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Take Your Money and Run! [Paperback]

Alex Doulis
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Book Description

Feb. 1 2007
Newly revised to accommodate the recent changes made to the Income Tax Act, this edition offers readers easy and legitimate alternatives on how to shed one's residency to legally avoid paying taxes in Canada. Delving into the intricacies of the Income Tax Act as it refers to Canadian citizens living abroad, this guide show how to invest money offshore, live leisurely, and rid the financial burden of paying income tax—all while maintaining Canadian citizenship.

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Alex Doulis has worked as a mathematician and in the investment industry. Though a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, he has spent the past 10 years living tax-free on his yacht in the Mediterranean and traveling.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tax avoidance made simple..if you dare July 14 2005
By A Customer
I picked up this book a few years ago, and enjoy re-reading it every so often. It's not too lengthy and written in the form of a story similar to the style of writing used in the Wealthy Barber; only in this case you're learning how to become a person without a country of residence so as to avoid (very important-avoid- not evade) paying taxes on your hard earned wealth, and structure your affairs such that you control your wealth in a tax benign jurisdiction (e.g off-shore).
There are some really great stories of government waste and the voracious manner in which the tax department operates. My favourite is the one about the madame who paid income taxes on her brothel revenues dutifully and was then called to account by the tax man for the cases of whiskey required for bribery purposes that she declared as a business expense. Who knew the canadian government was living off the avails of prostitution!
He also explains the benefits of owning Bonds, and their relation to interest rates in a folksy kind of way that I found to be better than any economics/finance textbook I've had to use in my university cramming sessions.
Several key sections will benefit from a re-read to get a good feel for the author's tax avoidance structure.
The book is a bit dated now, and CRA has since implemented disclosure rules that attempt to minimize the loss of revenues from this type of asset structuring approach (e.g. declaration of any non-cdn assets over 100K)plus, they changed the treaty with Holland which had previously provided for a tax-free transfer of RRSP holdings to that country. The average tax bite to do so now is between 15 percent (Ireland) and 25 percent (most everywhere else.)
It's a fascinating read, and I'm not surprised that no-one's commented on it, for fear of ending up on some tax department's watch list-hence my anonimity! ; )
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4.0 out of 5 stars What an eye opener! Dec 21 2013
By Stef
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It' good to see that there are ways to live better. Although the book is a little outdated and that the conditions to retire early are probably not as good now as they were some years ago, the author, through the use of a story, describes how we can all reduce our tax burden by having a foreign address...preferably somewhere in the Caribbean's!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Nov. 18 2012
By Bill
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I found this book asumes quite a few numbers, such as 50% average income tax, 10% + bond return, and also suspect that a few things have changed since 1994 making it a little harder to take your RRSP outside the country with hardly any tax hit. The idea is great, but I found the book provided fewer answers than I expected.
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