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CSANews 109 » Bird talk

CSANews Issue 109 » Bird talk

Form 8840 late filing

Posted date : May 14, 2019.

I found out recently that I need to submit an 8840 from July 2015 to current. Should I still file, even though it’s past the June 15 deadline? Or wait until next year? Is there a penalty or consequence for late filing? Thomas Phillips Vancouver, BC Response : Ed.: File it now. There are no […]

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U.S. border agents

Posted date : May 14, 2019.

I don’t know this for sure, but I heard of a Canadian going over the U.S. border and being asked by the agent what he thought of the U.S. president. Again, I don’t know what the response was, but the Canadian citizen has been barred from the U.S. for five years. I am going over […]

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Primary residence

Posted date : May 14, 2019.

OHIP now requires you to attest that Canada is your principal residence. We spend seven months in the U.S. and five months in Ontario. Given these circumstances, can we still maintain OHIP? Arthur Wenk Brechin, ON Response : Ed.: The CSA has lobbied and received approval in Ontario and many other provinces (through regulation changes) […]

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Flights to U.S.

Posted date : May 14, 2019.

We drive to our winter home in Arizona every year. As we get older, we will eventually fly for our six-month stay. Can we fly down with only a one-way ticket with the intention of purchasing the return ticket at a later date? Or, to avoid problems at customs, would it be best to always […]

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Cruise question

Posted date : May 14, 2019.

We flew from Toronto to Honolulu to board a Holland America cruise ship on the same day. Thirty-three days later, we arrived in Auckland, NZ. We flew back to Toronto via a San Francisco connection. How many of these days are considered being in the U.S. against our 182-day U.S. allotment. Does it make a […]

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citi SEARS MasterCard

Posted date : May 14, 2019.

My wife and I have had SEARS MasterCard accounts since 2012. We did in excess of $120,000.00 in that time and never defaulted on a payment. citi SHOPYOURWAY advised to use area code 00000 when using our new card! We had a disaster on a recent trip. The card would not be accepted. Warn members […]

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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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Exchange rates

Posted date : May 14, 2019.

With our dollar being where it is, is travelling into the U.S. going to be fairly costly, or will it be fairly reasonable with the cost of goods being cheaper there? David Heintzman Alberta Response : Ed.: We have always found it to be cheaper living in the U.S., even at a lower dollar-exchange rate […]

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U.S. immigration

Posted date : May 14, 2019.

We are going to California for a week in October and coming back to Canada, before leaving for our winter in Florida on November 10. My question is, can we do that or do we need to wait for 30 days before entering the U.S. again? Monique K. Response : Ed.: I would wait for […]

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Business complaint

Posted date : May 14, 2019.

I am a lifetime member of the CSA and have an issue that I am hoping you can assist me with. I have had a business make an unauthorized charge on my VISA card and they have refused to reverse the charge. I had given them my credit card information over the phone for a […]

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