Blog Archives: International Tax

PFIC investment

In this article, I’ll review the rules around PFIC investments and the Passive Foreign Investment Company statutes. Here’s everything you need to know about passive income in an offshore corporation.   First let me define a few terms around PFIC. Passive Income: Income from interest, dividends, annuities, capital gains, and most rents and royalties. Passive

Which Countries Tax Worldwide Income?

When you’re planning a move abroad, you need to consider the tax laws of your country of citizenship and your country of residence. The key to a solid expat move is to determine which countries tax worldwide income and avoid them whenever possible. There are four basic tax groupings of countries. I won’t consider the

OECD tax exchange

As of November 2016, most offshore jurisdictions have signed on to the Automatic Exchange Agreements demanded by European governments and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). All but Panama has agreed to share information with European tax authorities. On paper, the OECD defines itself as follows: “the mission of the Organisation for Economic

IRA when you give up US citizenship

Thousands of Americans will turn in their blue passports in the next few months. Some because of our crazy political climate, some to stop paying taxes into a broken system, and some because of FATCA and the international banking laws which make it impossible to live or do business abroad. This post will consider what

Pre-Immigration Tax Planning

If you’re moving the the United States, get ready for our crazy tax system. Most importantly, if you will become a US resident, be prepared for US tax on your worldwide income. You need to do your pre-immigration US tax planning before you arrive to minimize these taxes. Let me begin by defining what I

taking your business offshore

If you are going to take your business offshore in 2016, your offshore structure must have substance. No more shelf companies, no more nominee directors, no more trying to fake out the IRS. Taking your business offshore today demands a real office, employees, and work being done offshore. Here is a step by step guide

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12/06/2015 - 1:58 PM
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  The Premier Offshore mobile app is now available in the Apple store! And, for a limited time,  it’s a free download. I just ask you give me a good rating in the app store and let me know if you have any issues. Access my library of international tax and business articles any time

FBAR Due Date
08/17/2015 - 8:08 PM
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The FBAR due date has been changed from June 30 to April 15. If you file an extension for your personal return, you will have until Oct. 15 to submit your FBAR. Finally the US government has done something which makes sense. This change to the FBAR due date will help new expats big time. Here’s why:

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06/07/2015 - 11:38 AM
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The tiny country of Estonia is selling a new kind of residency… one it calls e-residency or e-citizenship. Here’s the bottom line on why e-residency in Estonia is a waste of time for Americans… and might get you into trouble with the IRS. The Estonian e-residency program has been written up by the Wall Street

FBAR Due Date
06/03/2015 - 11:21 AM
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Don’t get stomped by the IRS! If you have authority over a bank account outside of the United States, and you had $10,000 or more in that account or accounts for even one day in 2014, you must file an Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) by June 30, 2015. Here’s everything you need to file

FATCA
03/20/2015 - 2:16 PM
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The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act is now live and pulling in data about Americans around the globe. The FATCA international data exchange gateway opened on March 2nd and data began flowing on March 14, 2015. The FATCA gateway connects nearly all international banks in to the IRS network. Banks will report all accounts owned

Impact of FATCA
11/12/2014 - 12:11 PM
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Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act is finally here and you can be sure that the impact of FATCA will be severe. This brief article considers the impact of FATCA on Americans living, working, or investing overseas. FATCA is founded in a U.S. tax code that attacks small business and lavishes tax holidays on the wealthy

Panama Tax
11/10/2014 - 7:00 AM
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If you’re an American living, working, or investing in Panama, the Panama tax system is your friend. The Panama tax code may allow you to live tax free in Panama and, possibly, in the United States. This Panama Tax Review will explain how to reduce your worldwide tax bill. Before getting in to specifics, it’s

Foreign Assets
10/29/2014 - 10:16 AM
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Ever increasing U.S. reporting obligations on Americans living, working, and/or investing abroad, make it difficult to keep up.  This is a review of your foreign assets and FBAR reporting requirements.  Foreign assets are reported on IRS Form 8938 and the FBAR is sent to the Treasury on FinCEN Form 114 (Report of Foreign Bank and