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QUESTION: I am US citizen and just received PR status in Canada. I have moved to Vancouver and live here. My common law partner (she is US citizen) has received a visa too, but currently lives in the US. She plans to land in a few weeks, but intends to continue working in the US and make no income here in Canada. Question, does she need to file taxes in Canada as a PR here in Canada? She does not want the paperwork. I am aware of the 2 out of 5 year rule (and she might lose her PR status after a while and that is ok). Thanks.

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david ingram replies:
 
If she only works in the states and visits you  in Canada for less than 183 days a year and does NOT telecommute, than she is not taxable in Canada, is not eligible to participate in BC Medical and would not require a B C Driver's licence.

However, if she is telecomuting from Canada 1 or 2 weeks a month and working in the US two or three weeks a month, she is taxable in Canada on the share of her income earned while telcomuting from Canada and would have to claim Foreign tax credits on US form 1116 for the tax paid to Canada for her work performed 'in' Canada for the US entity. This would apply whether a PR card holder or not because the work was perforemed 'in' Canada and therefore Canadian source even though paid from the USA.
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If, in all this, she was in Canada for 5 months a year, she would maintain her PR status as well because the 2 out of 5 year rule refers in fact to 24 out of 60 months and 5 years of 5 months each is enough to qualify.

You know where we are at tax preparation time.
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This next one is sort of the reverse.

QUESTION:

I am currently living in Illinois.  I am about to come off of maternity leave from my Toronto company and I 
intend to continue to work for them through the internet.  My US immigration has not gone through yet.  Do I 
 need to wait until I have US status to work or can I start right away since I'll be working only for my Canadian 
 company?
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david ingram replies:

You can telecommute. You will owe tax to the US NOT Canada. 

You might want to send the returns here.

 This older question should help as well

 
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QUESTION:

Hi David,

I am a TN visa holder working in Seattle, and my wife is on a TD visa and she is citizen of China. We are determined as non-resident to Canada. 

Can she telecommute from the US, and providing software consulting service to Canadian company? Is she allowed to work remotely while being a TD visa holder?

Does she need to file taxes to CRA?

Thank you very much.

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david ingram replies:

She is not supposed to take a job away from a legal US resident.

Telecomuting to Canada does not take a US job away and should not be a problem.  

The Canadian Employer should not withold any Canadian tax either.

She does NOT owe tax to Canda if she provides all her services from the USA.

She will / does owe tax to the US on the earnings and it should be reported on a schedule C on your joint 1040 US tax return.

She will also owe FICA (Social security tax) and should. send in form SE as well.

Hope this helps
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This is not intended to be definitive but in general I am quoting $900 to $3,000 for a dual country tax return.
$900 would be one T4 slip one W2 slip one or two interest slips and you lived in one country only (but were filing both countries) - no self employment or rentals or capital gains - you did not move into or out of the country in this year.
 
$1,200 would be the same with one rental
 
$1,300 would be the same with one business no rental
 
$1,300 would be the minimum with a move in or out of the country. These are complicated because of the back and forth foreign tax credits. - The IRS says a foreign tax credit takes 1 hour and 53 minutes.
 
$1,600 would be the minimum with a rental or two in the country you do not live in or a rental and a business and foreign tax credits  no move in or out

$1,700 would be for two people with income from two countries

$3,000 would be all of the above and you moved in and out of the country.
 
This is just a guideline for US / Canadian returns
 
We will still prepare Canadian only (lives in Canada, no US connection period) with two or three slips and no capital gains, etc. for $200.00 up.
 
With a Rental for $400, two or three rentals for $550 to $700 (i.e. $150 per rental) First year Rental - plus $250.
 
A Business for $400 - Rental and business likely $550 to $700
 
And an American only (lives in the US with no Canadian income or filing period) with about the same things in the same range with a little bit more if there is a state return.
 
Moving in or out of the country or part year earnings in the US will ALWAYS be $900 and up.
 
TDF 90-22.1 forms are $50 for the first and $25.00 each after that when part of a tax return.
 
8891 forms are generally $50.00 to $100.00 each.
 
18 RRSPs would be $900.00 - (maybe amalgamate a couple)
 
Capital gains *sales)  are likely $50.00 for the first and $20.00 each after that.

Catch - up returns for the US where we use the Canadian return as a guide for seven years at a time will be from $150 to $600.00 per year depending upon numbers of bank accounts, RRSP's, existence of rental houses, self employment, etc. Note that these returns tend to be informational rather than taxable.  In fact, if there are children involved, we usually get refunds of $1,000 per child per year for 3 years.  We have done several catch-ups where the client has recieved as much as $6,000 back for an $1,800 bill and one recently with 6 children is resulting in over $12,000 refund. 

This is a guideline not etched in stone.  If you do your own TDF-90 forms, it is to your advantage. However, if we put them in the first year, the computer carries them forward beautifully.
 
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