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There are two possible places to enter Canadian sourced retirement income in the TaxAct program.

  • In the Social Security section to transfer to IRS Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Lines 5a and 5b.
  • On the worksheet FEC Foreign Employer Compensation and Pensions to transfer to Lines 4c and 4d of Form 1040.

Canadian-source retirement income

By provision of the income tax treaty between the U.S. and Canada, benefits paid under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Quebec Pension Plan (QPP), and Old Age Security (OAS) program to a U.S. resident are taxable, if at all, only in the United States.

These Canadian benefits are treated as U.S. social security benefits for U.S. tax purposes. Thus, under section 86 of the Internal Revenue Code, the portion of the benefits that is taxable will depend on your total income.

If your total income is above certain limits, a maximum of 85% of your benefits will be subject to U.S. tax.

Canadian benefits that are treated as U.S. social security benefits are reported on Lines 6a and 6b on Form 1040.

To enter this information in the TaxAct program:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Social Security Benefits in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu.
  3. Continue with the interview process to enter all of the appropriate information.

If your Canadian retirement income does not meet the provisions of the income tax treaty between the U.S. and Canada (benefits paid under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Quebec Pension Plan (QPP), and Old Age Security (OAS) program) to be taxable to a U.S. resident as U.S. social security benefits for U.S. tax purposes, you will need to enter the information on the FEC worksheet.

To enter the retirement income on the worksheet:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Retirement Plan Income in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand, then click Foreign pension distributions.
  3. Click + Add Form 1040 FEC to create a new copy of the form or click Edit to review a form already created.
  4. Continue with the interview process to enter all of the appropriate information.

The FEC worksheet is not an IRS form but is a worksheet provided only in the TaxAct program used to collect the information and transfer it to the appropriate place on the return. All information entered on the worksheet is transmitted with the return if it is electronically filed. If the return is paper filed, there is no documentation required to be sent with the return. The IRS will contact the taxpayer if they need any additional information on the amount entered on the return for foreign retirement income. If you would still like to print the FEC worksheet to mail with the return, the following steps will allow you to do that.

  1. From within your TaxAct Online return, click Print Center down the left column, then click Custom Print.
  2. Check the items you wish to print (the top section contains individual forms or schedules and the bottom contains documents or worksheets). You may need to scroll down in the section to locate the items.
  3. Click Print, then click the PDF link. Click the printer icon or the save icon (available when you hover your mouse over the PDF form) to print or save the PDF copy.

Note. If you see a message indicating you have not paid your return fees, click the View/Pay your return fees link, which will direct you through the Paper Filing steps. Continue through the screens until you have processed the payment for your product fees and then repeat the steps to print.

  1. Start your TaxAct Desktop program.
  2. Click Forms in the top left corner.
  3. Click to expand the Federal folder, then click to expand the Documents Received folder.
  4. Click to expand the section titled Form 1040 FEC - Foreign Employer Compensation and Pensions, then double-click the copy you wish to print.
  5. Click the Printer icon in the toolbar.

In the print dialog box that appears, you can send the output to a printer or a PDF document. If you wish to only print preview the document, check Print Preview. Once the print preview window opens, click Print to actually print the document.

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