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What Tax Reform Means to Foreign Tax Credit Rules
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) made many changes to how the U.S. taxes earnings or dividends from overseas. One of the areas impacted was foreign tax credits, which changes how taxpayers in the U.S. calculate and pay taxes on certain foreign income. Like many other parts of tax law, this can be complicated, so we’ve broken things down to explain what these changes could mean to you, whether you’re a U.S. expatriate, a corporation, or you receive income from overseas.
Does your child need to file an FBAR?
The Report of Foreign Bank accounts, also known as the FBAR was a tool invented by congress in 1970 to make it difficult for criminal masterminds around the world to use the international banking system to facilitate their criminal mastermind plans. And because of that, any US person regardless of age or mental abilities must file an FBAR should their foreign bank accounts exceed $10,000 in the aggregate. Again, believe it or not this requirement extends to someone who is disabled or is a child - even a baby. Read more to find out why
The IRS is improperly and automatically assessing $10,000 Form 3520-A penalties - what to do now
The IRS has assessed many of our clients and others taxpayers around the globe who might have even correctly filed Form 3520-A and Form 3520 with substantial penalties - often $10,000. What gives? What can be done about this? In this article we will explain many situations in which a Form 3520-A is required so that you can have a good idea if the IRS's penalty assessments are something you should push back on.
Tax return preparation, accounting, and bookkeeping services for US expats who value their security and piece of mind
Are you being fitted out with a tax time bomb? This is a question you must ask yourself if are a US person who lives overseas. What we've learned about the tax industry the past ten years is sobering. Whether you are retired overseas, working abroad, or have business opportunities around the world, this is the information you need to know about filing your US taxes so that you can breathe easier this tax season --- and well beyond.
What is IRS Form 5472? Has tax reform changed it?
IRS Form 5472 is the information return of a 25% Foreign-owned U.S. Corporation or a Foreign Corporation Engaged a U.S. Trade of Business. The form is both difficult to file and consequential if not done correctly. The IRS has kept up its enforcement campaign and additionally, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) made some rather significant changes to both the penalties and who is required to file a Form 5472. In this article, we will discuss what hasn’t changed, and what we consider the most important things that have changed.
Is your foreign retirement or pension plan taxable? Is it reportable?
Maybe --- if your foreign retirement plan is located in a tax treaty country like Germany, Canada (RRSP & RRIF), the Netherlands, UK, or Belgium, your foreign retirement plan may not be taxable until distribution (although there are likely reporting requirements). But if your foreign retirement plan is not in one of these countries --- read on.