A Canadian may be subject to U.S. estate tax of up to 40% of the value of their U.S. assets upon death. The calculation depends on the following three factors:
- Year of death
- U.S. estate (includes U.S. real estate and shares of stock of U.S. companies held in direct ownership)
- Worldwide estate (this includes everything, even your RRSPs and life insurance proceeds)
If you hold U.S. assets, we recommend that you consult one of our cross border experts to discuss solutions and strategies for U.S. estate tax, probate and other cross-border tax and estate planning issues.
In order to calculate your exposure, use the calculator below. Please note that the calculator was updated the weekend of January 19, 2013 to reflect the changes to US estate tax discussed in the blog post titled “Eleventh Hour Fiscal Cliff Deal. What does is mean for Canadians?“.
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