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I have an offer on my Canadian property, and my lawyer's office told me that I may need a clearance certificate, and will need to establish if I am deemed a non-resident or not, in order to avoid some taxes that I will have to pay on the sale of my house. I don't know where to start to look at this. I have lived in the US for 5 months. I know for OHIP purposes, you lose your residency after 6 months, but what about tax purposes? Do I have to pay additional fees on the sale of the property? I don't own any other property here, so it is still my primary residence, even if I'm not living in it. Please direct me to where I can find this kind of information.

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Hi there. Basically, if it was your primary residence in Canada then you don't owe any taxes. Read the following two threads and let me know if you have any questions:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/319591-selling-primary-residence-in-canada/

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/169695-moving-companies-canada-to-us/


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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I have an offer on my Canadian property, and my lawyer's office told me that I may need a clearance certificate, and will need to establish if I am deemed a non-resident or not, in order to avoid some taxes that I will have to pay on the sale of my house. I don't know where to start to look at this. I have lived in the US for 5 months. I know for OHIP purposes, you lose your residency after 6 months, but what about tax purposes? Do I have to pay additional fees on the sale of the property? I don't own any other property here, so it is still my primary residence, even if I'm not living in it. Please direct me to where I can find this kind of information.

Don't know about the house tax stuff, but for OHIP I was told that I'd loose my coverage at the end of the month in which I left. I left Ontario Oct. 13 and as of Oct 31 had no OHIP. I made sure that as of Nov 1 I was covered under my husband's health insurance! If one should move back to Ontario, it takes 3 months to reestablish residency for OHIP purposes.

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Weird... I knew a couple from Ireland that was told they had to be in Canada for 6 months before they could get OHIP. It actually took them 4 years to get it due to some kind of mix up... they were paying for their appointments at the doctor's office and saved all their receipts and eventually had their money refunded. Very weird.

I was just going by the six month thing from them. What if you just went on vacation? A month seems way off...

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Weird... I knew a couple from Ireland that was told they had to be in Canada for 6 months before they could get OHIP. It actually took them 4 years to get it due to some kind of mix up... they were paying for their appointments at the doctor's office and saved all their receipts and eventually had their money refunded. Very weird.

I was just going by the six month thing from them. What if you just went on vacation? A month seems way off...

From various reading that I did, I knew that I had to inform OHIP that I was moving out of the country and giving up residency. I went into their office a couple of weeks before I moved and informed them when I was leaving. That's when I was told my coverage was good until the end of the month. If you are travelling that's something completely different. Several years ago I was out of the province/country for a year related to work. I had to inform OHIP that I would be gone for more than 6 months, but because I was still technically a resident, my coverage was still good. I was given a new OHIP card (bye-bye old red card) that was good for the year. When I returned, I had to go back to their office and get a new card. I also know from past experience that it takes 3 months to establish residency. I lived in Alberta for 4 years and when I moved back to Ontario I had to wait to get coverage. I have no knowledge about moving from another country to Canada and how long it takes to get coverage. Perhaps there are different wait periods?

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