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Accepting Legal tender

In Canada, can a retail business in a private setting (open only to employees and not to the general public) not accept cash, credit or debit as payment? Recently our employer implemented a "meal ...
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It is legal for a retailer/store or other business to refuse $50 & $100 bills or other legal tender, e.g. pennies?

I'm trying to find out about businesses refusing $50 & $100 bills. Aren't they required by law to accept all legal tender? I had one person say it could be that it's not all legal (i.e. a ...
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How to report multiple currency transactions on T5008 (capital gains)

I have a brokerage account with Questrade and recently had a T5008 issued to me. On this slip is a listing of my equity purchases and sales along with the capital gain or loss on each transaction. ...
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Can you combine multiple rental incomes and expenses for tax purposes in Canada?

I have been reporting my rental properties income and expenses separately using tax filling program called GenuTax. It's rather time involved, to simplify things I am wondering if it is possible to ...
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Canadian Huge Tax Problem - Late Tax and Un Filed

Thank you in advance for helping. I know I need to consult a professional but information before hand is much needed. I missed the last 2 tax filings, not including the one coming up which I will ...
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Can you deduct hobby expenses up to hobby income in Canada?

In the US you're allowed to deduct hobby expenses up to (but not exceeding) income from that hobby as part of your miscellaneous deductions. But I can't find a definitive source on the corresponding ...
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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 ...
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In Canada, how bad must your credit be for a denial of a Secured Credit Card?

My sister who lives in Canada: had 2 separate bankruptcies in the past, all of which have been discharged for 2 years as of February 2016. currently has no debts or (Secured) Credit Cards. but ...
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Personal checks instead of business ones

In B.C can a large Hotel company write you a personal check instead of a business one? There is nothing providing the amount taken off for tax or the hours worked.
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How to make a long term investment for someone young in Canada [closed]

Here is my situation. I am 23 years old/debt free/ at school. I have 60-70k to invest I am a complete beginner from Canada/Quebec What are the best vehicles to make long term investment? I ...
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Can I claim GST/HST Input Tax Credits (ITCs) on Uber, taxi, or limousine fares?

Uber invoices do not include a GST/HST number, and tax is not separated. On the other hand, Uber drivers ARE required to be registered for GST/HST and collect & remit the tax. ...
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Transferring money from Canada to US [duplicate]

I am a green card holder since August 2015. I was working in Toronto, Canada till March 2015 and I have around 30K USD in my Canadian account. All taxes for the amount have been paid in Canada. Will ...
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refinance US auto loan in Canada

I will be living/working in Canada for the next 3 years. A friend of mine now working in Canada pointed out that, with the falling value of the Canadian dollar, his US auto loan has been accelerating. ...
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Age 24, with $12k saved, in Canada. Should I invest or save for a condo down payment? [closed]

Not to finance-savvy. I am 24 years old with about $12k saved. Working full time. No debt. No investments. What should I be investing in at this age? I was thinking of saving about 20 percent down ...
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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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As an American living in Canada what should I consider in determining distribution between RRSP and IRA contributions?

I worked in the US for 15 years before moving to Canada which resulted in a retirement portfolio in the US that contains a traditional IRA. Now living in Canada I have opened an RRSP and have ...
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Should I sell or keep an ETF with “high” management fees?

I'm in Canada, and I have some RBF557, an ETF whose management fees aren't to my liking. It's an S&P500 index fund. I'd like to sell it, and reinvest the proceeds into another S&P500 index ...
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How does revenue shared with someone else go into my tax return in Canada?

I'm contracting to publish a game for someone on Apple's App Store. I will take 15% of the revenue, he gets 85%. But Apple will report the full amount to the government. Let's say for example this ...
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How can a Canadian establish US credit score

I don't have a SSN or US address. I would like to start establishing a credit score in US. What are my options? What is the fastest way?
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In Canada, does liability auto insurance cover damages caused to the other vehicle(s)?

In Canada, collision and comprehensive auto insurance is optional, and a driver does not have to get them to get a lower premium. If a driver only has liability auto insurance, does that cover the ...
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OAS And spouse's allowance

I just turned 64 three months ago and am currently receiving spouse's allowance. Can I submit the OAS application now or should I wait?
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Do nonresidents of Canada have to pay income tax on interest income earned in Canada?

I am a Canadian citizen, but nonresident of Canada for tax purposes. I currently live in the US. I have a savings account at a Canadian bank in Canada and have earned a little bit of interest, around ...
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Does your employer have to hold back taxes on your paycheque?

I've been looking at ways to increase the amount of liquidity that I have on a day-to-day basis, and notice that I have quite a fair amount of my bi-weekly pay cheque going right to taxes that I'm ...
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How to transfer Brokerage Account from USA to Canada?

I am a new permanent resident in Canada (Venezuelan citizen). Since several years ago I have brokerage accounts in the US (in OptionsExpress). OptionsExpress doesn't serve Canadian residents, so I ...
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Friend may owe outstanding taxes from previous year?

I was talking with a friend of mine when at some point we started talking about how she hadn't paid taxes for an internship she had done at a University overseas. Since she had been paid using a ...
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Are Canadian ETFs subject to US PFIC rules?

As a US citizen and Permanent Resident of Canada I understand Canadian mutual funds held OUTSIDE of an RRSP are treated as Passive Foreign Investment Companies (PFIC) by the IRS which leads to ...
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Donations for a new computer taxation help?

I make music on youtube and my equipment is not the greatest. I would like to accept paypal contributions to help me get a better equipment. my question is do i need to declare these donations in my ...
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Employer added health insurance premium to my T4 Income statement

Lat year when my company gave me a T4, I saw that in my total Income, it had added the money it spent on my health and life insurance. This amounted to ~15K, so I ended up paying tax on this amount. ...
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Details on opening a small corporation in ontario

I want to open a small corporation in Ontario providing IT contracting services to banks. I will be the only employer/owner of this. Where can I find details about how much taxes I need to pay, ...
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How to get capital gain tax of 2014 refunded based on the capital loss of 2015?

In 2014, I had capital gain on sale of rental property and tax was paid accordingly. In 2015, I am anticipating capital loss on stocks. Is there a way to get capital gain tax of 2014 refunded based ...
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What amount of money can a corporation spend on entertainment

In Ontario, Canada, what is the amount of money that a small business corporation can spend on travel/leisure/entertainment expenses? Imagine a one person software developer running his own ...
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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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How much do laddered bond ETFs differ from bond ETFs that bound maturity?

Abbreviate LD BETF as laddered bond ETFs. 'BETFs that bound maturity' are UNladdered but impose a maximum limit on maturity of bonds, which I denote Bound BETF, and abbreviate as BD BETF. This ...
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Should I Pay Off my Student Loan Debts First or Invest in an Index Fund?

I am an Albertan currently about $8,000 in debt from student loans. Roughly $5,500 of this $8,000 is an Alberta Student Loan, while the rest ($2,500) is from the National Student Loans Service Centre ...
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Can I invest RRSP funds in ETFs myself in Canada?

I've just realized that the funds I have much of my RRSP money in has about 2.25% annual fees. All of the funds available to Desjardins RRSP personal accounts have these high fees. I've found VFV.TO, ...
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Who are the consumer credit reporting agencies in Canada?

I'm trying to determine what credit freeze and reporting options are available in Canada. In the United States it seems freezing your credit requires contacting all of the credit bureaus. I have ...
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Should an independent mobile game developer incorporate a business?

The story is thus: I am on the verge of publishing my first app, but I was thinking whether I should incorporate or not. I am an accounting student, albeit in second year with a budget of $1000. I am ...
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What is the cheapest way to move money from the United States to Canada? [duplicate]

I live and work in the United States but I have several loans in Canada that I need to pay on a regular basis, so I'm constantly moving money to Canada. Right now, I have an American Royal Bank ...
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What happens when your Canadian ETF shuts down?

I just got a notice that an ETF I own will termiate in 2 months if the shareholders don't vote for an extension. I understand that if I kept the shares until the termination date, I would get a ...
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Access your money in US as if you are in Canada

What is a good option to have access to your Canadian Dollar savings while in US? Is there any Bank account type of service that allows you to receive in US the Canadian dollar that you have put into ...
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If I have a sole proprietorship making under $30k, can I register an HST account but not charge HST?

Can I create an HST account for my sole proprietorship but not charge HST if I don't make more than $30k? Can my HST account just sit there?
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How to choose a year end date for your Ontario small business corporation?

While opening a small business corporation in Ontario, how do you select a proper year end date? Is it a random date ? Or are there guidelines to it?
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Can I write off (deduct) expenses in a period where my corporation makes no money?

Let us say I have a small corporation in Ontario, Canada and I am an IT contractor through the corporation. There is a one month gap between contracts, which means I don't earn anything in that ...
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How much in CPP contributions do you pay when you are an independent contractor?

I am trying to figure out how much CPP contributions an IT contractor needs to make as per this CRA guide. It says that for self-employed people, we need to contribute $4959? So, if an independent ...
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How to transfer money more cheaply from Hong Kong to Canada, without HSBC? [closed]

I live in Toronto, Canada. About every 2 months, with HSBC's "Global Transfers" tool, I used to send myself money from my HSBC account in Hong Kong to my HSBC account in Canada. Because I now need ...
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When is an attainable goal for buying a house?

I'm concerned that due to the prolonged recent years' increase in the cost of a house that I will have trouble affording my own house in the forseeable future. I sometimes wonder what a good goal ...
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Are “credit freezes” possible in Canada?

It seems to be generally-accepted that "freezing credit" is preferred to credit monitoring. Freezing your credit seems simple: Freezing your credit is as simple as contacting each of the credit ...
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Does an RRSP loan provide any benefit, vs. simply making monthly RRSP contributions?

While evaluating a short term RRSP loan like this one, the numbers seem good on paper. But: If I need to save $1,000 in tax deductions, I need to put the entire borrowed money into the RRSP before I ...
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How to search efficiently for financial institutions, credit cards, etc (At least in Canada)?

I tried Google to seek high-rate savings accounts, which effected websites like https://www.highinterestsavings.ca/chart/, the broadness, newness, and reliability of which I doubt, because for ...
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Canadian Citizen - Worked in USA - Now in Canada - Should I be filling a W9?

I'm a canadian citizen. I lived and worked in USA for 12-13 years under a VISA (Not a US citizen and not a permanent resident). I've been back to Canada since 2011. I do not own anything in USA. ...