Category Archives: Articles

Dollar Will Fail
08/15/2014 - 11:00 AM

What the heck is an offshore tax inversion and why should I care?  The inversion has been all over the news and was even called “un-American” by our President today (July 25, 2014).  Here is everything the small to medium sized business owner needs to know about the tax inversion. Where a large corporation is
Return on U.S. Treasuries
08/13/2014 - 9:30 AM

The real return on U.S. Treasuries is a miserable 0.6% per year.  If you don’t think you can do better than this offshore, then leave your retirement with Fidelity and risk it being taken over by the U.S government and MyRa. If you think you can beat the real return on U.S. Treasuries by diversifying
IRS Collection Statute
08/11/2014 - 12:10 PM

A few days ago I wrote an article on dealing with the IRS as an expat.  Apparently, a number of you are carrying tax debt and are concerned with the IRS collection statute – how long the IRS has to collect that tax debt.  This article is specifically for those living abroad that owe the
IRS Audit Statute
08/08/2014 - 10:34 AM

For most Americans, the IRS audit statute, the amount of time the IRS has to come after you once you have filed your return, is three years.  Not so for those with foreign accounts and foreign assets.  In most cases, the IRS has six years to audit your international investments. First, let’s review the IRS
Offshore IRA
07/28/2014 - 1:46 PM

Follow the advice of Warren Buffet and many others who came before him and invest in what you know.  An offshore IRA gives you the power to diversify offshore and invest in what you understand at the right price. An offshore IRA placed in an offshore company, where you are the manager of that company,
Offshore business tax reporting
07/25/2014 - 9:30 AM

If you’re operating a business outside of the United States, your offshore business tax reporting obligations can be daunting.  Failure to comply can result in significant interest and penalties, the loss of your business, and even the loss of your freedom.  Here is a brief description of the most common offshore business tax reporting obligations.
Offshore Privacy
07/23/2014 - 9:47 AM

  Offshore privacy is available for U.S. citizens with offshore bank and investment accounts.  If you know the tricks, offshore privacy is alive and well. Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that the IRS has declared war on Americans with hidden assets and accounts offshore.  There are 1.000 plus individuals sitting
07/18/2014 - 6:17 AM

If you are doing business offshore, you need to understand the IRS Controlled Foreign Corporation rules.  It is these tax laws that allow you to retain earnings from an active business offshore.  These same rules force you to pay tax on passive income.  If you have a non-U.S. partner, then avoiding the Controlled Foreign Corporation
Physical Gold
07/16/2014 - 2:36 PM

When you buy gold in an offshore IRA, you create a hedge against currency risks, move assets out of the United States, and maximize asset protection, all the while maintaining the tax benefits of the retirement account.  Buy gold in an offshore IRA LLC to maximize the benefits of taking your retirement account offshore. When
State Tax for Expats
07/14/2014 - 2:50 PM

If you are planning to live, work, or invest offshore, you need to plan for your state taxes.  This State Tax For Expats guide will help you eliminate your state’s taxes and keep you out of trouble with local tax authorities. If you move offshore, and plan to return to your home state, then your
IRS Levy
07/09/2014 - 2:46 PM

If you are a U.S. citizen living abroad, you have the same rights and responsibilities when it comes to your expat tax debt as those stuck in America.  The IRS has ever increasing powers to collect on that expat tax debt, so it is in your best interest to get into compliance and make arrangements
Retire Abroad
07/07/2014 - 2:03 PM

If you have unreported offshore bank accounts or foreign assets, the IRS has one last best offer called the 2014 IRS Offshore Settlement Program.  Come forward and, if you are living offshore, pay no penalties.  If you are living in the U.S., pay only 5% for a fresh start. This, the third installment of the
IRS Fees
07/04/2014 - 11:37 AM

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
Offshore Tax Fraud
07/02/2014 - 1:03 PM

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
Offshore IRA Fees
06/27/2014 - 6:05 AM

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
Currency Transaction Report
06/26/2014 - 12:46 PM

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
Best Offshore Company Jurisdiction
06/25/2014 - 5:00 AM

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
Offshore Captive Insurance Company
06/23/2014 - 1:59 PM

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
Offshore Roth Conversion
06/20/2014 - 12:05 PM

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