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Canadian Goverment Health Benefits and Form 8840

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, Regarding the suspension of government health benefits ,” how would they know if I was away or home if I don’t go to the clinic for two years or whenever? Next, if I fill out the 8840 form, does that allow me to stay longer? Ron Wiltshire Miniota, MB Response: Ed: Big […]

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Health Care Premium

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, I have written to my MPP and voiced my objection to the health care premium recently announced in Ontario and I wanted to pass this along to the CSA. Seniors on fixed incomes who have been fortunate enough to be able to afford the health care costs while wintering south of the […]

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Government Insurance Benefits

Posted date : Nov 7, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, Every time we receive CSA News, we make it a point to read all the interesting articles from cover to cover and we wish to thank you and your collaborators for articles that are very interesting and hitting some of the points that are a concern to the members. In the last […]

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Travel insurance and income tax

Posted date : Nov 7, 2017

My wife and I have travelled to Hilton Head, S.C. for the past two winters for three months each time. My question is, can we claim our travel insurance on our taxes? Murray Antram Mississauga, ON Response: Ed.: Yes! The Canadian Snowbird Association was instrumental in having travel medical insurance premiums deductible for tax purposes, […]

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Overstaying 182 days in the U.S.

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017

Can anyone comment on what happens if you overstay your 182 days in the U.S.? I understand that the IRS can consider you taxable on worldwide income, but do they contact you? Has anyone had this happen to them? If it’s over by a few days, are they still going to make an effort to […]

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Days in U.S. and Form 8840 specifications

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, Please advise. If I wish to stay in the U.S. for 150 days every year, am I allowed to do that? And if I file form 8840 every year accordingly, do I still have to pay U.S. income tax on worldwide income? (This is assuming that I earn no income whatsoever in […]

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GHIP Coverage

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, We are not snowbirds yet, but decided to become CSA members to learn more about becoming snowbirds in the future. Your publications are outstanding and, after reading some Bird Talk questions and feedback, I have a question concerning OHIP. If we sell our house in Ontario, store our belongings in Ontario, travel […]

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Importing a Car from the US

Posted date : Nov 4, 2017

Dear Bird Talk: I read with great interest Ross Quigley’s editorial in your summer 2006 issue of CSANews. Could you possibly relay my comments to him, as well as a few queries I have about his car importing experience? I am also a bit of a car nut as well. Last fall I purchased a […]

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IRS Form 8840

Posted date : Nov 4, 2017

We have filed 8840 forms for a number of years now, having no U.S. income to declare. In Dec. 2016, my lucky wife won a jackpot in a Nevada casino and, of course, they withheld 30%. In Jan. 2017, she filed a U.S. tax return with an ITIN number, again with no other U.S. income […]

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Rental Income

Posted date : Nov 4, 2017

If you rent out your home in Florida and your rental income is less than your costs to maintain your home, do you pay tax on this income in the U.S. E. Dell Toronto, ON Response: Ed.: Any net income (rent less expenses) would be taxable in the U.S. If there is also personal use […]

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