How to declare Canadian Non-Resident

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    Quote Originally Posted by civil_servant
    No, you don't file a tax return for this year. You need to file a tax return for the year you became a non-resident. Let's say you left in May 2012, then you need to file a tax return for the year 2012 in which you declare that you were a non-resident, because it's less than 183 days and if you worked up until May 2012, then you need to declare that income on that same tax return. If you left in October 2012, then you submit a tax return for 2012 as resident and a 2013 tax return with zero income declared as non-resident. Both are available for download on the CRA website. Once you've declared that you're a non-resident, you're automatically declared non-resident for all subsequent years and don't have to file any returns until one day you decide to move back to Canada.

    I did something similar for when I left in February 2002. I didn't file a tax return until 2006 for that year. Since I still worked in January of 2002, I had to declare that income, but marked myself as non-resident. I even got a tax refund in the mail.

    Please note, if you still have income to declare, I suggest you do it sooner rather than later in case you can no longer find your T4s. Most likely your employer at that time may still have access to those.
    I have file tax return in 2012 (with income) and in 2013 (no income). I need to find my 2013 T4 and mark myself as non-resident? Or I file a tax return for 2014 (no income) then tick myself as non-resident? Sorry for asking so much. I finally find this group can help me sort all these questions for many years. Thanks!

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    OP - no need to worry, CRA is very reasonable and they don't care much about these types of cases assuming that you've truly become a non-resident of Canada and don't earn income in Canada.

    File a T1 adjustment for the last year that you lived in Canada and filed taxes. Anyone can help you do this, but you need to sign the forms - you can even probably do it online (I think that I did it online, but it's been a few years).

    CRA isn't scary and they're very understanding about these sorts of things.


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    Quote Originally Posted by plo
    I have file tax return in 2012 (with income) and in 2013 (no income). I need to find my 2013 T4 and mark myself as non-resident? Or I file a tax return for 2014 (no income) then tick myself as non-resident? Sorry for asking so much. I finally find this group can help me sort all these questions for many years. Thanks!
    I don't understand. You filed a 2013 tax return with no income and declared yourself as resident? If you made no income, then you don't have any T4. Did you or did you not make income for that year? If you made income in 2013, I suggest you file a 2013 tax return again with an income declaration and a note saying you made a mistake. If you didn't make income in 2013 and you declared yourself as resident, you may have gotten some HST cheques. If you did and you declare yourself resident then that's a mistake and in that case you should've declared your Hong Kong income as well. If you were a non-resident, then you shouldn't have received those cheques and neither were you supposed to declare your Hong Kong income. If the latter case applies to you, then you need to submit a 2013 tax return as well and file as non-resident. Admit your mistake and offer to pay back those HST cheques. As Viktri said, CRA is very understanding about those things.

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    Ladies & Gentlemen, filling out NR73 is a "trap"! Please browse the CRA website to see what status you fall into. A "filled declaration" does not give you a safe pass at all. As long as CRV finds a little clue that you have "residential ties" with Canada, you will be considered a "factual resident". Someone mentioned OSAP, if it is being repaid by your own bank account, there is no way to call yourself a "non resident".


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    A proper tax specialist or accountant...

    Has anyone come across a Hong Kong based accountant or tax specialist who actually specializes in this matter?

    As I would like to get my Non Resident status all up to par, and yes I have read majority of information on it. And I do have some capital gains/equities to claim.

    Any leads for accountants or tax specialist people have used would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ohjopo
    Has anyone come across a Hong Kong based accountant or tax specialist who actually specializes in this matter?

    As I would like to get my Non Resident status all up to par, and yes I have read majority of information on it. And I do have some capital gains/equities to claim.

    Any leads for accountants or tax specialist people have used would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
    It would be better to contact tax accountants in Canada to help you with this matter. I know several so you can pm me if you'd like. I don't get commission - I used to work with them and they're friends. Different firms though and I don't know their prices.

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