Flocking to the Southern U.S. This Winter? What Canadian Snowbirds Need to
Know Before They Leave
TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Before heading off to the southern U.S. this
winter for a long stay, RBC Wealth Management has advice for Canadian
snowbirds to ensure they take all U.S. tax and estate issues into account.
Failing to adhere to applicable U.S. laws may have serious implications if not
"Canadians who spend more than four months in the U.S. every year should file
a U.S. tax form each year to avoid being deemed a U.S. resident for tax
purposes," said Prashant Patel, vice-president, RBC Wealth Management. "In
addition, Canadians who own U.S. real estate should consider if U.S. estate
tax or state probate tax will affect them. We can help them with strategies
that can be employed to minimize the impact, if any. It is important to
consult with a qualified U.S. tax advisor to discuss all these issues."
Canadian snowbirds should also make sure their affairs are in order well
before they plan their trip. For example, any Power of Attorney would need to
be valid in the U.S. as well as in Canada. In addition, if a Canadian
personally owns U.S. real estate at the time of their death, their estate
could be subject to U.S. estate taxes based on the market value of their U.S.
"After 2012, the maximum U.S. estate tax rate is scheduled to increase to 55
per cent and the value of a Canadian's worldwide estate need only exceed US$1
million to expose them to U.S. estate tax on their U.S. assets," added Patel.
RBC has a U.S. subsidiary, RBC Bank (Georgia), N.A. ("RBC Bank"), that
specializes in meeting the needs of Canadian snowbirds while they vacation in
"Our understanding of the cross-border lifestyle allows us to build strong
relationships and seamlessly manage clients' banking needs, especially during
this important planning stage as they prepare to travel to the U.S. for the
winter," said Alain Forget, director, Sales and Business Development, RBC
Bank. "We have a steadfast commitment to serving our clients and no other
financial institution offers our level of tailored cross-border capabilities."
Aside from tax and estate issues, RBC Bank has compiled a comprehensive,
easy-to-follow checklist of other items snowbirds should consider, including:
-- Identify the most convenient ATM locations where you will be
able to withdraw funds from your U.S.-based account.
-- Contact your mobile phone service provider to add international
roaming to your plan or secure a pre-paid phone to be used in
the U.S. only.
-- Don't forget to pack your passport, health insurance cards, RBC
Bank Visa debit card and the new
RBC Bank Visa Signature Black credit card,
which offers cross-border benefits ranging from reward
opportunities to travel insurance and even lower foreign
About RBC Wealth Management
RBC Wealth Management is one of the world's top 10 largest wealth managers.
RBC Wealth Management directly serves affluent, high-net-worth and ultra high
net worth clients in Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe, the
Middle East, Africa and Asia with a full suite of banking, investment, trust
and other wealth management solutions. The business also provides asset
management products and services directly and through RBC and third-party
distributors to institutional and individual clients, through its RBC Global
Asset Management business (which includes BlueBay Asset Management). RBC
Wealth Management has more than C$562 billion of assets under administration,
more than C$324 billion of assets under management and approximately 4,300
financial consultants, advisors, private bankers and trust officers.
RBC Bank has cross-bordercapabilities which deliver an integrated online
banking capability, known as RBC Access USA, where RBC accounts can be viewed
and transacted on both sides of the border. RBC Access USA enables real-time,
dual currency transfer of funds between U.S. and Canadian accounts, real-time
balance updates and bill pay in either country.RBC Bank serves clients in
the U.S. through a variety of channels including online, mail, ATM, in-market
relationship bankers and a 24/7 support contact center. RBC Bank clients can
also make deposits through smartphones and personal scanners (Remote Deposit
Capture), and they have unlimited access to all PNC Bank ATMs with no fees.
For additional information about RBC Bank and its cross-border services and
expertise, please visit www.rbcbank.com or follow us on Twitter @RBCBank_US.
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and market capitalization, and are among the largest banks in the world, based
on market capitalization. We are one of North America's leading diversified
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wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking and
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part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public
sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 51
other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.
Bev MacLean, RBC Corporate Communications, 416-974-9334
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