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How do I tell the Canada Revenue Agency that they're sending someone else's documents to my address?

A business acquaintance used my address for mail correspondence, with my permission. Actually, he even didn't stay in my place and I don't have any of his personal belongings here. Later, I asked him ...
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Moved to Canada for Grad School, Getting Heavily Taxed in U.S

I'm about to file my U.S. tax return for 2017. In August of 2017, I moved to Canada from the U.S. for graduate school (I am a U.S. citizen). I was on a vacation during April 15th, 2018 and quickly ...
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Are you required to pay the full tax on income if your employer doesn't pay what they claim to?

About 6-7 months ago, a friend of mine got a job with the Canadian Government at an hourly rate. However, due to the Phoenix system debacle, he wasn't being paid for his work. This problem has ...
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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 tax?...
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Will CRA suspect, if you never filed and now retroactively files taxes?

Someone in family employed for past 15 years, but his income never outstripped ON's Basic Personal Amount. It's $13,229 in 2020 He just found today if even though he never had paid any tax, filing ...
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Do I pay tax if I convert INR to CAD to use in Canada

If as a Canadian resident, I hold an NRE account with an Indian bank and i transfer money earned in CAD to this account. The I earn interest in rupees and want to transfer back to CAD. The interest is ...
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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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Usage of non refundable tax credits

I have spent 5 years in Canada. The first four were as an international student whereby even though I did not have any significant or no income, I filed my taxes so that I could accumulate non-...
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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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How are dividends on US stocks treated by the CRA?

As an American living in Canada I have some stocks in a US account and they paid dividends this year. On the 1099DIV there are values for boxes: 1a. Total Ordinary Dividends 1b. Qualified Dividends ...
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Does one need to pay income tax on pension income in Canada?

When a person starts getting a pension from an employer or from the government after retirement, is he supposed to pay income tax on that pension? Will he pay tax at his marginal tax rate? I would be ...
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Is it just for the CRA to charge interest on a notice of collection dated one month ago, but that they never mailed?

My dad is old, computer-illiterate, and needs a wheelchair. On Feb. 20 2019, he received by mail the CRA's Notice of collection that "calculated additional arrears interest of $30" on "your notice of ...
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Deposit shares in TFSA before capital gain that exceeds contribution limit

I find myself in an interesting position right now. I bought into a private placement and my escrow will be ending in a couple weeks. The kicker is that, if I were to deposit the shares into my TFSA (...
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Including 401(k) contributions on Canadian tax return

I am a Canadian resident who made US income, and contributed to a 401k. I know I must include my 401k contributions on my foreign income, but what about my employer's contributions? Also, what are ...
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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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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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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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Setting up a personal loan, how do I report to CRA?

I am about to make a simple loan to a family member. I have a contract written up, and a payment schedule that we will both sign as well, along with a witness. While the interest rate I am charging ...
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Can the CRA peek into the amount of a Canadian bank account forthwith?

I mean without any search warrants or court orders. I ask because for the 2018 tax year, my brother in Grade 12 earned a total income of $500 CAD from only interest. The bank issued a T5 statement ...
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In a Canadian TFSA, does interest earned within the account count toward the contribution limit?

I know that there is a limit in the contribution per year in a TSFA. At the moment (2016), if you have never made a contribution then you can contribute around $ 46 500. BUT, even though all ...
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When filing taxes in Canada, in what cases does box 39 on the T4 get reported as half of box 38?

When filing taxes in Canada, when does box 39 get reported as half of box 38? In my case, I got ESPP amount reported in box 38, with box 39 missing in my T4 altogether. According to my accountant, the ...
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Do I need to file taxes jointly with my girlfriend if we live together?

Before I met my girlfriend, I lived in a condo. Now I rented it out and I live with her and pay her rent. Now we are not legally married or signed common law agreement or anything like that, but I ...
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Does the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) tax other income at the marginal tax rate?

I am employed full time as a software developer. If I wish to earn money on the side doing Wordpress websites through Odesk, Elance, etc., I will report that to the CRA under other income. Is this ...
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Do employer RRSP contributions show up as income on my T4?

When I get my T4, I see a certain amount quoted as my income. My employer gives me matching RRSP, which means if I put 1000 dollars, my employer puts in 500 dollars and then buys me the company stock ...
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Canada Tax work space in the home expenses with no income (T2200)

I'm trying to assess if I can claim on the work space in the home when I'm not getting income from my company. There's a line that makes it seem like I cannot, though I might be reading it wrong. ...
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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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How can portion of cellphone bill be estimated for work?

First off I'm very new to this so some of my questions may be silly. I worked for several companies that issued me a T4A which means I need to fill out a T2125 with business expenses. To my ...
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Canada: Taxes for income generated from pre-immigration work

I called the CRA many times regarding my question but I wasn't able to get an answer and they kept redirecting me to different people and departments. I am now a PR in Canada, Before coming to this ...
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Accumulated NRE balance before acquiring Canadian Permanent Residence

I am an Indian national working in Singapore for past 15 years as Permanent Resident. Recently got Canadian PR. I have a huge amount of S$ in my Singapore CPF account and as Fixed deposits in India ...
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Finding Return Of Capital distributions on BlackRock's site

Why is it impossible to discover the Return of Capital for iShares on BlackRock's own site? What am I not understanding? For example, BlackRock's XSP Page shows every possible statistic and ...
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Canadian citizen working for a year in scandinavia

I am a Canadian citizen. I am toying with the idea of living and working in Scandinavia as a contractor for about a year. What are the tax implications? Will I be taxed once in Denmark and then again ...
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At what point do recurring small business losses become a problem with Canada Revenue Agency?

How many times can a small business owner claim an overall yearly loss, when filing income taxes, before the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) will consider it a problem? A friend who runs her own small ...
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Revenue Recognition, Foriegn Currency, and Exchange Rates

I live in Canada, and run a small hobby website (under a sole proprietorship) which earns advertising revenue from various sources. Some of that is paid in CAD, some in USD, and some in EUR, etc. My ...
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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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What type of trading is taxable in a TFSA investment acount?

I always assumed that capital gains in TFSA is non-taxable until I read that people who use TFSA investment account for day trading are starting to being audited by the CRA. So, what types of ...
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CRA showing installments payable for 2019 even if I am getting a refund

When I filed my 2018 tax returns in Ontario, it shows that I am getting a refund; but then it hows Total instalment payable in 2019: XXX $. If I don't owe any taxes in 2018, why does it show ...
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How can I notify the CRA of intent to contribute to an RRSP?

I currently have an RRSP through work that I contribute to. However, the amount is significantly smaller than my annual limit. I have a self-managed RRSP separately and contribute sizable amounts. ...
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Deducting home costs if I work from home on the side?

I have a question on how to claim deductions if I use my home as a home office. See http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/ddctns/lns206-236/229/cmmssn/hm-eng.html Let us say ...
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How is the Canada Employment Amount tax credit calculated?

To calculate the Canada Employment Amount as a non refundable tax credit, this link explains: Canada employment amount is a non-refundable credit for work-related expenses, such as home ...
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To know if you have filed taxes before in Canada?

I am in Canada, I recently filed my taxes with HR block I was supposed to get close to $3500 back accord to HR Block because I hadn't filed for two years(at least I am 95% sure I have). I just got a ...
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Does the CRA charge any penalty if you file a wrong tax return?

If you misreport a number on your tax return, will the CRA just charge you the extra money that you owe them? Or will they actually 'punish' you by charging hefty fines and penalty , and slap charges ...
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For how many years after I file my tax do I need to retain my documents

I have copies of t4 and rrsp slips sitting in my tiny condo and eating up valuable storage space since 2009. Can I throw them away? How many years after you file a return are you required to keep ...
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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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Self-employed: claim CPP for self on Line 9060 of T2125?

In Canada, self-employed individuals have to contribute more to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP): we have to pay both the employee and employer amount. Whereas employees just pay their employee amount ...
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Does the CRA reprieve those who have to commute for work?

Suppose that for some reason (family connections, unaffordability, ...) someone lives in a town a train ride away from one of Canada's expensive cities (Toronto, Vanvouver). He makes most or all of ...
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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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Is it possible to export GIFI from QuickBooks Online?

I use QuickBooks Online for my business transactions. Now I need to do corporation tax return and I want to use UFileT2 for this. So I need to import data to Ufile. For import I need to have GIFI ...
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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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Made a mistake reporting total income on T1 tax forms

This is a bit embarrassing but apparently, I made a mistake on my income tax return. In particular, the "total income field". In my first tax return(2017), I thought this was "monthly income", but ...
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Canadian income tax for foreign worker who moved back home during 2016

I'm an Australian who lived in Canada (specifically Saskatchewan) for two years, working at a university. I moved back to Australia on December 13th 2016 (when my contract ended). For my 2015 tax ...