FATCA Reporting Requirements – Rules For Americans And Non-Americans


Globalization has made the World much more connected. It’s much easier for people to move around and build new lives in different countries. Unfortunately, this freedom has given people more options to cheat on their taxes as well. To fight tax fraud, the IRS in the United States launched a new program to track money around the World. This program has created new reporting requirements for … [Read more...]

Potential 50% Penalty for Non-Tax Filers

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Recently on June 18, 2014 the IRS announced major modifications to its offshore voluntary compliance programs. These modifications were made to influence taxpayers to declare their overseas assets and to become compliant with current offshore regulations. These procedures are available to taxpayers residing in and outside the United States (penalties differ). Changes were made to both the … [Read more...]

The CRA and Foreign Holdings: Points to Keep in Mind


In an effort to combat fraud and tax evasion, the Canada Revenue Agency is taking a more proactive stance in reference to foreign accounts and gathering information about taxpayers who have holdings overseas. As such, it is wise to have a more in-depth look at what this means for the individual resident and what steps need to be taken. A Global Reach Indeed, Canada is not the only country … [Read more...]

Top Ten Tax Write-Offs for the Self-Employed


As tax season is now quickly approaching, there are a few considerations that those who are self-employed should address. While filing taxes before the April 15th deadline can be a bit challenging, it is also important to recall that Canadians who work for themselves can enjoy some substantial benefits in the form of write-offs. So, let us take a look at the ten most common (and perhaps most … [Read more...]

Canadians Abroad: Tax Basics You Need to Know


When contemplating a move abroad, it is important for Canadian citizens to be well aware of their tax obligations to the Canada Revenue Agency. This is just as important whether this is a temporary move or a more permanent relocation. The most important thing to remember is that Canadians are taxed on their worldwide income. As long as you maintain an active residency in Canada, you will be … [Read more...]

Six Canadian Tax Credits Important to Remember


As many of us are putting together the necessary documentation for the 2013 tax season, now is a perfect time to have a look at some of the most relevant tax credits can that can be claimed. These credits can be beneficial to both you and your family, so it is important to understand how each one works and which credits may be applicable to you. Public Transit Credit If you live in a major … [Read more...]