tax-smart investment solutions CORPORATE CLASS EXPLAINEDWhat is corporate class andhow can it work for you?
Many of Fidelity’s most popular mutual fund trusts are also offeredas corporate class investments.What’s the difference? investment remains at its original purchase price regardless of the rebalancing activity and the relatedWhile corporate class funds may hold the same types capital gains are only realized when the corporateof investments as the traditional mutual fund trust class shares are redeemed or sold.versions (directly or indirectly), class funds are heldinside a mutual fund corporation, which provides By contrast, any rebalancing activity between tradi-additional tax benefits for investors. Although each tional mutual fund trusts can result in an immediatecorporate class fund within the corporation has its taxable event. Any resulting capital gains will beown investment objective and strategy, together taxed in the year in which they are realized. In thisthey are treated as a single entity for tax purposes. case, the investor’s ACB increases and is reset to the new purchase price.How does corporate class provide 2. Tax-efficient growthtax benefits? Pooling income and expenses: In a mutual fundA mutual fund corporation is a single legal entity. corporation, the income and expenses of all of theInstead of taxing each individual mutual fund within different mutual fund classes are pooled, rather thanthe corporation, the corporation as a whole is taxed. being managed and reported separately.The resulting tax benefits are often referred to as As a result, corporate class mutual funds can share“tax efficient” or “tax smart.” While they may not income, gains, losses, expenses and loss carry-reduce the tax paid in every situation, they do allow forwards to reduce taxable distributions generatedinvestors to organize their investments to increase by the corporation as a whole.the potential for tax savings. Distributions: When distributions are made, they tend to be more tax-efficient than distributions1. Tax-efficient rebalancing from traditional mutual funds. Corporate class fundsWhen investors sell traditional mutual funds, cannot distribute income.1 They can only distributethey must pay tax immediately on any gains. But Canadian dividends and capital gains dividends,corporate class funds are all held within the same both of which are taxed at a more favourable ratecorporation, so investors can move their money than regular income. Corporate class funds are notfrom one class fund to another class fund without obliged to make distributions if they are not in atriggering any immediate tax consequences. taxable position, but they may choose to do soBenefit: With corporate class funds, investors can in order to maintain the long term viability of therebalance their portfolios or change their invest- corporation.ments without immediate tax consequences. That Benefit: Taxes are minimized or deferred, leavingleaves more money in an investor’s account to grow. more money in an investor’s account to benefit fromEach time the asset allocation is reset, rebalancing compound growth. From a tax point of view, this iswithin the corporate structure will not trigger any clearly preferable to holding a fixed-income mutualcapital gains. The adjusted cost base (ACB) of the fund, which pays interest income that is taxable at an investor’s marginal tax rate.
tax-smart investment solutions3. Tax-efficient cash flow Trust accountsCorporate class investments can be combined with ■■ Corporate class provides the same tax-efficientFidelity Tax-Smart Withdrawal Program™ (Fidelity benefits for those who may want to create trustT-SWP™ Class) for even greater tax efficiency. T-SWP accounts for children or grandchildren.Class provides cash flow by returning an investor’s ■■ Generally, parents or grandparents are taxed on anyoriginal investment principal in a return of capital. This returns received before the child claims the trust.amount is not taxable, because the investor already However, corporate class has the potential to reducepaid tax on it before the investment was made. distributions, thereby minimizing the potential taxA return of capital will reduce the ACB of class fund burden before the beneficiary reaches maturity.shares held. Once all of an investor’s capital has beenreturned, the subsequent cash flows will be treated as Seniorscapital gains and taxed at a favourable rate. ■■ Corporate class combined with T-SWP provides seniors with tax-efficient cash flow.Benefit: Investors can receive tax-efficient cashflow without having to sell investments, meanwhile ■■ It may be especially helpful in reducing or elimi-deferring capital gains. nating Old Age Security (OAS) clawback. Since T-SWP Class payments – at least in the initial years – are return of capital, they are not consid-Who should invest in corporate class ered income for tax purposes. (The corporatemutual funds? class funds may pay Canadian dividends and capital gains dividends from time to time.) ByIndividual investors supplementing income with return of capital,Corporate class funds are an attractive option for pensioners can get added spending power whileinvestors with non-registered investments, including keeping taxable income down – thus maximizingthose who OAS payments.■■ h ave used up their RRSP and TFSA contribution Fidelity offers over 100 investment options in its room corporate class structure to assist your advisor in■■ seek a steady stream of cash flow in the future or constructing a portfolio for you according to your in retirement (using T-SWP Class) investment objectives, suitability and time horizon.■■ rebalance their portfolios on a tax-deferred basis And all our products are backed by our leading investment process, with solutions to suit almostOwner-managed corporations every risk profile.■■ Corporate class may provide a more tax-efficient option for after-tax profits held in a corporation than other commonly used vehicles. For more information,■■ Corporate class can also help fund a corporation’s talk to your financial advisor. capital dividend account (CDA), which may facili- tate the payment of non-taxable dividends from Visit fidelity.ca the corporation to its shareholders. (For more information, see Fidelity’s tax-smart solutions bro- chure entitled “Capital Dividend Account.”)