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Old 01-10-2015, 06:33 PM   #1
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American Investing for Canadians

This thread made me think. Firstly it was named a bit wrong. The person who might do the investing was a Canadian. However there are things a Canadian should know before investing anything in the USA, in no particular order, they are:

1) Estate tax (or whatever you want to call it).
- if you have $60K or more in US assets, you must file a return
- US assets include many things, look them up, some will surprise you
- yes there is an exemption for small estates, but look at the rules
2) With-holding tax.
- check the rules, they are different for RRSP and TFSA
- only applies id you are a "US person" according to this.

Some of the ramifications.

- I sold all my US ETFs. They totaled more than $60K.
- I'm in the process of selling all my individual US stocks (same reason)
- I rent snowbird residences even though it might have been financially better to buy.

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Old 01-10-2015, 07:18 PM   #2
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The rules are certainly a deterrent to investing in the US. Had it not been for them, I might have purchased a snowbird retreat there in 2008/09. I sold off the investments in a US trust fund that I inherited some years ago for the same reason.
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