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Are You Eligible For a Tax Break?




By Stas Bekman.

Published: 16 July 2006

Are You Eligible For a Tax Break?

Check those tax books and guidelines and may be even invest into a consultation with a tax expert. A little invested time and money may result in a nice check from the government.

Participate in a 401(k) or 403(b) plan, or the equivalents. This shrinks your taxes and saves you for the future.

Put as much as you can into tax-free IRA/Roth IRA/RRSP/other accounts. You get taxed less and the gain on the programs is tax-free, until you withdraw

Be creative and think of the ways you could fit your situation to various deductions and privileges. This is especially important if you have a family and children, as there are many more options that could give you more money back.

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RRSPs and related plans (http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tax/individuals/topics/rrsp/menu-e.html)
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