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 ...

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 ...

Shedding the Tax Light on a Blind Trust

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

A blind trust is a trust in which a settlor (who would also be the contingent beneficiary) reserves the right to terminate the trust but agrees to relinquish all other control over the trust i.e. administered and managed by others without updates, advice, instruction, or account to the settlor. Whether ...