Passport Renewal & Border Tracking

Canadian Passport Renewal and Border Tracking

Canadian Passport Renewal

TioCorp is now equipped to assist with processing your Canadian Passport Renewal application. You no longer have to make the trip to the Canadian Consulate offices in Guadalajara.

You can visit the TioCorp Insurance and Business Center and fill out your passport renewal application on the spot. The process takes about 30 minutes and, yes, you can pay by credit card or your Canadian personal cheque. The renewal application will be submitted to the Canadian Consulate Office in Mexico City and returned to our offices by courier.

Call 376-766-4828, or email us to set up an appointment.

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Passport Tracking

Revised: February 8, 2016

A Canadian "snowbird" received shocking news in October of 2015. She was advised by CRA that she owed thousands of dollars in back taxes, her provincial health care was canceled, years of her Guaranteed Income Supplement had to be repaid and she was deemed to be a non-resident of Canada...backdated for years. In another case, also in 2015, a "snowbird" was found to be living and working in Mexico without declaring the Mexico income on the Canadian tax returns he was filing each year as a Canadian resident. That case was considered tax evasion, a criminal offense.

In 2014, Canada and the USA began tracking Canadians and their movements abroad by monitoring their passport usage. Several TioCorp clients have recently reported that they have been stopped at the Canadian border and have had their provincial health cards confiscated. It's a new world of reality for "snowbirds" who are cheating the system.

The Canadian federal government will use its enhanced border exit-tracking system to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in social benefits now going to people who shouldn't receive them due to absences from Canada.

The "Beyond the Border Action Plan" was launched by a US/Canada collaboration effort back in February 2014 and the tracking activity is increasing. You may be surprised to know that you can even check online to see how many times you have crossed the border into the USA and when. This online tracking system is just becoming operational at the time of writing so you may not find all the data is accessible.

Who Are Cheaters?

CRA considers those who are living in another country (Mexico), while using a mailing address in Canada and filing tax returns with that address, to be potentially defrauding provincial and federal agencies out of health coverage, OAS overpayments and other benefits that they would not be entitled to as non-residents.

They especially don't like Canadians who are working in Mexico and not declaring that income on Canadian tax returns.

An area of special risk is for those who live in Mexico and rent out their Canadian property. In such cases, the rental income is considered non-resident income and is subject to 25% withholding taxes on the gross rent. That 25% is to be submitted to CRA monthly. And of course, there is the non-resident capital gains issue when the property is sold.

What Should You Do?

Clearly, the cat is out of the bag in terms of hiding how much time you spend out of Canada. To put it simply, if you are trying to cheat the system, it's time to think about declaring non-residency. Read more about how to establish non-residency.

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