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

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

All You Need to Know about the 3.8% Medicare / Net Investment Income Tax & how Pres. Biden Will Expand Who Pays It

Under current law, limited partners who materially participate in a partnership's business are not subject to self-employment tax. Members of an S corporation who materially participate in the S corporation's business are subject to self-employment tax only on "reasonable compensation" received in their capacity as an “employee”. These individuals are also exempt from the 3.8% … Continue reading All You Need to Know about the 3.8% Medicare / Net Investment Income Tax & how Pres. Biden Will Expand Who Pays It

An Eye for Moving Abroad? Bye-Bye USA, Hello Tax Complications!

Bloomberg Tax - I invite readers to enjoy my recently published article, copied in full below. Reproduced with permission. Published April 20, 2021. The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bloombergindustry.com. Daily Tax Report International, published online here and in PDF format here. It has certainly been a year to remember. So many changes have … Continue reading An Eye for Moving Abroad? Bye-Bye USA, Hello Tax Complications!

GILTI – Act Now! Stop Toxic GILTI Changes on the Horizon

On November 8, 2020, I participated in a podcast with attorney John Richardson. We discussed some of the reasons why the incoming administration was likely to increase the pressure on Americans abroad. The podcast is here. On March 25, 2021 the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on International Taxation. The hearing discussed changes to … Continue reading GILTI – Act Now! Stop Toxic GILTI Changes on the Horizon

Section 965 Transition Tax – Enforcement & Audits Begin Next Month

By now most of my readers will have some familiarity with  Internal Revenue Code Section 965, and the “deemed repatriation” or “transition tax” introduced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) in 2017.  My earlier blog post provided significant detail about this new tax law provision which is intended to move the US international tax … Continue reading Section 965 Transition Tax – Enforcement & Audits Begin Next Month

WAKE UP CALL: Form BE-10

The Bureau of Economic Affairs (BEA) is a division of the US Department of Commerce. The BEA administers the so-called Form BE-10 survey, which is an intensive information gathering tool of the US government. The BE-10  is used to collect information on how US persons are investing abroad and on foreign investment in the US. … Continue reading WAKE UP CALL: Form BE-10

Check-the-Box Election: Is it Really that Simple?

A very important building block when establishing a business is selecting the best type of entity from both a legal and tax perspective. This “choice of entity classification” can make a huge difference in liability protection and tax outcome. When an international business is involved, it should come as no surprise that the complexities only … Continue reading Check-the-Box Election: Is it Really that Simple?

Handle With Care: How Sharia Law and U.S. Tax Law Affect the Foundations Regime in the United Arab Emirates

Proud to announce publication of my article Handle With Care: How Sharia Law and U.S. Tax Law Affect the Foundations Regime in the United Arab Emirates in Tax Notes International (TNI) Vol. 98 No. 5 May 4, 2020. Available at no cost on SSRN. The article discusses the US tax treatment of the newest "foundations" … Continue reading Handle With Care: How Sharia Law and U.S. Tax Law Affect the Foundations Regime in the United Arab Emirates