Adjusted Cost Base is the term that is used to describe the average cost of shares that an investor has bought. This is necessary so that you (and the government!) know how much tax you owe when you sell your shares. If you bought all of your shares at one time, there is nothing to it. If, however, you accumulated your shares through several separate purchases, you have some math in your future, in the form of the average cost method.
Doing the math
If you’re not thusly inclined, the mathematics of investing can quickly get ahead of you. While you (might!) argue that some calculations that investors routinely do are not absolutely necessary to tracking your investing progress, determining your adjusted cost base is not one of them; there is nothing the bit least optional about being able to determine how much you paid for your stocks. You need to know so you can calculate your taxes. Fortunately, it’s not that difficult. (The math part, not the paying taxespart; sorry, no help there.)
As anybody North of the 49th will tell you, there are certain aspects of being Canadian that we all revel in.
Paying tax is not one of them.
With tax season just passed, it seems like a good time to take a look at the various ways the government pries your investment return dollars out of your wallet.
When I was first getting into investing, I invested a lot of money into a Mortgage Investment Corporation. It provided quite good monthly returns, and I can still remember being pretty pleased with myself that the investment was throwing off almost $500 a month. Tax time brought a cold shower, a slap in the face, and a wakeup call all rolled into one. Unlike taxes paid on working income, investment taxes are all paid once annually, at tax time. At this point, I don’t remember exactly what the tax hit was, but for a person of my modest income, it was substantial. Coincidentally, it was about that time that I became aware of a fact that has had a major impact on my investing practices since then.
It’s no secret how expensive it is to raise kids. It is also no secret that as a society, we are not as active or fit as we used to be. The Children’s Fitness Tax Credit attempts to address both of these problems.