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Ontario HST rebate: Is eligibility based on gross or net income?

Is the HST rebate eligibility - of up to $166,000 combined income per couple - based on gross income or net income?
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Ontario HST rebate: How does it work for a single parent with joint custody?

I'm a single father with joint custody of my son... Just wondering what rebate I will get? ... the $100 or $300...?
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GST/PST payments considered personal loss

Long story short, five years ago I opened (and became administrator of) a corporation for a friend (he was in bankruptcy). I recently "reacquired control", only to discover no GST was ever paid, no ...
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Are the HST rebates only paid for the first year, or will they be issued every year?

Will the HST rebates be paid each year after 2010 as well, or is this a one time thing?
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Ontario gas prices & HST: What will happen to prices at the pump on July 1, 2010?

When the HST comes into effect on July 1, 2010 will gas prices at the pump be affected immediately?
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Ontario HST rebate: Is there such a thing as $500 HST transition cheques, or is it $335?

Some friends have mentioned getting a $500 government rebate mailed to them... Is it possible that an amount of $500 be payable for the HST transition, or could this be for something else? It seems ...
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Ontario HST rebate: I live in Quebec. Are the rebate cheques for Ontario residents only?

HST cheques are for Ontario residents only? Thought it was Canada. I live in Quebec. So we don't receive a cheque? But will have to pay the HST on all items purchased?
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What impact does the new mortgage rules have on CMHC policies? [Canada]

With reference to this question, how does this affect the Canadian Home and Mortgage Corporation (CMHC)? This organization made it possible to get a new home with as little as 5% downpayment, ...
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Ontario HST rebate: Would I be receiving a cheque if I owe Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)?

Would I be receiving a cheque if I owe Canada Revenue Agency?
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Ontario HST rebate: Do common-law couples qualify for the couples (family) rebate?

Do common-law couples qualify for the couples rebate?
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Use retirement to pay off debt: Should I cash in RRSP to repay Line of Credit?

The amount I have in RRSP savings is exactly equal to the amount I have in Home Equity Line of Credit debt (significant, but aside from home mortgage, my family has no other debt). I know if I ...
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Ontario HST rebate: Newly married. Can I change to married status for HST rebate?

I recently was married in April 2010. I received my HST rebate of $100 as a single individual, and my husband didn't receive any. As a couple we would qualify for the $330. Can I change to the ...
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In Canada, can I deduct my mortgage if running a business from my home?

If I run a home business and a portion of the home is used as an office for the business can I deduct a percentage of the mortgage?
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Will the Ontario HST rebates be direct deposited, or mailed, or both in June 2010 and 2011?

Will the Ontario HST rebates be direct deposited, or mailed, or both in June 2010 and 2011?
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Ontario HST rebate: Does a single parent of an 18 year old qualify for the maximum payment?

As a single parent of an 18 year old, am I still considered a single parent?
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Ontario HST rebate: Do widowers fit into the “Couples” category, i.e. $1000?

There are 2 categories for the HST tax credit, that determines the dollar credit ie. $300 or $1000. The categories are 1) A single person with no child or 2) Couples or Single Parents. Would a widow/...
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I am married and currently being sponsored. I have a taxation number when filing taxes. How much HST rebate will my family receive?

I am married and currently being sponsored. I have a taxation number when filing taxes. How much HST rebate will my family receive?
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At what top income is the HST rebate set at 0?

It appears that if a household has a total income greater than $166K (I wish), there is no rebate at all. Is this a correct interpretation?
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Why might institutions prohibit carrying forward unused funds from one fiscal year to the next?

Why do institutions sometimes prohibit carrying forward the unused funds from one fiscal year onto the next? Are there reasons for it or is it just an arbitrary rule? Universities in Canada, it seems, ...
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Ontario HST rebate: When would I qualify?

I turned 18 in January 2010 and I filed a 2009 income tax return. When will I qualify to receive the rebate?
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What address do I use to register for information on the GST & HST?

What address do I use to register for information on the GST & HST?
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Can I get a tax deduction for giving towards my grandchildren's education?

I have 4 Canadian grandchildren. Can I get a charitable tax deduction if I give towards their education?
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When does the HST impact pre-purchased services in Ontario? [Canada]

Some services will be impacted earlier than July 1, 2010. What services are impacted and what date does the full 13% get charged?
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Did not cash cheque for last years tax refund, can I ask for another?

A friend of mine did not cash her refund cheque from last year as she moved away and forgot to change her address. What is the method for retrieving that refund from the CRA? Would it be possible for ...
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Which investment option provides the best income tax benefit? [Canada]

If I have $100 to invest and I have the ability to choose from the following: GIC at 3% interest Shares that I might later sell at $105 Shares that pay a dividend of $3 Assuming that the period is ...
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How will Ontario's HST apply to books / textbooks, which were PST exempt before?

Students (university/college) have been hit hard enough recently with tuition hikes. How will this latest cost increase affect the cost of education materials?
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How does Ontario's new HST affect a condominium purchase?

I'm wondering what the rules are regarding HST and a purchase of a condominium. When buying a new construction condominium, would I need to pay HST? What about for existing (re-sale) condo's? I've ...
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Will I need to pay HST on condo maintenance fees?

Are condo fees going to go up when the HST goes into effect? If so, are there any exemptions to this?
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My Ontario small business collects only PST (beneath GST threshold). How will HST affect me?

I own a small business in Ontario and make less than $30,000 per year. I only charge the PST Will I be affected by the new HST and if so, how ? ==================== Also: If the PST is going ...
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What are good strategies to maximize cross border shopping benefits? [Canada]

Depending the length of one's visit to the US from Canada there are different limits and different exemptions. This also assumes that the price discount is worth it. What strategies have people ...
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Group (pooled) RESP plans in Canada: Education savings advantages & disadvantages?

I'm familiar with the Individual and Family types of Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs). There's also a third type: Group (pooled) RESPs, which I mentioned in this answer. I didn't provide ...
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How do LIRA/LRSP's differ from RRSP's?

I have heard of Locked In Retirement Accounts (LIRAs) also known as Locked-in Retirement Savings Plans (LRSPs) Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) How are they different and what are the ...
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What's the maximum income one can have and not have to file a tax return? [Canada]

I'm starting a home-based business and make very little. Do I have to worry about income tax?
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Canada: New mortgage qualification rules, 2010: Why, what, & when in effect?

Earlier today, the Canadian federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced new mortgage qualification rules for Canada. Why were new rules introduced? What are the new rules being introduced, vs. ...
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What is the current US-Canadian agreement on withholding taxes for US Investment income?

Withholding tax credits have changed over the past few years. What is the agreement between Canada and USA related to how much can be claimed and how much must be applied for as a reimbursement?
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RESP withdrawals: What are the eligible/qualified education costs or expenses, other than tuition?

A few years ago, my wife and I started an RESP to help us save for my daughter's eventual post-secondary education. We're doing well with it: we take advantage of the maximum government match, and ...
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When will Canada convert to the U.S. Dollar as an official currency?

(note I really don't want this to sound argumentative, I'm genuinely interested. The title is simply a follow up to this question and my answer. To the Canadian users of this site, would you agree ...
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Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) - Can I still claim it even if I pay cash?

Can I still claim the Home Renovation Tax Credit even if I pay cash?
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Can I use Canada “permanent” postage stamps, usually for lettermail, towards higher postage rates?

For a couple of years, Canada's had "permanent" postage stamps, whereby instead of printing a fixed value in cents on the regular lettermail stamp there is simply the letter "P" for permanent. You ...
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What will happen to quarterly GST cheques when HST starts in Ontario?

The Federal government gives GST cheques to those who have qualifying incomes. What will happen in Ontario when the taxes merge?
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Canadian income tax & charitable donations: How much is income tax reduced by donations?

In Canada, how much is income tax reduced by charitable donations? When filing, are there any special requirements to qualify for the deduction or credit?
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I'm currently unemployed and have been offered a contract position. Do I need to incorporate myself? How do I do it?

I'm sure there are tax implications, and other things to consider. I don't know where to start.
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How is the Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) supposed to be claimed? How does the credit work?

We built a new deck this year and we're expecting to take advantage of the Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC). How is it supposed to be claimed? How does the credit work? Would it be claimed on the ...
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How long do I have to make an adjustment to my income tax filing?

For instance, if one were to find receipts between 2-3 years old, are they still useable? Is there a fee for a re-assessment?
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Which account should I put my money to get the most tax benefit?

I have $5,000 that I would like to put in to an investment account. To get the maximum tax benefit, should I put it in my RRSP, my child's RESP, or my TFSA account? I have enough room in each of these,...
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How much is university projected to cost in Canada in 18 years?

I don't know how much I should put into an RESP for my son. I have $1000 to start and plan to put $100 / month into it. Will this be enough to pay for university when he turns 18?
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Should I have an RRSP on top of a pension?

I am a teacher and automatically contribute into the Teacher's Pension Plan every paycheque. This pension plan is considered to be one of the best in the country. Do I need to have an RRSP as well? ...
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What type of investments should be in a TFSA, given its tax-free growth and withdrawal benefits?

What does an optimal TFSA portfolio look like? What type of investments should be in it given its tax-free growth and withdrawal benefits?
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Is an RESP the best investment option for my young child?

I recently had a baby and am thinking about opening an RESP to save for his education. Is this the best way to invest my money? Is there a chance of losing money this way?

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