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
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
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
Moving to the US on with the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa comes with a very big hidden cost. You are by definition a US tax resident and required to pay US tax on your worldwide income AND report your foreign assets to the US government each year. Here’s how to reduce or eliminate that tax
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
Good news out of Washington for Act 20 businesses in Puerto Rico. It appears that the US has decided to allow Puerto Rico to reorganize its debts in some manner… not formal bankruptcy, but a restructuring with court oversight. The rules would be similar to Chapter 9 for municipal bankruptcies, with a few sections more favorable
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
You’ve heard the adage of investing when there’s blood in the streets… to buy when all hell is breaking loose and the market is at bottom. Well, now is your opportunity for some offshore tax planning while there’s blood in the streets. An offshore tax planning opportunity that will cut your corporate rate to 4%!
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:
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
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
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
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
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
The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion for 2015 breaks the six figure mark! The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion for 2015 is $100,800, up from $99,200 in 2014. The FEIE is the best way to minimize your US taxes as an Expat and the most important tool in your tax kit.
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
The U.K. tax authority to allow IRS Levy type actions. If you owe the HMRC, they now have the authority to seize your bank account and raid your assets, just like an IRS levy. Now, it’s no surprise that the U.K. is following in the footsteps of the mighty IRS levy. It’s just interesting that
If you’re working abroad for a foreign company, watch out for the foreign pension tax trap. If you get caught, you might be paying double tax on your retirement income… once when earned by the U.S. and once at distribution in your country of residence. First, let me say that this is not meant as
Moving your retirement account in to an offshore self directed IRA LLC is the best (and really, the only) way to diversify out of the U.S., protect your assets from future creditors, and boost returns by investing in more dynamic markets. I write quite a bit on why and how to move your account into
If you are thinking about retiring abroad, here is how to maximize your privacy. We start with the premise that the U.S. government wants you to disclose all assets, holdings, transactions, and investments. We then look for exceptions to those rules to find the legal loopholes that will allow you to retire with maximum privacy.