Moving from US to Canada

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ttiger
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Moving from US to Canada

Post by ttiger » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:21 am

My wife and I are both Australian citizens. I have been working in the US since 2017 on H1B. My wife does not have an EAD. We plan to move to Canada as new immigrants under EE FSW.

Would really appreciate if some one can share some advice on the following.

1) I prefer to work in the US, but I can work remotely from Canada if needed. If I choose to work remotely, I can stay on the US payroll, or be moved to the Canadian payroll. What would be better if there is a difference?

2) If I work most of the time in the US, can I be a deemed non-resident (CRA) even if my wife is a resident? If true, do I only need to report Canadian-sourced income to CRA? At the moment, both of us pass the substantial presence test. I probably will meet the substantial presence test in 2020, but my wife won't.

3) I know we can elect to file jointly to IRS even if she's a NRA. Does she still need to file to CRA if she does not generate any income in 2020?

4) Given the choice, should we move in December or January? (Or leaving the US on Dec 31st and arrive on Jan 1st?)

5) We have a joint ETF investment (since June 2018) with a net gain of ~$50K. Should we sell the investment and pay CGT before we move so we don't have to deal with ongoing paperwork? (We originally planned to hold them for 20+ years.)

6) Do I need to take any action on my 401(k)?

7) Right now, most of our other assets (except a car) are cash in joint accounts. I suppose to avoid complicated paperwork of reporting foreign accounts, we should close the joint accounts? Is it better to move the cash to my personal account in US or her personal account in Canada?

Any advice to some of the questions would be highly appreciated.

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Re: Moving from US to Canada

Post by nelsona » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:27 am

So she would be the skilled worker in Canada? Otherwise you can't move to Canada under that program and work in US, no?
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Re: Moving from US to Canada

Post by ttiger » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:56 am

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So she would be the skilled worker in Canada? Otherwise you can't move to Canada under that program and work in US, no?
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Yes. She's the primary applicant under EE.

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Re: Moving from US to Canada

Post by nelsona » Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:55 pm

OK (don't use the quotes or cut and paste, just post your answers.

1. If you live and work in Canada, you need to be either on Cdn payroll set up, or be a contractor.
2. You could be considered non-resident, but your would have to severely limit your visits to Canada, with your spouse visiting you in US, not vice versa. And this *could* impact your Cdn immig process. SPT doesn't really enter into this, the treaty definition of residency is more important.
3. It is always advisable to file, in order to get benefits. Again, how would she not generate income if she is entering Canada on a work status?
4. Doesn't really matter.
5. Definitely do NOT sell before leaving US. You will not owe any US CGT if you are Cdn residents when you sell.
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Re: Moving from US to Canada

Post by nelsona » Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:56 pm

6. Be sure that your 401(k) management allows for CDn residents. MANY do not.
7. Doesn't matter.
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Re: Moving from US to Canada

Post by nelsona » Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:58 pm

So you need to decide where YOU want to live, and whether your spouse will live with you. That will determine how much change you need to make. You seem to be wanting to simply stay in US while she moves up to Canada.
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Re: Moving from US to Canada

Post by ttiger » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:10 pm

Thank you so much, nelsona.

A bit confused re answer #5. I suppose if we sell as Canadian residents, we are subject to CGT in Canada instead? Or are you suggesting the CRA cost basis would be the FMV on the day we move and therefore do not need to pay any CGT on the existing growth in both countries?

Yes, the plan is I'd live and work in the US in 2020 and reassess the situation before 2021.

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