NON-RESIDENT TAX

You are considered a non-resident for tax purposes if you permanently live outside of Canada and you do not have any residential ties there. However, you may have some tax obligations to attend to and ensure that you are non-resident tax compliant.

What taxes do non-residents pay?
Non-residents of Canada are required to pay tax on their income earned in Canada. The following sorts of income do not require a return to be filed. Income is deducted at source and remitted to CRA.

  • Interest and dividends
  • Rent and royalties
  • Retiring allowances
  • RRSP and RRIF payments
  • Annuity payments and management fees


Income Tax returns are required to be filed for the following types of income:
  • Business income earned in Canada, and
  • Proceeds of disposition of taxable Canadian Property such as real estate and business interests.

Non-Residents Investing in and Disposing of Canadian Rental Real Estate

Before the non-resident investor acquires Canadian rental real estate consideration should be given to the best manner in which such real estate should be held. For example – held personally by non-resident individuals, by a Canadian corporation, by a foreign corporation, by a trust or other family members.

As a Non-Resident owing a rental property in Canada, Electing under section 216 allows you to pay tax on your net Canadian-source rental income instead of on the gross amount. If the non-resident tax withheld by the payer is more than the amount of tax payable calculated on your section 216 return, CRA will refund the excess to you.

Our Surrey accounting firm has years of experience and can assist in providing the services required to complete the Non-resident tax returns.

Non-residents of Canada Services include:
  • Determination of eligibility for treaty exemptions
  • Non-resident owners of Canadian real estate
  • Tax-efficient ownership structures for offshore owners
  • Assistance with NR4/NR6 Canadian income tax filings
  • Planning for disposition of Canadian real estate
  • Clearance certificates
  • Section ITA 115, ITA 116 and 216 Canadian income tax returns
  • Employer compliance
  • Assistance with Canadian income tax filings
  • Treaty exemptions for employees

Call Richard Kosick & Co. tax accountants in Surrey at 604.584.6822 to set up your free initial consult.