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Harvest

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Being deemed a non-resident after I've sold property
« on: August 22, 2019, 08:39:52 PM »
I left Canada in 2016 for a planned period of time (2 years) and went to the USA. I thought, based on the CRA website, that I was considered a Canadian resident still due to the ties I had in Canada. Apparently, having a green card waives that.
paid taxes in both the US and Canada, and in 2018 I sold my principal residence in Canada because I decided I'd rather stay in the US. I had to fill out forms stating that I was a resident of Canada and was NOT a non-resident. I have another Canadian address that I moved all of my mail to.
Now, 2 years later, I got something from the CRA for 2016 tax year saying that I was a non-resident. I tried to appeal this in April. I just received a response today from the TFSA department stating I am considered a non-resident and listed a departure date.
Now I am freaking out about the sale of my house. I did not file any paperwork saying that I was a non-resident, did not have any of the money held, and I have no idea what to do. I do have to do a tax return for 2018 because I cashed out an rrsp, and I've seen horror stories about people not submitting taxes and being back charged.
Help! What can I do? Google searches have revealed no other similar situations but I can't believe I'm the only one...is this something better given to an accountant, or a cross border tax lawyer?
TIA!