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When can I start contributing to my Spousal RRSP again without attribution implications?

I have a question about the Spousal RRSP that I want to validate. When can you start contributing back to a Spousal RRSP after a withdrawal has been made? Summary of actions taken so far: My last ...
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Moving from Google Finance to Yahoo Finance

I have used Google Finance for ages and used to like their interface. I also liked that I'd have easy access to their dashboard from my Google Home page. I put my transactions in there and it seems ...
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Is it smart to take OSAP student loan right now?

I am going to grad school in Canada this September and have a chance to borrow ~$15000 at a rate of prime+1% (provincial loan) and prime+2.5% (federal). I would guess the 15000 is split 50-50 between ...
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What are the tax implications of transferring call options from my corporate account to my personal account?

Place of residence: Ontario, Canada (personal and corporate). I have call options in my corporate business trading account. (A corporate business account is a business account for a corporate entity.)...
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Am I required to have my website registered as a business in Canada to collect HST?

Am I required to have my website registered as a business in Canada ON, to be able to sell ads? does the amount of income makes any difference? The reason I am asking this is I have been told that if ...
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How to receive money in Canada from a US customer? [closed]

I am in Canada and I am selling a service (intangible item) to a customer from the US. I have been advised against using PayPal for selling services (virtual, intangible items) because their Seller ...
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Obtaining a line of credit when ownership is joint tenancy?

In Alberta there is the concept of joint tenants vs tenants in common. Now if there are more than one person who own a property as joint tenants, and they all "own the property equally", how would the ...
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how to choose a bank

Once you move to a new country (Canada or USA), how to choose a bank to open an account? What are the important factor if you are also looking for the mortgage etc. after few years?
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Exceed the limit on Credit Card #1 or use available limit on Card #2?

Suppose that you have two Credit Cards (denominate them CC), each with a limit of $2000 CDN. CC1 is preferred (because it offers Cash Back), but has a Current Balance of $600. Thus, even if I pay the ...
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How can a Canadian individual and / or a business invest in a unmanaged index fund?

There's a lot of advice of buying into an unmanaged S&P 500 fund and holding it. But since it's unmanaged no financial advisor is going to advise you to do that because there's nothing in there ...
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How to deposit a cheque issued to an associate in my business into my business account?

A customer paid with a cheque made out to an associate in my business instead of the business name. How can I deposit this cheque into my business account ?
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Taxes on foreign and local dividends held in a TFSA

As far as I read in many articles, all earnings (capital gains and dividends) from Canadian stocks will be always tax-free. Right? In contrast, holding U.S. or any foreign stock that yields dividends ...
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Textbooks for Personal Finance for Canadians, written by professors and published after 2013?

My grandfather has read all the common Personal Finance books (see these > 50 suggestions and 6) all written by Canadian Personal Finance advisors and practitioners. But now he intends to progress ...
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Rent at $1500/month in Toronto or Mortgage even with ≥ 5% interest?

Because my aunt had 1 Bankruptcy discharged in 2004 and 1 Consumer Proposal discharged in Jan. 2015, for her any mortgage interest rate probably ≥ 5%. Her credit score is 720, and she is renting now ...
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Bankruptcy discharged in 2004 and Consumer Proposal in Jan. 2015: Worthwhile to try to apply for a mortgage now?

I assume that mortgage lenders can no longer see my aunt's bankruptcy (that my aunt's credit reports do not show) because it is past 7 years. Now responsibly using 2 Credit Cards, my aunt accepts ...
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In Canada, after how long can mortgage lenders no longer see 1 discharged Bankruptcy and 1 discharged Consumer Proposal?

In Canada, my (former) financially illiterate aunt had 1 Bankruptcy discharged in 2004 and 1 Consumer Proposal discharged in January 2015. Having been reeducated, my Aunt is now responsible about, and ...
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To maintain Credit Score in Canada, should I use a Canadian Credit Card with no Foreign Transaction Fees in England?

I am Canadian who will spend 9 months in England and 3 in Canada for the next 5 years. My 1 Canadian Credit Card (henceforward CCC) charges Foreign TRANSACTION Fees (FTF), and thus I am considering ...
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Paying taxes on an inherited Canadian TFSA? (Successor holder case)

I read this interesting article about Questions about TFSA and I contrasted the information with CRA's website about successor holder. As far as I understood, when the original holder's TFSA pass ...
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In a 2 income family, is it more tax beneficial for the lower income spouse be the Primary Caregiver (Ontario)?

My wife and I just had a new daughter. My wife applied for the 4 in 1 newborn package and she was designated as the primary caregiver and applied for the child care benefits. Since she makes more ...
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RT-2 zone : townhouse or house?

We live at Great Vancouver area Canada, and we own a detached house (though it is a strata house in a strata community, all houses are physically detached from nearby houses), and it is within RT-2 ...
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Employer RRSP match vs. contribution limits for recent grad with no RRSP room?

I'm just starting my first job ($55k), which includes an employer RRSP match up to 5% of my income. I only have $500 of RRSP deduction limit for this year as I have never worked before. Can I ...
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Canadian Resident + TN Worker + Taxes

I need a help to figure out how a Canadian working in USA with fixed residence in Canada ONLY has to pay USA taxes and what ones. My case is, I am going to live in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and I am ...
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What's the tl;dr investing rules for married Canadian citizens when one partner happens to have US citizenship?

Canadians with US citizenship have several things to consider regarding investments: Canada's Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) is not considered tax free by IRS, and filing taxes may significantly ...
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What's the penalty for filing taxes late in canada if you're owed a refund?

For a number of totally avoidable reasons, I just filed my taxes. I'm owed ~3500$ and I was wondering what I should expect to get from the CRA. I've heard there's no penalty for filing late unless you ...
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What happens if a purchase is $0.02 in Canada?

In 2012, the Canadian Mint abolished the 1¢ penny, and decided that all cash payments be rounded to the nearest 5¢ nickel, so that: $0.98 to $1.02 → $1.00 $1.03 to $1.07 → $1.05 $1.08 to $1.10 → $1....
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How to legally loan money in Canada? [closed]

I am looking as to how I can legally loan money (for profit) in Canada. To my knowledge this is legal, as it is used by money lenders. Do you simply use a contact in the form of the amount of money ...
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Can a Canadian citizen claim tax-exemption on a U.S. scholarship intended for travel costs?

I am a Canadian citizen, and have received a scholarship of $750 from a U.S. institution to pay for lodging and travel costs. I am required to fill out a W-8BEN form, and I was wondering if I can ...
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Canadian Lending Guidelines

What are Canada's lending guidelines for conventional, private, portfolio and hard money real estate and commercial lending, and are there stringent income (or loan to value) requirements for these ...
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Can I still charge and keep money from my small business, listed under HST?

This question relates to the province of Ontario in Canada. As a small business owner, there is an exemption where you are not required to charge HST on goods and services if you make under thirty ...
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Should I file taxes or Incorperate a personal project?

I have effectively started a small business. The business is an online venture and has already generated a small amount of money through donations/etc. I am currently considering if I want to go ...
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In a Canadian TFSA, does interest earned within the account count toward the contribution limit?

I know that there is a limit in the contribution per year in a TSFA. At the moment (2016), if you have never made a contribution then you can contribute around $ 46 500. BUT, even though all ...
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How to save on taxes due on a lump sum pension payment

Upon resigning from a company, if employer offers a lump sum pension payment of 100k, what are some ways to save on tax on this 100k? Assuming this 100k, is the only income that year, the RRSP room is ...
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Should I expect a receipt when giving a post-dated cheque?

I gave my landlord some post-dated cheques for rent spanning the next 6 months and wasn't given any receipts. It was explained that they don't give out receipts until the cheque has been processed/...
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Canadian tax treatment of preferred share income

During the recent turmoil in the oil markets I purchased a number of preferred shares in a few of the pipeline companies (Enbridge, Pembina, and Veresen). I had assumed that preferred share income ...
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Should I get tax credits/refunds from a RRSP sale NR4 from Canada or from the US?

Canadian living and working in US. I sold my Canadian RRSP and had a bunch of money withheld. My income in Canada is 0 except the RRSP withdraw. Should I file my NR4 somewhere in the Canadian return ...
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Capital Gain or Loss Calculation for Mergers & Acquisitions (Canada)

I have a question about calculating capital gains/losses for mergers and acquisitions in which fractional shares and cash are provided as part of the transaction. What part should be listed as capital ...
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Canadian Citizen and Non Resident for tax purposes

I am a Canadian citizen was a non resident for tax purposes. If I sold stock shares in January 2016 and became officially a Canadian resident again in April 2016 (3 months after selling the stock), ...
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US citizen paying capital gain taxes in Canada on sale of property in US

My son, who is a US citizen living and working Canada. Just sold a piece of property which he inherited in the US. The capital gains was $160,000 and US Federal and State capital gains taxes came to ...
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Break even point of mortgage prepayment penalty vs anniversary payment

I want to calculate the optimal way to apply a $100,000 inheritance to my mortgage and am having difficulty figuring this out. I am in Canada and if I apply all of the money on the mortgage ($170,000 ...
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IT Contractor in BC, Canada on 2 year visa - options for getting paid?

I have been offered an IT contract in BC, Canada - my first contract here in Canada. I have recently moved here from UK on a 2 year working holiday visa. I have my SIN and am free to work anywhere. ...
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How does splitting one Canadian Pension Plan payment reduce a household's overall tax bill?

Source: p 350 of Personal Finance For Canadians For Dummies (5 ed, 2011), by Eric Tyson, Tony Martin. Some couples choose to split one of their CPP payments as a way to balance out their ...
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Canadian's Brokerage Account Forced To Close In USA

Scottrade letter says an account is being closed to due "business and regulatory considerations" What regulations is the letter from Scottrade referring to?
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Papers Needed For Taxes For Independent Contractors/Sole Proprietors?

I have never filed taxes solely on my own as I work for corporation, which generally handles necessary paperwork. I have become interested in being an independent contractor, but would like to know ...
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Who pays for medical reports, if the insurance company needs to re-evaluate a policy?

Does my mother or the Insurance Company? For the History, please see points 4, 5 here.
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What to do, if insurance company is reevaluating your Permanent Life policy but you need to buy Term Life Insurance?

Question: I do not know what to do and hope for some objective advice. Should I apply for a Term Life insurance now? Or should we wait 10 weeks? I do not even know if my mom is covered during this ...
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Does government track wu transfer?

I have been sending money to my family back in China over year now and probably sent 25000. But last week I was trying to send it through wu agian and they put it on hold and decline saying it ...
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Canadian in California - filing taxes as a non-resident

I moved to the US from Canada end of November 2015 for a new job (about 35 days in 2015 with new job). Haven't worked in the US before and have only visited maybe 40 days over the last 3 years purely ...
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Tax Efficient Medium Term Investment Options (Flexible Timeline)

I have recently opened up a new taxable investment account with the intent of growing my money set aside for short to medium term financial goals (i.e., 2-5 years with no fixed deadline). Unlike my ...
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Do US retirees pay income tax in Canada if they move there?

I am a US citizen, retired, considering a move to Victoria, Canada. Assuming I can get permission from the Canadian government to establish full-time residency, my question is: Will I have to pay ...
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Canadian tax treatment on international property sale and transfer of proceeds

I am a Canadian citizen. I have a small property from my country of origin. The value is less than CAD$100,000. If I sell my property and transfer the money to Canada, is there a tax payment ...