Are you a U.S. citizen?

We make U.S. taxes easy.

We have Tax Experts across Canada who know the tax laws on both sides of the border. They can help you file both your U.S. and Canadian taxes.

What’s included in our U.S. tax services?

  • Preparation of U.S. federal and state income tax returns for you and your family.
  • U.S. tax calculations.
  • U.S. and Canada treaty benefits.
  • Coordination of U.S. and Canadian deductions and credits.
  • Assistance with correspondence from the Internal Revenue Service.

Need help with your U.S. taxes? Get started now. 

Find out if you need to file a U.S. tax return.

As a U.S. citizen living in Canada, you may need to complete a return in both Canada and the U.S. The good news is you may not have to pay taxes in both countries—we’ll show you how. For example:

Earned Income Exclusion

Form 2555 is a special form excluding foreign earned income from taxation in the U.S.

Foreign Tax Credit or Deductions

Claim a foreign tax credit on your U.S. return for taxes you paid to Canada.
U.S. citizens and green card holders must file a 1040 form every year if they meet income threshold requirements. In addition, you may be subject to additional U.S. tax reporting if you own or are a beneficiary of Canadian mutual funds, TFSAs, RESPs, RRSPs or RPPs.

Foreign Bank Account Reporting (FBAR)

If you are a U.S. citizen with financial interest in foreign accounts exceeding $10,000, you must report it by E-filing the FinCEN 114. Failure to report could result in a penalty of up to $10,000. The CRA and IRS communicate often on these matters, so talk to one of our Tax Experts today to protect your assets.

Filing Deadline

If you live outside the U.S., you have an automatic extension of two months to file your U.S. tax return, making June 15 your deadline. For your Canadian return you still need to file by May 1.

Search here to find your nearest H&R Block office that offers cross-border filing services

A few of the most common questions about U.S./Canada filing:

Who qualifies as a U.S. citizen?

U.S. citizenship can only be acquired in two ways: at birth or through naturalization. 

What if I’m a Canadian citizen living in the U.S?

If you are a Canadian living in the U.S. but not a U.S. citizen, we can help you file your 8840 Closer Connection Exception Statement to demonstrate your ties are closer to Canada than the U.S.

How do I file my first return as a U.S. citizen?

H&R Block has a variety of U.S. filing options to help you comply with all U.S. tax laws, even if this is your first time filing.

What if this is my first time filing but I have multiple years to account for?

We offer a range of options for those who wish to file for previous years, including the Streamlined Program and the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure.

What if I used to be a U.S. citizen but have renounced my citizenship?

Our Tax Experts will help you prepare your final expatriate return to meet all U.S. Tax Code rules and regulations.

If I’m a U.S. citizen with Canadian mutual funds, how do I include them on my return?

You may have more filing requirements than a simple tax return. Speak to Tax Expert to help you file your Form 8621 to report any gains inside your mutual funds. Please also note this is different than Canadian tax return reporting requirements.

If I’m a U.S. citizen with a Canadian TFSA, how do I include it on my return?

Any income collected is taxable in the U.S. Speak to one of our Tax Experts for help filing Forms 8621, 3520-A, and/or 3520.

If I’m a U.S. citizen with a Canadian RESP, how do I include it on my return?

Funds in an RESP are considered to be held in trust for a child. To include them on your return, you must complete Form(s) 3520-A and/or 3520. And as RESPs usually contain mutual funds, you may need to complete Form 8621. It’s also important to report any gains on these accounts on your U.S. tax return.