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  • The 12 Bona Fide Residence Test Factors

    The 12 Bona Fide Residence Test Factors

    US citizens and residents are subject to tax on worldwide income regardless of the location of their permanent home. Expatriates and Americans who are continuously living overseas are still required to file US income tax return and pay any taxes due. Because of the immense burden on taxpayers, Section 911 of the Tax Code was enacted to heave a sigh of relief. The current language of the statute has its roots back to 1942 when Congress considered it necessary to encourage, promote and stimulate international trade, by providing foreign earned income exclusion. The exclusion is capped at $100,800 for 2015 and $101,300 for 2016 tax year. Foreign earned income is defined as income derived from or attributable to services performed in a foreign country. But what is the definition of a foreign country?

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  • Foreign Bank Account Reports. Doing them right!

    Foreign Bank Account Reports. Doing them right!

    The last several years marked a tremendous increase in the number of Foreign Bank Account Reports filed with the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. In fact, the IRS has announced that the number of Forms 114 (Former TD.F. 90.22-1 or FBAR) filed in 2015 topped at over 1.1 million! This record number shows an upsurge in awareness of the foreign financial account reporting requirements and a trend towards voluntary compliance. Still, many taxpayers experience practical difficulties in complying with the FBAR regulations. So, what it takes to do it right?

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  • Tax Guide for Americans & Expats Living in the United Kingdom

    Tax Guide for Americans & Expats Living in the United Kingdom

    This tax guide aims to supplement and enhance your understanding of the UK income tax laws by providing current insights and practical information. In addition, we have also stressed on valuable tax planning opportunities and tax treaty provisions available to United States citizens, permanent residents, and expatriates residing in the UK.

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  • The Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedure: From A to Z

    The Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedure: From A to Z

    The Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedure (SFOP) was developed by the IRS to address noncompliance with the foreign financial assets reporting requirements, an omission of a foreign-source income or a failure to file certain information returns. The streamlined procedure is available to US citizens, expatriates and residents whose noncompliance with the internal revenue laws was not borne by a willful conduct or an attempt to avoid paying taxes in the United States. If you have resided outside the United States and you failed to file returns or under-reported foreign-source income, the SFOP is the shortest way to regain compliance without the burden of severe penalties. So what is the fuss about it?

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  • 10 Real-Life Examples Why American Expatriates Should File a U.S. Tax Return

    10 Real-Life Examples Why American Expatriates Should File a U.S. Tax Return

    Believe it or not, American citizens and residents are obliged to file a U.S. income tax return even if residing outside the United States. Despite the media coverage of the IRS efforts to enforce offshore compliance, many taxpayers are still unaware of the tax implications that follow a decision to relocate abroad. On the other side are the taxpayers who knowingly object filing a return for a number of reasons ranging from a frustrated "It's not fair!" or "Why to pay taxes if I live abroad?" to the stranded "I'd never go back!" To all of you, regardless of your reasons, these real-life examples will make you think twice when the tax season comes!

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  • Tax Guide for Americans & Expats in the Netherlands

    Tax Guide for Americans & Expats in the Netherlands

    This brief tax guide aims to supplement and enhance your understanding of the Dutch tax system by providing current insights and practical information. We have also stressed the importance of on-time tax planning and treaty provisions available solely to Americans expatriates residing in the Netherlands.

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  • Tax Guide for American Expats in Germany

    Tax Guide for American Expats in Germany

    This brief tax guide aims to supplement and enhance your understanding of the German income tax system by providing current insights and practical information. We covered the most important rules that expats should consider when it comes to residency, income and tax withholding. In addition, we have also stressed the importance of tax planning and treaty provisions available solely to American citizens and residents living in Germany.

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  • Debunking 5 Myths About FATCA

    Debunking 5 Myths About FATCA

    The Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act of 2010 (FATCA) requires foreign banks and other financial institutions automatically report the accounts held or controlled by U.S persons to the IRS on an annual basis. The goal of the automatic exchange of financial information in tax matters is increased offshore transparency, reduction of the tax gap and elimination of taxpayer noncompliance. The FATCA provisions are instituted trough:

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  • Tax Guide for American Expats in Ireland

    Tax Guide for American Expats in Ireland

    This tax guide aims to enhance your understanding of the Irish income tax system by providing current insights and practical information. We covered the most important rules that expats should consider when it comes to residency, income, taxes, and withholding. We have also highlighted some tax planning and treaty provisions available solely to American citizens and residents living in Ireland.

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