If you are a US citizen, you are required to file a US income tax return, regardless of the fact that you may be living outside of the US.
Many Canadian residents are US citizens, and don’t even know it. If one of your parents was a US citizen, then you also may be a US citizen, regardless if you have ever visited the US.
As a US citizen, you must file form 1040, reporting worldwide income to the US. If you are a resident of Canada, you generally won’t owe any US tax, because on your US return you are permitted:
1. A foreign earned income exclusion of US$80,000 and/or
2. The claiming of foreign tax credits. Such tax credits are given to persons to avoid a double taxation situation. Since Canadian tax rates are generally higher than US rates, these credits will normally eliminate the US tax.
If you would like our firm to assist you with such filing, on your behalf, please contact us and ask us for a tax organizer. The organizer will assist you in compiling information we need to prepare your tax return. Please remember that there are penalties for persons who fail to file a US return. In situations where US tax is actually owing, and a return has not been filed, such penalties may be severe.
North American Tax Services - Attention:
Joseph Soussan, CGA, CPA (USA)
2510 Yonge Street, Suite 322A
Toronto, Ontario, M4P 2H7
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