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Aug 27, 2019


John Oakey is the National Director of Tax Services at Baker Tilly Canada, Canada’s largest association of chartered professional accounting firms. John has been working with Canadian and US citizens on advanced tax planning strategies for more than 20 years. He has contributed his expertise to organizations such as the Canadian Tax Foundation and the CPA of Canada and Nova Scotia. He became a Chartered Accountant in 2001 and has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from St Mary’s University.


John joins me today to share how residency affects where you pay tax. He describes the different types of tax residency and how weighted ties are used to decide this. John reveals the reporting steps you need to take when leaving or entering Canada, along with which Canadian-tax obligations remain. He also shares what you need to know about double taxation and offshore tax planning.




“Somebody is ordinarily or factually a resident in the place they are settled, where they have a regular and normal routine of life.” - John Oakey




Today on I’m A Millionaire...So, Now What:


  • Who pays tax in Canada and on which sources of income.
  • The different types of residency for tax purposes.
  • How significant ties and secondary ties determine your residency.
  • How to file your final tax return if you are leaving Canada.
  • Why you should be cautious in requesting a residency determination from the CRA.
  • Tax obligations for Canadians who are no longer residents.
  • How to reduce or eliminate double taxation.
  • The good and bad side of offshore tax planning.
  • Canada's voluntary disclosure program.



John Oakey’s Fun Frank Advice for Self-Made Millionaires & Wealthy Families:


  • When we are talking about residency, you have to be very careful with what you are doing, and you should always seek professional advice because the consequences can be quite severe.



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