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U.S. Real Estate and Taxes

Posted date : Sep 30, 2019

We own a second home in Mesa, Arizona. I am aware that any capital gain on a real estate sale in the U.S. is reportable and taxable. There is also a 15% withholding tax on the sale price…

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Spring Bird Talk Issues

Posted date : Aug 9, 2019

There are two issues raised in the Bird Talk of the spring issue on page 8, where I am questioning your response: (1) There is no withholding tax on a U.S. sale of less than $250,000. (2) In Canada, we are required to report any real estate transaction of more than $100,000 at purchase.

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Sale of personal use condo in Florida

Posted date : May 30, 2019

What, if any, are the reporting requirements in both Canada and the U.S. when we sell our personal use condo in Florida. Our primary residence is in Canada. We purchased the condo in 2012 for about US$87,000. While the condo has appreciated, the sale price would be less than US$200,000. The section in the CSA […]

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Capital gains

Posted date : May 30, 2019

We purchased a condo in Florida four years ago and have made an approximate US$100,000 capital gain on it. But we are thinking of buying another property for about $315,000, thus not receiving any capital gain as we are rolling it all back into another unit. Do we still have to pay tax on the […]

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Sale of U.S. Property

Posted date : May 30, 2019

I was reading your reply to a member from Ontario, who asked about capital gains tax. We own a home in Florida. Bought it for US$65,000 and are selling it for US$130,000. We were told that we could deduct improvements we made to our place, such as all new windows, new roof, new AC, new […]

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Gifting my U.S. home to my son living in the U.S.

Posted date : May 14, 2019

My wife and I own a home in Arizona and are thinking of transferring ownership to our son, who lives in Arizona. We bought the house in 2006. We live in Canada. Would we have any capital gain to report, as this is not a sale but a gift to our son? Then could he […]

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U.S. TIN expiry?

Posted date : May 14, 2019

In the spring CSANews, you published a letter in which the writer indicates that a U.S. TIN will expire in three years if the holder has not filed a U.S. tax return. As you did not comment on this statement, it implies that you agree. I secured a U.S. TIN 20 years ago in reporting the […]

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Selling our Florida home – What we have to do?

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, Re: Selling our Florida home We have owned a villa in Florida for 15 years (and we’re Medipac users for as long). There has been some appreciation in value of the unit since we bought it. We now find that we are in a position to have to sell. Could you please […]

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Capital Gains Tax and manufactured homes

Posted date : Nov 4, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, In your winter 2014, Issue 93, you advised Linda Johnson of Vancouver B.C. that the sale of her current home “would be subject to capital gains tax on the difference between the sale price and the purchase price you paid, less improvements. Ten per cent of the sale price is required to […]

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Selling Mobile Homes in the US

Posted date : Nov 4, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, We recently bought a manufactured home in Florida. We have heard that if we sell this unit down the road, we will be taxed by the U.S. government. There are many different opinions on this. Can you advise us of the drawbacks of a Canadian selling mobile homes in Florida? Lorraine Hoculik […]

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