Canada-US Tax

BMO Financial Planner’s ‘Erroneous’ advice loses Ontario couple almost $50,000

A retired couple claims that a Bank of Montreal Financial Advisor’s advice cost them nearly $50,000. The couple wanted to transfer some savings from an American retirement savings account to a Canadian RRSP. However, financial planners at two other big banks advised against the transfer, indicating that the couple would lose a huge chunk in taxes in Canada and the United States. After receiving this information, the couple proceeded to stop by a BMO branch in Bellville, Ontario, where they knew the branch manager.

Beware of These T1135 Traps

It is required that clients with over $100,000 in foreign property file a T1135 form. It is crucial for accountants to acquire relevant and complete information due to the complexity level of this form. The $100,000 threshold was planned to be increased; however, the Liberal government may not change this limit.

US Canada Tax: What All Canadian Snowbirds Need to Know

There is currently an agreement in the works between Canada and the US to share information on who is travelling between the two countries. In due time, the US government will have the ability to know how long Canadian snowbirds are staying in the US and whether they have overstayed their welcome.

Canada-US Back Tax: Canada-United States Enhanced Tax Information Exchange Agreement Implementation Act

In recent news, two Canadian women are suing the Attorney General of Canada in Federal court claiming that the Canada-United States Enhanced Tax Information Exchange Agreement Implementation Act is a violation of their fundamental rights and freedoms.

The two women, Virginia Hills and Gwendolyn Deegan, are considered 'US Persons' under American law; Virginia and Gwendolyn claim that the Canadian government unconstitutionally shared their private banking information with the US Internal Revenue Service.

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