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Income in Carribbean is 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 ...
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Is there a rule of thumb to help “Sanity check” insurance costs?

My house insurance is up for renewal. I'm busy and I don't want to spend a lot of time getting quotes, especially since this policy is tied to another one that is hard to get and that we could only ...
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Is there a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for Canada

In the Open Yale Financial Markets Course, Prof Schiller says at 57:40 that Canada Housing Mortgage Corporation is same as Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. Are there any differences? Can I buy CHMC shares ...
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Loan from Canada to UK

I live in Canada. My brother in the U.K. is thinking of purchasing a house with his wife. They are both teachers and careful with their money but don't yet have money for a down-payment. I am ...
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Do financial advisers in Canada who work at the bank, make investing decisions not in your best interest?

I've been using the same financial adviser as my my family and am wondering if Canadian financial advisers who work at the bank specifically Scotiabank would purchase mutual funds that specifically ...
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Dual Citizen considering tax implications of working in second country of citizenship

I am a resident of Canada, and am also an Irish citizen. Recently, I've been considering moving to Ireland (for ~6 months, not forever). During this time, I would either try to get hired on by a local ...
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Can a Canadian student with US resident alien status receive the tax treaty benefit after 5 years? If so, how much?

I am a Canadian citizen who has studied in the U.S. with a J-1 visa since 5 years ago, which means that I have now become a resident alien. I am still studying (for an advanced degree) in the U.S. ...
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Does insurance cover injury playing rec sports

If I get hurt playing recreational soccer after work, will my employer insurance cover my medical/hospital expenses?
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How can I transfer my money between US/Canada bank accounts with as little loss as possible?

I am currently living in Canada and have funds in a savings account with a Canadian bank. Say I decide to move back to the US, how could I move those funds to a US bank account with as little loss as ...
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How do you get your Canadian stock information?

I am getting into stocks and am looking for ways to keep myself updated with the best current information. The type of sources I am looking for are: Podcasts Newsletters RSS feeds Twitter Etc. ...
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Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) calculation involving Capital Gains and Unused Capital Losses?

Do I understand correctly that for calculating income tax payable, the use of unused capital losses of previous years will reduce the current year capital gains and also affect the calculation of the ...
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Is money sent by my brother to buy a flat taxable?

I am a Canadian citizen living in Halifax. My brother wants to help me buy a flat and plans to transfer money as a gift ($150,000 USD) from the States to Canada. Is the transfer taxable?
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Questrade - What happens if I buy U.S. stock with Canadian money?

Recently, I heard that when you buy U.S. stocks with Canadian money in a Questrade account, they actually make a loan of the U.S. dollar amount you bought even if you have enough money to do the ...
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Supporting a Kickstarter project: Should a customer's pledge payment include sales tax, e.g. GST/HST in Canada?

Kickstarter became open to Canadian projects some months ago. I discovered a Canadian software project and backed it with a $40 pledge. The project subsequently exceeded its funding target, almost ...
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Investing for Dividend Income with Canadian TFSA

I have a TFSA that I tend to max out every year. I would like to invest this money into stocks that pay me out dividends on a regular basis. I asked a previous question about the tax implications in ...
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Better ways to invest money held by my small, privately-held Canadian corporation?

I own a small, privately-held corporation and am looking for ways to invest my corporation's money more effectively. The problem is the government taxes passive investment income inside a corporation ...
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Is there a term for people who manage the money of dual citizens?

I'm a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. I'm afraid to invest in anything because the tax treaties and laws between the two countries make everything too complicated for me to follow. Even ...
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How do I claim investment income that was earned in a jointly held account?

My spouse and I now have a jointly held investment account. I have received a T5 "Statement of Investment Income" for the account for the tax year, addressed to Mr James Foobar or Mrs Jenny Foobar. ...
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How to buy stock on the Toronto Stock Exchange?

I have an Ameritrade account and thought I was purchasing a stock that trades on the TSE. However, I was only able to buy a pink sheets stock. I'm not sure of the difference. Would it be possible ...
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I just made $50K from selling my house. How should I invest the proceeds?

I just made $50K from selling my house. I need some advice because I'm terribly bad at managing money and I'd like to invest a bit. My bank is harassing me – they want to sell me their product ...
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Getting financial advice: Accountant vs. Investment Adviser vs. Internet/self-taught?

Previously, I was a simple case: I earned a salary, and I paid taxes. Therefore, I've been filing my own tax returns using online software. Now: + wife, + kid, + mortgage, + want to contribute to ...
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As a non-canadian resident can I get a mortgage loan in Canada?

I am willing to buy an apartment in Canada, where I'll be living for 5 years with a student visa (I am swiss). Can I get a mortgage loan in Canada although I am not Canadian neither permanent ...
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Calculation for balancing portfolio percentage vs. risk

Disclaimer: I'm a complete novice to investment, so please adjust the style of your answer accordingly. There are some good questions on this site about "what percentage of my portfolio should I keep ...
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Should I max out my TFSA contribution before any other investments?

I'm still relatively young (I just turned 30), and no debt but mortgage. I'm kind of late to the retirement savings game and still have $15,000+ of contribution room for my TFSA as of this year. As a ...
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First time consultant, doubts on Taxation

I have seen various replies but I would just like to confirm about my case as its my first time. I have been offered a consultant position and the company said there is no tax deducted at source. So ...
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Nominating a non-citizen to be the recipient of assets

I am a Canadian citizen with several savings accounts and fixed deposits in Canadian banks. However, my family members are not citizens of Canada. If something were to happen to cause me to not be ...
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SEC forms filed under different company name

I'm trying to find 10-K, 10-Q, or 4 forms for a company called Creative Edge Nutrition (ticker symbol: FITX,) but what I found was forms filed under the name "LAUFER BRIDGE ENTERPRISES, INC." Why is ...
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Formula for variable rate Canadian mortgage

What is the formula for calculating payments on a variable rate mortgage in Canada? (This source says variable rate mortgages are compounded differently than fixed rate mortgages) Concrete example: ...
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Is it possible to use an RRSP mortgage to pay off a line of credit?

I'm told that the only requirement for obtaining an RRSP mortgage loan, is having the mortgage insured by a recognized mortgage insurer - and that the insurers can sometimes be negotiated with, with ...
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Can you point me to the correct US tax forms if I have a Canadian TFSA mutual fund?

I am a Canadian citizen and American permanent resident who invested in a TFSA mutual fund with a Canadian bank. Im looking to be pointed in the right direction for filing American taxes on these ...
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Determining CMHC insurance premium

Is the calculation based on purchase price with HST or without HST? For example, the property is being purchased from the builder and the stated purchase price includes HST. If the posted price is ...
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TD1: claiming carried forward tuition, education, and textbook amounts from previous years

When filling out a TD1 form, there's a section entitled Tuition, education, and textbook amounts (full time and part time), where it states: If you are a student enrolled at a university or ...
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Loan in US against assets in Canada?

I have some savings and investments in Canada that I would like to bring into the US. However, I don't want to just transfer the money over, because in that case I would owe departure tax of at least ...
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How can I correct a mistake on my Credit Score?

I recently just looked at my credit score to try to figure out why I may have been rejected for a credit card. While it is not bad (between 700-725) it is not awesome either. When going through an ...
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Superficial loss, converting mutual fund to ETF in Canada

My question is almost identical to this one, only I am interested in the Canadian version. If I own a mutual fund (for example, TDB900 from TD Bank) and wish to replace it with an equivalent ETF (for ...
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Where should a young student put their money?

I'm a young student with no student debt (my tuition is paid for, I've long since saved up enough.) I'm looking into my future and looking at investing in index funds or other sorts while I still live ...
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Canada - tax for non-resident from sources outside Canada

I'm not a Canadian citizen or resident. If I have a bank account in Canada, which I use to receive payments for a software product/service from people outside Canada, am I eligible to pay Canadian ...
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Trading security and tax

According to GAAP: If I buy 1000 shares of security A for 50$. Then later, I sell 1000 shares of security A for 150$. At the same moment I buy 1000 shares of security B for 150$. For tax purpose ...
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Any Canadian tax shelter for lending to friends or family?

I am considering helping friends or family out of credit card debt, which is costing them ~18% per year by giving them a loan at more like ~3% (kind of like consolidated credit/debt). Is there ...
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Bigger mortgage downpayment vs. paying extra on the first regular payment?

Assuming there is no fees on paying extra $10k at the time of the first scheduled mortgage payment, what would be better - to put this $10k towards a downpayment or make bigger regular payment? ...
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Conversion of House Sale Proceeds in INR to USD or CDN$ for transfer to Canada

I am a Canadian Resident that just sold my house in India and I understand I can repatriate the proceeds in INR converting to US$ or CDN$ in my NRE account and then move it to my Canadian Bank. Which ...
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Interest on last month rent deposit

I am not sure if this applies to all of Canada, but in Ontario, when a tenant rents an apartment, the landlord is entitled to ask for a deposit up to the rent of one month. From the website of the ...
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What are the limitations of prepaid payment cards (compared to credit cards)?

I am currently unable to get a credit card¹, but I wish to be able to buy goods from web stores, to buy airline tickets, to rent cars, hotel rooms, etc. Through my bank I only have a Member Card, ...
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Taxation on DRIPs in Canada

I am starting to invest in DRIPs, as I believe they would be the best investment for me at my current point in life. I am reading some other questions here, and people are stating that the income, ...
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Born in the U.S.A., but I have no SSN & I live in Canada. Must I file a U.S. income tax return each year?

I was told when I applied for my U.S. passport years ago that as long as I had never worked in the United States and did not have a SSN, then I did not have to file taxes. This is what the U.S. ...
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Canadian accepting money electronically from Americans

What are some methods I can receive money from someone in the States if Paypal is out of the question? I run a small electronic cigarette company, and I'm finding it hard to find an easy method to do ...
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Canada: Can an accountant know if you owe for previous years you did not file

Assume someone in Canada hasn't filed their taxes for about three years, then hires an accountant. If they don't have all of their documents for those years, can the accountant figure out if you owe ...
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How can a bank offer a higher interest rate for a savings account than for a GIC?

At this link on rates offered by ICICI, the TFSA savings account rate currently being offered is 1.8% but the GIC rate being offered is 1.75%. But why would anyone put money in a GIC and lock it up ...
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Getting Branch Location using Account/Routing Number in US/Canada

Are there any ways to retrieve a branch's address or relative location using the Account or Routing number of an individual account in the United States or Canada? Are there any publicly exposed APIs ...
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When is it worth it to buy dividend-bearing stocks?

TLDR: Is it ever worth investing in stocks to make profit off of dividends? I did some research on dividends. It seems like it has a reputation for stable income, irrespective of the market ...