The ATO and The CRA
This week I’m loving the ATO (Australian Taxation Office) and the CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency). Weird right and not something you hear often, someone actually loving two of the most hated government agencies.
Having previously been a small business owner the ATO would often be a name muttered under my breath along with several expletives in the same sentence. What has brought on this sudden love fest?
Well, when you leave Australia as a permanent resident before the end of the income year (1st July to 30th June) you are able to lodge an early tax return. In our case, the tax year starts 1st July and we left Australia in October so a large % of the tax paid in those 4 months is being returned to us. We have been able to submit the return before the financial year actually ends in July. Thank you Australian Government!
The Canadian Tax year is 1st January to 31st December and so when the Canadian filed his Canadian return having only worked for one month the tax was also returned to us. Thank you Canadian Government!
Win/Win and a windfall that will only happen once and then next year we will be back to cursing them both.
** Disclaimer, please don’t take any tax advice from me or for that matter any kind of financial advice. If you recall in my previous blog post I dropped out of Vege Maths for dummies in high school and paid $54.00 for a tiny piece of salmon at the markets last week. The 9-year-old would be much more qualified to give financial advice than me.
Anyway because I’m such a financial whiz, there is only one thing to do with this lottery like win and that is to blow the lot on our latest addiction, Lobster Rolls!!!
Where can we find a plethora of Lobster Rolls? Well, New England of course! We are hitting the frog and toad and heading on a road trip this weekend to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. I am so excited, I plan on going on a seafood binge fest and only dining on Lobster, Lobster Rolls, Lobster Legs, Crab Cakes, Crab Legs, Clam Chowder and the odd Lobster Bisque for good measure. I plan on returning to Toronto in a Lobster Roll coma.
Bliss and hopefully not an inch of seafood extender in sight.
We are catching the car ferry from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and so out of safety concerns if I see a single Kennedy getting on that ferry we will miss it and get on the next one.
It’s a part of the States I’m yet to visit and think we should before that border wall goes up between Canada and the USA.
The Canadian’s Employer
Loving them because they hold season tickets for the Baseball and we scored the work tickets for the game tonight. Blue Jays are playing like crap at the moment but I’m looking forward to some lips and ass hole hot dogs for dinner. Love me some delicious mystery meat and maybe a brewski or three.
After a slow and then stop start Spring (we even had snow flurries on Sunday morning) the skies are now blue, the temperature is rising and the trees are green with leaves again.
I had hoped to see the Cherry Blossoms in High Park but the trees have been acting Cray, Cray due to the all over the place weather. Yesterday the 9-year-old and I did get to see the beautiful blossoms at Osgoode Hall. I’m not sure what kind of blossoms they are but they look amazing.
If you follow me on Instagram I am also loving the spring flowers in planters around the city and have been doing a bit of flower spam posting on my account #planterboxspam
It blows me away the amount of bulb’s flowering at the moment in downtown Toronto. In parks and gardens, planter boxes outside apartment and office blocks, hanging baskets and planters on patio restaurants. I have even spotted flowering planter boxes on the road between the cycle tracks and the footpaths. The colours are just gorgeous.
Downtown Toronto has a huge homeless population and many of the homeless living on the streets in our area seem to have dogs. More often than not they own multiple dogs. I have often wondered how they care for the dogs when they don’t seem to be doing a very good job caring for themselves. Today I saw a guy that drives around and in the boot of his car he had giant plastic tubs with dry dog food, dog toys and I think worming tablets etc. He just looked like a regular Joe driving around and stopping when he spied a homeless person with dogs to give the dogs a feed or anything else they may need. Just outstanding!
What are you loving this week?
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