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So, I'm not sure what to do with taxes.

I have a T4 from my previous company (January - Beginning of July) and then I have my W2 from my current company (Oct - Present). Can I file my Canadian taxes in Canada and file my US taxes in the US? And bring both my W2 and my T4 to both accountants?



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Yes. Take both forms to both accountants.

They should tell you that they will only put the T4 on your Canadian return and the W2 on your US return. If they tell you something different ask questions and make sure they know your facts.

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So you're supposed to use Form 2555 to exclude your foreign earned income from your US taxes because there is a tax treaty between our countries. This includes if you have rrsps or have accounts that earn interest within Canada - they may require other forms too though, I'm not sure as I don't have these. But for Canada they don't care what you earned after you left because taxes are based on residency (actually living there.)

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File one Canadian tax return with the income you earned in Canada (T4) for the time you were in Canada.

File one IRS return with the income you earned in the US (W2) for the time you were in the US.

That should be it, unless you have investments, rrsps, or banks accounts with more than $10,000 still sitting in Canada.

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