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IRS Simplifies RRSP Treaty Benefit Election For U.S. Citizens

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The IRS recently released a new Revenue Procedure regarding U.S. citizens and residents holding Canadian Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP) and Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF). The IRS has simplified some of the reporting requirements for these taxpayers.

In the past, filing a 1040 tax return for a taxpayer who held RRSPs required the filing of form 8891 for each and every RRSP and RRIF account owned by the taxpayer. This form reported the December 31st balance of these accounts and claimed treaty benefit, Article XVIII(7), which is enshrined in the U.S.-Canada Income Tax Convention (herein referred to as treaty) whereby a taxpayer could defer taxation on the earnings within these accounts until distribution. This treatment was intended to give similar treatment to RRSP that was Read more

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