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Form 8840

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Just trying to understand the Form 8840 submission requirements. We’re first-time snowbirds and will be spending several months in the U.S. this fall and winter. Is there a submission requirement prior to leaving, or will we just have to file in 2017 for the 2016 U.S. tax year? Karl P Newfoundland Response: Ed.: Congratulations! You […]

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Immigration rules and taxation rules: two distinct sets of rules

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, I’ve read with interest the various letters to Bird Talk in issue 94 of CSANews. The clear, definitive answers to the various questions are very helpful…almost. I say almost, because I wonder if you’re doing members a disservice with such emphatic answers without stating upon which rules you are basing your answers. […]

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Date of submission of Form 8840

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, There have been many questions regarding the wisdom of submitting a form 8840 to the IRS and it certainly makes sense to do this. Would you please provide clarification on two points? First, we are assuming that both my wife and I must submit separate forms. Is this correct? Second, can these […]

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Snowbird/Retiree Visa

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, I recently received a newsletter from Moody’s Gartner stating that the proposed “snowbird visa” legislation to increase the amount of time which snowbirds can spend in the U.S. is a potential “tax bomb,” as the “day count” for the purposes of the snowbird visa is different than the day count for tax […]

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Subtracting Time From Six Months

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

I sit in dismay, having read your response re: subtracting time from six months. You say that a fewer-than-30-day return to Canada cannot be subtracted when calculating total days allowed in the U.S. We have spent three to six months every year since 1994, always coming home for Xmas. Our time was not always the […]

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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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Exceeding 182 days for medical reasons

Posted date : Nov 7, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, Similar to many other Canadian Snowbirds, my wife and I spend 179-180 days in the U.S. every winter, saving 2 or 3 days in case something unforeseen should happen, so as not to exceed the 182 days allowed by the B2 visa. Since Canadian and U.S. border services now share or will […]

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IRS Form 8840

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017

I submit the IRS Form 8840 annually, but do not receive any confirmation from the IRS that it has been received. Is there any way to determine whether the IRS has received this form? Peter Nigel Bradbury Toronto, ON Response: Ed.: The IRS is unresponsive on this and will not, or cannot, confirm the receipt […]

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Filling out Form 8840

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017

We are snowbirds who have been filling out the Form 8840 yearly. We understand that the B2 visa allows us ? as visitors ? to stay in the U.S. for up to six months in a 12-month period. What confuses me and others, I would think, is how to enter the number of days you […]

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Filing 8840 for first time; can’t remember dates

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, We are filling out the form 8840 for the first time and do not remember the exact dates for the last three years. How accurate do we have to be? Would it be a problem if the dates were a few days off? Kathy Aubrey Cobourg, ON Response: Ed.: As a first-timer, […]

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