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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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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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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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Ontario Capital Gains,are profits also part of taxable income?

Say I Sell my investment property house for 500k and bought it for 250k. Leaving me 250k profit. I'd be taxed on 50% of that correct: 250/2 = 125k taxable. and 125k Profit. Now my 125k is taxed ...
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How does this scam involving buying a used car cash-only work?

I'm in pursuit of a used car. I came across this 2010 Camry for 4200 CAD. The car is good, I test drove it in the city and on the highway and there are no problems with it as far as I can tell. ...
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Why aren't REITs ETFs?

I'm assuming there are no ETF equivalents of REITs in Canada. Correct? Why are REITs income trusts, not ETFs? Why not operate a Real Estate ETF? Gill, Madura. Personal Finance, 4th Canadian Edition ...
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How do I find out what are the min and max withholdings from each paycheque?

Gill, Madura. Personal Finance, 4th Canadian Edition 2019. p 86. Emboldenings are mine. Taxes Paid on Earned Income Your income is subject to personal income taxes, which are taxes imposed on ...
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Can you evade tax by getting employment income just in equity, then using this equity as collateral to take out loan? [closed]

I don't get this tax evasion scheme. Can someone explain it? I'm from Toronto, Canada. I don't know if the author had in mind US taxes. Jargo comments on Deutsche Bank and Wall Street banks ...
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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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Is Pension income a part of my Personal Tax Income

My parents retired, and they will be receiving monthly payments from pension and those things. We live in Ontario. Do these count towards their income tax brackets? Are there other taxes they should ...
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Where can I see break-down of total federal and Ontario non-refundable tax credits?

Please see my 63 y.o. Ontarian dad's cash flow.. I screen-shot, but rounded the values from his 2018 Notice of Assessment. Where can I see tax credits broken down? I want see them so that I can ...
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In one year, what's the maximum I can contribute to RRSP, from past unused contribution room?

My dad is 63 and lives in Ontario.. He maxed out his TFSA. His annual pre-tax income is $50K. Here is a screen-shot of his CRA online account: He never opened a RRSP, thus the $100K must've been ...
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At What Point is it Worth Doing Something With Your Money?

I (a Canadian) have never done anything with finances, don't have an income nor any expenses. I have about 20K sitting in a pile in a TD Canada Trust Account due to the government sending HST checks ...
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Can non-citizens sell paper certificated UK stocks?

I inherited BATS shares listed on the LSE. I’m a Canadian citizen, and the shares are paper certificated. I’ve been trying to sell them for a year with no luck. Can I sell them without naturalizing in ...
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How do Ontarians calculate optimal RRSP contribution?

Pls see my dad in Ontario's facts. He maxed out his TFSA, and his annual pre-tax income (henceforward "APTI") is $50K. CRA website shows his 2019 RRSP deduction limit is $100K. If I understood this ...
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All my investments goes through the same financial firm. Is that a bad idea?

In the past year, I invested $1k per week in a diversified portfolio through a financial firm. The money belongs to my incorporation. My goal is to invest as much as possible and never use it, ...
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Best/Least expensive way to cash a Canadian check in the US?

I live in the US, and I recently took a vacation in Canada. My flight home was oversold, and I was stuck at the airport for several hours. The airline is required to send me a check for 2400 Canadian ...
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Independent Contractor

I am an employee and fall within the first tax income bracket in Nova Scotia. I have recently taken up a contract job as an independent contractor that pays about $150 to $200 per month. I want to ...
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How to start investing at a younger age?

I am currently 23. I live in Quebec, Canada and I work full time at $17.31 per hour. My salary will increase 1% to 6% every December. For the time being, my cost of living is relatively low. I ...
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How are Canada Pension Plan payroll deductions paid by both employee and the company?

I am thinking on moving to Canada but I want to calculate what my salary would be after taxes. I am using the tax calculator at https://simpletax.ca/calculator but there's still one thing I can't wrap ...
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Canadian nomad, USD earnings - how to invest/preserve currency

I'm a Canadian tax resident who moves around a lot. Exchanging currency stresses me out so much if I think about it that I basically have just decided to accept volatility. I work online, and am paid ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do I have to pay tax on Capital Gained on primary property?

I am a Canadian citizen. I have been worked for a company in Mississauga, Ontario since 2016. Around this time my dad was diagnosed with illness so in March 2016, he added my name to his property in ...