On March 15, I was delighted to present cross-border tax topics of interest for the Financial Planning Association (FPA). FPA is a well-known membership organization for certified financial planner professionals and those engaged in the financial planning process. It provides its members with practice support, learning, advocacy, and networking. As a tax professional, with 40 … Continue reading Free for You: My Cross-Border Tax Presentation for the Financial Planning Association
Category: Non-US Spouse
The Perfect Storm – US Tax, Community Property & the Mobile International Couple
Last week I blogged about how the US tax system can create serious tax problems for the international couple when one is a US person and the other is not. In order to keep things simple, it is often advised that the couple hold assets separately to avoid nasty US tax complications. However, in some … Continue reading The Perfect Storm – US Tax, Community Property & the Mobile International Couple
The US Tax Trap: International Marriage, Community Property and the Mobile Couple
Readers of my blog know from previous posts (for example here and here) that unless the international couple enjoys dealing with complicated US tax matters and filings, holding title to assets jointly with a non-US citizen spouse is risky business! The well-advised keep their assets completely separate to avoid nasty US tax complications. However, this alone … Continue reading The US Tax Trap: International Marriage, Community Property and the Mobile Couple
US Tax Inflation Adjustments for 2023 – Impact on the International Family
Certain provisions in the United States Internal Revenue Code (Code) are tied to inflation to prevent rising prices from resulting in higher taxes. Annual inflation adjustments have been part of the tax rules for well over 2 decades. These formulas set by Congress help prevent inflation from nudging taxpayers into higher tax brackets and increasing … Continue reading US Tax Inflation Adjustments for 2023 – Impact on the International Family
US Citizenship: Do You Really Want It? Brave New World – Assisted Reproductive Technology / Surrogacy / Same-sex Marriage
My earlier blog post discussed some of the complications that arise when certain individuals wish to renounce their US citizenship. The would-be renunciant must give up US citizenship “voluntarily” and with the requisite “intention” in order to meet the legal requirements for an effective renunciation. This can be a difficult hurdle to surmount in the … Continue reading US Citizenship: Do You Really Want It? Brave New World – Assisted Reproductive Technology / Surrogacy / Same-sex Marriage
FBAR Traps: International Couples, Powers of Attorney
Meet the Zuhovitzky’s, the quintessential international couple: Jonathan (a naturalized US citizen and Israeli citizen living in Germany) and Esther (an Austrian and Israeli citizen who was never a US citizen or resident). I blogged about them and the IRS’ aggressive stance on asserting so-called FBAR penalties against Jonathan for having a power of attorney … Continue reading FBAR Traps: International Couples, Powers of Attorney
HELP! What to do When Foreign Law Impacts the US Tax Analysis of My Case?
Given today’s global economy it comes as no surprise that US taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must increasingly consider the interactions between US and foreign laws when determining the US tax consequences of a particular transaction. In today’s world, it is no longer possible for practitioners to ignore the possible implications of another … Continue reading HELP! What to do When Foreign Law Impacts the US Tax Analysis of My Case?
Personal Liability for Tax – Estate Executor for a Non-US Decedent …. “Accidental” Executors Included!
My recent blog post covering the Federal Transfer Certificate generated various questions about the US estate tax for foreign individuals who die owning US properties. US Estate Tax - Overview Briefly, the US estate tax is a “transfer tax” and not an “income” tax. This transfer tax is asserted against the estate of the individual … Continue reading Personal Liability for Tax – Estate Executor for a Non-US Decedent …. “Accidental” Executors Included!
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
IRS Tells You if You are Married and to Who! Yes, IRS has Rules For That!
An interesting case was recently decided. I blog about it today to warn those who marry or divorce in a foreign country about the US tax complications that can arise. It’s an area fraught with pitfalls and can impact the couple in many ways, including of course, their US tax planning. Let’s have a brief … Continue reading IRS Tells You if You are Married and to Who! Yes, IRS has Rules For That!