With over 35 years of US tax and international experience, Virginia has been a member of the NYS Bar since 1984. Virginia has been practicing US tax overseas since 1986, working in Asia and the Middle East. She provides expert insight into the latest changes in American tax laws and outlines the US tax obligations of American expats and foreign persons having any US connections.
Virginia has an expertise in cross-border transactions and structuring, FATCA, regaining US tax compliance with previously unreported foreign income, assets or accounts, expatriation tax planning along with step-by-step expatriation guidance, and providing specialist advice for international families in numerous areas of US international tax. With her help, scores of individuals and families around the world have negotiated the Internal Revenue Service OVDP and “Streamlined” amnesty programs, getting tax affairs back on track. Working with tax and attorney colleagues across the globe, Virginia excels in solving cross-border and multi-jurisdictional tax matters and has developed a unique and sought-after specialty in analyzing the US tax consequences of transactions involving Sharia law.
Virginia’s tax advice is highly knowledgeable, reliable and solution-focused. Providing US tax advice overseas for over 35 years with Asian and Middle Eastern families, she can appreciate the sensitive and special situations involved in multi-national families and in which US persons abroad often find themselves. Virginia has worked as a US tax consultant for international law firms, major banks (including HSBC) international accounting firms (Deloitte) and trust companies. Early in her career she worked in New York with the top-tier law firm, Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
Virginia is an avid tax blogger for many years. Her Twitter Account @VLJeker has been listed in Forbes, Top 100 Must-Follow Tax Twitter Accounts and she has been named by Bloomberg Tax as a tax professional to follow on LinkedIn.
In June 2020, Tax Notes International recognized Virginia as a preeminent US tax professional, profiling Virginia and her international tax practice. The profile can be accessed here. Listen to a short podcast posted in Forbes to hear Virginia discuss how she established her tax practice abroad, the challenge of balancing family life with career, and recent international tax issues.
Virginia has been quoted in the New York Times, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal and is regularly quoted in many local news articles and publications. She has been interviewed by CNN and has been invited for local television appearances. She is regularly asked to speak at numerous conferences and seminars and has published a vast array of scholarly works on US tax issues, some of which have been referenced by other attorneys or organizations both to the US courts and US Congress.
VISA MIDDLE EAST (video here) recognized Virginia as an influential voice in the region. Virginia was chosen, in part, because of her capacity to appreciate cultural differences and efforts to raise awareness in her profession to understand the critical interplay of US tax and Sharia laws.
She is also an accomplished author having published 3 children’s books while living in Hong Kong.
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