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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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Four-month Stay in the U.S.

Posted date : Nov 4, 2017

Any further information about a rumour that Canadians who have property in the U.S. and stay for longer than four months in a calendar year are deemed to pay income tax, the same as an American citizen would? Also, any news about the visitor visa for Canadian seniors? Stan S. Ontario Response: Ed.: Nonsense! Don’t […]

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What does Revenue Canada accept as an allowable expense?

Posted date : Nov 4, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, I have been told that I can claim my out-of-country medical insurance premium as a medical expense when I file my Canadian income tax. However, when I talked to Revenue Canada, they told me the premium is only an allowable expense if it covers exclusively what would be normal medical expenses. In […]

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Claim your insurance premium on your income tax

Posted date : Nov 4, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, Reading your article on Jim Flaherty makes me ask you, “Can we claim our premium for travel insurance policy on our income tax? I have paid premiums for three years now and didn’t realize that we could claim them. Also, can I claim out-of-pocket medical expenses for dentist bills which we incurred […]

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IRS Tax Form 8840

Posted date : Nov 4, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, This year will be our first snowbird year. We will enter the U.S. on Dec. 28th. Do we have to fill out the 8840 for 2013? If yes, when do we send it in? Othello Jones Sauble Beach, ON Response: Ed.: If you are staying for less than three months, every year, […]

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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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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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Snowbird Rule: Trading Stocks from the US

Posted date : Nov 4, 2017

Dear Bird Talk, I’m finding out much to my chagrin, that it is illegal for Value Line, an arm of the RBC and with whom I have my portfolio, to allow me to trade whilst I am in Florida, which is for six months. Finding this out now after contributing to Value Line, a good […]

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Issue 83

Posted date : Oct 18, 2017

Our congratulations to the Canadian Snowbird Association, again! One of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA ) offices decided that if any part of a travel insurance policy contained benefits that were not of a medical nature, then a tax deduction would be denied for the entire policy premium. We had numerous phone calls and e-mails […]

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