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I moved up to Canada from the US 20 years ago. I filed US taxes a few years after moving to Canada but I stopped because I thought I didn’t think I still needed to file.

Now I found out that I needed to file US tax the whole time I’ve been in Canada.

I need to go down to the US to visit some family next month and I’m worried that they will either stop me at the border or ask me about my delinquent tax returns.

Is this something I need to be worried about? Have you heard of anyone being stopped at the border because they were not caught up on their tax returns?

Answer

Hi XXXXX

We haven’t heard of anyone in particular being stopped at the border because of late tax returns, however I wouldn’t be surprised if we do start hearing these stories considering how much information is now being shared via FATCA by CRA and the IRS.

Best thing to do if you’re a US citizen living in Canada that has needs to catch up on their US returns is to take advantage of the streamlined tax filing program administered by the IRS to help individuals abroad catch up with their late tax returns.

You can read more about the program here and please don’t hesitate to call me at 250-381-2400 to discuss further.

Regards

Phil

Phil Hogan

Phil Hogan is a Canadian and US CPA working with clients throughout Canada and the US. Phil advises on cross border tax and financial planning matters. Phil can be reached at phil@hutcheson.ca or via telephone at 250-661-9417. You can also read more about Phil at Hutcheson.ca/phil.
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Phil Hogan is a Canadian and US CPA working with clients throughout Canada and the US. Phil advises on cross border tax and financial planning matters. Phil can be reached at phil@hutcheson.ca or via telephone at 250-661-9417. You can also read more about Phil at Hutcheson.ca/phil.
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