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U.S. Tax Tips

Mar 19, 2019

Extending a U.S. Tax Return’s Due Date

One distinct aspect of the U.S. tax system is the ability for a taxpayer to extend the due date of a tax return. This allows the taxpayer additional time to complete and file an income tax return without being assessed a late filing penalty. Late filing penalties are assessed at the rate of 5% per month up to a maximum of 25%. In most cases a tax return due date can be automatically extended by up to six months. All that is required is the filing of the proper extension form. No explanation from the taxpayer is required and the IRS cannot deny a properly filed extension. However, the timely filing of the form is crucial in order for the extension to be valid.

Feb 25, 2019

U.S. Citizens and Sale of Foreign Principal Residence

For most individuals, their principal residence is their single most important asset. In Canada, when an individual sells their principal residence the gain on the sale is exempt from capital gains tax in most instances. A taxpayer must designate the property as their principal residence when they file their Canadian personal income tax return. This is one of the biggest gifts to individuals in the Income Tax Act…

Feb 15, 2019

Housing Deductions – Impacts of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The passing of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) introduced many changes for taxpayers. Of significant importance for U.S. taxpayers abroad were the repatriation provisions under IRC §965 and the introduction of the new Global Intangible Low Taxed Income (GILTI) regime under IRC §951A. We have discussed and will continue to discuss these provisions as necessary…

Tax Tips

Feb 26, 2019

Changing Your Corporation’s Fiscal Period

A Canadian corporation’s first fiscal year can end up to 53 weeks after the date of incorporation. Once the fiscal period has been chosen, it cannot be changed, unless by operation of law, without the permission of the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”).

Feb 05, 2019

Changes to the T1134 deadline

Form T1134, Information Return Relating to Controlled and Non-Controlled Foreign Affiliates is a foreign reporting form which must be filed by all Canadian resident taxpayers (corporations, individuals and trusts), and partnerships for any year in which the taxpayer has an interest in a controlled or non-controlled foreign affiliate, at any time in the year.

Jul 19, 2017

Tax Planning Bomb Shell

“Changes to strategies that have been the basis for shareholder… Read more »

Transfer Pricing Newsletter

Sep 27, 2017

Eaton A.P.A. cancellations were an abuse of I.R.S. discretion

This article appears in Insights vol. 4, Issue 9.  Insights… Read more »

May 29, 2017

Amazon makes the CUT – an important taxpayer win, a reminder to consider transactional evidence

This article also appears in the May issue of Insights,… Read more »

Dec 15, 2016

Is the CRA skipping dinner in the hope of getting its deserts? Digesting the “new” Canadian transfer pricing documentation standard

The CRA was recently asked “Will the CRA’s expectations of… Read more »