Gifting Your Way to Freedom – How TCJA Can Help You Expatriate

Not surprisingly over 1,000 individuals expatriated (gave up US citizenship or long term residency) in the third quarter of 2018. This is according to the most recent “Name and Shame” list published by the US Treasury in the Federal Register on November 19, 2018. Most likely the real number is higher, as the accuracy of … Continue reading Gifting Your Way to Freedom – How TCJA Can Help You Expatriate

Foreign Nationals – Am I “Resident” for US Estate & Gift Tax Purposes?

Many non-US individuals come to me with questions concerning their liability for US taxes - income, gift, estate tax.  I find there are some general misunderstandings - hardly surprising given the complexity of the US tax system.  Let's review! Before we talk about foreign (non-US) individuals, let's be clear: US citizens are always treated as … Continue reading Foreign Nationals – Am I “Resident” for US Estate & Gift Tax Purposes?

JUST ANNOUNCED! Foreign Related Tax Inflation Adjustments for Tax Year 2019

The Internal Revenue Service today announced the tax year 2019 annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2018-57 provides details about these annual adjustments. The tax year 2019 adjustments generally are used on tax returns filed in 2020. For those of you … Continue reading JUST ANNOUNCED! Foreign Related Tax Inflation Adjustments for Tax Year 2019

Married to A Non-US Spouse? Use of “Resident” Election, Filing FBAR and Form 8938

My blog post containing tax-saving tips for the filing of a US income tax return when one is married to  a non-resident alien spouse is here. It will be helpful to read that post before embarking on this one as it sets out the basics and provides the income tax rates and brackets for the 2018 … Continue reading Married to A Non-US Spouse? Use of “Resident” Election, Filing FBAR and Form 8938

Married to A Non-US Spouse? Tax Saving Tips For the US Income Tax Return

A US citizen or US tax resident (for example, a green card holder) who is married to a non-American when the couple lives abroad should consider certain US tax filing issues and strategies. US Tax Treatment of the Non-US Spouse When the non-US citizen spouse has obtained a green card or is otherwise treated as a … Continue reading Married to A Non-US Spouse? Tax Saving Tips For the US Income Tax Return

Reminder – If You Hate Your Spouse As Much as You Hate Paying Taxes …

My readers know that broad US tax reform was enacted in December under the commonly called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”).  Today’s post is a reminder of how the new tax rules will impact any US spouse who will be either paying or receiving alimony.   The clock is ticking and action must be taken … Continue reading Reminder – If You Hate Your Spouse As Much as You Hate Paying Taxes …

MORE Real Life Examples: US Tax Traps of International Community Property

Part I of my blog post explained the basics of community property and how US tax laws can override certain community property principles when a US/NRA married couple is involved.  This was followed by a blog post posing a smattering of real-life examples that demonstrated how community property laws can impact the US tax situation … Continue reading MORE Real Life Examples: US Tax Traps of International Community Property

Real Life Examples: A US Tax Mess, International Community Property

Attention all mixed nationality couples, with one spouse having US citizenship or US resident status while the other is a nonresident alien (NRA)!  Your tax advisor should be looking at all possible issues surrounding your fact pattern.  If you live in a foreign jurisdiction or US state (there are 9 of them) with a community … Continue reading Real Life Examples: A US Tax Mess, International Community Property

US Tax Perils of International Community Property

US tax liabilities and requirements to file US tax and information returns are impacted by community property laws that exist in many foreign countries across the globe.  Today’s blog post will examine some of these issues and set the stage for upcoming posts dealing with community property in the international context and how it affects … Continue reading US Tax Perils of International Community Property