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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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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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Join CSA

Posted date : Dec 12, 2017

The Canadian Snowbird Association is a national not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to actively defending and improving the rights and privileges of travelling Canadians.   We need your help! The greater the membership, the more powerful and effective voice we cast against provincial, state and federal governments when lobbying for the rights of all travelling Canadians, […]

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The “30-Day Limit”

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

If Canadian snowbirds can’t deduct their “allowed days” during short times back in Canada (i.e. for Christmas) unless the visit lasts for 30 days or longer…do the U.S. regulations also state for any SHORT trips by Canadians INTO the U.S. (say for taking a seven-day cruise out of a U.S. port and then returning to […]

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Changes to Length of Stay

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, We keep hearing from friends that the U.S. is trying to change the length-of-stay time from 182 days to a maximum stay of 120 days for Canadian citizens. Is there any truth to this? I have been unable to find anything regarding this on the website. Karyn Farthing Speargrass, AB Response: Ed: […]

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Losing Doctors!

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Mr. Don Slinger, You sound like a man of action, so this letter is coming to you. If that’s not your department, I’m sure you will send it to the right place. Enclosed is a copy of a letter received from my doctor. He explains why he is leaving his practice. I felt the […]

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Snowbird Car Insurance

Posted date : Nov 7, 2017

After reading about the 180-day maximum vehicle insurance coverage period when in the U.S. in the last CSA News issue, I also contacted my Certas/State Farm agent, who was unaware of the 180-day limit but was subsequently advised by HQ that this is indeed (and has been) an annual maximum. He claims that this is […]

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Vehicle Insurance

Posted date : Nov 7, 2017

We just learned today that the company (Certas) that purchased State Farm Canada WILL NOT insure your vehicle for more than 180 days in the U.S. This was told to me at the renewal of our policy, by our local agent, and confirmed by a call to the company underwriters. In the past, with State […]

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Rental Car Insurance Coverage

Posted date : Nov 7, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, We are two of 2,000 in Westwind R.V. Park and many more thousands in 30 other parks in Yuma. We are now aware of a special insurance problem for Canadians and their vehicle insurance. We hope this information will help many others. We were innocent victims of a rear-end collision last Dec. […]

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Rules of the “Ontario Drug Plan”

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, In view of the problems which I recently experienced when attempting to obtain prescription medicine from my pharmacist before leaving for wintering in Florida, will you kindly clarify the rules of “Ontario Drug Plan”? How many weeks’ worth am I allowed to have in hand before obtaining a fresh supply on departure, […]

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