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Is it best to pay off credit cards as close to the due date as possible? Is it bad to pay mid cycle? [duplicate]

I will preface with I have a very bad sense about these sorts of things. When is it a good idea to pay off a credit card balance before the end of a cycle? For example a statement period is Apr 13 to ...
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Reduce income tax deduction after being unemployed

The previous month was the first month I have worked this year. I received gross pay of around $3400. However, approximately $500 was deducted for income tax. If I were to continue working for the ...
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Can I deduct expenses from rental income on my principal residence without making it not a principal residence?

TLDR: can I still claim 40% of all of these expenses (screenshot from simpletax) on my taxes when renting a portion of my Principal Residence and it still be considered principal residence? and ...
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How long after new employment before applying for a new credit card?

I am a recent grad and new employee. I currently only have a $500 student Visa credit card with my current bank branch (2 years). I began my employment at the end of January (just over 2 months ago) ...
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Debt options for single mom starting over

Hello fellow community members. I have a question regarding debt, and since it is a shameful subject with a lot of stigma I have been reluctant to ask for advice. Currently I am a single mama to a ...
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If you buy something with one credit card, and refund it to another, do you get to keep the points/cashback/etc from the purchase?

To my understanding most stores have policy that a refund must be done to the same card that was made to use the purchase. However this is not always the policy and I don't think there's a legal or ...
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Is it a concern if the pending transaction date is wrong on credit card? [duplicate]

I have 8 pending transactions on my credit card. Yesterday I went to a store and bought something with it. But the transaction shows up with today's date instead of yesterdays. Today I bought ...
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Is there an incentive for entities to take advantage of tax deductions that don't direclty benefit them?

I'm trying to validate or correct a perception I have. I believe that there is a financial benefit for entities (companies or people) to take advantage of tax deductions that don't directly benefit ...
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VSP taxable capital gain, even when I didn't sell

I have VSP (ETF) in a non registered Canadian account. I am a Canadian resident and I am taxed there. I was surprised to see that I have to pay a capital gain tax on it because I hold shares, even ...
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Changing “Tax Deduction at Source” to “Zero” - How to request your employer not to hold your taxes?

In Canada/Ontario, in both cases of permanent and contract employment, is it possible that I request my employer that they pay me my full before-tax salary and I pay the tax at the end of the year ...
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Disadvantages of putting all cash in a chequing account

When I opened an account at a bank, I was given two bank accounts: a savings account, and a chequing account. I was also given a debit card that is linked to the chequing account. The chequing account ...
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What is a land loan, is it different than a mortgage, and how?

From what I understand, a mortgage is a loan secured by real estate. Thus under this definition you should also be able to buy land (secured by the land). Is this true? If it is how come there are ...
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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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Is there a “grey market” for Canadian preferred stocks?

In the USA, many preferred stocks are traded on the OTC stock market before they uplist to a stock exchange. Do Canadian preferred stocks go through a similar process whereby they trade on a "...
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Is it suspicious to send $10K via Interac e-Transfer by dividing it into 4 transfers of $2.5K each?

At my bank, there is a $3,000 daily limit and $10,000 weekly limit on Interac e-Transfers. Will the bank or regulatory authorities be suspicious if I decide to use Interac e-Transfer to send $10,000 (...
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Do Canadian funds lose money when investors cancel their purchase within 48 hours?

I found this in the fact sheet of BMO Junior Oil Index ETF (TSX: ZJO): What if I change my mind? Under securities law in some provinces and territories, you have the right to cancel your purchase ...
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Does Canada respect the tax-free status of National Savings certificates for residents who left the UK?

I know Canada and the UK have a tax treaty that is designed to prevent double-taxation. But I don't know if it extends to honouring the tax-free status of government-issued savings certificates. ...
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How do I cheaply transfer money from Ireland to Canada for the purpose of student loan payments?

My Situation I'm Canadian and I took out student loans while studying in Canada. I graduated and started working right away. I have a student loan balance of approximately $29K. I moved abroad to ...
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What are the correct terms for a fixed payment with variable rate mortgage vs variable payment with variable rate mortgage?

What are the correct terms for a fixed payment with variable rate mortgage and variable payment with variable rate mortgage? I've read on some articles that a variable rate mortgage and adjustable ...
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When should I give my Social Insurance Number to a Credit Card Company (or anyone else for that matter)?

When applying for an American Express card, it asks me for my social insurance number (SIN) but it is optional. Should I give it? The site states We encourage providing your SIN for more accurate ...
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In a fixed mortgage, is the term the same as the amortization period?

From what I understand, the term is the length of time the mortgage agreement and interest rate will be in effect and the amortization period is the length of time it’d take to fully pay off the loan. ...
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Canadian citizen, TN worker, commute daily from Canada: am I a US person for tax purposes?

I only have citizenship of Canada. I work for a US company on TN Status. I commute daily from home in Canada to office in US and back. I do not reside in the US. I get a W2 and file taxes with the IRS ...
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How to find comprehensive agreement before getting credit card?

I'm looking to get another credit card. Generally speaking I find it difficult to cut through the marketing talk to find out what I'd really be getting myself into. I'm looking for one with high ...
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Penalty for withdrawing from RRSP and putting it back into another RRSP

If I take money out of my RRSP and put it back in an RRSP with a different bank, is there a penalty? To avoid the penalty, I guess there needs to be a straight RRSP --> RRSP transfer?
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What will happen to the amount of money I contributed exceeding my RRSP limit and will I pay a penalty?

My RRSP deduction limit for 2020 was 16,000$. In the year 2020, I contributed 28,000$. TurboTax displays it as "Amount of contributions exceeding your limit (automatically carried forward for you)...
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Assuming you already have the money, how to tell when/which day of the month to pay off credit card balance?

Maybe this is a simple question but I have a really bad sense about these type of things. When I got my first credit card the teller "did me a favour" and said if I always paid it off in ...
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How to calculate capital gains on multiple trades of the same stock?

I'm curious what is my capital gain for tax purposes if I trade a security and never sell my entire position? Here's an example of what I mean: In January, I buy 10 shares of Stock A at $1 per share. ...
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Can the buyer's salesperson receive commission directly from a private seller?

Imagine a private seller wants to save money by not hiring an agent, but is willing to pay some amount to a potential buyer's agent to seal the deal. In the described situation can the buyer's ...
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US Resident: Unreported Bank Account In Canada

I'm Canadian living in the US for the last 6 years. Recently, I obtained a US passport. I've had a bank account in Canada during last 6 years I've been living in the US. On the account there's a 5 ...
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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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Ex-husband is trying to find out my banking info

My ex-husband keeps trying to find out my banking information. We have been divorced for 3 years but still involved in the family court system. Over the past years, he's opened closed accounts, ...
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Can a closed but undischarged mortgage be reopened easily?

Getting a new mortgage can involve a lot of paperwork and take considerable time. If one (for whatever reason) happens to have an existing mortgage that has been fully paid off but never officially ...
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How is GST/HST treated when you file corporate tax?

FOR CANADA: Let's assume I make $100,000 in sales with a 13% HST tax = $113,000 in a year. Also let's assume zero expenses for the year. I pay $13,000 in HST. Are my corporate income taxes on $100,000?...
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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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Employment Insurance (EI): Total Insurable Earnings vs Weeks of Entitlement

If one's Regular Weeks Entitlement for the EI is 50 weeks, but the Total Insurable Earnings amount is about $15,000 then does this mean that the EI payments would stop once the $15,000 has been paid ...
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Canadian citizen living in Canada wants to gift a US property to a Canadian living in the US. What do I all need to know?

My uncle wants to gift a piece of property in the USA that apparently is worth about $8,000 to my sister and I. We are both Canadian citizens living in the US as permanent residents. Just curious ...
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Canada/ON: Can one of the co-owner (Joint Tenancy) of a rental property claim all the income/expenses/taxes, without it affecting ownership basis

All I can find is the following, but it is for USA. https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/investments-and-rental-properties/discussion/no-is-the-brief-answer-generally-each-of-you-would-rep/01/159513/...
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Does the simplified flat rate for meals already reflect the 50% deduction?

In Canadian taxes for the self employed, they offer a simplified method for meal deductions with a flat rate per meal and/or a max per day. Do the amounts mentioned already factor in the 50% you're ...
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How to find platform to invest in Canadian ETFs from overseas?

I am intending to invest in Canadian ETFs. I reside overseas. Although I have Canadian SIN, I do not have a permanent address in Canada at the moment. I searched online for platforms which can allow ...
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Does the sale of personal items need to be declared as income on my income taxes?

I have been selling some books that I own. I am selling them at a loss (less than I bought them for and less than market rate). However, I have gotten about $1,400 in income minus $400 for shipping ...
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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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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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When exactly can someone collect Employment Insurance benefits (EI) in Canada?

When is a Canadian eligible for EI and likely to get it? To my understanding it depends on: how much money they are making if they have paid into EI from previous work how their last job ended The ...
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Is it even worth working a minimum wage job right now given the government's pandemic response?

The work I was doing prior to COVID got shut down. I have since started a retail job that is close to minimum wage ($14.70/hr). I normally work 30-40 hours per week. Also I have some very part time ...
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Non US-resident, need to file 83b election TODAY with the IRS - I have an SSN but it says “valid for work only with DHS auth” - is this OK?

I am Canadian and are back in Canada. Last year I had a J1 visa to work in the US and I obtained an SSN while there, it says "valid for work only with DHS authorization" on the SSN. My J1 visa has ...
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Form 8843 - Statement for Exempt Individuals - Do I need to complete a closer connection form?

I am a Canadian citizen that has studied and worked in the US over the past 5 years. I am unsure how to complete Part III Questions 11 and 12 on the Form 8843. I was on an F1 from Aug 2010 - May ...
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Where can I park my rainy-day / emergency fund? Savings accounts don't generate much interest

Savings accounts don't seem to generate much interest. What other options do I have for my emergency fund?
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Advantages of incorporating in Canada for reselling

I'm looking into reselling (flipping) retail merchandise on Amazon with FBA. I'm in Canada, I expect profit margins to be tighter. One thing I'd like to know is if incorporating could save me from the ...
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RRSP contributions in first 60 days of calendar year

RRSP contributions made in the first 60 days of the current calendar 2021, can be claimed in the prior year 2020, or later tax returns. Regarding RRSP contribution limits. If the contribution is made ...
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What is the difference between a check and a paycheck?

What is the difference between a check and a paycheck?

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