Canada has raised the issue of the impact of the repatriation tax on Canadian residents with the U.S. government, says Finance Minister Bill Morneau https://t.co/1s3puNhyyI #cdnpoli #tax #repatriationtax #taxreform #politics
— Elizabeth Thompson (@LizT1) August 14, 2018
Following up from yesterday’s CBC article by Elizabeth Thompson, CBC has today published a shorter article describing Mr. Morneau’s response or non-response (whatever the case may be) to the “transition tax”. Her article begins:
The Canadian government is talking to the U.S. government about the impact a retroactive tax signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump is having north of the border, Finance Minister Bill Morneau revealed Monday.
Speaking to reporters in Windsor, Ontario, Morneau said he is aware that some of the U.S. government’s tax changes affect Canadian residents with U.S. or dual citizenship.
It is, at the end of the day, going to be up to them to manage their own tax code.
– Finance Minister Bill Morneau
“We’re continuing to consult with Americans to make sure that we fully represent the challenges that these changes have made for Americans or dual citizens living in Canada,” Morneau said. “That’s an ongoing process. We certainly hope that we can make progress.”
Here is Mr. Morneau in the Q and A:
Finance Minister Morneau responds to questions about the effect of the @USTransitionTax on Canadian residents – he does acknowledge that this impacts those with @dualcitizenship https://t.co/QSETrawVqr
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) August 14, 2018
The comments (at least so far) reflect the difficulty of understanding the issue.
Nevertheless, this is significant because it is now clear that the Trudeau Government is well aware of the “transition/repatriation tax” and its effect on Canadians. This is good news.
And across the ocean and and the question of legislative change …
The following message appeared from Lawyer Monte Silver:
Americans Abroad with small businesses subject to Repatriation/GILTI taxes:
To get an exemption for American small businesses abroad from the Repatriation tax, last month we focused on Senator Cassidy of Louisiana who volunteered to assist. It worked and we have a draft bill in hand.
Now we focus on Ohio Senator Portman for a bill exempting us from GILTI. Portman responded and wants to speak to Americans abroad impacted by GILTI. If you or someone you know owns a small business abroad and is impacted by GILTI – or the Repatriation tax, IT IS URGENT THAT YOU CONTACT ME BY PRIVATE MESSAGE OR AT MS@SILVERCOLAW.COM