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26 11, 2014

Estate Planning Considerations for the Family Cottage

In the last few years, I had the pleasure of spending many summer weekends at a friend’s family cottage in the beautiful Georgian Bay. Like many retired Canadians, my friend’s parents spend virtually every weekend at their cottage, which they built with their own hands decades ago, and plan almost every holiday and major family event [...]

4 07, 2013

DOMA’s Demise – What it Means for Canadian Residents with US Ties

Last week, the US Supreme Court issued an historic and landmark ruling in the case of US v. Windsor. It has been hailed in the media as the demise of the Defense Of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), and celebrated as an extension of more than 1,000 federal benefits to same-sex couples. In US v. Windsor, Edith Windsor [...]

3 07, 2013

Branch or Subsidiary: Tax Planning for CDN Companies Expanding Operations to the US

Canadian businesses looking to expand operations into the US have many issues to work through at the planning stage, and one important one is how to structure US operations from a tax perspective. This post discusses some of the considerations to keep in mind when deciding between forming a US subsidiary or operating directly in the [...]

28 06, 2013

Update: US Senate Votes to Approve Gang of Eight’s US Immigration Reform Bill

Yesterday afternoon the US Senate voted to approve the US Immigration Reform Bill with a final vote of 68-32 in favor of the bill. While some modifications to the bill were made in the Senate, the key provisions for Canadians have remained largely untouched. These key provisions include Canadian/ Snowbird Tourism, and the US Retiree visa. [...]

12 06, 2013

The New U.S. Immigration Bill – Impacts to Canadians Spending More Time in the U.S.

In recent weeks, there has been extensive news coverage on the Gang of Eight’s U.S. Immigration reform bill. If the new bill were to pass, U.S. Immigration (USCIS) would extend the amount of days a Canadian can spend in the U.S. from 180 to 240 per year. Many Canadian Snowbirds are delighted that their 6-month sunny [...]

6 05, 2013

Buying in the U.S. … What About your Canadian Plan?

There is no denying that the United States continues to be a hot spot for many Canadians, and although the housing market crash has begun to recover, prices are still nowhere near where they once were. This coupled with the strength of our Canadian dollar means one thing; it’s a wonderful time to be Canadian. Although, [...]

24 04, 2013

“Taxpayer Relief” could be Short-Lived

In my last update, I wrote about the American Taxpayer Relief Act, the eleventh-hour Fiscal Cliff compromise legislation, which narrowly avoided the return of U.S. estate tax for owners of US properties dying with a global estate worth more than $1 million. It was great news, especially for Canadian Snowbirds and real estate investors looking to [...]

22 04, 2013

Update on Gang of Eight’s New US Immigration Reform Bill

Last week a bipartisan group of US Senators known as the “Gang of Eight” unveiled their proposed US immigration reform bill. The 844 page document contains what amounts to an overhaul of almost all aspects of the current US immigration system. It is still to be seen how much of the original bill will make it [...]

8 04, 2013

Canadians, the American Dream, and the EB-5 Investor Visa

It’s that time of year when Canadians wintering south of the border begin to realize that fairly soon they will be packing their things and making the long trip north again. Some of them will do so willingly, eager to get back to friends and family, others will consider extending their stay by another couple of [...]

14 01, 2013

A Principal Residence Trust: A Means of Securing Your Home from Future Creditors

One of the key pillars to estate planning is preservation of wealth by keeping assets away from one’s creditors throughout one’s lifetime. Often, it is the principal residence that is considered a person’s most valuable asset and within reach of creditors in order to satisfy their claims. I recently met with my client Roy and Julie, [...]

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