For a few months in 2014 I worked as a non-resident alien under a TN Visa in the U.S. I am a Canadian citizen and resident. I only worked a few months so I shouldn't have to pay much in taxes, but they withdrew taxes anyway. Now I need to file for a refund but I'm not even sure where to start. Resources, contacts to speak to, anything would be helpful.

I also need to report the income to the Canadian government; from what I've read, you're not supposed to be taxed twice, because of a US/Canada treaty.


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You need to file Federal taxes on form 1040-NR and State taxes on a similar State tax form (depending on the State you worked in). Since you were working on a TN visa, you should have gotten a SSN, so it should really be something straightforward.

You should claim the actual US taxes paid (those that remain paid after you get your refund - the amount on line 61 of the form 1040-NR) on your Canadian tax return.

  • I was only in the states for a few months (definitely under 183 days), and didn't make over 10k. Does that mean I am exempt under the tax treaty article XV? And then do I also have to fill out form 8833?
    – shim
    Mar 19, 2015 at 5:15
  • @shim consider if you even owe any taxes with such a low income, if there's no tax liability without invoking the treaty - why bother?
    – littleadv
    Mar 19, 2015 at 5:23
  • What / where are the rules for how much you need to make to owe taxes?
    – shim
    Mar 19, 2015 at 17:45

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