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A cautionary tale: How Canada Revenue Agency helps U.S. collect taxes

Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 8:48 AM | By Peter Muto

American citizens and green card holders living in Canada should file their U.S. taxes, or face the consequences. A case involving a U.S. citizen living in Canada who was ordered to pay a hefty penalty in U.S. district court serves as a cautionary tale.

The taxpayer, Donald Dewees, is an American who teaches at a Canadian university. He is resident in Canada, earns income here, and has been paying Canadian income tax, and apparently has had no economic connection to the U.S. for years. However, unlike...