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CSA Auto Home

Posted date : Jun 14, 2019

Premium Discounts Unique Benefits Earn Air Miles The CSA Auto and Home Insurance Plan has been specifically designed and implemented for the members of the Canadian Snowbird Association. 1-800-267-8000 or GTA 416-441-7029   About Our Insurance Plans Insurance may well be the single most expensive purchase you make in a year…every year. That’s why it’s […]

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Do business meetings count toward six-month rule?

Posted date : May 14, 2019

I’m rapidly approaching my six-month limit for days in the U.S. this year. However, about 30 of those days have been related to declared business travel to attend academic meetings and conferences in the U.S. Do these days still count toward my six-month limit? Is there a way to separate this kind of non-remunerated business […]

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Counting Days in the U.S.

Posted date : May 14, 2019

Any day that you are not in the U.S. for 24 hours (i.e. the day you enter and exit) does not count against your 183? Betty Stewart Medicine Hat, AB Response : Ed.: That is not correct. Every day, or part of a day, counts as a complete day. So the day you enter is […]

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182-day limit

Posted date : May 13, 2019

My husband and I bought a home in St. Petersburg in 2014 and now drive there each fall and home in the spring. My question is, if we drive to Florida and spend three nights on the road each fall and three nights on the road coming home in the spring, do those nights on […]

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Border crossing

Posted date : May 13, 2019

I took particular note of your editor’s comment in the fall issue which stated, “I have found no rationale for the many and varied decisions given by border guards.” You are so right! Here is a classic example. My wife and I spend just less than six months each winter in California from late October […]

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US Tax Forms

Posted date : Nov 27, 2017

U.S. Internal Revenue Service Forms 8840 – Closer Connection Exemption Statement for Aliens Canadian residents who winter in the U.S. are technically subject to U.S. income tax if they exceed a specific number of days (based on a calculation on the form 8840) in the U.S. in any one year. To avoid U.S. taxation, IRS […]

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How the U.S. Counts Days

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

In your answer to David Smith, you mention that returning to Canada for a week over Christmas or for a few days in Mexico should not be deducted from the six months…this may not be correct. I thought the same thing, that it had to be more than 30 days before not counting as time […]

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Getting a straight answer on how the U.S. counts days

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, Here’s another question about the 182-day issue. We live in Vancouver and have a vacation home in Washington State. Unlike true snowbirds, we use it on many weekends through the year and most of the summer. I keep track of our days (for example, if we go down on Friday afternoon and […]

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Take a vacation while on vacation

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, I recently read a newspaper article supposedly written by a U.S. immigration lawyer that states that, when snowbirds like ourselves spend time in the U.S., if we take a trip to another country from the U.S. and are gone for fewer than 30 days, when we calculate our six months’ time period, […]

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Length of Stay

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

I travel to Arizona for six months every winter and also cross the border to shop in the summer months. A friend told me that every border-crossing for shopping counts as a day in the U.S. and that I cannot exceed six months’ total in the U.S. or risk being banned from the U.S. for […]

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