Moving stocks from the US to Canada

My_question_is: Applicable to both US and Canada
Subject:        Moving stocks from the US to Canada
Expert:         taxman at
Date:           Friday May 26, 2006
Time:           05:11 PM -0700
I am a USD citizen, living in Canada as a landed immigrant. I have been here
30+ years.My mother, an American living in Ct., died in Dec. 05, and left me
her stock portfolio -mostly dividend stocks she had used as income for many
years. Some are now doing poorly, others doing quite well. My financial
advisor has suggested liquidating the stocks, and reinvesting the money in
pooled funds available thru his company. I would like to know what is the
best way to do this from a tax/capital gains perspective. Is it best to sell
the losers in the US, and bring up the stocks that are doing well,; should I
sell them all in the US and bring the money up to Canada, or should I
transfer all the stocks to a broker here, and sell them here ?
Many thanks.
david ingram replies:
For Canadian purposes the stocks were all valued at their value when you
inherited them.
Without knocking the advice you have received because I have no way of
advising without doing my own analysis of the portfolio, the advice you have
received puts the most money in your advisor's pocket or purse.  Why not ask
your mother's advisor for a second opinion.
The advice you have received gives a full commission for the sale and
ongoing management and trailer fees for the pooled accounts with his or her
If the advice was to buy someone else's product, it might have more meaning.
I would make the observation that the chances that your advisor happens to
have the best product with his or her company are likely one in 30 or so.
Fred Snyder and I showed the best products on his radio show last year.  No
two came from the same company and they were all over the place and no
single advisor could sell them all.
So - number one piece of advice it to take out Canadian citizenship.
two -	make sure you have been doing your US returns and if not, get the last
six years caught up because with the inheritance, you will suddenly show up
in the IRS computer.
three - if you have a Canadian RRSP / RRSP's, the failure to report their
existence to the IRS and Treasury on forms TDF 90-22.1 and  8891 can result
in fines of up to $500,000 plus 5 years in jail plus 35% of the money in the
RRSP plus 5% per year for each year you have not reported the RRSP.  (see
the bottom two questions on Schedule B of the 1040 return).
four 	-The TDF 90-22.1 must be filled out for each of your Canadian accounts
and any other account you have signing authority over such as a business
account, a girl guides account, a church account or the Employees Xmas fund
at work.
for instance, I am the treasurer for three different School parent's groups.
If I was an American, I would have to file a TDF 90-22.1 for each of them.
I would get a second opinion on the stock.  Sean Rickerby (604) 482-5188 at
TD WATERHOUSE is someone I can recommend.  I happen to know that he just
recommended moving an account intact to Canada.  No sales means no
commissions but it is highly unlikely that all of the stocks of any
portfolio should be sold.
REMEMBER that a well balanced portfolio ALWAYS has some stocks doing well
and some doing not so well.  It should be designed that way to protect
capital. I would bet that there is a better chance that your mother's
portfolio is/was a well balanced portfolio than that it is a bad one.
Otherwise, the owner of the portfolio is likely to lose most if they get
caught in a debacle like March 2000 or they lose it all in an ENRON or
WORLDCOM or ERON Mortgage disaster.
You might also want to attend Fred Snyder's FREE seminars.  You can find out
more by listening to 600AM on Sunday morning at 9:00 AM.  I will be a guest
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insurance, income taxation, differences between stocks and bonds, and
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one of the excellent THAI HOUSE restaurants is in the same building and
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I, david ingram, will be at the Thursday evening following the last Sunday
of each month to cover mortgage interest as a deduction and give the class
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