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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...