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Many banks, investment funds and information material tout a QEF election as the easy way out of escaping the default PFIC treatment. But, it is anything but that. This is based on the presumption that the company will provide the required information and make the required reporting in order to make a QEF election in … Continue reading QEF (Qualifying Electing Fund) Election For PFIC
2015 Form 8621 Changes There was only one change to the 2015 Form 8621 that helps reduce duplicative reporting. A new checkbox has been added to page 1 of the 2015 Form 8621 for taxpayers who also are required to file the Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets , and who satisfy their … Continue reading 2015 Form 8621
Purpose Of The IRS Form 2555 With kudos to the IRS Form 2555 and the foreign earned income exclusion benefit, many U.S. expats working overseas don’t have to pay U.S. income tax on their earnings. If you qualify, you can use IRS Form 2555 to figure your foreign earned income exclusion and your housing exclusion. … Continue reading IRS Form 2555 And Claiming The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
Delinquent International Information Return Tips If you are like many Americans abroad facing the ugly spectre of a Delinquent International Information Return and the risk of penalties or worse and wondering what to do, here are a few of our tips to keep in mind. Tip #1: The Open-Ended Statute of Limitations for Taxpayers With … Continue reading Delinquent International Information Return – Tips On What To Do
Wonder About A Shell Company In light of the recent scandals, you might be wondering yourself if your name came up on the list of “Offshore Billionaires evading taxes”. Truth is, few of us know that owning a shell company or having an offshore bank account is NOT synonymous with tax evasion. It is indeed … Continue reading The Panama Papers – What To Do If You Own A Shell Company
Form 1042-S – US Source Income Subject To US Income Tax Withholding The US real estate market continues to be an attractive one for foreign investors, despite the fragile economy, the uncertainty that comes with the upcoming elections and despite the less than favorable regulatory environment heavily influenced by FIRPTA and the rest of the … Continue reading Form 1042-S And 30% Withholding Tax On Rental Income
The Need For An Expat Tax Professional – How To Find The Best Online Expat Tax Professional Firms If you live overseas, chances are that you will require a U.S. expat tax professional at some point when preparing and filing your taxes. In doing so, you are going to need to research who the best online … Continue reading Best Online Expat Tax Professional Firms: A Review
IRS Form 8832 – The Key To A Simpler Tax Return? It seems to me that most Americans don’t really dive into understanding the tax laws, such as with the Form 8832, that impact them until some life event forces them to. And there’s a lot of that going on with the FATCA implementation essentially … Continue reading Form 8832 – What Is The Form 8832 And The Check-The-Box Election
All the recent scandal about the Panama Papers and tax havens and shell companies bring to light the hornet’s nest that FATCA has been stirring up. The media makes it sound like having a shell company or an offshore account automatically makes you a criminal – but that is far from the case. I will … Continue reading Panama Papers – Explained
The Skinny On The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) How Is It Impacting You? It’s what Swiss bank executives yelled out when they received fines for aiding American citizens in hiding assets from the IRS, fines that have netted a billion dollars . It’s what Bank executives all over the world now utter when … Continue reading Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)–The New F Word