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Cross-Border Planning Full of Conflict

This article from Advisor.ca discusses the complexities of financial planning for Americans and Canadians whose lives, assets and interests cross two borders. Cardinal Point’s James Sheldon points out that those in a dual-citizenship marriage or with cross-border assets need financial advice, investment planning, and wealth and estate planning that meet securities regulations in both the U.S. and Canada. Multiple tax jurisdictions need a more sophisticated level of advice, and one of the primary challenges of cross-border financial planning is navigating the big three: the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Canada/U.S. Tax Treaty. Given the lack of continuity in how the three deal with assets, there is the potential for double taxation. The article also looks at what to consider in preparing for the Canadian departure tax and what to do with a will or tax-free savings account before making a move.

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