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Reporting Foreign Income: Four Common Misconceptions

by Moskowitz LLP on

The U.S. government has stringent reporting requirements when it comes to foreign assets and income, but many people are still not coming into compliance based on some mistaken beliefs. Here are four common misconceptions...more

When the Wall of Secrecy Collapses

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Foreign Accounts, Shell Companies, Blind Trusts, Asset Protection Trusts, Offshore Trusts, Global Citizenship and US Residency are just a few of the Terms highlighted in the mega divorce proceedings of a Palm Beach County...more

2016 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

In 2016, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...more

A controversy is brewing over whether a Hungarian trust is a true trust, or just a type of contract

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

A controversy is brewing over whether a Hungarian trust is a true trust, or just a type of contract. Istvan Illés and Charles E. Rounds, Jr. conclude that it is not and explain the rationale for their conclusion in a law...more

[Webinar] U.S. Tax and Estate Planning for Foreign Persons - Meritas Capability Webinar - September 27th - 1:00p.m. U.S. CDT

Many successful people come to the United States from other countries, either permanently or on study or work assignments that are intended to last just for a few years. These people may earn income in the United States and...more

"FIRPTA Reform Impacts Investment Opportunities in US Real Estate"

In recent months, much has been written to describe the reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) contained in the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act), which have been...more

Foreign Financial Asset Reporting - Coming Soon to a Domestic Entity Near You

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

When Form 8938 reporting for foreign financial assets of U.S. taxpayers was first imposed a few years, only U.S. individuals were subject to it. The IRS has now issued final regulations that will commence reporting by...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2016: UK Investment Trust Companies for Credit Portfolios – Their Time Has...

by Dechert LLP on

According to statistics published by the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), the UK trade association for closed-end investment companies, in 2015 net fundraising for closed-end investment companies, including...more

Annual Estate Planning Newsletter: Part Five

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: This is the fifth installment of our Annual Estate Planning Newsletter, and focuses on foreign matters. We urge you to review this installment to ensure that your 2016 estate and tax planning is in...more

FATCA Update: Treasury Issues Long-Awaited Rules For Foreign Asset Reporting by Domestic Entities

by Blank Rome LLP on

The Treasury Department has finally issued regulations implementing the rules requiring domestic entities to annually disclose their foreign financial assets to the Internal Revenue Service. In 2010, as part of the enactment...more

"Important FIRPTA and REIT Reforms Enacted"

The newly signed Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act) includes several reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) and the taxation of real estate investment trusts...more

Quarterly Investment Update – 1st Quarter 2015

by Perkins Coie on

Stock Market Commentary - Despite the stock market's nearly 6% surge in February following a bumpy January, March brought heightened volatility, which nearly dissolved the year-to-date gains. The S&P 500 finished the...more

Tax Policy Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 6.5 percent. The tax rate at which companies could voluntarily repatriate their foreign earnings under the Invest in Transportation Act of 2015 (S. 981). Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rand Paul (R-KY)...more

Tax Planning Considerations for the Purchase of a Residence in the U.S. by Foreign Buyers

by Gerald Nowotny on

Many factors influence a foreign buyer’s decision to purchase residential real estate in the United States. Generally, most of these decisions tend to be driven by concerns over political and economic uncertainty in the...more

The Lehman Client Money Litigation

When it was placed into administration on the morning of 15 September 2008, Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) ("LBIE") could account for approximately $2.16 billion of money in its segregated client...more

Wealth Management Update - August 2014

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

August Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The August § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

Reporting Foreign Account Gifts

by Sanford Millar on

One of the areas of inquiry that is certain to receive increased attention by the IRS and Department of Justice (DOJ) is the claim that the funds in offshore accounts were the result of a “gift”. The proper documentation of...more

False Foreign Gift Claims and Wire Fraud

by Sanford Millar on

A scheme that some dual national taxpayers have used involves claiming exemption from foreign jurisdiction taxation because they are U.S. taxpayers and then not reporting the offshore account or its income as required by U.S....more

IRS Identifies ‘Attorneys-in-Fact’ as Potentially Required to File Under the Foreign Bank Account Reporting Rules

by Lane Powell PC on

Most United States persons who have foreign financial accounts are aware that they must file an annual report to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with respect to these accounts. Less well known, however, is that individuals...more

Insight on Estate Planning - June/July 2014

In This Issue: - Adapting to the times: Estate planning focus shifts to income taxes - International estate planning 101 - When is the optimal time to begin receiving Social Security? - Estate...more

Durable Power Of Attorney Holders And FBAR Liability – What The Heck!

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

U.S. persons with an interest in a non-U.S. account must annually file a FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) if the aggregate maximum values of the foreign financial accounts exceed $10,000...more

Wealth Management Update - April 2014

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

April Interest Rates Hold Steady for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, and Intra-Family Loans. The April applicable federal rate ("AFR") for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

Offshore Disclosure: What Needs To Be Disclosed? A Checklist

by Sanford Millar on

The following is a list of questions that should lead to the discovery of offshore assets, whether properly reported or not. If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you may have filing obligations and should seek...more

Q&A With Bilzin Sumberg's Richard Goldstein

Richard M. Goldstein is chairman of the tax and wealth preservation group in Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod's Miami office and represents numerous family businesses, U.S. residents and nonresident aliens, multinational...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2013: Recent Developments in the Hong Kong Funds Industry

by Dechert LLP on

The Hong Kong Government has been keen to demonstrate its willingness to evolve and focus its efforts on the overall growth of the Hong Kong financial services industry. Recent proposals to make fund-friendly changes to Hong...more

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