How to avoid paying full tax on US pension plan payout

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QUESTION:
My brother lived in the US.  He died and left me as a beneficiary his pension and deferred compensation plans from the State Govt.  I am a Canadian resident and this is taxable income to me in the year I receive it.  I believe I have to receive it as a lump sum as I am not a US citizen nor a resident of US. Can I avoid the full taxation (50% marginal) of this?  How?
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david ingram replies:
You will pay tax on the pension to the United States first and to Canada second.
You will claim a foreign tax credit on page two of schedule 1 of your Canadian Tax return.  There will NOT be double taxation but you will pay the higher rate between the two countries.
However, the total tax should no exceed 44%.
Wish I had a better answer for you but the pension money was tax deferred for your brother and you are now paying that deferred tax.
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