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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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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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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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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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What is the best bank to invest through in Canada? [closed]

In Canada we can’t buy through Vanguard or similar US based brokers directly, but many banks offer investment platforms to purchase a wide variety of ETFs and mutual funds. Which bank would be best ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What's “corporate paid-up capital”?

Tax Planning for You and Your Family 2019 by KPMG. p 113. 7.1.3 Stock dividends A corporation will sometimes pay a stock dividend by issuing new shares to pay the dividend rather than giving ...
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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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In Canada, can charitable donations never increase your after-tax income?

Note that charitable donations never increase your income-after-tax. I want double-check this. I use a gray horizontal line for every separate Reddit thread. They probably didn't write with Ontarian ...
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Why would a small business benefit by disposing of shares early this year rather than later in previous year?

Tax Planning for You and Your Family 2019 by KPMG. p 103. First three paras. If you own shares in a small business, and are considering selling them, or transferring them to a family member, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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First time homebuyer, want to buy an old house tear down and rebuild

My spouse and I have never had a mortgage. We're pre-approved for about a $600k mortgage, which we want to use to buy an older house to tear down and completely rebuild. The initial price on these ...
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Expenses deducted on tax return with no proof. What should I do if I get audited?

I just filed my tax return for the 2018 tax year (NETFILE, with StudioTax). I work 100% at home, and I rent the place from a landlord. According to an agent of the Canada Revenue Agency, I am allowed ...
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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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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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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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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 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 ...