accumulation plan (“CAP”) has been the vehicle of choice for smaller employers. CAP plans can come in two variants – a defined contribution (“DC”) pension plan or a group registered retirement savings plan. However, a CAP plan is not an effective way to provide retirement benefits. This newsletter discusses how a much more effective solution, a defined benefit (“DB”) pension plan, could work for a smaller employer.

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August 2016 Newsletter

We Want to See You! Let’s Skype

Together, let’s embrace technology that helps us connect – to discuss, share and collaborate.

What is Skype
Skype is a video conferencing software that is widely distributed and easy to use. It has been around for almost twenty years, and recently gained popularity by joining with Microsoft Office. In fact, it’s already downloaded and ready to use on almost any new device.

Why use Skype
The value of face to face communication is beyond measure. By using Skype, we can connect with you and your clients on a more personal level when you need us.

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