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
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
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
For those of you living and working abroad, or investing outside of the United States, the fact that you file one or more of the offshore company forms and report a foreign bank account on the FBAR will have little to no effect on your chances of an audit. The IRS is focused like a
If you are living and working abroad, you still need to worry about the IRS. In this article, I will talk about how to avoid an IRS audit with a focus on Expats. Are you worried that the IRS will come knocking on your door? Want to know how to avoid an IRS audit? I
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
Because of the IRS automatic extension for Expats, today, April 16, is the first day of the Expat tax filing season. While those of us stuck in the U.S.A. must file and pay by April 15, Expats get an automatic two month extension. This two month automatic extension for Expats is more valuable than the standard
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
One of the most confusing areas of going offshore are the benefits of the offshore company. Will going offshore reduce your taxes? The answer is a qualified maybe. Will an international corporation or LLC structure protect you from creditors? The answer is a resounding yes. In this article I will attempt to describe the benefits of
Spanish Tax Guide – this is the first in our country tax guide series. Spain emerged from five years of recession in mid-2013, and now is one of the hottest investment options around. Real estate and investment markets are still priced near the bottom, but are on the upswing, employment is improving, and the government’s
Who must pay US taxes you ask? Who is a US person for tax purposes? Who is in the crosshairs of the IRS? The answer is not quite as simple as you may think…and something that confuses many people living and operating a business in the US. Who is a U.S person for tax reporting
In most cases, you are not required to report gold to the IRS...whether it is in the US or offshore, it is exempt. Please see the full article for exceptions!
The general rule is that foreign real estate is not reportable to the IRS on Form 8938. Good news and an asset category that has been ignored by the IRS hawks trying to swoop in on as many international resources as possible. But, read on! While the default rule is that foreign real estate is
We get a lot of good questions from Expats around the globe during the April 15 and October 15 tax seasons. Here are a few from this go-round. Moving to a High Tax Country Q: “I’ve just moved to Australia in the last year. I currently have very little assets in the US and am
Thinking about moving your business offshore? If you are a US citizen, and your profits exceed $400,000, I guarantee Puerto Rico has a better deal for you. This article was published in 2013. For a more up to date post from December of 2015, see Blood in the Streets- the Puerto Rico Tax Deal and
Are you tired of paying in to the Obamanation? Is most of your income from capital gains taxed at 24% plus whatever your State grabs? You can eliminate tax on interest, dividends and capital gains by moving to Puerto Rico…immediately and legally. This article was published in 2013. For a more up to date post
Do you own property outside of the United States? Are you thinking about investing in offshore real estate? Are you an offshore real estate mogul looking to reduce or eliminate your US taxes? This article will cover all areas of US taxation of offshore real estate and provide insider tips and techniques to get your
There are many US tax benefits to living, working, and/or investing offshore. This article discusses each of the Tax Benefits of Going Offshore in detail with links to supporting information. If you are considering going offshore, this is a must read.
If you are a non-US person with a US corporate bank account, and your bank tells you to convert from your foreign corporation to a US entity, be afraid, be very afraid. Find out the consequences here.
Any offshore business owned and operated by a US citizen must file IRS Form 5471, an FBAR, and disclose all of its dealings to the US government. Here, you will learn how to legally reduce or eliminate these filing and disclosure obligations. Most importantly, you must file US Treasury Form TD F 90.22.1 (generally referred