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Can a Canadian corporation contribute to an RESP?

Having a baby boy later this year. Can a corporation contribute to his RESP?
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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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How can a 'saver' maintain or increase wealth in low interest rate economy?

If low interest rates disadvantage 'savers' what are they supposed to do if they are not inclined to buy and spend? Where should you put your money (instead of it stagnating in low interest rate ...
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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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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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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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Canada Income Tax benefits if family is living outside of Canada

I am working in Toronto, Canada under Work permit. My family is living outside Canada. I am fully taking care of their expenses. Can I get any income tax benefits for the money I am sending to them? ...
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Losing Money with Norbert's Gambit

In attempt to avoid the usual 1.5-2% exchange fees levied by brokers, I perform Norbert's gambit: I purchase DLR.TO in CAD (Canadian dollars) from TSX, journal it over to DLR.U.TO, and then sell the ...
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Are discount brokers freely permitted to deny client orders for any exchange-listed stock or ETF?

If a "no advice" (order execution only) discount broker is a member of a major stock exchange, does that typically obligate the broker to accept client orders for all stocks, ETFs, etc. listed on the ...
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Write off accrued interest from interest income

My mother purchased a US government bond maturing 2019/04/15. The purchase date was 2018/04/13, so there were 2 interest payments attributed to 2018 (2018/04/15 and 2018/10/15), but the interest ...
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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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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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Does increasing credit limit on corporate card affect personal credit score?

An individual has a corporate credit card under their own name where the company reimburses them for expenses into their personal bank account. Corporate credit card bills are paid by the individual's ...
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401(k) non resident alien -early withdrawal penalty 10%

I have a 401(k) with over 100 k in it . My question is if my former employer's 401(k) plan does not withhold the 10 % early withdrawal penalty, will I need to pay this with a US tax return ? ...
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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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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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Should I file taxes or Incorperate a personal project?

I have effectively started a small business. The business is an online venture and has already generated a small amount of money through donations/etc. I am currently considering if I want to go ...
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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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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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Ought a 63-year old working hotel employee commence contributing to an RRSP?

If I apply the information from Global News, MoneySense, the Wealthy Barber, and Reddit to the facts beneath, then then my dad oughtn't contribute to RRSP, correct? Thanks! Facts He's 63 years old, ...
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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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Tax implications of dividend vs salary

I'm recently self employed. My accountant advised the total amount of tax I'll pay (combined business and personal) is the same whether I pay myself 100% dividend or 100% salary and the only deciding ...
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Ripped plastic Canadian currency/bills

Can a ripped Canadian Plastic Bill with 60% portion of the bill remaining containing both serial #s still get full value?
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Unable to pay even the minimum payment on credit card

I was in USA for last 10 years, and I am not able to repay the credit-card payment, not even the minimum payment due. I was paying the minimum payment due before, but as I do not have a job anymore I ...
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What is the optimum way to draw money from your retirement nest egg

Let us say I have put away a nest egg like this (all numbers in CAD): Cash/GIC : 100,000$ Stocks/ETF: 100,000$ Bonds:100,000$ REIT: 50,000 Own rental property : 200,000 Let us say, I wish to retire ...
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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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Investing in Canadian Stocks as an American

I've been tracking the cannabis industry for awhile and would love to hop on the canna-stock wagon, but I'm not sure if Americans are allowed to invest in Canadian stocks. The companies I'd like to ...
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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. ...
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Capital gains on stocks sold to take initial investment off the table

Suppose I have invested $100K in a stock that was trading at $100 per share. The stock has gone up by 10 percent and is now at $110. I sold 909 units at $110, i.e. 909*$110 ≈ $100K, which is ...
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How do tax brackets work? Do they yield significantly different results than a continuous curve?

In Canada (and many other countries), high-earners pay a greater percentage of their income in taxes than low-earners. Here is our Schedule 1 form: The marginal utility of money decreases smoothly ...
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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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Is my sister entitled to a refund for IRS over-withholding? If so, how does she get the refund?

My sister has a taxable brokerage account with Interactive Brokers and invested in GE stocks (which collapsed, resulting in a massive capital loss written off on Line 132 of Schedule 3 on her T1 ...
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Can a non-resident Canadian citizen working in USA maintain a margin account in Canada?

I am a non-resident Canadian living and working in USA. Can I maintain a margin account for stocks trading in Canada?
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What are the risks of exposing your institution number/account number/transit number?

In Canada, this information appears to be on all every cheque in your chequebook, what could be done should someone have access to those 3 pieces of information? I'm asking in regards to whether this ...
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Are cash gifts from a former employer taxable in Canada?

I was previously employed by an elderly couple providing in-home care for several years. The husband passed away a number of years ago, while the wife passed away last year. Obviously, as the couple ...
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Deducting your own rent you incurred while renting out your own place

Person X wants to earn some extra cash They rent out their condo for $1400 a month. They need somewhere to live now, so they rent a basement suite for $1000 a month Now they make $400 a month profit ...
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Income tax filing for married couple with separate addresses in Canada

I am a resident in Ontario and have just got married. Can I file joint taxes with my wife even though we live on separate properties?
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How can I apply for $10/month internet, if I rent privately but am indigent?

From CBC's article, this low price appears restricted to low-income housing organization tenants. But I don't live in one. I rent privately in Ontario. Thus how do I apply? Or must I email ISPs ...
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Can I withdraw Small Overcontribution from RRSP?

My contribution room for my RRSP is 23.5k, I accidentally contributed 25k though. I realize my over-contribution is within the 2k that CRA allows, but I would prefer to keep the extra $1,500 outside ...
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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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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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US resident with Canadian income via T4A-NR

I am a single person LLC in the US and I do a lot of contract work for a US company. In 2016 I was asked by them to do some work in Canada and spent about 30 days working in Vancouver. My LLC issued ...
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Do I have to pay tax on Capital Gained on primary property?

I am a Canadian citizen. I have been working in a company in Mississauga Ontario since 2016. Around this timeframe my dad was diagnosed with illness so he added me on to his property in Markham ...
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Option spreads in registered accounts

Are there any option brokers for canadian people that allow you to do credit and debit spreads in their rrsp and Tfsa accounts?
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Dual Citizen (US / CDN) wants to buy US equities in Canadian brokerage

I'm dual citizen (US & Canada) residing in Canada. I returned to Canada two years ago. I just started thinking about investing again in Canadian equities (either stocks, ETF's or mutual funds). ...
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Do I have to pay taxes on external savings?

I am thinking on moving to Canada to work, save for retirement, and move back to Portugal due to the lower cost of living to live my retirement. I will contribute to the Canada Pension Plan and also ...