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I just made $50K from selling my house. How should I invest the proceeds?

I just made $50K from selling my house. I need some advice because I'm terribly bad at managing money and I'd like to invest a bit. My bank is harassing me – they want to sell me their product ...
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Is there a Canadian credit card which shows holds?

It is really frustrating not being able to run a tight ship with my money. Neither CIBC nor TD shows them immediately. It is certainly possible because I ran across a Visa gift card which showed them. ...
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In Canada, can a limited corporation be used as an income tax shelter?

I've heard this old chestnut from various people over the years but have never been able to find any solid information on the process and thus, never put it to the test. The claim is that if you plan ...
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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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Is there any reason to choose my bank's index fund over Vanguard?

I'm planning on transferring some of the money in my RRSP into an index fund. My bank (CIBC), has a balanced index fund that has 1.2% management expense ratio (https://www.cibc.com/en/personal-banking/...
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Why not pay in full upfront for a car?

I assume the following 3 hypotheses, which doesn't duplicate and instead only narrows https://money.stackexchange.com/a/38838/10763, https://money.stackexchange.com/a/15812, https://money....
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Will there be enough money in the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to cover baby boomer retirement?

As the leading edge of the baby boomer generation edges into retirement age, is there enough funds in the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to cover the needs of this populous generation? Do special measures ...
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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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Retiring 10 years early; should I withdraw pension fund to invest myself or wait and take defined benefit?

My total cash assets are approx 585k; I have no debt, but neither do I have other assets (ie property, car, etc). I have very low rent and live within my means. My money is held about 1/2 in RSP, the ...
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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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What is the best option for repaying student loan?

This is an embarrassing thing for me. Growing up my family believed money is a bad thing that shouldn’t be talked about. I have found this philosophy hasn’t served me well and abandoning it. I ...
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Is my employee stock purchase plan a risk free investment?

My company offers an employee stock purchase plan with two 6 month periods. At the end of the period I buy the company stock at a 15% discount on the lower of the price at the start of the period and ...
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Should I max out my TFSA contribution before any other investments?

I'm still relatively young (I just turned 30), and no debt but mortgage. I'm kind of late to the retirement savings game and still have $15,000+ of contribution room for my TFSA as of this year. As a ...
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Index fund that tracks gold and other commodities

Is there an index fund that tracks the index for precious metals? How about a fund that tracks an index just for gold?(I guess this is not possible) And is there a fund that tracks overall commodities ...
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When is it necessary to apply taxes for web freelancing services in Quebec, Canada?

When is it necessary to apply taxes for web freelancing services in Quebec, Canada?
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Never filed my taxes for many years in British Columbia. What can I do?

I suffer from depression and unfortunately never filed my income tax in British Columbia, Canada. I always paid my taxes through my employer. How can I file now and what would the penalty be?
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Can I contribute to my spouse's RRSP to fully take advantage of the Home Buyer's Plan?

My spouse and I plan to eventually use the Home Buyers' Plan when purchasing our first home. If we combine our RRSP's then we can take out $25,000 each to use as a down payment on our first home. I ...
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Should I save for my children's university education in Canada, or am I better off paying off loans and gaining debt room?

Looking at the financial aid system in Canada, it seems that significantly more aid is available for those who do not have savings or lack the ability to directly pay for their education. As a member ...
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Asset classes: Is a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) considered a bond?

When we think of asset classes, there are 2 types: stocks and bonds. Where does an investment like a GIC fit in? It is not a bond, nor is it a stock.
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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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Should I diversify? If so, into what?

I am 29 years old. I worked very hard at a well-paying (but not exciting) job and spent my vacation time buying and renovating properties. Currently, I have 4 condos with an approximate equity of 445,...
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Do I need an official receipt to claim a charitable tax credit?

I made a charitable donation in December of last year, and have yet to receive the official tax receipt for tax-return purposes. Contacting the charity, I was told that the receipts had already been ...
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Non-tax-resident of Canada needs to pay taxes for investment account earnings?

if a person were to be a non-resident of Canada without jobs, a spouse, kids, asset (houses, cars etc.) in Canada, then that person would not be obliged to file a tax report. However, if that person ...
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With interest rates beginning to ascend, is it better to lock in a mortgage at fixed rate or opt for variable rate?

With the interest rates beginning to ascend, is it better to lock the house mortgage at a fixed rate or to opt for a variable rate mortgage? Thanks in advance for the sage advice that is shared here.
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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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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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How can I argue for a higher motorcycle write-off value?

I was in an accident in June, other driver at fault. I had only liability coverage, so I've had to deal with his insurance directly. The bike was towed to a dealership and a week or so later I got a ...
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Canadian Citizen - Worked in USA - Now in Canada - Should I be filling a W9?

I'm a canadian citizen. I lived and worked in USA for 12-13 years under a VISA (Not a US citizen and not a permanent resident). I've been back to Canada since 2011. I do not own anything in USA. ...
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Investing for Dividend Income with Canadian TFSA

I have a TFSA that I tend to max out every year. I would like to invest this money into stocks that pay me out dividends on a regular basis. I asked a previous question about the tax implications in ...
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Sending regular small amounts of money from Canada to UK

I live in Canada, a relative of mine lives in the U.K. I would like to know the best option for sending small amounts of money approximately once a month. I'm thinking most likely $100 to $300, but ...
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Power of Attorney on Bank Account - Anything to Watch out For?

In planning for their later years in life, my parents want to have me become power of attorney, and to have control of their banking accounts, etc. They are still of sound mind, etc, and I wouldn't ...
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Is DIY car repair work deductible in any way when self-employed?

I am self-employed and I am proficient at repairing vehicles. I use my vehicle exclusively for work: my customers ask me to drive to one of their customer's location and I provide a service on site. I ...
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Never-cashed cheques

A scenario: You pay someone with a cheque for something, receiving a receipt for it. They do not cash in the cheque. What is the ettiquette for this situation? Are you to go on living your life, ...
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By when must an employer send out final payroll tax documents (T4) for a deceased person in Canada?

My wife died in April, 2011, and I am the administrator of her estate. She worked until the day she died. I have had to submit a tax return for 2010 and will have to do so again for 2011. The ...
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How is buying a Canadian mutual fund also priced in U.S. dollars different from the plain fund?

Many Canadian banks (e.g. TD Canada Trust) split the same mutual fund into two options, one linked to the Canadian dollar and one linked to the US dollar. For example, the TD U.S. Index and the TD U.S....
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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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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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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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How stable is my retirement plan?

I am in Ontario, Canada as stated in previous posts. I am 23 and have $20 000 in investments after working at my first job for 10 months. My job pays me $42 000/year before taxes ($33 000/year after ...
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What are the benefits of doing a “cheque exchange” when contributing services-in-kind?

Scenario: A consultant provides services-in-kind (let's say valued at $x) to a charitable organization. There are two options for how this can be accounted in a manner that creates a paper trail for ...
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How should I split my salary between bank accounts when working abroad?

I am living in Canada and have accepted a temporary position in Kuala Lumpur for a year or two. The company has asked how much of my salary should be deposited in my Canadian account and how much in ...
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Canada - tax for non-resident from sources outside Canada

I'm not a Canadian citizen or resident. If I have a bank account in Canada, which I use to receive payments for a software product/service from people outside Canada, am I eligible to pay Canadian tax?...
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Loan from Canada to UK

I live in Canada. My brother in the U.K. is thinking of purchasing a house with his wife. They are both teachers and careful with their money but don't yet have money for a down-payment. I am ...
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What evidence do I need to declare tutoring income on my income tax?

What evidence do I need to declare tutoring income on the Canadian federal income tax form? I am doing tutoring with students and want to declare it. Can I make copies of the checks I receive?
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Canada's polymer $100 bank notes: When will other dollar amounts of “plastic money” be available?

In November 2011, the Bank of Canada released a new polymer (plastic) one-hundred dollar bank note, including transparent areas and metallic images. What other denominations of Canadian paper money ...
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Under which conditions does it make sense for a Canadian investor to put their mortgage in their RRSP?

Canada allows investors to use their retirement fundings (RRSPs) as part of a loan to themselves, which can fund the buying of a house. When does it make sense to take advantage of this?
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How would one find foreclosures in Canada, Newfoundland?

I am starting to look for a new home, and am wondering how one would find foreclosure in Newfoundland.
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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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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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What are the tax liabilities for an international transaction?

I have website for which I have set up a sponsorship scheme for (see my profile if you're interested). With this scheme, some individual or company can choose to sponsor X or Y amount and that gives ...

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