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Why not pay in full upfront for a car?

I assume the following 3 hypotheses, which doesn't duplicate and instead only narrows http://money.stackexchange.com/a/38838/10763, http://money.stackexchange.com/a/15812, ...
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calculating capital gains on property for non residents

I am a non resident of canada but canadian citizen. I bought a house in alberta for 250,000 in 2004. I became a non resident in 2006, the market value of the house was about 450,000 then. I would ...
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Can I have a side income without registering it as a business

I am full time employed. If I want to generate some income from a side hobby-business by buying and selling gift cards, at what point in time do I need to register as a business/corporation with the ...
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I'm not broke, but I'm feeling stuck on a fixed income

I'm living on a fixed disability income, with little hope of ever being able to work again. I cannot receive any income of any kind while on disability (or I have to pay it back anyway, and risk ...
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US citizen living and working in US for a Canadian company.

I will be working for a Canadian software company remotely from my home in the US. The company doesn't have a US branch or presence. How will the company pay me without a US division? And will I ...
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Are the tax rates same for income from salary, rental, and odd jobs?

As per this link, the tax rates in Ontario are divided into Other Income, Canadian Dividends, and Capital Gains. Do all kinds of Income (rental, salary, odd jobs, etc.) come under Other Income? And ...
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Mathematics behind deciding to do a lump sum mortgage payment vs. RRSP contribution?

If I have 10,000 extra dollars, how could I decide between doing either: A lump sum mortgage prepayment (2.1% variable closed interest rate, 250k remaining balance), or, An RRSP contribution ...
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How to do charitable donation from RRSP? Can there be a tax benefit?

Is there a way to donate to a charity straight out of an RRSP? That way I get the RRSP tax deduction benefit and at same time can also contribute to a charity.
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How do I split my income with my wife?

I want to split my income with my wife in order to save on taxes. I have a corporation, however, my wife does not currently work for my company. What is the best way for us to split our incomes while ...
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Save on taxes by paying oneself dividends instead of salary from a Canadian company

Shareholders of Canadian companies enjoy a so called dividend tax credit. Basically, this means a reduced rate of tax on the dividends paid by the company to the shareholder. That makes me ...
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Could someone help me understand bond information?

I'm currently looking at this website for information on Government of Canada bonds. I was just wondering if anyone could tell me when the coupon payments are made (is there only one at maturity?) and ...
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How can I reduce my tax liability on proceeds from the sale of a company?

My (Canadian) company is about to be sold and as one of the first employees I'm expecting a significant payout from options (e.g. $2M !). That sounds like an incredible amount of money, but this is ...
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Canada: Can financial institutions borrow against all RRSP assets?

I have a self-directed RRSP at a Canadian financial institution. In this case it happens to be a credit union. The RRSP account is holding a corporate bond. I pay the institution a fee for ...
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self directed RRSP for a non resident

I am a US resident and want to take money out of my superannuation municipal plan and have it converted to an RRSP. However, some banks don't allow you to obtain a self directed RRSP if you are not ...
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Advice on money transfer from Canada to South Africa

I am trying to figure out what is the best way to transfer money from Canada to South Africa. By best way I mean the cheapest way and of course the safest way for me. I have found a few weeks ago ...
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Do I still need to pay capital gains taxes when I profit from a stock in a foreign currency?

Let's say I convert CAD 100 to USD 90. With the USD 90, I buy a stock that goes to USD 100, and then I sell it. If I don't convert the resulting USD 100 back to (say) the CAD 105 it might be worth at ...
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Defer bonus pay to next year

My employer offers the option of deferring my bonus payment to 2015 i.e instead of taking it in December, I have the option of taking it in 2015. Now, I understand if I was planning to retire/quit in ...
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Worry about trading High Interest Savings Accounts only by phone?

A friend living in Canada has HSBC InvestDirect Canada as her discount broker, which requires a minimum of $10,000 CAD in the InvestDirect account. She doesn't want $10,000 of cash to lie around ...
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IRS Rules for Canadian with US Bank Account

I am Canadian and live in Canada. I have an online business and customers pay me through PayPal in USD. My sales are transferred from PayPal to a USD account I hold with a US Bank in the U.S.From ...
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Is there a Canadian credit card which shows holds?

It is really frustrating not being able to run a tight ship with my money. Neither CIBC nor TD shows them immediately. It is certainly possible because I ran across a Visa gift card which showed them. ...
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If my rental property income and mortgage payment are equal, do I need to pay income tax on any rent revenue?

Let's say I have a monthly mortgage payment of $1600 on a condo I own, and the condo is rented out for $1600. Then, I'm breaking even. Hence, I would not need to pay any tax on my rental income. Would ...
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Why are some funds only recommended for investors starting out?

I am 23 years old and have been in industry for a couple years and my savings have grown to an amount whereby GIC's are no longer good enough. Since I bank with TD Canada Trust, there seems to be a ...
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How are Canada Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) & related tax measures changing in 2015?

Significant changes to Canada's Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) and related income tax measures were announced on October 30, 2014 by the Prime Minister. What exactly is changing w.r.t. UCCB and ...
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What are the easier to qualify home loans in Canada?

I have only 6 unpaid things on my credit report. The small things add up to only $17XX.00 but the oldest thing, an unpaid credit card from 5 or 6 years ago, has nearly doubled to $11,000 due to ...
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What is RRSP Withholding Tax?

I am confused by the "Withholding tax" on an RRSP withdrawl. If I withdraw funds from my RRSP, am I subjected to a 10%-20% with-holding tax? Does this basically mean that my money will be reduced by ...
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Do I need to register as self employed in Ontario, Canada?

I am moving from UK, where I am registered as self employed under my own name, to Ontario, Canada. In Canada I will be both employed in a full time job and self employed, making a small amount of ...
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Are there any other considerations for picking a GIC besides interest rates?

When looking for a GIC I get a table of options that looks something like this: Is there any reason why I shouldn't go with the higest offered interest rate? E.g. in this case with HOME TRUST ...
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Is there an easy way to calculate how much you can contribute to an RRSP if you never have before?

Is there a simple way of calculating how much you can contribute to an RRSP if you have never contributed at all?
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How much cash in INR can I bring to India

While traveling to India from Canada as a Canadian citizen, how much cold hard cash in INR am I allowed to bring to the country? I dont want to use credit card and pay FX conversion fee of 2.5%
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As a Canadian, what should I invest in if I'm betting that the Canadian real estate will crash?

I apologize in advance if this question seems unethical as you may think I'm trying to profit from people's losses. I'm just trying to protect my investments. So here's my question: if I'm betting ...
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When to use visa debit /MC debit

When I open up a regular checking account, I get an ATM/DEBIT card? So what exactly are the pros/cons of using a Visa/MC Debit card over the debit card provided by my bank?
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Explanations on credit cards in Canada

I recently moved from France to Canada, and am a bit lost regarding the way credit cards work in North America. Let me explain my understing to give some context to my question: In France, one has ...
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Mortgage: Low house price with high income (Canada/US)

I am planning on purchasing my first home, but its going to be for my mother. She lives in a small town with very affordable housing. The place will be around $68k with 20% down payment ($13,600) ...
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Relationship between points and air miles

Let us say I have Air Canada Aeroplan card, and if I shop at certain retailers, I accumulate points. Now let us say a particular flight on air Canada cost 100,000 miles. How to know how many points ...
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Are Chase credit cards commonly accepted for purchases?

While trying to buy stuff online with a credit card, the options available are usually restricted to Visa, MasterCard and AMEX. I am thinking of getting a credit card from Chase, but where could I ...
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Should I enroll in employer sponsored deferred profit sharing plan (DPSP)?

My employer in Canada has given me the option to enroll in an RRSP, DPSP, or TFSA. I've come across RRSP's and TFSA's before but I am intrigued by the DPSP (Deferred Profit Sharing Plan). Details are ...
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CRA made a mistake in our favour

This was in a review of a previous tax return. The error is high four figures which translates into a low four figures refund. Do they keep copies of the documentation? What are the chances they ...
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Excel Canadian Mortgage Formula Help

I need to get the ending balance formula for a project in excel calculating mortgage payout. I am hoping to develop a formula instead of formulating an amortization table. I have used the following ...
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Are retirement contributions for temporary workers in Canada mobile?

I am an American citizen about to start a temporary three-year position in Canada. It's possible but unlikely that I will settle in Canada permanently. Will I be required to contribute to a ...
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PayPal personal account: does it accept credit cards or not?

On this website it says it does not: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=p/pop/choosing_account_type_signup-outside On this site it says it does: ...
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How does a TFSA work? Where does the interest come from?

I have extremely little knowledge about finance in general, but I have had a TFSA for several years now and know that my money keeps magically growing. Exactly where does the interest I gain come ...
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How to divide investment power between fixed asset and more liquid assets?

My wife and I bought our first home this year. We got a good price and live modestly so our fixed expenses are only about half of our take home income. Due to Canadian mortgage rules we opted to put ...
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Is a chargeback appropriate when a company cancels and then later un-cancels a service?

So here's the situation: I reserved two spaces on a bus tour Three days before the tour departs I am emailed to notify me the trip has been cancelled. I am given the option to either rebook a day ...
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Passing on non refundable tax credits

I'm planning on doing some volunteer work and during this work, I'm going to amass a decent amount of non-refundable tax credits via charitable donations. I can't claim those this year, though, ...
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How do donation tax receipts work when I have no taxable income?

I currently refurbish computers as a side volunteering thing, and all refurbished computers go to charity. I will receive tax receipts for these donations. The thing is though, I am still <18 and ...
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Better to have a non-registered (taxable) investment account in one/both names and/or based on income?

This question is for those familiar with Canada's income tax laws. My wife and I have maxed out our TFSAs. We also max contribute to our kid's RESPs. We also contribute a healthy amount to our RRSPs ...
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How can I take advantage of credit card cash back programs?

I have a credit card that offers cash back (1%) on every purchase. Now there are some stores in Canada that have their own cash back (a.k.a...if you buy something for 5$ and charge 100$ to the card, ...
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Should a married couple co-sign a mortgage or not?

If one partner can qualify for the mortgage that the couple needs based on his/her income and credit history alone, is there value in co-signing the mortgage apart from the 'in it together' mentality? ...
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Can Ontario university students apply for the “30% off Tuition” or any other significant grant offered by OSAP if they attend school outside Ontario?

My daughter is on her way to Dalhousie this fall. I'm almost certain I read (a few months back) that she was eligible for the Ontario 30% but now it appears as if she is not (maybe I originally ...
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Is income earned in the Carribbean considered taxable for a Canadian resident?

If in winter time, I go to Caribbean and make some money as a sailboat instructor, is that money tax free? I am Canadian resident. I am asking this because I hear that a lot of these Caribbean ...