Foreign Tax Credit – Don’t Trust ESPN

Today I was listening to ESPN radio, two hosts were discussing an NFL team moving to London.  They said it would never happen because the player would have to pay the 45% maximum rate in England, as well as the 37% highest rate in the U.S., giving up roughly 82% of their income.  However, this […]

CFC For a Day

Prior to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in order to qualify as a controlled foreign corporation (CFC), U.S. persons had to control the foreign corporation for an uninterrupted period of 30 days.  Classification as a CFC is very important because it requires certain informational reporting and subjects the taxpayer to tax rules such as […]

Knock, Knock. Surprise, It’s the IRS!

While we have not heard of any official policy from the IRS, we have been witnessing an unsettling trend.  In the past month we have had three clients who owed taxes received unexpected visits from the IRS.  This is despite being in constant contact with the IRS and having a power of attorney on file.  […]

GILTI: Does it Apply to Me?

One of the biggest changes the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) enacted in the international tax arena was section 951A, also known as the Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI). GILTI requires certain U.S. owners of foreign corporations to include in their personal income taxes the GILTI from the foreign corporation.  This reporting is […]

The IRS is GILTI of Wasting our Time……and Maybe our Money

The GILTI laws apply to far more taxpayers than expected, require long detailed calculations, and after all that work could likely result in no tax.  However, the cost of ignoring the application, even if no tax is due, could come with very high penalties. Overview On the surface, the new GILTI (Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income) […]

IRS Makes it More Difficult to Setup U.S. Business

In general, there are not any restrictions on foreigners owning U.S. businesses.  The corporation, LLC, or other business entity files its formation documents with the appropriate state government office in a very straightforward process.  Next, the entity must apply for a tax identification number known as an “EIN.” In the past, there was no problem […]

Cross-Border Coordination: Mexican Disregarded Entities

In general, foreign owned businesses are taxed to their U.S. owners as if they were setup in the U.S.  Therefore, it is very important to determine what the business would be considered for U.S. tax purposes.  In some circumstances, the taxpayer can make an election of how the entity will be taxed.  For various reasons, […]

China / Hong Kong: Business and Pleasure

We had a very fun and successful trip to Hong Kong and China meeting friends and colleagues, seeing the sights, making presentations, and spending time together.  It was a rewarding experience to show my kids different cultures and places, as well as what I have been doing when I am on the other side of […]

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