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With the 2019 tax deadline fast approaching many Canadians are focused on maximizing their tax return. The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) requires all private income tax returns to be filed , while self-employed have until June 17, 2019 to file.
If you do think you’ll owe taxes, however, or you may incur penalties.
For a full list of deductions you may be eligible to claim it’s important to seek financial advice, or use a tool like TurboTax.
TurboTax is a tax software that makes filing your taxes online easy, and is supported by real-life tax specialists who can step in to advise if needed. After signing up online, TurboTax can guide you through your entire 2019 return, prompting you with questions and advice at every step, to ensure you get the maximum refund.
One often overlooked deduction on anyone’s tax return is insurance. The list of insurance deductions for salaried individuals is very short. Individuals can often deduct private health insurance premiums on your tax returns, as well as any medical expenses…
To new buyers, the real estate market can appear intimidating with jargon like amortization, mortgage insurance, fixed vs variable and so on.
Here are some of the key terms and mortgage types you’ll encounter when shopping for your home loan.
What is a Mortgage?
A mortgage is a loan offered by financial institutions to make the process of owning a real estate property feasible. Interest is charged on the Principal amount and each mortgage payment consists of repayment of the principal, plus some of the interest.
In Canada, potential home buyers pay at least five percent of the total cost of the house upfront.
Now let’s explore the different types of mortgages that the Canadian market holds:
High Ratio Mortgage: Refers to the loan to value ratio of the loan. If you pay less than 20 percent of the property cost as a down payment the loan has a high LVR. In this instance, it is mandatory to attain Mortgage Insurance, also referred to as CMHC (Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation) Insurance…