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Penalty Relief For The Procrastinating US Rental Property Owners Return Filing

So, you’re a Canadian, or other non-US citizens, who own and rents out US property, hasn’t yet obtained an ITIN and you don’t expect to make your June 15, 2018, 1040NR filing due date. No worry, go ahead and file an extension request on Form 4868 by writing “ITIN to be requested” on SSN line of the form.

Note – if US tax is due and paid after June 15, then the late payment penalty (usually ½ of 1% of any tax) and related interest does arise. But your extension is assisting you regarding the late filing penalty (usually 5% of the amount due for each month or part of a month your return is late; the maximum penalty is 25%) that is usually charged if your return is filed after the due date – as such due date includes extensions. Read more

Canada: IRS Is Going After Taxpayers Abroad

IRS says it now plans to invest time and resources catching non-compliant Canadians and taxpayers abroad elsewhere with regards to forms commonly applicable to that specific group of taxpayers – ones unfortunately also commonly missed. It will focus on:

  • Form 3520/3520-A annual return to report transactions with foreign trusts and receipt of certain foreign gifts (a gift of more than $100,000 from a non-resident alien individual)
  • Forms 1042/1042-S Withholding – such as on payment from renters of USA property
  • Nonresident Alien Tax Treaty Exemptions – Improperly claim treaty benefits and exempt U.S. source income from taxation
  • Nonresident Alien – Proper deduction of eligible expenses including Sch A itemized
  • NRA Tax Credits – Erroneous claims of dependent (e.g., kids, spouse) tax credits or education credits only available to U.S. persons

Have questions? Contact Daniel Gray.

 

Taxes For U.S. Expatriates Living In Mexico

Olivier Wagner, Tax Blog, Tax Nomad, Vancouver, Canada, TaxConnections

What U.S. citizens in Mexico need to know about their tax obligations?

Are you one of the more than 1 million expats living out your golden years in Mexico? Social Security and pension checks certainly go far in this tropical paradise, but there are two important things for US expats in Mexico to remember to do in the spring of each year: file a US tax return, file a Mexican tax return. You want to stay tax compliant no matter where you choose to spend your time. Read more

Canada Tax: Disposition Of Real Estate For Business Income Vs. Corporation Capital

Grant Gilmour, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Vancouver, Canada, TaxConnections

A disposition of property can be categorized as business income or as a capital gain or loss. There are various factors to consider in determining if the disposition is business income or capital for a corporation.

As capital gains are only 50% taxable in Canada, it is generally more favorable for the taxpayer. However, capital losses are only deductible against capital gains. The capital losses can be carried back 3 years and carried forward against future capital gains. Therefore, your tax advantage may vary depending on the situation. Read more

Expatriate Offshore Banking: Best Overseas Banks For US Citizens

Olivier Wagner, Tax Nomad, Tax Blog, Vancouver, Canada, TaxConnections
About Expatriate Offshore Banking For US Citizens
As a US expat tax firm, we are regularly asked about expat offshore banking, best overseas countries, and banks for US citizens and incorporation. It’s a well-known fact that a right bank can save money for full-time US expats and US citizens traveling abroad over an extended period. Many Americans living (semi-)permanently abroad are looking into ways to invest through financial institutions either in their place of residence, in popular financial city centers or in offshore destinations. When choosing a bank, everyone usually pays attention to following criteria:

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Canada Tax: Qualifying Non-Resident Employee And Withholding Tax

Grant Gilmour, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Vancouver, Canada, TaxConnections

If you are a certified qualifying non-resident employer, then you do not have to withhold taxes from the salary or other compensation paid to employees that are qualifying non-resident employees in Canada.

Discussion:

In order to be a qualifying non-resident employee, the employee must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of a country that has a tax treaty with Canada at the time of the payment;
  • Not be liable for income tax in Canada due to the tax treaty and the type of payment received; and
  • Either works less than 45 days in the calendar year in Canada or is present less than 90 days in any 12 month period in Canada.

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5 Common Tax Mistakes US Expats Make

Olivier Wagner, Tax Traveler, Tax Blog, Vancouver, Canada, TaxConnections

How is May treating you all so far? Are you sorting out all the papers and receipts to file your annual US expat taxes? If you haven’t started yet, hurry up. This year’s US expat deadline to file your federal tax return is June 15th and it is just around the corner!

What Are The Most Common Tax Mistakes By Americans Overseas?

Wednesday is a day of our weekly tax infographic and today we want to share the top 5 tax mistakes by Americans living abroad. You might be surprised to learn what your fellow US expats don’t do or do wrong when it comes to fulfilling US tax obligations: Read more

Canada Tax: Capital Cost Allowance For Real Estate And What It Means

Grant Gilmour, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Vancouver, Canada, TaxConnections

Capital cost allowance (CCA) is the tax term in Canada for the deduction of amortization on capital assets. There are separate classes of CCA for property, plant and equipment and different rates that apply to each class. There are some specific rules for claiming capital cost allowance related to real estate.

Once construction is complete, a building can be sold as inventory and earn business income, used to earn property income, or used to operate an active business. If the building is not being sold, then it will generally become depreciable property for the corporation. In order to be classified as depreciable property, the building must meet the following conditions: Read more

Canada Tax: CRA Revised “Sprinkling” Proposals And What “Kiddie Tax” Really Means

Larry Stolberg, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Toronto, Canada, TaxConnections

The “sprinkling” proposals issued in July 2017 were amended in December 2017 effective for the 2018 taxation year.

As you may recall, the July proposals were designed to tax at the top rate, individuals now over age 18 who are in receipt on what is called “split income” or TOSI (tax on split income). Before 2018, the TOSI was called a “kiddie tax.”

For 2018, the TOSI rules extend to family members who are not active in the business that are receiving dividend income on any type of shares they hold and on capital gains on the sale of shares that are not qualified small business corporation shares. The pre-2018 rules applying to those under age 18 did not extend to capital gains on the sale of shares. Read more

Canada: Inventory Value of Real Estate

In real estate, once a property is being developed or held for resale it will generally be classified as inventory. It is important that inventory is valued properly as it can have a significant impact on net income year to year.

Real property can be valued at the lower of cost or market value. The method used in valuing a corporation’s inventory must be consistently applied year to year. There must be an acceptable reason for changing methods and it must be acknowledged by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

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How To File U.S. Tax Return If You Are A U.S. Citizen Living In The UK

Olivier Wagner, Tax Traveler, Tax Blog, Vancouver, Canada, TaxConnections
Recently we’ve been asked to cover the topic on filing US federal income tax return if you are a US citizen living in the UK. You asked and we delivered! Read further to learn more about your US and UK tax obligations.
The starting point for any US expat tax-related topic is gaining a clear understanding who needs to file US taxes. Individuals, who are US citizens, including the ones with dual citizenship (UK/US in this case), or Green Card holders abroad who earn a minimum threshold for filing a US tax return are required by US tax law to file a tax return and pay taxes you may owe. Below are numbers for 2017:

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The Reality Of Owning A Controlled Foreign Corporation After Trump’s Tax Reform

Olivier Wagner, Tax Traveler, Tax Blog, Tax Abroad, Vancouver, Canada, TaxConnections

Do you know that owning a Controlled Foreign Corporation got affected by New Tax Bill? In a nutshell, Trump’s tax reform now means that all income is Subpart F income. In addition, all currently untaxed retained earnings will be subject to a one-time tax. Read further if you want to find out what it means exactly and how U.S. expats with CFCs are affected.

Let’s take a quick look at a few changes that were introduced in recent tax legislation. Generally, Trump’s tax reform benefits individuals who are struggling with their finances by doubling standard deductions, i.e. from $6,000 to $12,000 for singles, and reducing the rates for five tax brackets of the existing seven. Read more

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