Are you a non-resident of Canada, or are you planning on becoming a non-resident in the near future? If yes, then you need to learn about the tax returns and forms for non-residents; otherwise, you could end up with a nasty surprise from the taxman.
Becoming A Non-resident
Becoming a non-resident for tax purposes is not an easy undertaking. There are a few tax returns and forms for non-residents that you will have to complete at the time you become a non-resident and in the future too.
When you leave Canada, you should complete an NR73 form to establish your non-residency. This is in addition to the final departure tax return you will file to inform the CRA of your exit from Canada. As part of the departure tax return, make sure to complete the T1161 and T1243 forms. You will have to report the properties you owned and their values on these forms. This is important because the properties you owned are deemed to have been sold at the time of your departure at their fair market value.
It is not uncommon for people who become non-residents of Canada to maintain investments like rental properties and equity funds in Canada. If these investments earn income for you, then you should expect to receive a special sip, or file a special return, depending on the circumstances.
If you receive dividends, interest, and/or rental income, then you should get a NR4 slip from the payer. The NR4 will show you the amount of taxes that were withheld and how much after-tax income was actually given to you. In Canada, tax is withheld on payments made to non-residents. This is usually their final tax obligation, and they do not have to file a special return. However, this changes slightly if you earned rental investment income.
Please see our article on Section 216 returns for more information on special tax returns and forms for non-residents who own rental properties.
Disposal of property
Non-residents who dispose of taxable Canadian property, like stocks, rental property, or other personal-use property also have to file a special form called a T2062 and T2062A called a “Request by a Non-Resident of Canada for a Certificate of Compliance Related to the Disposition of Taxable Canadian Property”. After that, you will have to file a special tax return called a Section 116 return.
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