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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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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 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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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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To lease or buy when I have the cash in my RSP

I am retired, collecting a pension, CPP & OAS. I also have money in my RSP, which becomes taxable when I withdraw it. I purchased, for cash & a trade-in, a 2014 BMW SUV. Sale price was $39000. ...
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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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Why are wire transfers and other financial services in Canada so much more expensive than in Europe?

Why are wire transfers in Canada so expensive compared to Europe? The simple answer I've seen is because bankers are crooks, but I find that this oversimplifies the situation — I don't believe ...
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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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Option spreads in registered accounts [closed]

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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Does employer matching contributions in a TFSA count towards the annual limit?

Does my employer matching my contribution to a TFSA count towards my annual TFSA contribution limit?
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Benefits for women in Ontario

Im unemployed i apply for a jobs but not luckly call for an interview yet. I will be separating soon with my husband . I lived in Eastern Ontario near Renfrew. Not much jobs around here i wanted to-...
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Efficient Canada investment account after maxing out TFSA that is not RRSP?

What kind of investment accounts in Canada are tax-efficient and allow holding U.S. stocks (Amazon, Google, etc.)? I have maxed out my TFSA, and would prefer not to lock money in retirement-inclined ...
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Does a cash back mortgage at a higher rate with the cash immediately applied to the principal make financial sense?

A mortgage advisor was trying to sell me on cash back mortgage. For most clients he said they use it to pay down debt at a higher interest rate or to buy the essentials for a first home. This is not ...
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Spouse Cosigning

My wife and I currently own a home and finance two cars. We each have one car completely in our name and are co-borrowers on the house. I am about to trade in my car, and the interest rate will be ...
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Credit freezes aren't available in Canada. What options are available to protect against identity theft?

It looks like credit freezes aren't possible in Canada. Despite this, there is some evidence that identity theft is a bona fide problem in Canada: RCMP states that in 2009 there were 11,095 identity ...
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Choose students or working adults with low credit as tenants?

Currently I am trying to pick the tenants for my condo in downtown Toronto ($2400 a month). There are two options: Two international students from university of Toronto, but they are only willing to ...
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Why don't all banks at least OFFER to combine their chequing and savings accounts? [closed]

Manulife Bank combines chequing and savings — see beneath. But Meridian Credit Union, Simplii don't. I have bank accounts at just these financial institutions. LMK if there are others like Manulife. ...
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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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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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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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Buying a house with credit line and getting a mortgage later

We are considering buying a house for about $150-160 thousand. We recently moved, and my wife has been on maternity leave benefits for a year now. So, proof of income is basically non-existent. We ...
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What's the lowest risk highest reward I can invest in for 5 years?

Good day; Canadian here, 23. I'm looking to place money (at a rate of 100$-200$ per month) into savings, for 5 years (locked or not). I don't have a "specific" plan in 5 years. I just need to have ...
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Intro to Investment options for a Canadian

I'm a 22 year old Canadian living in Canada. I am about to finish school, paid off my student loan, and I have a good paying job, apart from rent and food (no car or house), I don't have much need for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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). ...