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Cross Border Business Income Tax Issues Raised by COVID

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Cross Border Business and Coronavirus - COVID

Cross Border Business Income Tax Issues Raised by COVID

On May 19, 2020, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) released guidance on international income tax issues raised by the COVID-19 crisis and travel restrictions. The exemptions and exceptions may provide some relief to businesses impacted by COVID, and apply March 16 through June 29, 2020; the CRA may extend them if needed or rescind them if no longer required. These exemptions may apply to taxpayers including international employers, expat or cross border employees, non-resident sellers of Canadian Real Estate and foreign corporations with Canadian Directors.

The CRA international income tax guidance covers:

  • Income Tax Residency - corporations and individuals
  • Carrying on business in Canada/permanent establishment
  • Cross-border employment income
  • Waiver Requests – Payments to non-residents for services provided in Canada
  • Disposition of taxable Canadian property by non-residents of Canada

The CRA will consider whether a particular tax issue has arisen as the result of Canada's travel restrictions on a case-by-case basis.

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If you have questions about cross border business, international travel or immigration applications during the coronavirus restrictions or for post-lockdown business, contact Ackah Law today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email [email protected].




Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

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