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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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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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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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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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What's the tl;dr investing rules for married Canadian citizens when one partner happens to have US citizenship?

Canadians with US citizenship have several things to consider regarding investments: Canada's Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) is not considered tax free by IRS, and filing taxes may significantly ...
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Inheriting funds from a U.S. trust where you are not the trustee

I am a U.S. citizen trustee and executor of my mom's trust. My brother is a Canadian citizen and lives in Canada and not a trustee. I will be dividing the trust funds or investments between the two ...
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Donating to US versus Canadian charities to maximizing tax benefits

I am a US citizen and I have the option to make my charitable donations in either the US or Canada for the next few years. How do I maximize my tax benefit for a fixed donation size? My ...
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Salary vs. dividend when a company is closing down?

Let's say I have a small business that has been in operation for 10 years and it no longer makes any money. I've told all my customers that we will no longer take on any new business. So for the ...
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Client is offering to withhold tax from my payment

I recently started working in an arrangement neither me nor the person who hired me has done before. Someone who works as a contractor for a company got a budget to hire me as a (sub)contractor. He ...
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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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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Is there a general requirement to track and report Capital loss in Canada?

A website of a certain bank states in its FAQ for buying/selling precious metals (https://preciousmetals.td.com/shop/en/tdmetals/metal-support): "Q: Are there tax implications if I sell my precious ...
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How does a typical bond ETF provide tax information to the investor in Canada?

Before deciding whether to use registered or unregistered (taxable in Canada) account, I'd like to understand the complexity of tax reporting as a result of holding bond ETF, for example BMO ZFL (long ...
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Setting up a personal loan, how do I report to CRA?

I am about to make a simple loan to a family member. I have a contract written up, and a payment schedule that we will both sign as well, along with a witness. While the interest rate I am charging ...
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Can construction Soft Costs be carried forward on Canadian rental income?

I built a home and am renting it out for profit. While building, I incurred soft costs (mainly interest costs on money borrowed during construction, and insurance costs). In the years that I had these ...
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RSP withdrawals and deposits

I’m a senior (66), and I withdrew $20k from my RSP this year. They withheld the tax, but within the year I replaced the $20k. I have the room in my contribution, so will I get all the tax money back, ...
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Am I supposed to get “GST/HST credit” cheques even if I have substantial savings abroad?

I have moved to Canada, Nova Scotia about a year ago, so I filed my first tax return (2017) already. Long story short, I lived the entire year out of my own savings - there was no income and no ...
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Taxes and Visa Implication: Canadian citizen, Canadian payroll, working M-F in US

Tried to skim through all existing questions, but couldn't find a match to my situation - so any help or input appreciated. I'm looking at a possible scenario where I'm on the Canadian payroll (with ...
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Moving from Canada to the U.S.: Where will I be considered resident for tax purposes?

In 2018 in the summer, I'm planning to move from Canada to the U.S. I'm a citizen of Ukraine. I would spend more than 183 days in Canada in 2018 and have an employer, but by the end of the year I ...
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Why is my unreduced retirement date same as the normal retirement date

My employer says that my unreduced retirement date is the same as normal retirement date (at age 65). How come some people have unreduced retirement date that is upto 5 yrs sooner than their normal ...
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How can I purchase new assets for my Roth IRA while residing in Canada?

I'm a US citizen and currently reside and study in Canada. My Roth IRA is currently at Vanguard (in the US). While I reside in Canada, they do not allow me to purchase new assets with the funds that ...
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What will happen if you filed your taxes with two different locations? How can it be solved?

I was living in Winnipeg, Manitoba and I had done my taxes online with H&R Canada Online. H&R Canada provided me with some papers to print out and then it was settled, I moved to Sudbury, ...
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Is it true that as long as you are on a TN visa you have to file taxes in Canada as residents?

My husband has been working in the USA on a TN visa since August 2012. Me and my son moved to USA in August 2014. My husband has been filing taxes in the US as a non-resident and in Canada as a ...
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HST vacant lot severed from a farm for sale, zoned residential but still has crop on it

I am considering selling a piece of land that was severed as a residential lot from our family farm. The crop has been planted on it, even though it was legally severed as residential. If I sell ...
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HST for a new home in Ontario, a first time home buyer

I am planning to buy a new home for 830,000, what is the HST calculation? Can HST be paid together with the mortgage? Thanks.
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What to do with US retirement plan after moving to Canada

I have accumulated a few tens of thousands of USD in 403(b) retirement plans with TIAA and Fidelity. I recently moved to Canada. I am not planning to return to the US anytime soon or ever. Is it wise ...
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Revenue Recognition, Foriegn Currency, and Exchange Rates

I live in Canada, and run a small hobby website (under a sole proprietorship) which earns advertising revenue from various sources. Some of that is paid in CAD, some in USD, and some in EUR, etc. My ...
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Canada Pension Plan Transfer

I have lived for three years in Canada, and made three contributions to the CPP. I now live in Switzerland and do not plan to return to Canada ever. Is there any way to transfer these contributions ...
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Transferring money from HSBC UK to TD Bank in Canada

Lets say I want to transfer money to Canada from UK. HSBC-UK asks me to to enter the following information Payee account number Payments Canada Routing number Bank Name Now the question : Should "...
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How are US Health Saving Account (HSA) taxed in Canada for a Canadian citizen, not a US citizen?

The HSA in question is founded while legally working in the US and being a US tax resident. However, I'm thinking of coming back to Canada. Are they just considered as a normal account? Therefore, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Interpreting double-taxation agreements

I'm preparing to do my taxes for the first full year after migrating from New Zealand to Canada, and am now a tax resident of Canada. The countries do have a double taxation agreement in place (https:...
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Tax on Canadian investments for a Canadian expat in UK

I have never studied accounting before looking for some guidance on my issue. I have investments in Canada that I have to file tax returns for capital gains and dividend income. However my primary ...
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What type of trading is taxable in a TFSA investment acount?

I always assumed that capital gains in TFSA is non-taxable until I read that people who use TFSA investment account for day trading are starting to being audited by the CRA. So, what types of ...
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Claim Public Service Health and Dental Care Plan premiums?

I've never had enough medical expenses to actually claim them before, but this year, I did. Working through my software, I was referred to line 330: Eligible medical expenses...premiums paid to ...
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CRA showing installments payable for 2019 even if I am getting a refund

When I filed my 2018 tax returns in Ontario, it shows that I am getting a refund; but then it hows Total instalment payable in 2019: XXX $. If I don't owe any taxes in 2018, why does it show ...
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How to calculate capital gain on gold coins in Canada?

In case of purchasing multiple gold coins (assume same kind of coin) on several occasions, for the purpose of capital gains tax calculation upon resale - does one have to calculate adjusted cost base ...
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USA IRS - CANADA CRA Dual Status Return

A little background first: We (myself and my spouse) were resident aliens (for tax purposes) until June 2018 on a F1 visa. We left USA and moved to Canada in June 2018 (less than 183 days in 2018), ...
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How can I notify the CRA of intent to contribute to an RRSP?

I currently have an RRSP through work that I contribute to. However, the amount is significantly smaller than my annual limit. I have a self-managed RRSP separately and contribute sizable amounts. ...
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Residential requirement for Canadian living abroad to collect pensions?

I have been told by numerous individuals that one is required to return to Canada for a certain period of time, whilst living abroad, in order to continue to collect my Senior benefits from the ...