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Hi David,
My father refereed me to you. I have a question I own a small business
corporation here in BC (xxxxxxxxxx Business Consulting Co) I also work as an
independent consultant (not through my business consulting Co )and I am in 
New York right now on TN-Work Visa till Sept. I also own part of a small
corporation in New York (xxxxxxxxxxxxxx) and I was just hired to work as a
manager for Nxxxxxxxxxxxxx out of the Los Angeles office
for next 3 years and to be paid in American dollars. Can you suggest a strategy
for me so that I'm not paying tax 2 X (Canada & US) both on a personal and
corporate level and the costs involved for you to help me implement these and
anything else that might help me as I seem to be
getting different types of advice.
Kind Regards,------------------------------------------ 
    david ingram replies:
    It sounds to me that you are likely in an illegal position in the US unless you have a separate visa to work in each of these entitities.  For instance, merely answering the phone or taking out the garbage at the New York business you own could result in arrest, fine, and deportation.  
    Without a separate visa, you can NOT work for the LA company. There is NO TN visa available for you to take over as the manager of a US company unless it was something like an engineering company requiring a professional degree to be a manager which is unlikely.  A TN management "consultant" visa does NOT allow you to be a manager of anything in the US.
    As for tax, if you are genuinely living and working in the US, Canada would not be able to tax you on the US earnings under Article IV of the US / Canada Income Tax Treaty.  
    Goto and read the US/Canada Taxation section in the second box down on the right hand side.
    You HAVE TO / MUST deal with the visa question first.  You can find a little more out about the proper visa at and read the "Entering the USA" section in the second box down on the right hand side.
    A quick search of the internet found you involved as manager of a band, involved with Nettwerk, involved with the 2010 paralympics, and your consulting company in Vancouver and New York and so on.  
    If I can find this so quickly, Homeland Security can do the same thing.You likley need a phone consultation with myyself or Joe Grasmick ( or Greg Suskind at
    There are some prices buried in the following:
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    This is not intended to be definitive but in general I am quoting $800 to $2,400 for a dual country tax return.
    $800 would be one T4 slip one W2 slip one or two interest slips and you lived in one country only - no self employment or rentals or capital gains - you did not move into or out of the country in this year.
    $1,000 would be the same with one rental 
    $1,200 would be the same with one business no rental
    $1,200 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.
    $1,500 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 
    $2,400 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 $150.00 up.
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    A Business for $350 - Rental and business likely $450
    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 $800 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)
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