Is a personal injury settlement taxable, and can it impact OAS or GIS benefits? + MORE Aug 24th

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Q. I am a 60-year-old female, working full-time employed/self employed on a 100% commission basis and averaging between $107,000 and $140,000 gross annual income.
I own my home, with a $70,000 balance left on my mortgage. My mortgage payment (not including property taxes) is $457 biweekly. The current market value of my home is about $325,000. 
In terms of investments, I have $39,000 in two RRSPs (current employer plan and a small amount from a prior employer), plus about $250,000 in RRSPs with my bank.
I have no TFSA.
I would like to retire at 63, or at least reduce my work hours, and I have no idea if either is possible. I can work as long as I like, even past 65 if I choose. I recently started taking Fridays off but keeping my production the same, with no decrease in earnings. I am considering reducing to three days this fall, and continuing with that schedule until I retire.
While I’ve considered downsizing, I’m not really ready to sell my home: I love outdoor space and my pool, and I’ve redone the entire house over the last 17 years…

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Q. I received a small settlement for an Ontario car accident, which my lawyer says is non-taxable, and so noT4A will be issued. If I deposit the funds into a bank account, will this one-time settlement clawback my OAS and GIS benefits?
–J
 A. I’m sorry to hear about your accident, J. Hopefully the settlement is reasonable.
 You mention that your lawyer said a T4A slip will not be issued for the settlement. A T4A tax slip is used to report pension, retirement, annuity and other income. As a rule, I would suggest caution about relying on the lack of a T4A slip as being evidence that an amount is not taxable. For example, self-employed commissions paid to an independent agent should be reported on a T4A slip, but are often not reported—although self-employment income is, of course, taxable. Whether an amount is deposited to a bank account does not impact its taxation, either (for example, cash paid for taxable employment or self-employment).
 I am currently dealing with a major Canadian insurance company that incorrectly issued a T4A slip for a client and they have to date refused to change it…

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