Mathieu Lesage, B.Comm (Hons), CFP®, FMVA®

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Tax Planning and Strategies

Tax Planning

Taxation of Employee Stock Options

A common incentive program provided by Canadian employers is a stock option plan. These programs grant employees (including directors) the right to acquire a set number of shares of the employer (or parent) company at a fixed price (“exercise price”) within a set timeframe. The intention of these programs is to align employee/employer interests by providing a long-term incentive in which employees benefit from the success of their employer, and likewise, employers benefit from long-term, loyal employees. This publication provides an overview of the Canadian tax implications of stock options issued to employees who are resident in Canada for tax purposes.

Tax Planning Strategies

Canadian Snowbirds and U.S. Income Tax

Although Canadian snowbirds reside in the U.S. for only a part of the year, there is the potential of being considered a U.S. resident and, in turn, having to pay U.S. income tax on the same basis as a permanent U.S. resident. This article outlines how the U.S. government determines whether you are a resident for income tax purposes; namely, it covers the criteria for meeting the Substantial Presence Test, Closer Connection Exception and the Canada U.S. Income Tax Treaty Tie-Breaker Rules.