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Changes to Certain Cross-Border Tax Amounts for 2015

As the calendar changes to 2015, both the Internal Revenue Service and Canada Revenue Agency have changed or left unchanged certain amounts and figures. Below are some of the revised amounts, numbers and limits for the year 2015 relevant to US citizens resident in Canada.

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Canada Revenue Agency Extends The 2013 Personal Tax Return Filing Deadline

April 14 2014

Recently the Canadian federal government’s website and computers were hit by the Heartbleed bug.  The computer virus took down Canada Revenue Agency’s online filing services and also prompted the government to shut down access to client information sites such as Represent a Client, Netfile, My Business Account and My Account.  Canada Revenue Agency acknowledged that this event impacted individuals trying to gather their information to file their 2013 personal income tax returns which would normally be due on or before April 30, 2014.

Canada Revenue Agency, Filing Deadline Extension, Heartbleed Bug

American Same Sex Couples in Canada: Tax Effects of the Recent Supreme Court Decision in Windsor v. US

August 27 2013

On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court overturned Section 3 of the US Federal Defense of Marriage Act, more commonly known as “DOMA”.  The effect of this decision is that the US federal government is now required to recognize lawful same-sex marriages where the couple resides in a jurisdiction that recognizes that marriage.

DOMA (Defense Of Marriage Act), Same Sex Couples, Windsor v. US

Internal Revenue Service – Taxpayer Advocate Service

April 15 2013

The IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent department within the IRS that helps taxpayers resolve their problems with the IRS.  These problems can include tax matters that are causing the taxpayer financial difficulties or immediate threats of adverse action.  The problems can also include a lack of response by the IRS to calls and letters or delays by the IRS in responding to the taxpayer.

Taxpayer Advocate Service