By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Federal legislation has been introduced that would give Canadian snowbirds more time in the U.S. Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott have sponsored a bill that would give Canadians a bump in their stay limit – up from six months, as is presently allowed, to eight months.
Like anything else, there are some caveats: Canadian snowbirds must be over 50, maintain a Canadian residence, not take on employment in the U.S., nor try to get government assistance or benefits while visiting. Finally, they must either own or rent a residence in the U.S. Does that mean renting an RV park site will make the extended visit valid? Perhaps. The devil is in the details: Snowbirds will need to have a rental agreement for the duration of their stay in the country. That being the case, Canadians boondocking through U.S. winters could be “out in the cold.”
Sweetening the pot, House and Senate versions contain a tax provision shielding snowbirds from negative tax ramifications in the United States. Despite spending more than six months in the U.S., those who are approved for this extension will be considered non-residents of the U.S. for tax purposes.
It’s not law yet. Both houses of Congress must pass the law and bang out any differences prior to the proposal being passed along to the President for final approval or rejection.