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Are you an international student studying in Canada? If yes, you may be required to file a Canadian income tax return. Before doing so, you will have to determine your residency status to know how you will be taxed in Canada. For income tax purposes, international students studying in Canada are considered to be one of the following types of residents: - Resident (includes students who reside in Canada only part of the year): if you establish significant residential ties with Canada;- Non-resident: if you do not establish significant residential ties with Canada and you stay in Canada for less than...
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The Forum Poll conducted a random sampling of public opinion last September 18th which found that 26% of Canadians have no emergency savings.  Also, according to the survey, 9% said they had more than nothing, but less than a month in emergency savings, 11% had one month, 14% had three months of savings, 9% had four to five months, 13% had six months and 15% had one year or more of savings.  The most glaring fact based on this survey is that quarter of Canadians will have absolutely nothing in the event of emergencies such as accidents, sickness, etc. This shows...
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Fraser Institute released a new study that finds majority of middle-class Canadian families are paying higher income taxes because of tax changes made by federal government. According to the study, middle class families will pay $840 more in federal income taxes this year.  The findings certainly paint a different picture as to what the federal government has been saying all along – that they have lowered income taxes for middle class families.  In reality, the major income tax changes they have implemented have actually raised the income taxes on more than 80% of middle-income families in Canada.  The federal government’s income...
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We continue with some more information from the latest survey of the Canadian Payroll Association.  On our last blog, we showed how the survey showed a clear picture of how many Albertans are living:  living paycheque to paycheque, living with high levels of spending and low rates of savings. Another aspect of this 2017 survey shows the high debt levels and the retirement delays experienced not only by Albertans but by many working Canadians.  In the survey, 35% of working Canadians and 40% of Albertans feel overwhelmed by their level of debt.  In addition to this, 31% of the respondents nationally...
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