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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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Ontario harmonized sales tax (HST) transition benefit rebate cheques / OSTTB: Who, when, how much?

As part of introducing the HST this July 1st, 2010, the government of Ontario promised to issue special HST rebates to people meeting certain criteria, in order to ease the transition to the new tax. ...
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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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When does Ontario's HST come into effect?

When does the HST become effective? Will all businesses start charging HST right away, and will it replace the 5% GST with a straight 13% tax for all services?
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How to pay myself as a single person corporation in Ontario? Should I get an accountant?

I'm an IT contractor and required in some of my contracts to have a corporation. I created my corporation, opened a corporate account and have been collecting income for about 6 months now... ... I ...
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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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Family/divorce lawyer wants large retainer before taking on case. Is this normal?

My friend needs to get a separation agreement and divorce. The law firm she called asked for a retainer of several thousands of dollars up front before doing any work. Is a large retainer normal for ...
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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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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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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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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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What are the consequences of not respecting a notice period when leaving a job?

In Canada, is there a federal law of how much notice period an employer can demand? I thought the standard was 2 weeks, but then re-reading the fine print in the offer letter, I see it says : You ...
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Ontario New Home Tax Rebate

I've been doing a lot of research on the new home tax rebate. There is a house we want to buy, listed with a realtor - the seller who owns both the land and the house is a builder (he bought the land &...
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In Ontario, Canada, how can I calculate when charitable donations lower my total payable tax?

I live in Toronto, Canada. I can control my income. I want to know how much of charitable donations will lower total tax payable for different incomes. Then I'll pick what income to aim for.
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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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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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Ontario HST Rebate: What was the mailing date of the June, 2011 HST rebate cheque?

What was the date that the June, 2011 HST rebate cheques were mailed? I have my bank statement that covers up to June 17th and the HST cheque was not deposited by that time.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 there a list of financial assistance programs in Ontario, for the poor but not disabled?

As nobody in my family is disabled, we probably don't qualify for Ontario Disability Support Program. But we're indigent, and I'm downcast to find out only about OESP today! I know about the big ones ...
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Ontario HST rebate: I am now 18. Do I get the last rebate cheque?

I turned 18 in September 2010. I filed my income tax for 2010. Will I receive an HST rebate cheque for June 2011? How much could I expect?
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Ontario HST rebate: Would my child's dependent status change when he/she turns 18?

My daughter turned 18 in January 2011. She is still in school and still living at home. I am a single parent. Is she considered a dependent for the family rebate or would we each be classified for the ...
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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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Will 5 years on OSAP's Interest Relief result in a one-time, permanent loan reduction on the order of 50%?

I was told by a friend that if you qualify for OSAP's Interest Relief for 5 consecutive years, then OSAP will offer to perform a one-time permanent Loan Reduction. This Loan Reduction, as I'm told, is ...
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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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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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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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Ontario HST rebate: Canada Student Loan debt in default. Can they take my transition rebate?

I don't owe the Ontario government anything - not even student loans - but I do have a defaulted Canada Student Loan in default. Can they take my transition rebate?
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Ontario HST rebate: Does each person in the same home get the HST rebate if they file their own taxes?

Does each person in the same home get the HST rebate if they file their own taxes?
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Ontario HST rebate: I'm a single individual now, but I'm expecting in July. Would I receive the family rebate amounts later?

I am a single individual now, so I'd be receiving $100 in June. But, I'm expecting in July (will be a single mother.) Will a change in the rebate amount come for December and so on? Would I be ...
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Ontario Sales Tax Transition Benefit: Can you still get first cheque even if 2009 taxes are filed later?

If a person hasn't filed his or her tax return for 2009 before the cheques are mailed out in June 2010, will they still receive the payment after they file the return, or are they out of luck?
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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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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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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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Ontario HST rebate: When in December 2010 will we receive our HST cheque?

Does anybody know when in December 2010 we will be receiving our HST cheques?
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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 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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Should the cost of using public transit get deducted from my personal income or my corporations' income?

As a full time employee, certain costs are deductible from personal income. (e.g cost of public transit pass.) When the full time employee becomes an independent contractor, do these expenses ...
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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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Do I need to file taxes jointly with my girlfriend if we live together?

Before I met my girlfriend, I lived in a condo. Now I rented it out and I live with her and pay her rent. Now we are not legally married or signed common law agreement or anything like that, but I ...
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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 ...