Looking for Mr. FBAR:  FBAR Filings for Trustees, Beneficiaries & Trust Grantors

My earlier post set out certain details about the responsibility for a trust to file the Report of Foreign Financial Accounts (Form 114), or FBAR, with respect to foreign accounts it owns or is deemed to own under the FBAR rules.  Today’s discussion covers the situation when trustees, trust beneficiaries and grantors (i.e., the trust … Continue reading Looking for Mr. FBAR:  FBAR Filings for Trustees, Beneficiaries & Trust Grantors

Looking for Mr. FBAR: When Does a Trust Have a Duty to File?

My latest article on our good friend, Mr. FBAR, is copied below in full, as published by Bloomberg Tax February 21, 2022 in the Daily Tax Report Reproduced with permission, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bloombergindustry.comResponsibility for filing the Report of Foreign Financial Accounts Form 114, or FBAR, is governed by the rules … Continue reading Looking for Mr. FBAR: When Does a Trust Have a Duty to File?

Covered Expatriates, Exit Tax and the Principal Residence

My earlier blog post discussed the rules that apply to a US taxpayer who sells his personal residence, whether located abroad or in the US. If the home qualifies as the “principal residence” and other requirements are satisfied the taxpayer may exclude up to US$250,000 ($500,000 for joint returns) of taxable gain from income.  As … Continue reading Covered Expatriates, Exit Tax and the Principal Residence

Is IRS Finally Seeing the Light on Foreign Information Returns?

Bloomberg Tax - I invite readers to enjoy my recently published article, copied in full below. Reproduced with permission. Published December 3, 2021. The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bloombergindustry.com published in Tax Insights and Commentary News, online here.   Various options are available to correct the problem of missing information returns for U.S. … Continue reading Is IRS Finally Seeing the Light on Foreign Information Returns?

Foreign Foundations — What are they for US Tax Purposes?  Should I Care? Recent Court Case Lays it Out

Today’s post looks at the case of Rost v United States, No 119-CV-0607-RP 2021 BL 435976 (WD Tex., Austin Div., September 22, 2021).  In the Rost case, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") assessed close to USD597,000 in civil penalties for a US taxpayer’s failure to file IRS Forms 3520 and 3520-A, information reporting with regard … Continue reading Foreign Foundations — What are they for US Tax Purposes?  Should I Care? Recent Court Case Lays it Out

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”

The Federal Transfer Certificate:  What Foreign Investors Into the USA Need to Know

Individuals living outside of the US who inherit a US asset from a foreigner may be in for some surprises. If the decedent is an individual who is treated as a nonresident alien individual (NRA) for US estate tax purposes, his heirs often  have a difficult time obtaining actual title to the US asset they … Continue reading The Federal Transfer Certificate:  What Foreign Investors Into the USA Need to Know

FinCEN Moving Quickly to Regulate Beneficial Ownership of US Entities

On April 5th, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the Treasury Department (FinCEN) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit public comment on questions pertinent to the implementation of the "Corporate Transparency Act" (CTA), enacted into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The ANPRM seeks … Continue reading FinCEN Moving Quickly to Regulate Beneficial Ownership of US Entities

Selecting a Trustee for Your US Trust – What About a  Foreign Family Member?

Many parents establish a trust for their children and intend that the trust be a domestic (US) trust. Often, this will be a testamentary trust. That is, one that comes into being upon death of the testator, created pursuant to a Last Will & Testament.  Many parents struggle with the decision as to who to … Continue reading Selecting a Trustee for Your US Trust – What About a  Foreign Family Member?

Estate Taxes Going Up – Is There Still a Golden Gifting Opportunity?

Janet Yellen, the former Federal Reserve chairperson is now the new US Secretary of  the Treasury.  She has staunchly defended President Biden's plan to reduce the estate-tax exemption amount from the current US$11.5 million to US$3.5 million, as well as to increase the top estate tax rate from 40% to 45%.  In responding to criticism … Continue reading Estate Taxes Going Up – Is There Still a Golden Gifting Opportunity?