• Question on taxes on US income for a Canadian resident?

    I have a question about the US/Canada tax treaty from someone that knows something about US/Canadian taxes. I tried to read the treaty and as a mere engineer that designs complex electronic systems and I cannot figure it out. I am a Canadian citizen, residing in Canada but I lived in the USA (legally) from 2001 to 2010 and have US income from... show more
    I have a question about the US/Canada tax treaty from someone that knows something about US/Canadian taxes. I tried to read the treaty and as a mere engineer that designs complex electronic systems and I cannot figure it out. I am a Canadian citizen, residing in Canada but I lived in the USA (legally) from 2001 to 2010 and have US income from investments and now get a partial social security benefit. As well I have an IRA and will have to take minimum required distributions starting in 2022. I need to know the correct way to deal with my US income for tax purposes. I have no intention to avoid taxes. Taxes are the price of civilization. I am also familiar with the official aank Of Canada exchange rate for each year for tax purposes. Here are the three ways I have deduced. 1. File a US 1040NR to the US government and pay US taxes on US income and say nothing to the Canadian tax people. 2. Declare the entire US income on my Canadian tax return and file nothing in the USA as I am resident in Canada. 3. File a US 1040NR and pay the US taxes AND declare the income on my Canadian tax return and pay Canadian taxes on it, deducting the taxes paid to the US government as a tax credit. I have seen things it the treaty that imply all of these in one place or another but nothing that exactly describes my situation. I can be emailed through Yahoo Answers if more information is needed. Any help would be appreciated.
    3 answers · Canada · 2 months ago
  • Does anyone else think that the Cruze with the 1.4 Turbo is short of get-up-and-go?

    My daughter got a 2005 Cavalier in 2008 with 58,000 miles on it. The car has been incredibly reliable needing only a fuel pump and a water pump in 7 years. Besides routine maintenance of course. With the 2.2L engine it was quite peppy and met her needs on the short on-ramps thay have on the old freeways in the north-east. Now she graduated with... show more
    My daughter got a 2005 Cavalier in 2008 with 58,000 miles on it. The car has been incredibly reliable needing only a fuel pump and a water pump in 7 years. Besides routine maintenance of course. With the 2.2L engine it was quite peppy and met her needs on the short on-ramps thay have on the old freeways in the north-east. Now she graduated with her advanced degree and started a new job that pays quite well. Since the Cavalier had almost 150,000 on the clock, and she was incredibly pleased with her experience with the Cavalier she first looked at a Cruze. She drove one with a 1.8 and found it not as snappy but good enough. However, at the trim level she wanted, it only came with a 1.4L Turbo. Trying one she found it had no get up and go until it hit about 4000 RPM. But right off the line it was just a slug. Also consider she is originally from BC where we have a highway that just kills turbochargers. Where almost no one who knows anything about cars will buy one with a turbo. We feel there is no replacement for displacement for get up and go off the line. SO because she could not get the top line model with a normally aspirated engine, she got a 2.0L Mazda 3 GT. No turbo. Plenty oz Zoom-zoom. The Focus was rejected as the current Focus is too ugly and the Dart was rejected as she says she sees a dead one by the side of the road almost every day. Sorry US car makers but she did check the US brands first.
    3 answers · Other - Cars & Transportation · 2 years ago
  • Is anyone else having issues replying to a message from another Yahoo user?

    In the last couple months I have seen a number of changes to Yahoo Answers. Most are improvements but not all of them. My biggest issue is that I can no longer reply when someone asks me a question. I am a top contributor and sometimes someone sends me a message to get additional information and I always rely to these. Except one guy is is... show more
    In the last couple months I have seen a number of changes to Yahoo Answers. Most are improvements but not all of them. My biggest issue is that I can no longer reply when someone asks me a question. I am a top contributor and sometimes someone sends me a message to get additional information and I always rely to these. Except one guy is is obviously asking me to do him homework. For example, I got a question from a user named Martin. When I click on the link Reply to This Message what I see is they users "My Activity" page and for the life of me I cannot find anything on that page to send the user a reply to their message. It used to be a form would come up with a window for me to type in a reply but now that is no longer there. Does anyone know if this is a screwup at Yahoo's end or am I missing something? I do not think I am blocked as I have always been courteous to all I send replies too. I doubt I would have over 241,000 points otherwise. If anyone from Yahoo reads this, please send me a message.
    4 answers · Yahoo Answers · 3 years ago
  • Once my priority date for my green card comes up, how long can I stall my application?

    I got approved for my green card and issued a priority date of May 5th 2008. This will come up this year. However, in 2010 I had to return to Canada to care for my elderly mother and I may not be able to get back to my job at my US employer right then. How long can I delay filing the paperwork after my priority date and not lose the green card? In... show more
    I got approved for my green card and issued a priority date of May 5th 2008. This will come up this year. However, in 2010 I had to return to Canada to care for my elderly mother and I may not be able to get back to my job at my US employer right then. How long can I delay filing the paperwork after my priority date and not lose the green card? In case anyone cares I worked in LA from 2001 to 2010 on TN and H-1B visas as an electronics engineer as most all the US citizen engineers that are willing to put up with the high housing prices are working in the defense industries. I already have enough years of contributions to get Social Security.
    2 answers · Immigration · 4 years ago
  • Chevy Equinox or Honda CRV?

    A bit of a ramble here. Sorry about it. I have broken it up into sections to make it easier to read. I am looking for a small SUV. I am getting older and I need a higher seat for easy entry and exit. I am only looking at vehicles built in the USA or Canada. This would likely be my retirement vehicle. I am not decided between new and a 1 or 2 year... show more
    A bit of a ramble here. Sorry about it. I have broken it up into sections to make it easier to read. I am looking for a small SUV. I am getting older and I need a higher seat for easy entry and exit. I am only looking at vehicles built in the USA or Canada. This would likely be my retirement vehicle. I am not decided between new and a 1 or 2 year old lease return vehicle. I have eliminated the Escape as I have a 2004 Focus and while I am OK with it the mileage has been disappointing (22 MPG average) and the reliability has been poorer than I would like. In 112,000 miles it is on its 5th alternator. There have been a good many other things as well. I am very happy with the mileage my daughter gets with her 2005 Chevy Cavalier and it has been quite reliable. This led me to the Equinox. A 4 cylinder with 2WD. However, online I see all kinds of people who have had engine issues, especially the 2010 and 2011. Serious issues, The Equinox shows a medium frequency of repairs compared to the CRV which has a far lower repair rate.. My son in law has a Canadian built 2010 Civic and in his 100,000 mile son it, it has been very reliable. I feel bit like a traitor looking at a Japanese brand vehicle even though it is built in Canada with 60% US/Canadian content. Compared to the Equinox with 65%. Though I did have a Miata for a couple years and it only had one issue in the 3 years I owned it. Anyone out there have any opinions other than blind loyalty to a brand??
    9 answers · Buying & Selling · 4 years ago
  • Investing within my self directed IRA?

    I have a self directed IRA where I have two rental properties. I have been letting the money build up from the rents my manager collects and I am thinking of investing that money within the IRA. With carefully selected REITs. I fully control the funds in the IRA myself. However, I am unsure of exactly how I would purchase the shares so they... show more
    I have a self directed IRA where I have two rental properties. I have been letting the money build up from the rents my manager collects and I am thinking of investing that money within the IRA. With carefully selected REITs. I fully control the funds in the IRA myself. However, I am unsure of exactly how I would purchase the shares so they the money and the shares stayed inside of the IRA. Would I have to set up a brokerage account in the name of the IRA or can I use a brokerage account under my name. I am 63 and can withdraw without penalty but it will be several years before I will actually need any of the funds. Any advice so that I can stay within both the letter and the spirit of the law would be appreciated. I just want to do better than the 0.Nothing% that the bank pays in interest. The 5% the more reliable REITs pay looks pretty good.
    2 answers · Personal Finance · 4 years ago
  • How long do you have to move to USA once you get your green card?

    Been waiting since 2008 since my I-140 was been approved. My lawyer will be filing for adjustment of status next year some time. I assume that once the green card is actually issued you have a certain length of time before you actually have to establish US residence. I heard it was six months. Can someone please confirm this for me. I would also... show more
    Been waiting since 2008 since my I-140 was been approved. My lawyer will be filing for adjustment of status next year some time. I assume that once the green card is actually issued you have a certain length of time before you actually have to establish US residence. I heard it was six months. Can someone please confirm this for me. I would also want confirmation whether once you get your green card, you are considered just another American worker. In case when I move there after 3-4 months and if the job for which my PERM was granted and the I-140 issued has evaporated. That I would be free to take one of the several other opportunities I have been offered. Everything is legal and on the up and up. I was in the US on an H-1B but had to return to Canada in 2010 to care for an elderly parent. Everything will be done through a reputable law firm. But I am hoping to get some clarity here to avoid running up the legal bill.
    3 answers · Immigration · 5 years ago
  • When you get your green card how long does your employer have to keep youÉ?

    I have an approved I-140 as an EB-3 for an Electronics Engineering position. My priority date will come up some time next year and my lawyer will be filing my adjustment of status later this year. I have heard cases of employers getting someone a green card for a great job with good pay. Then after a short time, laying them off and offering... show more
    I have an approved I-140 as an EB-3 for an Electronics Engineering position. My priority date will come up some time next year and my lawyer will be filing my adjustment of status later this year. I have heard cases of employers getting someone a green card for a great job with good pay. Then after a short time, laying them off and offering them a lesser position for less money. Therefore, I would like to know if there is any specific length of time required by law they have to keep a person in the exact originally offered position.
    2 answers · Immigration · 5 years ago
  • About Mesa Airlines at O'Hare?

    I have booked a flight from ORD to PIT on Mesa on a CRJ-700. Does anyone know if they use a jetway? Or whether I have to go down to the tarmac then climb stairs into the plane? I have a minor handicap and climbing stairs into the plane is a bit of a hassle for me. Thanks.
    I have booked a flight from ORD to PIT on Mesa on a CRJ-700. Does anyone know if they use a jetway? Or whether I have to go down to the tarmac then climb stairs into the plane? I have a minor handicap and climbing stairs into the plane is a bit of a hassle for me. Thanks.
    3 answers · Chicago · 5 years ago
  • Cooling with air - temperature drop?

    I am wondering the formula for the following. I know math well but I am not sure how to calculate this. This is not homework. I am an electronics engineer and have been tossed something outside my area of expertise as a thought experiment. I have a 10 liter air tank. (2.2 gallons) I have it pressurized to 500 kilo pascals (72 PSI) I know... show more
    I am wondering the formula for the following. I know math well but I am not sure how to calculate this. This is not homework. I am an electronics engineer and have been tossed something outside my area of expertise as a thought experiment. I have a 10 liter air tank. (2.2 gallons) I have it pressurized to 500 kilo pascals (72 PSI) I know compression of air raises its temperature but the compressed air in the tank has been allowed over a period of time to cool to the ambient temperature of 25C (77F) I have an enclosed volume of 100 liters or 3.5 cubic feet. With the air in this enclosure at 25C ambient. This is not air tight and the air can leak from it slowly If my compressed air is vented into the 100L volume over a period of say 60 seconds with turbulence to assure good mixing, then what will be the peak drop in the air temperature in my 100 liter volume at the time the release is over. If humidity is a factor, figure on 40% relative humidity and exactly 1 bar for atmosphere pressure. Altitude 300 Meters above sea level. Beside the formula, I would appreciate an example with the numbers plugged into the formula. That is how I learn best and to make sure I get it right. If anyone feels I left out any pertinent information, please let me know.
    2 answers · Engineering · 5 years ago
  • Will this mess up my green card application?

    The story. I am a Canadian engineer and I worked for a US company from 2001 to 2010 on TN visas and an H-1B. They filed for a green card for me in 2008 and the I-140 was approved in late 2009. They expect me to be able to file for adjustment of status by the end of 2013. However, in 2010 I had to return to Canada to care for my elderly mother... show more
    The story. I am a Canadian engineer and I worked for a US company from 2001 to 2010 on TN visas and an H-1B. They filed for a green card for me in 2008 and the I-140 was approved in late 2009. They expect me to be able to file for adjustment of status by the end of 2013. However, in 2010 I had to return to Canada to care for my elderly mother and I left the company on good terms and by the time the green card comes through in 2015 my mother will either not be here or be in a nursing home. The application has NOT been abandoned and I would return to work for the same employer. I am perfectly aware the application is tied to this one employer and no one else. And that I do not have to be in the USA or working for the sponsoring employer while waiting to file the I-485. The Question I have an opportunity to do some work in the USA for some friends. I would do most of the work in Canada but they would like me to go there for a month. There is no trouble getting a TN visa to do this legally. Strictly temporary. My concern is that I have heard that getting a TN while having a greed card pending would violate the dual intent rule and mess up my green card application. Is this true? Will getting a TN for a temporary one month job kill my green card process?
    3 answers · Immigration · 6 years ago
  • Will a TN visa impact my Green card application?

    The story: I am a Canadian and I was in the USA as an electronics engineer on an H-1B visa. My employer files for my green card in 2008 and my I-140 was approved in 2009. However, as an EB-3 we do not expect to see the green card until 2014 or so. Fair enough as I could get my H-1B extended as needed. However by 2011 my elderly mother in... show more
    The story: I am a Canadian and I was in the USA as an electronics engineer on an H-1B visa. My employer files for my green card in 2008 and my I-140 was approved in 2009. However, as an EB-3 we do not expect to see the green card until 2014 or so. Fair enough as I could get my H-1B extended as needed. However by 2011 my elderly mother in Canada needed someone to live with her full time so I returned to Canada in 2010 to care for her and to work here as an electronics engineer. The H-1B which was good until 2011 expired as soon as I left. I expect that by the time my green card comes through my mother will be in a care home and I plan to return to Los Angeles. My issue is that I have been offered some short term temporary work in the USA. Maybe a month there, then after a few months in Canada, another month in the USA. I can get TN status to do this work. However, I have heard that if I get TN status, it will negatively impact my being able to file the I-485 I need to adjust status to my green card later. Can anyone clarify this for me?
    3 answers · Immigration · 6 years ago