CRA Supplemental Guidance, section VII cross-border workers

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nelsona
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Re: CRA Supplemental Guidance, section VII cross-border workers

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So, you are simply a commuter. You will end up paying Cdn/Prov tax as well as cali tax. Yikes.
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Re: CRA Supplemental Guidance, section VII cross-border workers

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As you mentioned, the call to "come home" was for Canadians and since I am a Canadian citizen who was working in the US on a TN work permit, that applies to me.

Regarding tax obligations, you are right that I will end up paying federal & state tax in the US as I previously was and I will claim it as foreign credit in Canada.

On a side note, do you know what is the definition of commuter by CRA rules? Is there a defined threshold as to how frequently you need to be going back and forth? Or is it that you are considered a commuter if you maintain a permanent home in Canada and travel to the US routinely for work?
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Re: CRA Supplemental Guidance, section VII cross-border workers

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Anyone living in Canada and working in US is a commuter.

The call to come home was for Cdn residents on vacation. You said you lived in Cali. No Cdn gov't would tell a foreign resident to quit their job in US. Be serious.
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Re: CRA Supplemental Guidance, section VII cross-border workers

Post by elgoog »

Fair enough.

Thanks for the help, Nelsona.
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