Blog Archives: International Tax

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:

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

IRS Levy
10/27/2014 - 10:16 AM
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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

Foreign Pension
10/08/2014 - 10:04 AM
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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

Foreign Assets
09/24/2014 - 11:21 AM
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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

Retire Abroad
09/17/2014 - 2:18 PM
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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.

Retire Overseas Tax Free
09/10/2014 - 10:00 AM
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First, let me tell you about my inspiration for this post. France has been in the news and on this site quite a bit recently. They are pushing hard against America’s recent extortion of $9 billion from one of their banks, and I think this could have a major impact on the dominance of the

ObamaCare Tax
08/22/2014 - 1:04 PM
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The new ObamaCare tax, called the Net Investment Income Tax, or NIIT, hits U.S. residents and expats alike with a 38% levy on most forms of investment income.  If your taxable income in 2014 was $200,000 (single) or $250,000 (joint), the ObamaCare tax is coming your way. These rates are fixed and will not increase

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

IRS Collection Statute
08/11/2014 - 12:10 PM
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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
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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 business tax reporting
07/25/2014 - 9:30 AM
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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.

U.S. Source Income
07/21/2014 - 2:54 PM
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All income that is U.S. source income is taxable in the United States.  Income that is not U.S. source income is not taxable.  So, planning to ensure your business income is not considered U.S. source income is the only way to keep Uncle Same out of your wallet. This article will describe U.S. source income