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Questions tagged [ontario]

For questions that relate to the laws, practices, and products of the Canadian province Ontario.

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Are Ontario credit unions charged, if customers complain (like UK banks are)?

Does Ontario (eg Financial Services Commission of Ontario) have something like the UK's Financial Ombudsman Service's case fee? Note: "This is paid regardless of who’s [sic] fault or the outcome of ...
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Looking to calculate expected profit from sale of house

I'm trying to calculate the money I will see as profit from the sale of my house. I'm tallying the various expenses associated with selling and would like input on any costs I'm missing. I'm in ...
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Corporate tax & GST/HST tax - Canada

I've started self incorporated small business in Canada, registered with Ontario province in 2017. As per corporate tax structure, both corporate tax return and GST/HST return is filed by end of ...
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Are the CEO's earnings different from the company's earnings?

I am a resident of Ontario and I am planning to go to University in September. Upon applying for OSAP I was asked what my monthly salary while in school will be (excluding time away from school). I ...
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Is Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (DICO) less trustworthy than CDIC?

This website hints that DICO is: Credit unions have deposit insurance, but it's probably weaker Credit unions across the country generally have deposit insurance, too. For instance Ontario ...
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Do I need to be a shareholder in a single person corporation (in Ontario)?

I am researching various options as I self incorporate my business. As the incorporator, I am also the only director. Do I need to assign shares to myself immediately? I haven't yet decided between ...
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As a contractor, if my business makes no net profits, do I owe taxes?

Have been working full time, switching to at least part time contract work. I'm looking at starting a company and having all my contract pay go through it. Assuming I'm also working at least part ...
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Even after 7 years of discharge, can a Bankruptcy and Consumer Proposal in Canada still be discovered?

My aunt in Ontario suffered serious psychiatric illnesses, but has now recovered. Her Bankruptcy was discharged in 2004 and Consumer Proposal in 2015. My aunt's Equifax and TransUnion credit reports ...
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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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Buying portion of house

If I buy a portion of a house (let's say $200k for 50% of the home ownership) from a mortgaged owner, and he stops paying the mortgage and the bank forecloses, what happens to my 50%? Edit -- more ...
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Buying a Tax Sale property

If I buy an automobile or land in a tax sale (or tax deed sale) and the previous owner had financed or mortgaged the item, who is responsible to the lender for completing the payments/transaction? I ...
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What are the risks involved with a Bridge Loan? [duplicate]

We are buying and selling a house. Our new house closes one day before our current house closes, therefore we require a bridge loan to make the down payment. I would like to understand the risks ...
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How does depreciation affect real estate capital gains tax in Ontario?

I recently sold a rental property (condo) for a profit. I owned it for 6 years, lived for the first two, then rented it out for next 4 years. I never claimed depreciation allowance—stupid me. Am I ...
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What is your effective tax rate if you work from home in Montreal for a company in Toronto?

What is your effective tax rate if you work from home in Montreal for a company in Toronto ? Does Quebec Tax abatement of 16.5% apply ?
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Can I buy a new house before selling my current house?

I am looking to sell and buy a house. But with the current market being as crazy as it is (houses are selling fast for sometimes 150,000 over asking), I'm afraid if we sell first, we could be stuck ...
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How should I file my taxes as a contractor?

For background, I'm an Ontario, Canada resident, and I've worked here during all of FY2016. For the first time, in addition to mostly doing full-time work as an employee of a company, I did just over ...
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Calculating capital gains tax on sale of second home in Ontario

I have a few questions on capital gains tax on a 2nd property in Ontario, Canada. 1) Is capital gains calculated based on Sale price - Current Mortgage, or Sale price - purchase price? Im assuming ...
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You're in Ontario and are setting up Autoload on your Presto fare card. Credit or debit? Which threshold and Autoload values should you pick? And why?

The Presto fare card is a contactless public-transit fare-payment smart card issued in various big cities in Ontario, Canada. These cities include Toronto, Ottawa, and others. You wave the card in ...
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In a 2 income family, is it more tax beneficial for the lower income spouse be the Primary Caregiver (Ontario)?

My wife and I just had a new daughter. My wife applied for the 4 in 1 newborn package and she was designated as the primary caregiver and applied for the child care benefits. Since she makes more ...
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Can I still charge and keep money from my small business, listed under HST?

This question relates to the province of Ontario in Canada. As a small business owner, there is an exemption where you are not required to charge HST on goods and services if you make under thirty ...
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Initial investment in sole proprietorship

I've sole proprietorship business in Ontario. So far I've been doing web site and custom software development. Then I open up an account for stock trading under same business name. And put some ...
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Buying a house to partially rent out - what to consider?

I'm considering buying a house in the next year or so, and my plan is to rent out room(s) to help pay off my mortgage. I have no debt and will have a 20% down payment on the house, and intend on ...
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Taxes on sale of principal residence in Ontario

Is it correct that in Ontario, if you sell the home which is your primary residence, you pay absolutely no taxes at all on the sale? Are there any terms and conditions to this?
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Employer added health insurance premium to my T4 Income statement

Lat year when my company gave me a T4, I saw that in my total Income, it had added the money it spent on my health and life insurance. This amounted to ~15K, so I ended up paying tax on this amount. ...
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What amount of money can a corporation spend on entertainment

In Ontario, Canada, what is the amount of money that a small business corporation can spend on travel/leisure/entertainment expenses? Imagine a one person software developer running his own ...
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How to choose a year end date for your Ontario small business corporation?

While opening a small business corporation in Ontario, how do you select a proper year end date? Is it a random date ? Or are there guidelines to it?
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How much of your base salary does this pension plan pay out upon early retirement

Does anyone know how the OMERS pension plan work in Canada? If you are a plan member for 20 years and retire early at age 55, what percent of your salary do you get as pension payout?
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How do dividends affect your average cost (both re-invested and non re-invested)

I have read that re-invested dividends lower your taxes by increasing your average cost of the security so that when you sell your security, the difference between the sales price minus the book value ...
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Claim rental expenses as a tax credit

If I am renting the apartment I live in, can I claim part of the rent I pay as a tax credit? I am looking at this can-you-claim-rent-in-ontario But it does not mention if you need to be below a ...
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How much tax credit I get for monthly metropass in toronto

I pay for my own public transit monthly pass in Toronto. I am not sure how much of the amount I pay is tax deductible? http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/ddctns/lns360-390/...
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Understanding the Home renovation tax credit in ontario

I am trying to figure out the home renovation tax credit Does it only apply to the home I live in? If I currently live in a rental property but am allowed to do renovations, can I apply for the ...
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Tax exemptions for US stocks held in a Candian account

As a Canadian, if I buy US stocks and receive dividends in a non tax sheltered account, then those dividends are not suited for dividend tax credit. Also, if I sell and incur a gain(within 1 yr), do I ...
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If I join a prop trading firm, will I enjoy low commissions

I often hear that professional traders pay negligible (<1 cent ) commission per trade. Is this true? Does this mean that if I open up an account with a prop trading firm in Toronto and put up 25k,...
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What is the pitfall of using the Smith maneuver

What are the pitfalls of the Smith maneuver? It seems too good to be true and almost makes a case against fully paying down your mortgage :) What is the catch?
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Do I have to file two tax returns if I am employed and self-employed?

I am employed full-time by an employer that does tax deductions but I also work freelance on the side which I do have a business number for and collect HST. I know I have to fill out the HST forms (...
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Unused Education Tax Credit carryover amounts in ON Canada

I am filing taxes in Ontario, Canada, using simpletax.ca which has been a super useful platform. I am struggling to understand how it is calculating my refund, however. From 2013, I have $16,473 in ...
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What is meant by pensionable earnings

On my T4 from my employer, it says : CPP/QPP pensionable earnings. And there is an amount for this field. What does this mean? Is it the pension I am going to get when I turn 65? I dont think so. ...
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Tax implications for receiving a car as compensation for work

For a few months in 2014, I was working with an early stage start up and they weren't able to compensate me in any way except the promise of equity when we started. A month in to my tenure with them, ...
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Are bonds taxed every year or only at maturity

If I buy a bond that matures in 2 years, do i pay taxes only when i get my principal and interest back at maturity? Or do i pay some taxes on year1 and rest on year2?
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How do I claim HST compensation on my personal Ontario income taxes?

I have a couple thousand dollars of HST compensation to declare on my Ontario Income Tax for a sole proprietor business, but I am not sure specifically how to declare the amount on my taxes as income ...
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Is the interest earned on a TFSA account tax deductible if it is moved to an RRSP

Let us say at the beginning of the year I put 5000 dollars in a TFSA account. I invest that money, get 5% and in December, I move the principal + interest = 5250 $ in my RRSP. Now, RRSP contributions ...
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Are the tax rates same for income from salary, rental, and odd jobs?

As per this link, the tax rates in Ontario are divided into Other Income, Canadian Dividends, and Capital Gains. Do all kinds of Income (rental, salary, odd jobs, etc.) come under Other Income? And ...
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Defer bonus pay to next year

My employer offers the option of deferring my bonus payment to 2015 i.e instead of taking it in December, I have the option of taking it in 2015. Now, I understand if I was planning to retire/quit in ...
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Should I encourage my spouse to jointly sign our rental lease?

Looking for the advantages/disadvantages for us as a couple. We have been common-law for 9 years and are moving into a new place. My spouse recently lost her job so I will potentially taking most of ...
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If my rental property income and mortgage payment are equal, do I need to pay income tax on any rent revenue?

Let's say I have a monthly mortgage payment of $1600 on a condo I own, and the condo is rented out for $1600. Then, I'm breaking even. Hence, I would not need to pay any tax on my rental income. Would ...
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Do I need to register as self employed in Ontario, Canada?

I am moving from UK, where I am registered as self employed under my own name, to Ontario, Canada. In Canada I will be both employed in a full time job and self employed, making a small amount of ...
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Can Ontario university students apply for the “30% off Tuition” or any other significant grant offered by OSAP if they attend school outside Ontario?

My daughter is on her way to Dalhousie this fall. I'm almost certain I read (a few months back) that she was eligible for the Ontario 30% but now it appears as if she is not (maybe I originally mis-...
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Is there any way to split income between the partnering corporations, legitimately, so the HST charged matches what is charged to the customer?

I have an unusual case I was hoping someone could shed some light on. I have an Ontario based Corporation which sells a piece of software and some computer based services. The buyers are from various ...
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How does Ontario's income surtax differ from simply modifying tax brackets? [closed]

What are the costs and benefits of the income tax surtax in Ontario? Ontario charges a surtax on tax above a certain amount. An overview of the numbers is available at http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/...
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What income bracket(s) are eligible for the GST/HST credit in Ontario?

As per the information on CRA website, the eligibility for GST/HST credit is met if any one of the below are true: You are 19 years of age or older before the month in which we make a quarterly ...