Questions tagged [taxes]

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Should I wait to sell a stock (at a loss) that I have held for less than a year?

I currently hold some shares of a stock that I don't expect to regain much value. I bought this (at a higher price) about 8 months ago. My limited understanding of the way capital gains taxes work ...
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How long should I retain my tax information in Canada?

What is required by law?
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What types of receipts do I need to keep for itemized tax deductions?

Do I need to keep all of my receipts or only receipts of a certain type or amount for itemized deductions? I've also only taken the standard deduction, but this year I plan to itemize. I keep almost ...
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What's the difference between Term and Whole Life insurance?

How would one decide which is most appropriate? Are there tax or benefits differences that one offers over the other?
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How is an inheritance taxed in the United States?

My wife will be receiving an inheritance from her Uncle's estate. What are the federal tax implications?
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Recent graduate with new job: Choose Roth 401(k), or traditional 401(k)?

I just graduated, and I'm starting a new job soon. My employer has pretty good policy for matching 401(k) contributions, so I want to invest as much as possible, especially during this first year. My ...
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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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Can I deduct equipment that I'm required to purchase by my employer?

If my employer requires that I own a laptop and other computer equipment, but does not provide them, am I able to deduct the expense of purchasing the equipment? I know that I definitely would deduct ...
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If I were to get audited, what would I need?

I've been an independent contractor for about 2 months now. I'm saving receipts for all my business-related expenses, and I use Mint.com to track all my personal finances -- Everything business ...
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What should I do with the stock from my Employee Stock Purchase Plan?

I've got an employee stock purchase plan program. The details are a little tricksy, but I basically get to buy about 2500 shares of company stock at something like $2.33/share... and the stock has ...
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Why do companies have a fiscal year different from the calendar year?

There are many companies that have their year end occur on dates other than December 31. What are the advantages to this?
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Is there a legal deadline for when your bank/brokerage has to send your tax forms to you?

It is mid February and I still haven't received my 1099-div forms from my stock broker. Should I be concerned yet? Is there any regulatory requirement for them to send tax forms out to account holders ...
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How can I minimize the impact of the HST?

HST is being introduced in both Ontario (see this question) and B.C., does anyone have suggestions for how to reduce its impact on individuals?
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Do I have to pay taxes on income from my website or profits?

I've started to generate a small amount of revenue on my website, I'm obviously tracking my income and expenses, but I'm not certain whether I need to declare this income to Inland Revenue. Is there ...
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How many days do I have to hold a stock before it is considered a capital gain by the CRA?

I want to sell a Canadian stock from my investment account that I bought a month ago. The stock makes about 20% gain and I am afraid it might go down in the further. If I sell it now, will Canada ...
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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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What is a W-8 form, and how should I fill it in?

I've been looking at some online ad revenue providers. The US-based sites seem to want me to complete a W-8 form. What is the W-8 form and how should I go about completing it?
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If you run a sole proprietorship, how do you declare the income of the business on your taxes?

Let's say I have a small sole proprietorship with only a bit of income and expenses. I can do up a balance sheet and an income statement at year end. Is that all I need to submit with my taxes, and ...
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Are premium bonds a good investment?

As a UK higher rate tax payer, I was tempted to invest in premium bonds because prizes are tax free. However they recently dropped their effective rate, and apart from the slim chance of winning a big ...
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If I have no exemptions or deductions, just a simple paycheck, do I HAVE to file taxes?

My company holds back tax from each of my pay checks. I have no other sources of income. I don't expect I owe anything more on my pay. Do I really need to file an income tax return? I live in ...
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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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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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Can I claim lost income if a company I invested in went out of business?

What happens when a company I invested in goes out of business? Is that declared as a personal capital loss? Does it offset capital gains elsewhere, and how do I include it in my tax filing?