Extension Granted for Gift Tax Returns and Payments – No Extension for Form 3520

My earlier blog post detailed the extensions for filing and payment of US income taxes on account of the COVID-19 emergency.  Further relief was just granted on March 27 by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Notice 2020-20 to all taxpayers who have Federal gift (and generation-skipping transfer) tax returns and payments due on April … Continue reading Extension Granted for Gift Tax Returns and Payments – No Extension for Form 3520

Eating Out Again – Yes, the Day Will Come Back… Business Deductions for Entertainment and Meals

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, most everyone is staying home; entertainment and meals outside the home bubble are not on the agenda.  But, someday, life will return to normal and we will eat out again!  The economy will pick up and clients, prospective customers and associates will look to meet and enjoy a … Continue reading Eating Out Again – Yes, the Day Will Come Back… Business Deductions for Entertainment and Meals

Tweets Rule…. Tax Filing Extended from April 15 to July 15 / What About FBAR?

While I was peacefully asleep in Dubai (we do have an 8 hour time difference to the East Coast of the USA), Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin announced in a tweet that “Tax Day” is being moved from April 15 to July 15.  For those who fear that Tweets may not be a reliable … Continue reading Tweets Rule…. Tax Filing Extended from April 15 to July 15 / What About FBAR?

Tax Filing and the Foreign Spouse – “Married Filing Separately” versus “Head of Household”

Tax filing time is upon us! Selecting the best tax filing status is an important element of tax planning and should not be taken lightly.  For US persons who are married to foreigners (so-called "nonresident alien individuals", or "NRA"), special considerations come into play.  Making the decision how to treat your foreign spouse for US … Continue reading Tax Filing and the Foreign Spouse – “Married Filing Separately” versus “Head of Household”

Business & Investment Structuring Between the USA and UAE

Please pass this along to your friends and colleagues who may have an interest. The International Business and Structuring Association is hosting an event where I, along with other industry leaders, will be covering the unique challenges and opportunities faced by businesses and investors engaged in cross-border transactions between the US and UAE.  I hope … Continue reading Business & Investment Structuring Between the USA and UAE

Foreign Pension Plans / Retirement Trusts – Is IRS Seeing the Light?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - starting to see some light with respect to "foreign" pension plans?  The US tax issues surrounding foreign pensions and retirement schemes is extremely complex and has vexed tax professionals and US persons abroad for many years.  (Read my earlier blog post here).  Due to the diversity of such plans, … Continue reading Foreign Pension Plans / Retirement Trusts – Is IRS Seeing the Light?

IRS’ Crypto Guidance – No, You Cannot Rely On It.

Cyptocurrency (such as Bitcoin) is a type of virtual currency. This is an emerging area and consequently transactions involving use of crypto come with an enormous amount of US tax uncertainty. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has taken a keen interest in virtual currency since its use provides a way for taxpayers to avoid tax … Continue reading IRS’ Crypto Guidance – No, You Cannot Rely On It.

Oh No! I Have a “Foreign” Pension or Employee Savings Plan and Uncle Sam is Killing Me (Part II)

Part I of this blog post introduced the topic of the "foreign" pension or employee workplace savings plan, and examined in some detail how these plans are becoming more and more popular in the United Arab Emirates. The plans, however, give US expatriate employees some serious US tax headaches. Today's post focusses on these thorny … Continue reading Oh No! I Have a “Foreign” Pension or Employee Savings Plan and Uncle Sam is Killing Me (Part II)

FinCEN: No FBAR Reporting for Virtual Currency in an Offshore Account

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will jointly examine application  of foreign account reporting requirements to virtual currency held in an offshore account under the Bank Secrecy Act (the notorious FBAR, Form 114).  Two important points about FBAR duties for foreign accounts holding virtual currency  were made in a … Continue reading FinCEN: No FBAR Reporting for Virtual Currency in an Offshore Account

Oh No! I Have a “Foreign” Pension or Employee Savings Plan and Uncle Sam is Killing Me (Part I)

“Foreign” pension or similar plans are a very common feature in the lives of US expats residing and working abroad. As used here, the word “pension” is only a general term. While pensions in the United States often refer to defined benefit retirement plans, my use in today’s blog post refers to a pension as … Continue reading Oh No! I Have a “Foreign” Pension or Employee Savings Plan and Uncle Sam is Killing Me (Part I)