Bird Talk / Issue 84


Bird talk - Le Jaseur
 



Cross Border Marriages
Posted date : Jul 29, 2013.
I have been a subscriber for a long time and have not seen any articles or letters inquiring about the technicalities of marrying an American. We all enjoy our winters in the U.S. and sometimes, romance happens. I am one of the lucky ones and am contemplating marriage in the future. As a Canadian marrying an American, what advice can you offer? Your help and information would be greatly appreciated.   Read more...

Travel Medipac Insurance is a Tax Deductible Expense
Posted date : Jul 29, 2013.
I am pleased to inform you that we have received a full refund of the extra tax we had to pay because CRA originally rejected our Medipac travel insurance premium cost for the 2010 tax year. Thank you for all your help and good luck helping snowbirds in the future.   Read more...

Tax Deductions for Travel Medical Insurance
Posted date : Jul 29, 2013.
The same day I read your article about efforts to have the CRA approve travel medical expenses, I received notice of reassessment as they had rejected my claim for the premiums paid.   Read more...

Travel Health Insurance is a Tax Deductible Expense, and more
Posted date : Jul 29, 2013.
As usual, I read CSANews from cover to cover for its valuable information and advice concerning travel and medical insurance during our annual stay in Florida for the winter months. The current issue, however, contains two items of personal opinion, which I feel deserve a response.   Read more...

Medipac Application Questions
Posted date : Jul 29, 2013.
I will never endorse CSA as long as they endorse discriminatory insurer, Medipac. The first question on the Medipac application involves HIV, ARC and AIDS.   Read more...

You get what you pay for
Posted date : Jul 29, 2013.
I just want to impress upon everyone how important it is to have good insurance before entering the U.S.   Read more...

Thank you Medipac!
Posted date : Jul 29, 2013.
This past winter, I had the misfortune of contracting GBS (Guillain-Barre syndrome). I, like many others, had never heard of this debilitating autoimmune disorder. If you want a scary read, Google it on the Internet. With the accompanying pain and lack of sleep due to the pain, I ended up in the ER four nights in a row, and on each occasion, the doctors were unable to correctly diagnose this medical problem.   Read more...

Get an IRS-ITIN Number
Posted date : Jul 29, 2013.
Per page 37 from Border Guide, and confirmed by Regional Consultant, Investigative Services, Belleville, Ont., it is illegal for Canadians to give their SIN # to any U.S. entity. But get an IRS-ITIN # to use when you have to pay tax or do banking in the U.S. Go to a U.S. library or go online to get a W-7 form and complete it to get this IRS-ITIN #.   Read more...

Do not use your SIN as identification in the United States
Posted date : Jul 29, 2013.
I always enjoy the articles and timely tips, but must admit that one article in the recent Bird Talk section raised huge red flags. I refer specifically to the one from V.C. in Lloydminster, AB, where he suggested how to adapt your SIN to facilitate a U.S. credit card application.   Read more...