Tax Filing and the Foreign Spouse – “Married Filing Separately” versus “Head of Household”

Tax filing time is upon us! Selecting the best tax filing status is an important element of tax planning and should not be taken lightly.  For US persons who are married to foreigners (so-called "nonresident alien individuals", or "NRA"), special considerations come into play.  Making the decision how to treat your foreign spouse for US … Continue reading Tax Filing and the Foreign Spouse – “Married Filing Separately” versus “Head of Household”

Business & Investment Structuring Between the USA and UAE

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

Foreign Pension Plans / Retirement Trusts – Is IRS Seeing the Light?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - starting to see some light with respect to "foreign" pension plans?  The US tax issues surrounding foreign pensions and retirement schemes is extremely complex and has vexed tax professionals and US persons abroad for many years.  (Read my earlier blog post here).  Due to the diversity of such plans, … Continue reading Foreign Pension Plans / Retirement Trusts – Is IRS Seeing the Light?

IRS’ Crypto Guidance – No, You Cannot Rely On It.

Cyptocurrency (such as Bitcoin) is a type of virtual currency. This is an emerging area and consequently transactions involving use of crypto come with an enormous amount of US tax uncertainty. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has taken a keen interest in virtual currency since its use provides a way for taxpayers to avoid tax … Continue reading IRS’ Crypto Guidance – No, You Cannot Rely On It.

Oh No! I Have a “Foreign” Pension or Employee Savings Plan and Uncle Sam is Killing Me (Part II)

Part I of this blog post introduced the topic of the "foreign" pension or employee workplace savings plan, and examined in some detail how these plans are becoming more and more popular in the United Arab Emirates. The plans, however, give US expatriate employees some serious US tax headaches. Today's post focusses on these thorny … Continue reading Oh No! I Have a “Foreign” Pension or Employee Savings Plan and Uncle Sam is Killing Me (Part II)

FinCEN: No FBAR Reporting for Virtual Currency in an Offshore Account

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will jointly examine application  of foreign account reporting requirements to virtual currency held in an offshore account under the Bank Secrecy Act (the notorious FBAR, Form 114).  Two important points about FBAR duties for foreign accounts holding virtual currency  were made in a … Continue reading FinCEN: No FBAR Reporting for Virtual Currency in an Offshore Account

Oh No! I Have a “Foreign” Pension or Employee Savings Plan and Uncle Sam is Killing Me (Part I)

“Foreign” pension or similar plans are a very common feature in the lives of US expats residing and working abroad. As used here, the word “pension” is only a general term. While pensions in the United States often refer to defined benefit retirement plans, my use in today’s blog post refers to a pension as … Continue reading Oh No! I Have a “Foreign” Pension or Employee Savings Plan and Uncle Sam is Killing Me (Part I)

Expatriated? But Failed to File Form 8854?  IRS Provides a Fix!

2020 looks promising in more ways than one. First, on a professional level I was delighted and proud to be named, for the 4th year running, to Forbes Top 100 Must Follow Tax Twitter Accounts for 2020. Please do encourage your friends and colleagues to follow me on Twitter and to subscribe to my US … Continue reading Expatriated? But Failed to File Form 8854?  IRS Provides a Fix!

Cryptocurrency and Your 2019 Tax Return – Handle With Care

It’s been no secret that cryptocurrency is in the  crosshairs of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Virtual currency is one of the IRS “campaigns” and criminal investigations related to crypto already started last year.  Taxpayers are being sent “educational” letters to remind them and warn them of their tax obligations when it comes to the … Continue reading Cryptocurrency and Your 2019 Tax Return – Handle With Care

SECURE Act – Changes to Retirement Plan and IRA Rules – No More Big “Stretch”, Work Longer, Contribute More 

Right before Saint Nicholas’ Christmas visit, President Trump signed the "Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020" to provide necessary funding to keep the federal government running through September 30, 2020. Included in the Appropriations Act was an additional piece of legislation commonly referred to as the “SECURE Act” (the full title is “Setting Every Community Up … Continue reading SECURE Act – Changes to Retirement Plan and IRA Rules – No More Big “Stretch”, Work Longer, Contribute More