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Title: Canadian workcampers
Post by: rcorbett8 on January 18, 2016, 12:59:17 AM
What are the legalities and opportunities for Canadians in the U.S.  We don't need money, but  a free campsite in exchange for services rendered would be perfect.  Bob C.
Title: Re: Canadian workcampers
Post by: Arch Hoagland on January 18, 2016, 01:47:12 AM   

These were a couple I found with Google Search.
Title: Re: Canadian workcampers
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on January 18, 2016, 09:06:33 AM
If it's strictly informal bartering labor for a campsite, you would stay under the legal radar. However, many workamping gigs pay wages and then charge you for the campsite. That may net out to be "free campsite for services", but it creates taxable income in the US and is a legal problem if you are supposed to be a non-working visitor to the USA.

Technically, any barter arrangement is taxable, but a tax loophole allows an employer to provide an onsite living arrangement under certain conditions. If the loophole conditions are met, the campgorund does not have to report the value of the barter as employee income.  Some workamping arrangements may qualify for that loophole, but many (most?) do not.
Title: Re: Canadian workcampers
Post by: Alfa38User on January 30, 2016, 09:21:35 AM
Strictly speaking, you CANNOT work, for "free" or otherwise, while in USA on a visitors visa, even the "verbal visa" most of us are admitted under, when we cross the boarder. You risk running afoul of both the IRS and the Immigration folks.

I suspect most potential employers are unaware of the intricacies and loopholes of the laws regarding this possible situation and you could be setting yourself up for a nasty experience.  JMHO.....