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The balance between Renting and Buying

My girlfriend and I are spit-balling the idea of buying a house. We've heard pros and cons for mortgages; you're putting your money into an investment vs you're paying far more than you anticipate due ...
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Is there a way to transfer a cultural donation tax receipt? (Canada)

Canada specific question. My father is planning on making a cultural donation to a museum. He will receive a 100K tax receipt for the donation. My marginal tax rate is significantly higher than his, ...
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Minimize taxes now that I earn more

Background I recently received a hefty promotion for $350k (plus stocks and bonuses) with the same company. Now that I can finally start to pay down my debt, I'm not so happy that suddenly 45% of my ...
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How can I quickly find Merchant Category Codes in Canada?

Reddit post referred http://125plan.com/ResourceCenter/doc/AD/MerchantCategoryCodes.pdf, but this URL is broken. There are two issues. Thus I need two informations? What is each merchant's MCC? My ...
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Why does XMM's performance differ significantly from its benchmark index?

XMM is a Canadian-listed iShares ETF that tracks the MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility Index. Its holdings are 99% EEMV, the US-listed version of the same ETF. While EEMV tracks its index ...
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I won a car in a poker game. How is that taxed in Canada?

For the sake of title transfer and taxes, is this a gift or a sale? This was a private game. We both tossed our keys into the pot. I won and the vehicle is now sitting on my driveway. I live in ...
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Removing an incorrect collection record from Canadian credit profile

A gym in Canada did not cancel my account and suddenly claims that I owe them money for almost two years, despite the fact that I never signed an agreement with them (I signed it with a different ...
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Wired some money internationally without a SWIFT code and it is not received yet. I am worried

I wired some money from China (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China) to Canada (Bank of Montreal). Both are big banks in their respective countries. Both accounts are in my mother's name. I did the ...
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CANADA: Can I deduct condo fees in business use-of-home deductions?

Info: the condo is a townhouse - not in a building. the condo fees are >$500/month ($6000/year) there are not many common areas the condo fees cover items such as ALL exterior maintenance (roof, ...
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How to save money by shopping at a variety of grocery stores?

I am living close to a mall with several grocery stores. I would like to save money on the food I buy. I have tried using apps that show me the best prices, ads, and coupons from multiple stores, but ...
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I never opened TFSA. Why's my TFSA contribution room $64800.68, not 63500?

Brother Ivan never opened TFSA. Websites beneath say his TFSA contribution room is $63 500, but screenshot from his CRA online account says $64 800.68! Why? Which's right? Know your TFSA ...
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(Hypothetical) Write off Loss of Cash due to bankruptcy of financial institution

In both Canada and the United States, how do we write off the loss due to bankruptcy of the financial institution in excess of deposit insurance on the tax return for the tax year when the bankruptcy ...
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Employment travel expense tax deduction

I am currently located in Ontario, Canada. I work full time as a security guard and am required to regularly secure a client's building. According to the Canadian Revenue Agency link here, anyone ...
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Town and out-of-town cheques: where are both payable?

In the term database of the Government of Canada, the definition is provided for an out-of-town cheque: A check [drawn] on a bank which is located outside the territory of the clearing house with ...
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What are simplest examples of buying or spending money to reduce income taxes in Ontario?

What personal (not corporate) tax examples like the quote underneath appertain to Ontarians? Please focus on examples that can appertain to as many Ontarians as possible, thus don't focus on high ...
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Ontario Capital Gains,are profits also part of taxable income?

Say I Sell my investment property house for 500k and bought it for 250k. Leaving me 250k profit. I'd be taxed on 50% of that correct: 250/2 = 125k taxable. and 125k Profit. Now my 125k is taxed ...
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How does this scam involving buying a used car cash-only work?

I'm in pursuit of a used car. I came across this 2010 Camry for 4200 CAD. The car is good, I test drove it in the city and on the highway and there are no problems with it as far as I can tell. ...
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Why aren't REITs ETFs?

I'm assuming there are no ETF equivalents of REITs in Canada. Correct? Why are REITs income trusts, not ETFs? Why not operate a Real Estate ETF? Gill, Madura. Personal Finance, 4th Canadian Edition ...
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How do I find out what are the min and max withholdings from each paycheque?

Gill, Madura. Personal Finance, 4th Canadian Edition 2019. p 86. Emboldenings are mine. Taxes Paid on Earned Income Your income is subject to personal income taxes, which are taxes imposed on ...
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Can you evade tax by getting employment income just in equity, then using this equity as collateral to take out loan? [closed]

I don't get this tax evasion scheme. Can someone explain it? I'm from Toronto, Canada. I don't know if the author had in mind US taxes. Jargo comments on Deutsche Bank and Wall Street banks ...
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Why does strategy with borrowing 35,000 and using Home Buyer's Plan apply to just Canadians in 40% marginal tax bracket?

Why do these Reddit users focus on the "40% marginal tax bracket"? How did they calculate it? Assume that we're in Ontario so that we can work with Ontario's provincial tax rates. 35K at 5% for 90 ...
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Is Pension income a part of my Personal Tax Income

My parents retired, and they will be receiving monthly payments from pension and those things. We live in Ontario. Do these count towards their income tax brackets? Are there other taxes they should ...
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Where can I see break-down of total federal and Ontario non-refundable tax credits?

Please see my 63 y.o. Ontarian dad's cash flow.. I screen-shot, but rounded the values from his 2018 Notice of Assessment. Where can I see tax credits broken down? I want see them so that I can ...
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In one year, what's the maximum I can contribute to RRSP, from past unused contribution room?

My dad is 63 and lives in Ontario.. He maxed out his TFSA. His annual pre-tax income is $50K. Here is a screen-shot of his CRA online account: He never opened a RRSP, thus the $100K must've been ...
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At What Point is it Worth Doing Something With Your Money?

I (a Canadian) have never done anything with finances, don't have an income nor any expenses. I have about 20K sitting in a pile in a TD Canada Trust Account due to the government sending HST checks ...
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Can non-citizens sell paper certificated UK stocks?

I inherited BATS shares listed on the LSE. I’m a Canadian citizen, and the shares are paper certificated. I’ve been trying to sell them for a year with no luck. Can I sell them without naturalizing in ...
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How do Ontarians calculate optimal RRSP contribution?

Pls see my dad in Ontario's facts. He maxed out his TFSA, and his annual pre-tax income (henceforward "APTI") is $50K. CRA website shows his 2019 RRSP deduction limit is $100K. If I understood this ...
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All my investments goes through the same financial firm. Is that a bad idea?

In the past year, I invested $1k per week in a diversified portfolio through a financial firm. The money belongs to my incorporation. My goal is to invest as much as possible and never use it, ...
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Best/Least expensive way to cash a Canadian check in the US?

I live in the US, and I recently took a vacation in Canada. My flight home was oversold, and I was stuck at the airport for several hours. The airline is required to send me a check for 2400 Canadian ...
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Independent Contractor

I am an employee and fall within the first tax income bracket in Nova Scotia. I have recently taken up a contract job as an independent contractor that pays about $150 to $200 per month. I want to ...
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How to start investing at a younger age?

I am currently 23. I live in Quebec, Canada and I work full time at $17.31 per hour. My salary will increase 1% to 6% every December. For the time being, my cost of living is relatively low. I ...
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How are Canada Pension Plan payroll deductions paid by both employee and the company?

I am thinking on moving to Canada but I want to calculate what my salary would be after taxes. I am using the tax calculator at https://simpletax.ca/calculator but there's still one thing I can't wrap ...
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Canadian nomad, USD earnings - how to invest/preserve currency

I'm a Canadian tax resident who moves around a lot. Exchanging currency stresses me out so much if I think about it that I basically have just decided to accept volatility. I work online, and am paid ...
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How does splitting one Canadian Pension Plan payment reduce a household's overall tax bill?

Personal Finance For Canadians For Dummies (2018). p 370. TIP Some couples choose to split one of their CPP or QPP payments as a way to balance their income and reduce their household’s ...
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Should I pay down mortgage faster or Invest?

I've a appx 450K mortgage left at 2.49% (5 year term with a 25 year mortgage). I've a few options to pay my mortgage faster Increase principal payment amount once/year Change payment frequency from ...
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Is there a general way to prevent fraudulent bank accounts from being opened in your name in Canada?

In the wake of the Desjardins data leak, several of my friends have become aware of fraudulent bank accounts (not credit accounts or lines of credit, to the best of my understanding) being opened in ...
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Why not “have too much available credit” on your credit card?

A Canadian's Guide to Money-Smart Living (2019) by Kelley Keehn. I don't know her degrees or qualifications. I first read this on p 94, but it looks like the same as p. 98 in 2015 edition that ...
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How can I win at haggling when buying a significant household item?

My mom's pain specialist M.D. diagnosed her with severe Low Back Pain and Arthralgia. He recommended buying a soft high-quality mattress. She lives in Toronto Canada. Last month at a Sleep Country ( "...
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At termination, can companies compensate vacation days with vacation pay at less than fair value?

Being let go, I have 15 days vacation accrued. They want to pay: salary × 15 days / 365 days = 4.1% of salary But suppose someone accrues 260 days of vacation, this corresponds to 52 weeks of 5 ...
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How much of my $5K/yr tuition tax credit ought I transfer to my mom who earned $40K/yr?

From 2009-2015, I was studying in universities, and earned no income. My parents paid all my tuition. We all live in ON. I filed my taxes, but didn't know about claiming tuition tax credits. I would'...
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Is it possible to get a mortgage without income verification in Canada?

For someone who has some sizeable savings but who reported very low income for the past year, is it possible to get approved for a mortgage with, say, 35% down? In a situation when one has to pay $...
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Can I transfer, in 2019, my tuition tax credits from 2009-2015 to my parents who paid all tuition?

From 2009-2015, I was studying in Ontario universities, and made no income. My parents paid all my tuition. I filed my taxes, but didn't know that I could claim tuition tax credits. u/pfc-toss ...
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Can GST tax input credits be claimed for Meals and Entertainment which are 100% deductible for income purposes?

Typical meals-and-entertainment operating expenses for business are limited to a 50% deductible towards income calculation. There are exceptions. The rules listed by the CRA allow higher percentage to ...
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Why would a home insurer offer a discount based on credit score?

Recently I received a letter from my home insurance company: Thank you for being a Gore Mutual customer. We're working hard to ensure that our products are competitive. And we want to provide ...
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Any capital gains taxes owed for non-residents selling stock in Canada?

I own stock of a company outside of Canada. Recently, the company was bought out by a Canadian company with newly issued shares listed in Toronto. As a shareholder of the company, I received new ...
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Should a Canadian working in the USA, invest in a 401k, Roth IRA, Traditional IRA, and/or RRSP?

I have a cousin who is a Canadian citizen working in the USA, asking me about the Canadian RRSP. However being an American I am more familiar with 401k, Roth IRA, and Traditional IRA. 1) From ...
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ESPP, expat and CGT in which country (Canada/UK)

I participate in my Canadian company's ESPP whilst living and working in Canada as a permanent resident. I'm moving back to the UK in August and will sell my shares when I'm back in the UK. Will the ...
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Does it make sense to open a lot of no-fee credit cards to reduce credit utilization?

Within a week of starting to my new job, I am planning to open a lot of (5, maybe more) no-fee credit cards in order to lower my credit utilization. I am not planning to use any of these new cards at ...
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Why would a rational buyer offer to buy with no conditions precedent?

Assume that the Canadian Reddit commenter beneath is rational. I corrected typos. As an investor, I have a tactic where I only buy houses via the listing realtor, and do not use my own. Why? ...
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How can sister protect herself from impulse purchases with a credit card?

My little sister is 18, and currently has a bank account with a debit card. She and mom believe it might be time to get her a credit card, mostly to build up her credit rating than out of necessity. ...