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Filing taxes by non-tax resident?

MarlenTleu88

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Apr 8, 2017
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Hello. Landed with my spouse in Feb 2018, left the country in 2 weeks. No residential ties ever since. No tax treaty between Canada and Qatar where I currently work.
I didnt do any tax return since I was classified as non-resident for tax purposes. In Feb 2020 arrived to Canada (took a vacation) to have our 1st baby delivered. Then COVID-19 happened and I got stuck in Canada. I still work remotely.

The thing is my wife applied for childs benefits. I am not sure if that would automatically make me a resident for tax purposes? I think my wife will have to file a tax return for this year in 2021 but not sure about myself. I don't even remember if when we applied from the hospital, that form included my SIN on it. And yes, we used Alberta Health Services coverage so she will need to stay for 183 days which I guess automatically makes her a resident.
When I contacted Immigration Services or something, they suggested it would change my status but they were not sure.


Thank you.
 

steaky

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Nov 11, 2008
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Since you both live here, you both file as taxpayer of Alberta.
 

canuck78

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Jun 18, 2017
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Hello. Landed with my spouse in Feb 2018, left the country in 2 weeks. No residential ties ever since. No tax treaty between Canada and Qatar where I currently work.
I didnt do any tax return since I was classified as non-resident for tax purposes. In Feb 2020 arrived to Canada (took a vacation) to have our 1st baby delivered. Then COVID-19 happened and I got stuck in Canada. I still work remotely.

The thing is my wife applied for childs benefits. I am not sure if that would automatically make me a resident for tax purposes? I think my wife will have to file a tax return for this year in 2021 but not sure about myself. I don't even remember if when we applied from the hospital, that form included my SIN on it. And yes, we used Alberta Health Services coverage so she will need to stay for 183 days which I guess automatically makes her a resident.
When I contacted Immigration Services or something, they suggested it would change my status but they were not sure.


Thank you.
You now have to remain for 12 months now it was changed from 6 to 12 months. Assume it was due to so many people landing in Alberta to give birth. You are a resident for tax purposes because your spouse and child currently live in Canada and therefore you have significant ties to Canada.

https://www.alberta.ca/ahcip-moving-to-alberta.aspx