Most of my readers are aware of the “attorney-client privilege”. Generally speaking, the privilege preserves the confidentiality of communications between a lawyer and her clients. When the privilege is in place, attorneys may not divulge their clients’ secrets and cannot be "forced" to divulge them (for example, in a court proceeding or to the Internal … Continue reading Attorney-Client Privilege & John Doe: Your Secret Is Safe … But Your Identity Isn’t!
Effective as of May 13, taxpayers can no longer request an employer identification number (EIN) unless the "responsible party" named on the application has either a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Only governmental entities and the military are exempt from this requirement, and may continue to list non-individual entities as … Continue reading Head’s Up! IRS Just Revised EIN Application Procedure & Foreign Taxpayers Will Struggle
Regular readers of my tax blog will not be surprised by the title of this post and the content it hints at delivering. They likely realize by now that the American person abroad is not looked upon favorably by the US tax laws. The tax laws look at anything “foreign” with a jaundiced eye when … Continue reading US Tax Law to American Abroad – “How Do I Hate Thee, Let Me Count the Ways”
Americans in Dubai / Singapore – If you are not tax compliant, time is really running out. As reported by Bloomberg on March 8th, an official with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation (CI) unit announced at a Washington DC Federal Bar Association event that CI is considering Dubai and Singapore as its "next … Continue reading Dubai (and Singapore) – Now IRS Targets for Offshore Investigations
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) just issued proposed Regulations dealing with the “Deduction for Foreign-Derived Intangible Income and Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (“GILTI”)”. The proposed regulations mark a big win for Americans running their businesses through foreign corporations. The regulations are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow. In part, they address the … Continue reading Americans Abroad: Taxpayer GILTI Victory Just Announced in Proposed Regulations!
My earlier blog post introduced readers to the concepts of so-called CFCs and PFICs and some of the downsides of owning a "foreign" corporation. It analogized to quicksand simply because it is very easy to be swallowed up in harsh tax results and onerous reporting obligations if planning is not undertaken beforehand. I will remind … Continue reading US Owners of Foreign Corporations – Beware the Downsides
It is usually very quick and easy to set up a foreign corporation - say, one in Belize or in the Cayman Islands. What is not so easy is working one's way through the quagmire of required Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reporting and US tax obligations simply because you are a US person owning shares … Continue reading Quicksand! US Owners of Foreign Corporations
US persons (e.g., US citizens, US green card holders) must make an information report to the IRS when making certain transfers to foreign (non-US) corporations. Specifically, when a US person transfers (or is treated under the tax rules as having transferred) property to a foreign corporation in certain “non-recognition” transactions (e.g., a contribution of capital … Continue reading Transfer of Property or Cash to a Foreign Corporation? FILING OF FORM 926
Learn about the interplay between foreign corporations and eligibility for lower tax rates available only for "qualified dividends". It's a complicated topic and all of the posts in the series should be read in order to understand the ramifications. Part I, Part II and below, Part III. Unsurprisingly, many US owners of corporations that are … Continue reading Dividends from Foreign Corporations Part III – “Controlled Foreign Corporations”
Learn about the interplay between foreign corporations and eligibility for lower tax rates available only for "qualified dividends". It's a complicated topic and all of the posts in the series should be read in order to understand the ramifications. Access links here Part I, Part II (which appears below) and Part III. Unsurprisingly, many US owners of corporations … Continue reading Dividends from Foreign Corporations Part II – “Controlled Foreign Corporations”