Many Americans living abroad purchase properties in their foreign country of residence. They often accomplish this with financing from a financial institution located in the country where the property was purchased. Later, they may return to the US and continue holding the property and meeting their mortgage payments. Similarly, many non-US citizens purchase properties with … Continue reading Foreign Loans & Mortgages – Foreigners Residing in US / Expats Returning to US…. Surprise! US Withholding Tax Required on Interest Payments?
Over my many years of international tax practice, I regularly come across the loving foreign parent (or relative) with a child (or other relation) residing in the United States. The individual may be studying there or living there and pursuing the American dream - starting a business or perhaps buying a home. He or she … Continue reading Tax Traps for the Generous but Unwary Foreigner with a Child (or other Relative) in the USA
Please pass this along to your friends and colleagues who may have an interest. The International Business and Structuring Association is hosting an event where I, along with other industry leaders, will be covering the unique challenges and opportunities faced by businesses and investors engaged in cross-border transactions between the US and UAE. I hope … Continue reading Business & Investment Structuring Between the USA and UAE
My readers know that broad US tax reform was enacted in December 2017 pursuant to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”). As of January 1, 2019, the TCJA’s new tax rules impacted any US spouse who was either paying or receiving alimony under a divorce or separation agreement executed after December 31, 2018. Under … Continue reading Alimony – No Need for Tax Confusion Even if Paying a Nonresident Alien Individual
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?
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?
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?
Compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) enacted 8 years ago, has resulted in a plethora of new US tax reporting requirements, forms and rules. Unfortunately, all of these continue to evolve and become more and more complex with the passage of time. The year 2014 marked a significant year for the Form W-8BEN, a … Continue reading Confused Yet? W-8BEN, W-8BEN-E, Foreign ITINs and Dates of Birth
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 – All About Alimony and the Foreign Spouse….If You Hate Your Spouse As Much as You Hate Paying Taxes …