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Posted date : Dec 15, 2017

If my wife and I visit Arizona for five months every calendar year (say Nov. 1-March 31) and file an 8840 every year, will we be subject to U.S. taxes based on worldly income? Our U.S. tax accountant in Canada says that it is very possible and recommends to not spend more than 120 days […]

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More than the 183 days in the US

Posted date : Nov 13, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, I would like to know how it affects us Canadians if we stay down in the USA for more than the 183 days. William in BC Response: Ed.: Currently, when a Canadian is admitted into the U.S. as a visitor, it is under a verbal B-2 Visitor’s Visa. You are permitted to […]

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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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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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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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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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Form 8840

Posted date : Nov 4, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, Re: Form 8840 Is this form mandatory or a nice-to-do thing? F. Helmink Terrace Bay, ON Response: Ed: This is the second most-asked question. The IRA in the United States (that’s the tax department) wants to tax you on your worldwide income! If you spend three months a year in the U.S., […]

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Form 8840 Deadline

Posted date : Nov 4, 2017

Wondering if someone could confirm the due date necessary to file a Form 8840. Mike B. Ontario Response: Ed.: There does seem to be some confusion about this issue. For almost all snowbirds, the deadline is June 15 of the following year. For those few snowbirds who have employment income in the United States, you […]

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Making speeches or leading a workshop: is this considered working in the U.S.?

Posted date : Nov 4, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, In your always informative Editor’s notes in the Summer 2013 issue, you mentioned that snowbird visitors are not allowed to work in the U.S. Is this different than for any other Canadian? For example, what about Canadians who give the occasional speech or lead a workshop at a conference in the U.S., […]

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