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Income-Tax and Side-Hustle Providing Internet Related Services

I'm looking at starting a side hustle that provides solely software related services. Like web-hosting, app development, etc. In the near future, I'm not looking for any sizable profit (or any for ...
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Paying Credit Card After Cash Back Credit

With a credit card, are you obliged to pay the statement balance or the current balance? For the period ending Jan 12th I have a statement balance of $200 (payment due Jan 30th), on Jan 16th I ...
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How do I lend money to a friend for a car and put the car as collateral?

A friend of mine wants to buy a car, but does not have the money for it. Instead of him going to a bank and borrowing the money to buy the car, I was thinking of maybe taking some cash from my bank ...
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Does Meghan Markle need to pay taxes for her stay at a billionaires house?

According to reports, Meghan Markle is receiving free accommodations at the home of a Canadian businessman. Assuming this is true, and given Meghan is a US citizen, and considering the fair market ...
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Is it tax-inefficient to receive and pay rent?

Suppose I own a home and live in it. Then I realize I want to move to another part of town that is closer to work. But this is temporary because I don't know what my job will be in 5 years. So I rent ...
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How is mortgage in Canada calculated?

I'm taking a finance course at a Canadian university. The teacher said this time-of-money is how the banks calculate their loans and mortgages. Out of the blue, I want to try how close the formula in ...
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Will I get in trouble for sharing my bank account information with a sugar daddy? [duplicate]

A sugar daddy messaged me on Instagram. I was having a hard time so I responded, and he said he would send me money and didn’t expect anything in return. He then he asked for my bank account info ...
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Why does CAD-hedged S&P 500 ETF suddenly not track to actual index

At the time of posting this question, the BlackRock ETF XSP is down approximately 1.3% during the period Dec 24 9:30 am - Dec 31 10:30 am, while the actual index is down approximately 0.3% during the ...
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Trailing Stop Market Order getting Cancelled

I have a trailing stop market order on a ETF (Account in - TD, Canada. EFT: VFV.TO ). This has worked for me previously but today (Dec 30, 2019), I see that a couple of them have been cancelled. It ...
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Can you purchase medical/dental insurance after you know you will use it?

Currently I do not have dental insurance with my job. I just found out I need some major work :( Can I still get dental insurance and have it save me money? I know it's possible to get dental ...
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For similar index, how do I decide to invest in Canadian or US traded ETF?

What factors must I consider? I know the exchange rate, exchange rate conversion cost, and Level 1 withholding tax. How do I factor them? What are the formulas? I know that I can't predict the future ...
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How can I know undoubtedly how much USD I can deposit in RRSP and TFSA?

I have USD that I want deposit in RRSP and TFSA without converting to CAD. But I don't want outpace my RRSP Deduction Limit and TFSA Contribution Room. How do I know doubt-lessly which exchange rate? ...
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What does it mean to reduce tax on Lump Sum payments, rather than Salary?

See screenshot from the CRA T1213. In requesting to reduce the tax withholding from an employment payment, you can select either 'Lump sum' or 'Salary'. What does "Lump sum" mean? How is it different ...
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When ought your taxable income < min{Ontario, Federal Basic Personal Allowance}?

Assume I have no tax deductions except RRSP, and I have $90K in my RRSP that I never deducted. Let "BPA" mean "Basic Personal Amount". Optimal taxable income ≥ min{2020 Ontario BPA ($10,783), Federal ...
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How can I fill Line 1 of T1213, when I can't know my annual salary and Union deductions in Dec yet?

My dad is paid hourly but sometimes he works over-time. His employer issues his T4 in Feb 2020. He has $50K in RRSP he never deducted. Let BPA mean Basic Personal Amount. Line 1 of T1213 = Optimal ...
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Can I “Request to reduce tax deductions at source” for 1. EI, 2. CPP, 3. Union deductions, 4. TTC, 5. DCPP?

I am completing T1213 Request to Reduce Tax Deductions at Source, but which of the following can be deducted too? EI? CPP deductions? Union deductions? TTC 2-month Pass? employer's defined ...
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In Canada, should I report merchant for discounting price if you pay cash and not Credit Card?

While I was paying bill at Chinese restaurant in Toronto, manager told me he discounts 15% my bill if I pay cash, not Mastercard. I told him I didn't see this printed on menu, and he said this is ...
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How to Accept Safe Payment on Car Sale (Canada)

This question is similar to this one from 9 years ago, but I don't think it's a duplicate. I want to receive payment for a car that I don't personally own (money to be subsequently sent to my friend ...
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Is it principled to tip less if a pricey restaurant doesn't accept Visa or Mastercard? [closed]

Last month, I spent $230 CAD at a restaurant. Yesterday I spent $150 CAD at another restaurant. Both high-priced restaurants in Toronto accept just cash or debit, no credit. I'm using final prices, ...
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Ontario, Canada rules for tax rates for services

In Canada, various provincial and federal taxes are applied to goods and services. In the event that a tax rate changes, there can often be confusion as to which tax rate to use for services rendered. ...
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What other variables affect optimal contributions to RRSP now?

I already maxed my TFSA. I can't have and don't want kids. I want to create an Excel spread-sheet to work backwards to determine the optimal RRSP contributions now that'll minimize taxes when I start ...
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Savings Question, how to invest

I have about $20,000 just sitting in a TFSA, I do plan to spend it (on a vehicle) in about 12-16 months, so I don't want to lock it away, is there anything better then the TFSA? I am Canadian.
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How can too much clawback tax on OAS benefits be withheld?

Tax Planning for You and Your Family 2019 by KPMG. p 319. 20.3.2 Old Age Security benefits and the OAS clawback OAS benefits are a taxable pension available at age 65. Unlike CPP/QPP ...
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In Canada how are Distributions taxed?

I'm asking about Distribution, NOT DIVIDEND. Here's an-other article on differences. I live in ON. An example is HMMJ, However, the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (HMMJ) currently ...
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Does it make more sense to purchase VTI or VUN?

I live in Canada. VTI and VUN are both US total market index funds through Vanguard. VTI is the American version, VUN is the Canadian version. VTI has an MER of 0.04% but the dividends are subject to ...
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What does it mean when 5 year fixed is lower than 5 year variable [duplicate]

For the past 10 years, we've had 2 5-year variable rate mortgages. We have more or less won the bet in the fixed vs. variable game. In the past, the variable was always a lower rate than the fixed. ...
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Is there any benefit to keeping money in a checking account?

I have been getting a lot of "tips" from my bank lately about different ways to save. Things like "Save $1 week 1, $2 week 2", etc or "tax my spending habits". Whenever I see things like this, they ...
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What's an “accountable advance”?

Tax Planning for You and Your Family 2019 by KPMG. p 196. 12.2.3 Allowances and advances for automobile expenses If you receive a reasonable allowance for automobile expenses, the allowance ...
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Why's it hard to claim losses on Canadian shares as business losses in the future?

Tax Planning for You and Your Family 2019 by KPMG. p 100. If you wish to ensure that your trades on the stock market will always result in capital gains rather than business income, you may file ...
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If you're loaning yourself a mortgage, why must you pay interest? At the bank's posted rate?

I'm addled. You're withdrawing money from your own Registered Retirement Savings Plan(RRSP), and you must repay it. You're not using the approved lender's money at all! So why must you pay interest ...
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In Canada, do Deposit Institutions pay interest on weekends?

I'm Ontarian. Yes or no for Chequing accounts? Savings accounts? Assume withdrawal can be delayed. If the answer is yes, then smarter to withdraw money on Monday 12:01 AM rather than Friday, right? ...
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Where to put Canadian-listed ETF that holds a US-listed ETF of US stocks?

Assume I have just three unused accounts – RRSP ($90 000), TFSA ($63 500 in 2019), and non-registered investment account. I'm Ontarian. I use another example like XUU. Where to put it first? I ...
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What's the “tax refund on RRSP contribution”?

Dan Brtolotti CFP CIM B.A. English University of Waterloo - St. Jerome's University wrote this article. I don't fathom third row. RRSP is taxed at withdrawal. Thus how is tax refunded when you deposit ...
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In a taxed account, why inimical for capital losses to offset high-than-market distributions?

aughhhhh comments on Efficiently Allocating ETFs to RRSP, TFSA, and a Non-Registered Account? First ask why you want to own bonds. Probably because you want their damping effect during a stock ...
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What's wrong with transferring $12,000 from RRSP to RRIF and withdraw $2000/yr 65-71 inclusive? Why doesn't this give you $12000 out RRSP tax-free?

I live in ON. Jim Yih wrote Are You Taking Advantage of the Pension Income Tax Credit? Transfer RRSP to a RRIF. At age 65 transfer $12,000 to a RRIF and take $2000 out per year from age 65 to 71(...
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How much can you have in TFSA without losing any OSAP?

Plz see beneath. Just $3600 for 2019-2020 school year!!?!!? This is too niggling and half-baked! What if student is living away from home? Accomodation and private rent cost way more! What if US or ...
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Will I get trouble with CRA, if I withdraw yearly maximum Capital Gain without paying tax in ON for many years?

Assume I get 0 income and my Capital Gain doesn't fall. I live in ON. Call F the maximum federal ($12069 in 2019), and P the maximum provincial ($10582 in 2019) basic personal amounts. Retirement ...
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MER of an ETF that holds another ETF?

I have an ETF: VFV (VANGUARD S&P 500 INDEX ETF) that has a fee of 0.08%. This ETF is traded in Canada and holds the U.S.-domiciled Vanguard S&P 500 ETF: VOO. This fund has a fee of 0.03%. ...
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How can I scrap the ATM transaction fee of a major bank in Canada, customer for 20 years, from now on?

I am with a major bank in Canada that charges a particular fee for visa credit card and ATM debit card money withdrawal and probably for deposit also. I pay interest for the credit card. I have been ...
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Error wire transfer into intermediary bank [duplicate]

I want to know how many days does it take for a cancelled wire transfer to be reversed into my account.
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Does money spent from lawsuits get reported in tax?

I had the unfortunate experience of taking my landlord to court. We eventually reached a settlement where I got some money. I strongly believe I should have gotten more and have evidence to support ...
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Loan to family member in Canada

I am residing in USA. I am considering loaning USD 50K to my brother in Canada to help him buy a home. Whats the best way to go about this? I read that if its within US its best to do this a loan ...
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Should CRA be paid as soon as tax return is submitted or should I wait for their response?

I just filled my tax return with the CRA. I know that I will owe some money as I worked as a contractor without tax taken off. Should I wait for the CRA to assess my return and tell me if I made any ...
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When estimating what portion of home is used for work, how could government verify you're telling the truth?

I work as an independent contractor and sometimes do a little work from home. I can write of part of my home rent for working from home. I am trying my best to estimate accurately for what percent of ...
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How do I sell or transfer forgotten about shares

I realized today in a moment of lucidity that I have outstanding shares from an employee share ownership plan from my previous company, Loblaws Canada. The shares are on a site called "Computershare",...
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How do vehicle loan transfers work?

I'm going to buy a car from a private seller. The seller bought this car from Dealer X couple years ago. Now, the seller wants to buy a new car from Dealer N. The seller didn't like Dealer N's trade ...
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Can you legally increase your TFSA contribution room over the government's provided maximum ($63 500 in 2019)?

I saw this idea in Reddit comments by u/differing: I often wish I invested early in the weed stock bubble in my TFSA, not so much for the returns but more to supercharge my TFSA room and transition ...
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Buying certified Canadian checks or money orders online from the US?

I live in the US and I need to send an application to a consulate in Canada. The consulate only accepts certified checks or money orders issued by Canadian institutions in Canadian dollars and cannot ...
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Principal residence exemption after the first house?

I'm trying to think through a situation for my brother where he co-owns two homes, one of which is with me which he wants to gift to me. I'm not sure how principal residence exemption works on his ...
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Are friends and family discounts or employee discounts taxable?

I recently read this article which says in Canada: "barter transactions are only taxable when the goods or services you're giving up are of the kind generally provided by you in the course of ...