Crypto – Harvest Your Tax Losses / Use Offsetting Positions While You Can – Deadline 12/31

The House Ways and Means Committee tax proposal unveiled last month has two provisions to shutter lucrative crypto tax loopholes.  These are the subject of today’s blog post: the “wash sale” rules and the “constructive sale” rules, both contained in the Internal Revenue Code at Sections 1091 and 1259, respectively. First let’s discuss the so-called … Continue reading Crypto – Harvest Your Tax Losses / Use Offsetting Positions While You Can – Deadline 12/31

Understanding Self-Employment Tax: The American Abroad

US Social Security and Medicare taxes continue to apply to “wages” for services performed as an employee working outside of the United States if you are working for an “American employer”.  Many Americans abroad are employees of a foreign employer and I will write a separate blog post about their situation.  Many Americans abroad are self-employed … Continue reading Understanding Self-Employment Tax: The American Abroad

Coming Soon! Higher Income and Capital Gains Taxes & More – Beware Trusts, Expatriation Planning

The House Ways and Means Committee recently released its proposal (HWM Proposal) to fund the US$3.5 trillion "Build Back Better Act" reconciliation spending package.  Not unexpectedly, the proposal takes aim at high income earners. Here’s a few pointers that are important for many of my readers, especially those with US trusts or those looking at … Continue reading Coming Soon! Higher Income and Capital Gains Taxes & More – Beware Trusts, Expatriation Planning

US Tax Planning Before Immigrating to the United States

Many people do not think about the possible US tax planning techniques available to them before they become taxed as US “residents”.  Once taxed as a US "resident" (e.g., a green card holder) the individual must clearly understand they are liable for US income tax on their worldwide income, in the same manner as a … Continue reading US Tax Planning Before Immigrating to the United States

Escaping Tax Penalties – “Reasonable Cause” & Reliance on Professional Advice

Today' lesson - Choose your US tax advisor very carefully.  If he or she lacks the US international/foreign tax experience you may need, reliance on the tax advice may not be considered "reasonable," leading to plenty of penalties.  Let's explore! Various civil tax penalties can be assessed when a taxpayer fails to pay the correct … Continue reading Escaping Tax Penalties – “Reasonable Cause” & Reliance on Professional Advice

Cannot Expatriate! US Consulate in Dubai – Joining Others Worldwide, Closes the Door on Expatriations

An alternative title for this post could be:  "Hasn't the State Department Heard About Zoom?" What’s become of the right to relinquish one’s US citizenship?  It has been thrown a curveball for the past year and a half.   Many US Embassies and Consulates throughout the world are not offering the service.  Those that did (or … Continue reading Cannot Expatriate! US Consulate in Dubai – Joining Others Worldwide, Closes the Door on Expatriations

International Taxpayers Need – But Can’t Have an IRS Online Account

An IRS online account is a safe and easy way for individual taxpayers to view specific details about their federal tax account. The American Abroad REALLY Needs an Online Tax Account How the US taxpayer living overseas would appreciate having such an online account! Time zone differences, long distance telephone charges when trying to reach … Continue reading International Taxpayers Need – But Can’t Have an IRS Online Account

Is There Really a “Solution” for Crypto Tax Noncompliance?

Now that the US Congress and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have digital asset transactions firmly in the crosshairs for investigations and reporting, we are in the midst of what I will call crypto-currency tax anxiety.  Millennials may make up a larger group of persons dealing with crypto, and may be very concerned about prior … Continue reading Is There Really a “Solution” for Crypto Tax Noncompliance?

Double Whammy – US Owner and Beneficiary of Foreign Trust Held Liable for 2 Separate Penalties! Failure to Report as “Owner” and Failure to Report as “Beneficiary”

When a US person has any involvement in any way with a foreign trust, extreme care is required to make sure that all of the strict US tax filing responsibilities are met.  Surprisingly, for US tax purposes, a trust can be treated as “foreign” even if it is created in the US under US laws.  … Continue reading Double Whammy – US Owner and Beneficiary of Foreign Trust Held Liable for 2 Separate Penalties! Failure to Report as “Owner” and Failure to Report as “Beneficiary”

What’s Happening with Crypto “Broker” Reporting and the Infrastructure Bill?

The US Senate released legislative text of a 2,702-page bipartisan infrastructure bill (HR 3684) on August 1, 2021. It includes proposed tax law changes as well other budgetary offsets.  One of the biggest revenue raisers is contained in Section 80603 of the bill “Information Reporting for Brokers and Digital Assets”  (to be found on page … Continue reading What’s Happening with Crypto “Broker” Reporting and the Infrastructure Bill?