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U.S. gift tax

Posted date : May 30, 2019.

I own several quarters of farmland in Saskatchewan and plan to will three to four quarters to each of four non-farming children, including a son who is a dual citizen and resides and works in Arizona. All of their farmland will incur some capital gains tax in Canada, as it has been cash rented since […]

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Selling a mobile home in Florida

Posted date : May 30, 2019.

I sold my mobile home in Florida in 2018. It is on a lot owned by the mobile home park. Do I need to report the sale on my CRA tax return? William Perryman Port Elgin, ON Response : Ed.: Only if you made some money. All capital gains must be reported to our CRA.

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Real Estate Ownership in California

Posted date : May 30, 2019.

My husband and I bought a house in California two years ago, as “Husband and Wife as Joint Tenants.” I’ve been reading some information recently that’s making me wonder if we should transfer it to a “Revocable Trust” to avoid costly probate and extraordinary fees. The purchase price was $168,000. The current value is more […]

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Florida condo ownership

Posted date : May 30, 2019.

I own a Florida condo. Do I need a U.S. will? Since only one’s last will is honoured, I would want it to be the same as the one I currently have. Must I bring my current will with me if I get another one in the U.S.? Could a Canadian lawyer prepare it or […]

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Sale of personal use condo in Florida

Posted date : May 30, 2019.

What, if any, are the reporting requirements in both Canada and the U.S. when we sell our personal use condo in Florida. Our primary residence is in Canada. We purchased the condo in 2012 for about US$87,000. While the condo has appreciated, the sale price would be less than US$200,000. The section in the CSA […]

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Capital gains

Posted date : May 30, 2019.

We purchased a condo in Florida four years ago and have made an approximate US$100,000 capital gain on it. But we are thinking of buying another property for about $315,000, thus not receiving any capital gain as we are rolling it all back into another unit. Do we still have to pay tax on the […]

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Sale of U.S. Property

Posted date : May 30, 2019.

I was reading your reply to a member from Ontario, who asked about capital gains tax. We own a home in Florida. Bought it for US$65,000 and are selling it for US$130,000. We were told that we could deduct improvements we made to our place, such as all new windows, new roof, new AC, new […]

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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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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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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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