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The New Balance of Power: What the 114th Congress Means for Business

As the now-lame-duck U.S. Congress convenes for its final legislative session of 2014, the 114th U.S. Congress is gearing up for action. Officeholders on both sides of the aisle are preparing for the shift to Republican...more

Bye Bye Brazil – Considerações Tributárias no Planejamento de Investimento Brasileiro dentro dos Estados Unidos - Parte 1

Sou advogado tributário americano. Me formei na academia militar do exército americano em West Point, Nova Iorque. Me graduei em Espanhol e Português. Meus professores eram um tentente coronel do exercito brasileiro formado...more

Informal Surrender Of Green Card Doesn’t Work

The recent decision of the U.S.Tax Court, in Gerd Topsnik, (2014) makes it clear that an “informal” surrender of a Green Card, while recognized under immigration laws is not recognized for tax purposes....more

Bye Bye Brazil! - Tax Planning Considerations for Brazilian Investment in the United States: Part 3 - Inbound Investment Real...

As an undergraduate at West Point, I was a Spanish and Portuguese major. My Brazilian “thing” had already started a decade earlier as a ten year old growing up in the Panama Canal Zone seeing Pele play for his Brazilian team...more

FICA Payroll Taxes Must Be Withheld From Employees Switching From F-1 To H-1B Status*

As a reminder, employers need to be mindful when foreign national employees change from a nonimmigrant status exempt from Social Security and Medicare withholding under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) to a...more

Bye Bye Brazil! - Tax Planning Considerations for Brazilian Investment in the United States: Part II – Additional Income Tax...

I have mentioned in prior articles my affiliation with the South Florida law firm Osborne and Osborne, PA in Boca Raton. Back to the beginning! Boca Raton is where I started right out of the Army in 1987. I moved to Miami for...more

Scholarships, Grants, And Foreign Students— Tax Compliance Tips For U.S. Institutions

In recent years, record numbers of foreign students have enrolled in graduate and under- graduate programs at U.S. colleges and universities. During the 2012-2013 academic year, their numbers topped 800,000—the seventh...more

Bye Bye Brazil!- Tax Planning Considerations for Brazilian Investment in the United States: Part I – Income Tax Considerations

Overview - I have mentioned in prior articles that I was a Spanish and Portuguese major as an undergraduate. During the time that I was attending law school at the University of Miami, the early 1990’s, the Brazilians...more

How to Avoid Estate Taxes if You Have a Non-Citizen Spouse

In our last blog post, we discussed estate taxes, federal gift taxes, and how non-citizen spouses are treated differently in the eyes of the law. Unfortunately, while husbands and wives can leave an unlimited amount of money...more

No Informal Abandonment Of Residency Allowed

Individuals who are admitted to the US as lawful permanent residents ("green card" holders) are treated as U.S. residents for income tax purposes. Code section 7701(b)(1)(A)(i). As such they are subject to U.S. income taxes...more

Cap-Subject H-1Bs Will Be Effective October 1

On October 1, 2014, FY 2015 H-1B cap-subject visa petitions will be valid. Individuals in possession of valid H-1B petitions must take appropriate action to demonstrate work authorization for the petitioning employer. For...more

International Tax Compliance Update: Renouncing U.S. Citizenship to Avoid Taxes: Is It Worth It?

As we have reported previously in recent years the United States has intensified its efforts to force United States persons to disclose assets they hold and income they earn abroad. Two prominent examples of these efforts are...more

Check-the-Box Elections: Relevance in the International Context

One of the most powerful tools in cross-border tax planning is the ability to make a “check-the-box” election. Pursuant to the entity classification regulations under Internal Revenue Code §7701 (the “check-the-box...more

The Comity of Nations in a Technological World: Beyond the Border Action Plan

Canada and the United States share the world’s longest international border – more than 5,500 miles coast to coast and more than 7,000 miles when Alaska is included. In 2013, Canada and the United States engaged in more than...more

Watch Out! Telephone Scams Targeting Foreign Nationals on the Rise

In recent weeks there has been an increase in telephone scams that are designed to fraudulently elicit money and personal information from foreign nationals. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has warned...more

U.K. Law for the U.S. Employer, Part III: Withholding Obligations and Immigration

The final post in this three-part series on U.K. employment laws covers the withholding and immigration obligations facing U.K. employers....more

Who Is a U.S. Person? Disparities Between U.S. Tax and Immigration Law

The question of who is a U.S. person has always been relevant for tax purposes because it determines who is subject to (a) U.S. income, gift and estate tax, (b) filing Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs), and (c) the ‘‘exit...more

What Green Card Holders Need to Know When Filing Tax Return

The U.S. tax filing deadline is fast approaching on April 15, 2014. Green card holders often have a number of questions when it comes to tax obligations. As we explained in this recent post, green card holders are generally...more

Are Green Card Holders Subject to Tax Reporting Obligations?

Tax season is upon us and Americans across the country are busy preparing their state and federal income tax returns. Many green card holders wonder whether they are subject to U.S. tax reporting obligations and, if so, what...more

Utah Employment Law Letter - February 2014: WORKPLACE ISSUES: Legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah will affect employers

Traditionally, marriage has been defined in the United States and in the state of Utah as a legal relationship between a man and a woman. In 1996, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which allowed states to...more

2014 Washington Outlook

In this issue: - Overview - Tax Reform Outlook - Immigration Outlook - Health Care Outlook - Telecommunications Outlook - Energy Outlook - Financial Services Outlook -...more

Morgan Lewis Analysis: The 2014 State of the Union Address

President Obama used the opening of his State of the Union address to acknowledge the current political divide in Washington. One of his first attempts to move the government from partisanship to partnership was a brief...more

Analysis: The State of the Union in 2014

INTRODUCTION - On Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address before a joint session of the 113th Congress. In setting forth his priorities for the remainder of the year, he...more

Report Indicates Wealthy Chinese to Emigrate to US

Many foreigners crave United States citizenship even though it comes with corresponding obligations and responsibilities (i.e., think about tax compliance). CBS News previously wrote about pregnant women from foreign...more

Getting a Green Card Subjects Noncitizens to U.S. Foreign Bank Account Reporting Requirements

A resident or citizen of a country other than the United States who obtains lawful permanent resident status in the United States, often referred to as a “green card,” becomes a resident of the United States for U.S. income...more

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