U.S.-Canadian Dual Taxation Pitfalls: Reporting Issues and Planning Opportunities for U.S. Taxpayers

Navigating Tax Treaties to Minimize Tax on Passive Income and Pass-Through Income

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Recording of a 110-minute CPE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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Course Materials

This course will provide tax advisers with a thorough and practical guide into the tax reporting requirements and planning opportunities for U.S. taxpayers with earnings or assets in Canada, as well as Canadian citizens with U.S. tax reporting obligations. The panel will discuss U.S. tax law and treaty provisions designed to avoid or mitigate dual taxation, describe Canadian residency and expatriation rules, and detail the U.S. reporting and payment obligations specific to passive income as well as Canadian trade or business activity. The webinar will also provide useful information on tax reporting of cross-border trust ownership.


The Canada-U.S. border is the longest contiguous international border on earth. The geographical and demographic similarities between the two countries contribute to the world's most significant trade relationship between the two countries. Given these harmonious and long-standing relations, Canadian resident taxpayers frequently get caught up in the U.S. income tax system, and vice versa.

A critical component of this cross-border business activity is avoiding dual taxation on income and gains. The U.S. and Canada have a comprehensive tax treaty system that addresses most dual taxation concerns. As in all international planning, tax advisers must understand the particular provisions to avoid an unpleasant tax bill--or maybe two.

Among the planning challenges for cross-border activities is navigating the tax treatment of LLCs and other U.S. disregarded entities. Canadian owners of U.S. LLC shares could face dual tax layers. Tax advisers for clients using LLCs will need to engage in careful planning on both sides of the border.

Other areas of concern in U.S.-Canadian tax planning include treatment of passive income and tax considerations of cross-border pension ownership, contributions, and withdrawals. Hovering over all these concerns is the extensive U.S. tax reporting requirements imposed on taxpayers with U.S. filing obligations.

Listen as our experienced panel provides comprehensive and practical guidance on navigating U.S.-Canada cross-border tax planning and reporting issues.



  1. U.S.-Canada tax treaty overview and dual tax mitigation provisions
  2. Treatment of U.S.-based LLCs and pass-through entities in cross-border situations
  3. Passive and unearned income treatment
  4. U.S. tax reporting requirements of Canadian-sourced investments
  5. Limitation of benefit provisions


The panel will discuss these and other relevant topics:

  • Tax treaty provisions for mitigating dual taxation on ownership of cross-border LLCs and other pass-through entities
  • Limitation of benefits clauses and provisions in the U.S.-Canada income tax treaty
  • Key risks and challenges of passive/unearned income in cross-border situations
  • U.S. reporting requirements of Canadian-sourced investment


Blazejewicz, Jessica
Jessica Blazejewicz, CPA, CA

Senior Manager, International Tax
BDO Canada

Ms. Blazejewicz, CPA, CA is a senior manager with the international tax services group of BDO Canada LLP. With over 14...  |  Read More

Kennedy-C. Edward
C. Edward Kennedy, Jr., CPA, JD

Managing Director
C Edward Kennedy Jr

Mr. Kennedy has more than 36 years of experience dealing with a variety of international tax matters, specializing in...  |  Read More

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