KeatsConnelly Cross-Border Weekly Best of the Web 2015-1-30

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As our annual Cross-Border Living Workshops kicked off this week, we’re highlighting three articles with specific focus on topics related to what is covered in our workshops.

Planning a move to the U.S.? Three tax tips to consider ( – A few years ago, a couple who lived on our street decided to move to the Southern United States to retire. They packed up their entire home, had all their earthly possessions loaded onto two 52-foot trailers, and sent the moving company off to transport their belongings. They flew down to their new place a couple of days ahead of the movers. When the movers arrived, this couple answered the door, looked at the movers and said “Take it all back. We want to go home.” Spending a couple of days in their new surroundings was enough for them to decide that Canada was where they really wanted to be. There’s no place like home. You just have to figure out where home is…

Canadian snowbirds: Rules you need to know ( – There could soon be changes to the rules that affect U.S.-bound Canadian snowbirds. A Canada-U.S. agreement is in the works to share information on who’s entering each respective country, and when, for example. The Entry Exit Initiative already covers non-citizens of the two countries, but the plan to start covering citizens as well has been delayed. Once that’s in effect, the U.S. government will be able to easily check whether snowbirds overstay their welcome. The Canada Border Services Agency cautions that legislative and regulatory changes need to happen before that can be implemented, and says it will provide additional information about the timing “in due course.” There have also been initiatives in Congress over the last few years to extend the time some Canadians can spend in the U.S…

How to navigate Obama’s new tax proposals if you own property in the U.S. ( – While President Barack Obama’s new tax proposals may never see the light of day, given the Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, they have generated discussion among cross-border tax practitioners. Dual citizens living in Canada or Canadians who own U.S. properties may wonder whether they need to reopen their estate plans in case the proposals, referred to by the White House as an attempt to close the “trust-fund loophole,” ever come into law…

Come back next week for more interesting news and articles. Enjoy your weekend!

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