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Help with Parents Permanent Residency

Old Jan 20th 2010, 6:02 pm
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My family are already permanent residents in BC and my parents landed as immigrants last Summer with a view to spending the minimum time in Canada to keep their residency over the next 5 years, while they spend time with my sisters family back in UK. My question is, in order to keep up their residency do they have to pay in to the MSP or pay any taxes to be considered resident? (In the booklet it says you just have to be physically present in Canada.)
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My family are already permanent residents in BC and my parents landed as immigrants last Summer with a view to spending the minimum time in Canada to keep their residency over the next 5 years, while they spend time with my sisters family back in UK. My question is, in order to keep up their residency do they have to pay in to the MSP or pay any taxes to be considered resident? (In the booklet it says you just have to be physically present in Canada.)
Any ideas.
They will have to be physically present for at least a total of 720 days in any 5 year period. Really there is no point in having PR rather than being a frequent visitor unless they take up the health plan, and taxation agreements are such that you cant be taxed on the same income twice, so really it wont much matter (especially if they can cut costly health insurance premiums)

If they are landed as PRs, then its probably best to file a return regardless of where they are spending the majority of their time, but if I were them I would be seeking professional tax advice.
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