All posts by: Christian Reeves

07/04/2014 - 11:37 AM
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If you have unreported offshore bank accounts, the IRS is coming for you … again.  U.S. expats are about to find themselves under even more IRS scrutiny because of the 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, a new attack on offshore bank accounts.  The IRS is starved for cash and they are coming after expats with
07/02/2014 - 1:03 PM
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If you are a U.S. citizen living, working or investing abroad, you need to understand the difference between Offshore Tax Fraud and International Tax Planning.  Offshore Tax Fraud is a crime while tax planning is the proper use of the U.S. tax code to minimize your taxes.  There are many benefits to going offshore, but
06/27/2014 - 6:05 AM
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I guarantee that Offshore IRA Fees are lower than what you’re paying in the U.S. on a large managed account.  Put more succinctly, the cost to manage your large IRA offshore should be less than Fidelity’s “No Fee” IRA or 401(k), less than Prudential’s no and low cost options, and less than any managed account
06/26/2014 - 12:46 PM
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Today I’m taking time out from my offshore beat to warn you about the CTR.  An IRS Currency Transaction Report is a form filed by U.S. banks and casinos each time you make a deposit or withdrawal of $10,000 or more.  It is filed in secret, without your knowledge, you don’t receive a copy, and
06/25/2014 - 5:00 AM
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Want to know which is the Best Offshore Company Jurisdiction for your business or your assets?  Are you considering living, working or investing abroad?  Then this offshore company guide is a must read. Please note that, when I refer to the Best Offshore Company Jurisdiction, I mean the best jurisdiction for your offshore structure.  An
06/23/2014 - 1:59 PM
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The Mini Offshore Captive Insurance Company (sometimes referred to as a pure offshore captive) is a powerful and unique way to cut both your business and estate taxes while moving your assets out of the reach of future business and personal creditors.  If you are operating a business with $500,000 to $1.2m per year in
06/20/2014 - 12:05 PM
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Are you ready to retire with a large offshore IRA?  Consider an offshore IRA Roth conversion.  You have Romney sized IRA issues?  This article will show you how to deal with your offshore IRA without getting crushed by the new higher tax rates with an Offshore IRA Roth Conversion. Real Estate: For details on how
06/16/2014 - 6:00 AM
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Are you considering forming a cheap offshore company?  Has some scammer in Nevis promised you tax freedom and privacy?  Forming a cheap offshore company that does not include U.S. tax compliance is a roadmap to disaster for the American living, working or investing abroad. How much would you be looking at in penalties for using
06/12/2014 - 1:16 PM
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So, you’ve diversified your retirement account and invested in real estate in an offshore IRA. . .great.  Now you need to take a distribution, what should you do?  In this article, I will describe how to distribute real estate in an offshore IRA.  Rental real estate in an offshore IRA is one of the highest returning
05/20/2014 - 4:17 PM
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Are you paying Unrelated Business Income Tax in your IRA? Want to eliminate UBIT in your IRA? Is your retirement account invested in U.S. mutual funds or hedge funds? Are you thinking of taking control of your retirement account with an offshore IRA LLC and are concerned with UBIT? Do you have no idea what
04/28/2014 - 5:35 AM
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The Cayman Islands is one of the world’s largest and most respected financial centers boasting a wide variety of offshore bank accounts and wealth management options. In this article, I will explain how to open an offshore bank account in Cayman Islands. If you are looking for the best in wealth management, tax planning, and
04/25/2014 - 3:01 PM
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When you first move offshore, you will need to know how to prorate the foreign earned income exclusion. This is because, you will be using the physical presence test in your first year and, presumably, won’t move abroad on January 1, so you will need to prorate the foreign earned income exclusion. Let me take
04/18/2014 - 4:57 AM
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Good news for those American’s living and working abroad. The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion in 2014 has been increased to $99,200. This means that you can exclude up to $99,200 in salary for 2014 on Federal income tax return if you are a resident of another country or are abroad for 330 out of 365
03/28/2014 - 4:19 AM
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As you, the American with investments abroad, get ready to prepare your 2014 tax return, there are important new FBAR filing requirements for 2014. Some of these FBAR filing requirements are cosmetic and others could get the misinformed in hot water. Note: If you have no idea what an FBAR is, you might check out