Archive for the ‘Trusts’ Category

US TAX FILING OBLIGATIONS FOR NON-RESIDENT US CITIZENS: SOME IRS RELIEF!

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Under most circumstances, citizens of the United States must file annual income tax returns regardless of residency. In 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) introduced 2 voluntary compliance programs to allow US citizens to comply with their income tax filing obligations thereby avoiding possible criminal prosecution and penalties: 1. the ...

A different kind of trust, a different set of rules

Monday, July 28th, 2014

In 21 x 3, I wrote about three, sometimes tricky, trust rules:  the 21-year deemed dispositon rule; the rule against accumulations; and, the rule against perpetuities.  Following the post, I realized I had not been specific enough when a reader - esteemed charitable foundation advisor and former colleague, David Windeyer - ...

Trust Income and Working Income Tax Benefit Eligibility

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Recently the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) was asked whether income allocated by a communal organization and reported as self employment earnings for CPP eligibility on a trust income tax slip (T3 slip) is considered “working” income for the recipient to claim the Working Income Tax Benefit (“WITB”). CRA responded that the ...