How Can I Lower My Tax Bill by Income Splitting with My Spouse?

Allan Madan, CA
 Aug 26, 2014

So you want to know how can I lower my tax bill by income splitting with my spouse? Income splitting with a spouse is a very effective technique to reduce overall household tax liability. Some options within this technique involves letting the higher income spouse pay for all the house hold bills which frees the lower income spouse to make investments which will be taxed at the lower rate.


So you want to know how to lower your tax bill by income splitting with your spouse. Income splitting is a technique recommended by tax experts to lower your tax bill. This technique involves transferring income from a spouse in a higher income bracket to a spouse in a lower tax bracket.

So here’s the tip, have the spouse with the higher income pay for all household bills such as rent, food, and travel. This frees up the income of the lower income spouse to invest in stock, bonds, and mutual funds. The income earned on the investments will be taxed to the lower income spouse; thereby, cutting the family’s tax bill. Additionally, if you own an incorporated business, consider paying your lower income a director’s fee. Director’s fees are paid to directors of corporations for reviewing the company’s financial statements, attending director’s meetings and providing management advice to the business.


The information provided on this page is intended to provide general information. The information does not take into account your personal situation and is not intended to be used without consultation from accounting and financial professionals. Allan Madan and Madan Chartered Accountant will not be held liable for any problems that arise from the usage of the information provided on this page.

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  1. Hi Allan, I am starting a renovation company with my Son, Is incorporating a company the best way to go for us, we will split all the income/bills between us… I have read that incorporating reduces liability? Thanks

    1. Hi Sam, Canadian controlled private corporations pay a low rate of tax of only 13.5% (as of January 1, 2018) on business profits made, including profits from renovations. So incorporating can help you save tax.


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