Corporate Veil Dropping: British Crown Dependencies Make Beneficial Ownership Registers Public, US Takes Baby Steps

Why should anyone care about government-mandated beneficial ownership registers for legal entities? Why might a multinational enterprise have concerns with such registers? Current news tells us more and more of them are in the works. After years of dragging their heels, and to the surprise of many in the international community, the British Crown Dependencies … Continue reading Corporate Veil Dropping: British Crown Dependencies Make Beneficial Ownership Registers Public, US Takes Baby Steps

No Creation of US Companies or LLCs Without Disclosure! Your Name, Please –  Corporate Transparency Act of 2019

Each year, almost 2,000,000 corporations and limited liability companies are being formed under the laws of the various United States. Yet, only a handful of States require information about the beneficial owners of the corporations and limited liability companies formed under their laws. A person forming a corporation or limited liability company within the US … Continue reading No Creation of US Companies or LLCs Without Disclosure! Your Name, Please –  Corporate Transparency Act of 2019

Head’s Up! IRS Just Revised EIN Application Procedure & Foreign Taxpayers Will Struggle

Effective as of May 13, taxpayers can no longer request an employer identification number (EIN) unless the "responsible party" named on the application has either a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number  (ITIN). Only governmental entities and the military are exempt from this requirement, and may continue to list non-individual entities as … Continue reading Head’s Up! IRS Just Revised EIN Application Procedure & Foreign Taxpayers Will Struggle

Head’s Up! Foreign-Owned Single Member US LLC: Increase in Penalties for Form 5472

My earlier blog post covered some basics about Form 5472, including how the Form helps the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) learn about foreign-owned businesses in the US and when to audit them, the meanings of certain terms such as what is meant by a “reportable transaction” with a “related party”, and the situation requiring filing … Continue reading Head’s Up! Foreign-Owned Single Member US LLC: Increase in Penalties for Form 5472

US Tax Law to American Abroad – “How Do I Hate Thee, Let Me Count the Ways”

Regular readers of my tax blog will not be surprised by the title of this post and the content it hints at delivering. They likely realize by now that the American person abroad is not looked upon favorably by the US tax laws.  The tax laws look at anything “foreign” with a jaundiced eye when … Continue reading US Tax Law to American Abroad – “How Do I Hate Thee, Let Me Count the Ways”

Mechanics of the Substantial Presence Test and Exemptions: Foreign Teacher, Student, Trainee, Government Employee in the US

Once a non-US individual is classified for income tax purposes as a “resident” he is subject to income tax in the same manner as a US citizen: i.e., taxed on his worldwide income (meaning income from all sources whether from within or outside the US) at a maximum rate of 37 percent (this top rate … Continue reading Mechanics of the Substantial Presence Test and Exemptions: Foreign Teacher, Student, Trainee, Government Employee in the US

PART II – Forms W-8BEN & W-8BEN-E: What Are They Used For? Which One Must I Complete?

Part I of this blog post explained how Form W-8BEN is used for so-called Chapter 3 income tax withholding purposes covering topics such as the types of income subject to US-source withholding when paid to a foreign (non-US) person; exemptions, length of time for validity of the Form.  It also provided an overview of how … Continue reading PART II – Forms W-8BEN & W-8BEN-E: What Are They Used For? Which One Must I Complete?

PART I:  What is Form W-8BEN, What is it Used For, Must I Complete It?

Lately, I have been fielding many questions about Form W-8 BEN, it’s brother, Form W-8BEN-E, and related family members Forms W-8ECI, W-8IMY, and W-8EXP. What are these things? And why are they giving you such a headache?  Let’s set out some basics one step at a time.  Today’s blog post will detail all the nuances … Continue reading PART I:  What is Form W-8BEN, What is it Used For, Must I Complete It?

“US Source” Income – What Is It? Why Should I Care?

As many of my readers may know, there is a 30% withholding tax imposed on certain payments to foreign persons (whether individuals or entities) by US-payors.  The 30% rate may be reduced or eliminated if a relevant treaty can apply. Withholding is required only for particular types of income provided the income has not been … Continue reading “US Source” Income – What Is It? Why Should I Care?

Form 5472 – Everything You Need To Know (Part I)

This tax filing season brought a wave of questions about Form 5472.  Interest in this complex form was renewed because of recent Treasury Regulations requiring that it be filed by single-member US LLC’s that are foreign owned. Prior to the issuance of these regulations, a single member foreign-owned US LLC was treated as a tax … Continue reading Form 5472 – Everything You Need To Know (Part I)