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IRA hedge fund active business

You can invest your self directed IRA in mutual funds, hedge funds, and any active business. There are very few limitations on how you invest your retirement account. But that’s only half the issue. While you can invest in whatever you like, there all kinds of tax costs associated with investing your IRA into a

Trump IRA
02/19/2017 - 11:18 AM
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There’s a battle brewing between the establishment and President Trump. Powerful forces are aligning against our President and we’re left hoping the economy and our savings come out of this unscathed. Gambling all of your retirement savings on red is a foolish risk. No one knows what will happen, but we do know that there’s

best second residency program in 2017
02/17/2017 - 9:44 AM
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The best second residency program in 2017 is Nicaragua. They’ve taken the top spot away from Panama by speeding up the process and eliminating the provisional / temporary visas, going directly to permanent residency. Here’s why Nicaragua has the best second residency program in 2017. Low Cost: You can get permanent residency in Nicaragua with

how to report foreign salary

Here’s how to report a foreign salary or international business income. If you earn money from working as an employee or independent contractor, you need to report it on your US tax return. Here’s how to report income paid by a foreign company. I’ll briefly comment on income earned from abroad while living in the

Trump Tax Plan for Expats

Most of Trump’s tax plans will help American expats. If you’re living abroad, and making more than the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, or have significant capital gains, Trump might cut your US taxes significantly. First, I should point out that there’s been no indication Trump will attack the FEIE. I don’t expect this Exclusion to

foreign real estate with my IRA
02/06/2017 - 1:36 PM
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The number one question I get on offshore IRAs, is “can I buy foreign real estate with my retirement account?”  The answer is a resounding yes. You can buy raw land, a home, condo, office building, or anything else you like outside of the United States within your retirement account. In fact, you can buy

top offshore banks

Most top offshore banks are closed to Americans. In fact, 95% of the best foreign banks have shut their doors to us because of the costly reporting now required by the IRS. The only way you can get into the best banks in 2017 is through the back door. Here’s how to gain access to

subpart f income
01/16/2017 - 4:19 PM
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When a US citizen forms an offshore corporation in a low tax country different from his country of operation, he has a Controlled Foreign Corporation with possible Subpart F income issues. In this article, I’ll review the Subpart F rules and determining factors. First, let’s talk about a Controlled Foreign Corporation. Subpart F only applies

protect IRA
01/16/2017 - 4:14 PM
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Many people think that IRAs are protected from civil creditors and the IRS… many people are wrong. Here’s how to get enhanced protection for your IRA and take control of your investments. IRA assets are protected to varying degrees by each of the states and under the federal bankruptcy law. In order to secure 100%

self employment tax

If you’re living abroad and paid by a US company, you’ll pay self employment tax on your earnings. If you’re living offshore and operating a business without an offshore company or LLC, you’ll pay self employment tax on your profits. Here’s how self employment tax works when you’re offshore and how to avoid it. All

offshore LLC

Did you form an offshore LLC last year? Are you using an offshore LLC to hold foreign investments or to protect an international bank account? Here are your US filing requirements for that offshore LLC. As the owner of an offshore LLC, you’ll need to file an entity election form, an annual tax return, a

offshore bank account

An offshore bank account can open up new investment, privacy, and protection options. An international account gives you access to a new world of possibilities and higher returning investments not available in the United States. Here are my top 10 reasons you want an offshore bank account in 2017. Each of our clients has their

offshore trusts and community property
01/04/2017 - 11:46 AM
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Here’s an overview of offshore trusts and community property law.  If you’re married, and live in a community property state, you and your spouse must work together to form the most efficient asset protection structure. An offshore trust must include special provisions for those in community property states. Let me frame the issue surrounding offshore

Panama financial services license
01/04/2017 - 11:42 AM
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A Panama Financial Services Company is a licensed but unregulated financial entity which allows you to hold and manage client funds in Panama. The Panama financial services license is issued by the Panamanian Ministry of Commerce (Ministerio de Comercio and Industrias). It’s much easier to keep in compliance than a license issued by the banking

offshore business

With all the talk about keeping jobs at home and taxing foreign corporations, I wanted to start the year with a post on why Trump is great for the offshore industry… at least, for those operating small businesses, investing abroad, and/or moving assets offshore for asset protection. This article will focus on why a Trump

EB-5 visa scam
01/03/2017 - 11:37 AM
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The EB-5 visa program is fraught with fraud and under fire from Democrats in the U.S. Congress. I expect it to survive, but problems will continue to plague the program. Here’s why and what you can do to protect yourself. First, a brief review. The U.S. EB-5 visa program promises high net-worth foreigners a green