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- U.S. Retiree Visas for Canadians
The United States has long been a haven for retirees. For some Canadians, 6 months in the US and 6 months outside of the US is a perfect mix. For others, the goal is to move permanently to the US for the retirement years. Unfortunately, US immigration laws often do not accommodate these desires. Happily, a solution does exist that fits perfectly with the needs and desires of the Canadian retiree with some significant assets. The solution is called the "Regional Center EB-5 Program." . . . keep reading
- Thousands of U.S. Visas for Artists
A little known fact from the U.S. immigration visa world: each year thousands of O-1B visas for foreign artists lie unused with Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS). Only 9,014 O-1 visas were awarded in 2008 with thousands remaining. . . . keep reading
- Transferring Your IRA / 401K to Canada
When moving between Canada and the USA, there are common challenges that individuals often face. Aside from the practical aspects of the move, there are also tax and financial considerations to assess. In particular, you may have accumulated savings in a recognized retirement arrangement like a 401k plan or an individual IRA. . . . keep reading
- 9/11 Anniversary: Flight #15 Scholarship Fund Honoring Lewisporte, NFLD
On September 11th, 2011 Delta flight #15, flying from Frankfurt to Atlanta, was diverted to Gander, NFLD. The pilots that US Borders had been closed and that the military controlled the airspace. . . . keep reading
- How To Successfully Overcome Adversity
Unfortunately adversity is something which every single one of us has to go through at some point in our lives. It can hold us back, it can damage our motivation and it can basically feel like we are stuck in a terrible situation with no way out. . . . keep reading
- TN Application Update -- You can now apply by mail!
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican professionals may enter the US to work for a US employer under the Trade NAFTA (TN) work visa classification. . . . keep reading
- Are My RRSP Contributions Deductible in the USA?
A while back, we published a newsletter on deducting 401(K) contributions for purposes of Canadian taxation. Now we turn our attention to whether or not contributions to an RRSP are deductible for purposes of US taxation. . . . keep reading
- How Does Canada's Public Pension Program Compensate Expats Living In The US?
Canada's public pension program is an important income source for Canadians and Canadian expats. Notably, it supports a modest level of income for those who are eligible. The two-part program is comprised of Old Age Security (OAS) and the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP). . . . keep reading
- CROSS BORDER LAW: Many Canadians hold misconceptions about crossing the American Border
Each year, hundreds of thousands of Canadians travel to the United States for work, vacation and shopping. Some believe they are not subject to U.S. immigration law due to the friendly relationship between the two countries. However,Canadians, like other foreign nationals, are subject to U.S. immigration law and need work permits, waivers, and green cards toenter the U.S. While many Canadians cross the border with little difficulty, several misconceptions still exist . . . keep reading
- Is My Inherited IRA Taxable in Canada?
So your favorite Uncle Sam died in California and he named you as the beneficiary of his traditional IRA. You are a Canadian resident and the only time you spend in the United States is two weeks a year in January to visit Uncle Sam in Palm Springs. . . . keep reading
- The Best Time of Year to Retire
Author: Don't Just Retire -- Live It, Love It!All of us were meant to be happy and successful. Life is more than a two-week vacation once . . . keep reading
- Terry Fox: A legend who transformed cancer research in Canada
Terry's vision and courage have helped to change and reshape Canada in many ways. Importantly, it transformed cancer research here -- establishing a new attitude and threshold regarding what kind of investment was necessary to support cancer research. . . . keep reading
- How Canadian Residents Receiving US Social Security Are Taxed
Let's take the case of our reverse snowbird Emily, a Canadian citizen who has been living and working in the US for the last 30 years and has fully qualified for US social security benefits. Instead of retiring in sunny Florida like a lot of Canadians choose to do, Emily wants to retire back in the frozen tundra otherwise known as Edmonton. . . . keep reading
- W-9/W-8BEN Requests from Canadian and Australian Banks
Did you receive a notice from your Canadian or Australian bank asking you to complete an IRS Form such as a W-9 or W-8BEN? . . . keep reading
- Why US Taxpayers Should Avoid Holding Canadian Mutual Funds
A client of mine recently made the move from Canada to sunny Los Angeles.When I asked him if he left anything behind in Canada, he answered "just the snow".Well, as it turns out, my client didn't just leave the snow behind. . . . keep reading
- Understanding Key Differences between the Canada Pension Plan and Social Security
One of the most common questions we receive from cross-border investors relates to how they may reconcile between their CPP and SS benefits. . . . keep reading
- What do you do with your Registered Retirement Savings Plan or RRSP when moving to the US?
Canadians who are moving permanently or for an extended period of time while on a work sponsored visa must answer the above question. There are some fundamental decisions that must be made concerning any tax-deferred accounts (registered) that are being left Canada. Some examples of Canadian registered accounts include RRSPs, LIRAs, RCAs, RRIFs and IPPs. . . . keep reading
- Thousands of Employers Prepare to Play the H-1B Visa Lottery
A company does not have to win the lottery for its business to succeed, however, it may need to win the H-1B visa lottery to be able to hire specialized and highly skilled employees. . . . keep reading
- Beware US Estate Tax When Your Spouse Is Not A US Citizen
Are you a US taxpayer married to a non US citizen spouse? If yes, then you'll want to be aware of the US estate tax rules that can result in a sizable tax bill absent the right cross border estate planning. . . . keep reading
- 35th Anniversary! Darryl Sittler's Record 10 point Hockey Game
February 7th marks the 35th Anniversary of an NHL record that may never be broken- Darryl Sittler's 10 points in one game. I recently had a chance to talk to Sittler about that special night . . . keep reading