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.
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
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
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
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
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
If you’re new to the world of offshore, then this article on offshore basics is for you. Thinking about starting a business abroad? Want to move you or your assets out of the United States? Offshore basics will tell you how… and what’s legal and what’s not for an American abroad. Many of the articles
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.
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
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
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
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