Understanding the US gift tax is important for both US and non-US persons. It comes as a big surprise to many people that US gift tax issues can arise in many unanticipated ways, such as sending money to an adult child attending college; making loans interest-free to family members or giving them loans with below-market interest rates. Even non-US persons can … Continue reading Foreign Persons Making Gifts to the US – Cash / Wire Transfers / Checks?
State Income Taxes When Residing Overseas… They Hate to Let You Go!
When a taxpayer is a “resident” of a State which imposes income tax, he has to pay State tax on worldwide income, not just the income earned from sources within that State. If a taxpayer is working and residing overseas for an indefinite period of time and may or may not return to the State … Continue reading State Income Taxes When Residing Overseas… They Hate to Let You Go!
D is for “Domicile”, Don’t Disregard!
Several of my recent blog posts set the stage showcasing the serious US tax issues that can arise for a married couple when only one is a US person and they are impacted by application of a foreign country’s community property laws. You can read these blog posts here, here and here. For example, if funding … Continue reading D is for “Domicile”, Don’t Disregard!
Foreign Nationals – Am I “Resident” for US Estate & Gift Tax Purposes?
Many non-US individuals come to me with questions concerning their liability for US taxes - income, gift, estate tax. I find there are some general misunderstandings - hardly surprising given the complexity of the US tax system. Let's review! Before we talk about foreign (non-US) individuals, let's be clear: US citizens are always treated as … Continue reading Foreign Nationals – Am I “Resident” for US Estate & Gift Tax Purposes?
All the Fun Rules — US Estate Tax for Nonresident Alien Individuals
Very few US Estate tax returns are actually filed by the estates of nonresident alien individuals. Statistics indicate that the amount of Estate Tax earned by the US Government on such returns is quite small. The cost of structuring to avoid the tax is probably of far greater magnitude than what is collected by the US … Continue reading All the Fun Rules — US Estate Tax for Nonresident Alien Individuals