On March 25, 2020, the Senate unanimously passed (96-0) the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) providing desperately needed relief to, among others, individuals and businesses suffering economic distress wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Two days later, March 27, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the CARES Act by voice vote and President Trump signed … Continue reading COVID-19 and Losses, Losses, Losses ….NOL Tax Relief from the CARES Act
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”
On February 12, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, introduced legislation to prevent the Treasury Department from carving out an exception (commonly called the GILTI High Tax Kick-Out) for multinational companies to escape the so-called GILTI provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The title of the … Continue reading GILTI High Tax Kick-Out Election — Kicked Out by Dems!
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
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?
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.
In this Tax Notes article published today, February 24, 2020 attorneys Arvind Ravichandran and Maurio Fiore, associates at the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, explain in fascinating detail the ABC’s of cryptocurrency, the workings of the mysterious blockchain technology and carefully dissect the IRS’ recent guidance enunciated in Revenue Ruling 2019-24. The article … Continue reading Cryptocurrency: Dissecting Revenue Ruling 2019-24 Treatment of Chain Splits
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)
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
“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)