Blog Archives: offshore tax

tax on bitcoin
08/30/2017 - 12:06 PM
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In this post I’ll talk about how the United States taxes bitcoin transactions and how you can reduce or eliminate those taxes by planning ahead. Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are generating massive returns, but are very volatile. Proper tax planning must take both of these issues into account. The US Internal Revenue Service declared Bitcoin and
Puerto Rico Act 20 no employees

Puerto Rico has opened up its Act 20 program by eliminating the 5 employee requirement. Any US citizen can now move to Puerto Rico, set up a business under Act 20, and pay only 4% in corporate tax. By eliminating the 5 employee requirement for Act 20 businesses, Puerto Rico has opened the floodgates. Note
Changes to Puerto Rico’s Act 20 and Act 22

On July 11, 2017, major changes to Puerto Rico’s Act 20 and 22 were approved. These changes make it much easier to qualify for Puerto Rico’s Act 20 tax holidays. Here’s everything you need to know about the changes to Puerto Rico’s Act 20 and Act 22. As of July 2017, Puerto Rico has a
tax free as an affiliate marketer

Here’s how to live and work as an affiliate marketer and pay zero in US taxes. If you market other people’s products online, you can easily structure your business to be tax free and fully compliant with US laws. If you’re living and working outside of the United States, this post on how to live
perpetual traveler

Under the US tax code, a perpetual traveler is a US citizen or green card holder living outside the United States who doesn’t becomes a tax resident of another country. Being labeled as a perpetual traveler limits how many days you can spend in the US and can cause all kinds of problems for expats.
Foreign Base Company Service Income

In this article I’ll explain how to eliminate Subpart F Foreign Base Company Service Income issues in an offshore corporation.  Subpart F issues are the most common tax planning hurdles to overcome when you have a division of a US company operating abroad. Subpart F applies to income of a Controlled Foreign Corporation (CFC). This
tax free income the legal way

The internet is filled with Idiots selling scam programs that will teach you how to pay zero income tax. They’re all full of BS and infuriate those of us who try to write about legal ways to protect your assets and minimize your income taxes. In this article I’ll talk about the only legal ways
EB-5 Investor Visa
03/31/2017 - 4:29 PM
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The US EB-5 investor visa is one of the lowest cost residency to citizenship programs on the planet. Yes, you heard me right… you can buy US citizenship for a fraction of the cost of other top countries. Here’s how the EB-5 investor visa is going to change in 2017 and why it will still
tax planning for payday lenders

The US tax costs for Payday lenders in the United States is harsh. The interest component of your income is taxed where the borrower is located. This means you get to file returns is every state and deal with a web of complex tax laws. Then, the portion of your income which is not considered
how to report foreign salary

Here’s how to report a foreign salary or international business income. If you earn money from working as an employee or independent contractor, you need to report it on your US tax return. Here’s how to report income paid by a foreign company. I’ll briefly comment on income earned from abroad while living in the
Trump Tax Plan for Expats

Most of Trump’s tax plans will help American expats. If you’re living abroad, and making more than the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, or have significant capital gains, Trump might cut your US taxes significantly. First, I should point out that there’s been no indication Trump will attack the FEIE. I don’t expect this Exclusion to
self employment tax

If you’re living abroad and paid by a US company, you’ll pay self employment tax on your earnings. If you’re living offshore and operating a business without an offshore company or LLC, you’ll pay self employment tax on your profits. Here’s how self employment tax works when you’re offshore and how to avoid it. All
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
software development

Puerto Rico has the best tax deals available to Americans… period. No offshore jurisdiction can compete with the US territory of Puerto Rico when it comes to cutting your taxes. This post will focus on Puerto Rico’s research and development and intangible property tax breaks. Act 73 is for those who develop licensed or patented