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Take Your Money and Run!: Revised Edition Paperback – Feb 1 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press; Revised edition (Feb. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550227718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550227710
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Born in Vancouver in 1939, ALEX DOULIS worked as a mathematician in the early days of computers before entering the investment industry where he toiled for 19 years. He has spent the past ten years living tax-free on his yacht in the Mediterranean and travelling.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14 2005
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Sullivan TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 19 2010
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The material in this book is some what dated. The tax information really only applies, to someone that wants to move out of the country. There is a lot of investment common sense, that Doulis outlines.
Doulis also gives a great description, of just how over zealous the tax burden has become. The growth of the underground economy, is a direct result of high tax rates. The current uprising in Greece, is another example of the private sector crushing under oppressive tax levels. At some point the suckers in the private sector, no longer wish to continue supporting the benefits of public sector parasites.
This book is fun to read, and has some rather bleak news regarding taxation levels.
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By Stef on Dec 21 2013
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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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By Bill on Nov. 18 2012
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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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