TN extended remote work in Canada

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jixca
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TN extended remote work in Canada

Post by jixca » Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:48 pm

Single TN working in US, non resident of Canada.

Due to recent situation, I flew back to Canada and starting working remotely for the US company while keeping residency in US (as in, apartment rental and belonging) while staying with family in Canada (parent/sibling). Not planning to travel anytime soon as this can last a month to maybe 3 or 4 months if situation does not improve.

At what point do I become resident of Canada and start need to worry about tax impacts or consequences?

Ron.Henderson
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Re: TN extended remote work in Canada

Post by Ron.Henderson » Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:15 am

Do you have Canadian health care coverage? That may have an impact on residency/tax question, but may also be extremely important.

My instinct is that given there will be great chaos so don't overthink it. If you're actually able to go back after 4 months, say nothing, because nobody will check. If you're stuck for a year or more then it might be an issue.

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Re: TN extended remote work in Canada

Post by jixca » Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:30 am

No health coverage since I left in 2016, OHIP is gone after 6 months I believe. That was the personal delimma on returning to Canada as opposed to being covered in US, but I'm relatively young and need to take care of older parents in Canada just in case of prolonged lockdown so had to take that risk.

I can apply to resume OHIP and start the 6 months wait, not sure if that's going to make any difference if things return to normal in 3-4 months tho. Even if I need to use health service OHIP won't cover so I'll have to resort to my own money or see how much the US health coverage will cover in Canada.

For US immigration side, I don't think they care once I'm out of country, as long as my TN relationship is valid with employer and I94 is not expired when I return there shouldn't be any issue.

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Re: TN extended remote work in Canada

Post by Ron.Henderson » Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:34 am

Personally I think your medical coverage is more important than any future tax bill, but that's just my view.

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Re: TN extended remote work in Canada

Post by jixca » Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:43 am

Agree, but I'm already in Canada and sheltered at home so it's moot now. Border is mostly closed and travel increases chances of getting sick for the next 2 months.

I'm mostly asking for the sake of planning what if, in the next tax season if there's something I can do now.

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Re: TN extended remote work in Canada

Post by Ron.Henderson » Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:15 pm

Best of luck.

My advice above stands. Either say nothing about it if you manage to return this year, because nobody's going to care, or get your ass on OHIP ASAP and pay whatever tax bill that entails.

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Re: TN extended remote work in Canada

Post by nelsona » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:16 pm

I would agree with Ron. You have not really moved back to Canada, but if you want to, make it 100%
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Re: TN extended remote work in Canada

Post by jixca » Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:48 pm

Yeah, I'm only arrived 2 weeks ago so it's not significant yet. I intend to stay non resident of Canada unless job situation changes, but the remote work will likely continue for 3 months until May/June, who knows what happens.

Does health coverage (OHIP) alone cause resume of residency? They've abandoned the 3 month waiting period so I can start immediately, but not sure how that works if I leave again later this year.

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Re: TN extended remote work in Canada

Post by Ron.Henderson » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:19 pm

I figured they would abandon the waiting period.

For now do nothing, but join OHIP the moment you begin coughing.

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