Living in Canada and Figuring out My Taxes Since I’m a US Citizen

I thought tax time was annoying in the country where I am a citizen. When I had to move to Canada for a few years to not pass up a chance to earn a lot of corporate dollars for my expertise, I found out that taxes can get worse. Being a US citizen living in Canada earning Canadian dollars from a company that is foreign to Canada gets complicated. I had to hire experts to help me figure out the Canada US cross border tax.

I don’t know anything about taxes. I just know my job. My job gets very technical, and there are thousands of pages of manuals to read and understand. However, that is nowhere near as complicated as the tax code. I think tax experts that can keep you from ever getting on the audit radar should be paid a fortune. Who has time to learn this stuff? I think it changes as fast or faster than tech.

I mean, I no sooner learn one thing when there is an update or a new piece of tech replacing something that is obsolete. The tax code seems to grow on its on like that plant in that movie Little Shop of Horrors. “Feed me Seymour!” The blood that feeds the tax code is all from the workers no matter what side of the border you are on or lay claim to. I do not actually mind paying my fair share for the public good. However, I am not too keen on giving a dime more than I am supposed to. I would rather reserve that money for philanthropy I control. Not appropriations some senator thinks is worthy.

Anyway, I pay my taxes, but I do pay the minimum amount that I can. Just figuring out how much I am making in US dollars is complicated enough for me. I don’t need it further complicated by having tax problems.