New Tax Laws on the Way…. Can They be Retroactive?

The question has often been asked whether Congress can enact retroactive tax legislation, in effect “setting back the clock” and making a law effective as if it had been enacted at an earlier point in time. The topic takes on special importance today as the Biden Administration is considering a vast magnitude of tax increases.  Taxpayers … Continue reading New Tax Laws on the Way…. Can They be Retroactive?

Senator Sanders – Gift and Estate Tax Reform Proposals Pack a Punch

Anyone out there thinking about estate tax planning, asset protection, making gifts? And, what about those considering expatriation?  I am fielding many more inquiries about expatriation these days.  Well, if you are considering any of these things, my sage advice would be to hurry up.  Major transfer tax law changes look  to be on the … Continue reading Senator Sanders – Gift and Estate Tax Reform Proposals Pack a Punch

FinCEN Moving Quickly to Regulate Beneficial Ownership of US Entities

On April 5th, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the Treasury Department (FinCEN) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit public comment on questions pertinent to the implementation of the "Corporate Transparency Act" (CTA), enacted into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The ANPRM seeks … Continue reading FinCEN Moving Quickly to Regulate Beneficial Ownership of US Entities

Taxpayer’s FBAR WIN: “Willful” Penalty over $9.8 Million for Mere Signature Authority — Removed Entirely

Today’s post involving the case of Jonathan Zuhovitzky presents some important takeaways:  The IRS can get very aggressive when it comes to assessing “willful” FBAR penalties. We see this trend is on the rise. A diligent representative, however, can get the IRS to settle an FBAR matter that is favorable to the taxpayer.  It takes … Continue reading Taxpayer’s FBAR WIN: “Willful” Penalty over $9.8 Million for Mere Signature Authority — Removed Entirely

Selecting a Trustee for Your US Trust – What About a  Foreign Family Member?

Many parents establish a trust for their children and intend that the trust be a domestic (US) trust. Often, this will be a testamentary trust. That is, one that comes into being upon death of the testator, created pursuant to a Last Will & Testament.  Many parents struggle with the decision as to who to … Continue reading Selecting a Trustee for Your US Trust – What About a  Foreign Family Member?

Renouncing One’s US Citizenship: More Audits, Virtual Currency, CLN & Travel

COVID-19 restrictions have severely limited services at US embassies and consulates around the world. As a result, renouncing one’s US citizenship has become very difficult, and in many cases, just about impossible at the current time. This gives individuals more time to make sure they have properly planned for expatriation. It's a big step. I … Continue reading Renouncing One’s US Citizenship: More Audits, Virtual Currency, CLN & Travel

What does Senator Warren’s Proposed Wealth Tax Mean for You?

The ‘‘Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act of 2021’’ (the “Act”) was proposed by Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on March 1, 2021.  Like all other tax proposals I have seen in my over 35+ years of tax practice, once the bee is in the bonnet, legislation will inevitably, inexorably, eventually blossom and flourish.  The Act … Continue reading What does Senator Warren’s Proposed Wealth Tax Mean for You?

Senator Warren’s Proposed Wealth Tax and the 40% Tax Hit on Expatriation

The ‘‘Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act of 2021’’ (the “Act”) was proposed by Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on March 1 2021.  Like all other tax proposals I have seen in my over 35+ years of tax practice, once the bee is in the bonnet, legislation will inevitably, inexorably, eventually blossom and flourish.  The Act … Continue reading Senator Warren’s Proposed Wealth Tax and the 40% Tax Hit on Expatriation

Dubai:  Combine your Renunciation with a Vacation  

UPDATE:  Sadly - the US Consulate in Dubai has just informed me that they cannot accept appointments for non-emergency services for non-UAE residents.  Expatriation is considered a non-emergency to them, although I feel sure the individual wishing to expatriate would disagree. I have requested the Consulate to update me if the situation changes.   Welcome … Continue reading Dubai:  Combine your Renunciation with a Vacation  

Where Do You Live?  IRS Announces 2021 Foreign Housing Cost Amounts

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) just issued Notice 2021-18.  This is the geographical list that spells out adjustments to the foreign housing exclusion available for many US persons living abroad. These limitations are made on the basis of geographic differences in housing costs relative to housing costs in the United States.  The ability to deduct … Continue reading Where Do You Live?  IRS Announces 2021 Foreign Housing Cost Amounts