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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Its the tax season again, be careful with the information you provide

A few years ago, I used to work in the Ottawa area and I actually worked for Elections Canada, through an agency. It wasn't well paid. Actually, while I was in Ottawa, I have never been able to find a well-paid job. I wasn't making much from one single job, but fuck it, I was working at 3 jobs at the same time and money was yes entering, but it was a crazy time. During that time, I worked for Election Canada for a few weeks, it was during the election of Stephen Harper. Some people were voting while being in the US or overseas, that's the kind of files I had contact with. I was amazed by the amount of confidential data people were giving out. Some details were not even needed, but I guess that because it was received by the government, people were confidence and were disclosing more information than needed. 

During that time, I could have stolen personal information really easily, none of us were really checked out. There was no control of workers, meaning that I could walk out with a few files in my backpack and no one would have noticed. I was actually not impressed by my time to spend in Ottawa. I found Ottawa being extremely superficial city, expensive, and actually quite boring. I didn't like it much because everything happens in English there. And I don't like English despite blogging in English. I don't like to live in English, its all so out of roots and an impersonal language.

The time I spent working at Elections Canada served me, in the sense that I know how important it is to protect our personal information. The tax season is another time when you need to disclose important information to another party (accountant) in order to have your tax duty done and completed. There's information that your accountant doesn't need to know in order to do its job:
-the name of your broker, and its address, phone number
-your account number
-the name of the stocks you hold

TD Waterhouse offers the eService - which is easy to access and select 2018 for the tax papers. You print it all. Once printed, take a black marker and cover-up: the broker name and address, your account number, the same of the stocks you hold. Once you're done, produce a photocopy of each document. Verify each photocopy closely because sometimes, even if you had to use a black marker to cover up, you'll be able to read the info cover in black if you put it on a light. If it happens, use a pen, and dar a bunch of lines to cover the dark in the front AND back of the sheet.

Once done and completed, no one should be able to see fuck off. And now, the good news is: you are a now smart ass like the Dividend Girl! Look at you.

While proceeding with your tax, always declared everything related to your stocks. Because if you don't, the government will get back to you. The federal knows everything when it comes to your stock portfolio. If you don't declare the dividend earns inside your non-registered portfolio, f you don't declare capital gains made after you sell stocks inside your non-registered portfolio, even if you don't declare those informations, the federal knows it. and all this make it strange having to do a tax declaration when the government already knows everything but go figure. When it comes to investment, what you do inside your TFSA and RRSP: you don't need to declare anything in terms of earnings. What matter is your non-registered portfolio. You need to declare the dividend earns inside a non-registered portfolio, as well as the capital gains made following the sell of stock inside a non-registered portfolio.

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