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Article written By Elyse Umlauf-Garneau – www.sres.org

Overstaying your visit to soak up some extra sun in Florida or Arizona this winter could have some unpleasant implications. Both the U.S. and Canada can now closely monitor travelers and precisely calculate the number of days Canadians spend in the United States.

That’s a result of the Entry/Exit Initiative of the Beyond the Border Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. One aspect of the effort between Canada and the United States entails keeping close tabs on when travellers cross the border between the two countries.

Read about the Border Action Plan at: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/btb-pdf/ebsiip-asfipi-eng.html

The language is a bit dense, which makes it a bit challenging to figure out just what it means to the average Canadian. The bottom line is that overstaying your visit could have both health care entitlement and tax consequences. For clearer explanations, see:

“Border shakeup could have tax consequences for snowbirds” in the Financial Post, http://business.financialpost.com/2014/03/11/border-shakeup-could-have-tax-consequences-for-snowbirds/.

“Snowbird alert: changes to information sharing at the Canada-US border” http://www.ey.com/CA/en/Services/Tax/TaxMatters-March2014-Info-sharing-at-border

So make your plans for your sunny winter getaway, but be certain to carefully calculate your days away from home.

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