Expatriates

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Saudi Arabia Update - October 2016

Legal developments - Nitaqat counts 60-year-old expats as two employees - Saudization is the colloquial term used to refer to Saudi Arabia’s official government policy of encouraging the employment of Saudi Arabian...more

2017 Inflation Adjustments

Rev. Proc. 2016-55 has provided adjusted figures for 2017 for tax items subject to inflation adjustments....more

UK Tribunal Allows Expatriate to Bring Claims in the UK

In Jeffrey v. The British Council 2016, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) ruled that an employee who had an “exceptional degree of connection” with the United Kingdom could bring claims in the UK even though he had been...more

Singapore Ranks #1 in Recent Survey of Expats

A most interesting report showing results of a survey was just released by HSBC. In the Expat Explorer Survey, created to measure which countries are the most enjoyable to expats, HSBC shares results in three categories –...more

US Citizenship Renunciation Procedures in Canada

The US constitution protects a US citizen from automatic loss of citizenship. Expatriation can only occur through the voluntary, intentional commission of an expatriating act that is stipulated by statute. A person who...more

Saudi Arabia Update - September 2016

As per the new Companies Law that came into effect on 2 May 2016 and which we have described in previous updates, single owner LLCs may be formed – whereas previously a minimum of two shareholders was required....more

If you are an “Expat”, or thinking about “Expatriating”, think about this!

Thinking about giving up your US citizenship pending the results of the Presidential election in November 2016? Concerned because you have been an “Expat” for a long time and have not filed US Tax returns? Just realized that...more

Thinking About Renouncing Your U.S. Citizenship?

If you are U.S. citizen residing in Canada who is considering renouncing U.S. citizenship, in all likelihood you will have to wait well into calendar year 2017 to be given the opportunity to do so. In 2015, a record...more

Breaking the Expat Myth in the United Arab Emirates

With the transient nature of this country, there are a number of misconceptions about the UAE criminal law, especially among expatriates. Hassan Elhais, Legal Consultant in Dubai, Femina ME’s guest columnist, tells us about...more

Waves of Guidance and Benefit Plan Developments Worth Watching

Notices on Second Round of Privacy and Security Audits are Out, Expat Plans, OON Surgery Center Billing Issues, and New Nondiscrimination Rules for Federal Contractors, New ERISA Civil Monetary Penalties, COBRA Notices and...more

More Clarity on Expatriate Health Plans and the ACA

Expatriate health plans have been surprisingly difficult to reconcile with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Proposed regulations set to take effect in 2017 provide some useful guidance to U.S. employers that sponsor expatriate...more

Issue 100: Agencies Propose ACA Regulations on Expatriate Plans and Excepted Benefits

This is the one-hundredth issue in our health care reform series of alerts for employers on selected topics in health care reform. (Our general summary of health care reform and other issues in this series can be accessed by...more

Be Alert Middle East: Oman update

Three key development that employers in Oman need to be aware of include...more

New Policies and Practices for Hiring Expatriates in China

With more and more expatriates working in China, and some even applying for long-term residence permits, complicated applications procedures have been deemed an impediment to attracting more talented expatriates. In later...more

¿Ha recibido una Carta FATCA?

Muchos Expatriados Estadounidenses están recibiendo Cartas FATCA de los bancos del extranjero alrededor del mundo. Los bancos están enviando estas cartas en anticipación al Reporte FATCA del IRS para reportar la información...more

Have You Received a FATCA Letter?

Many U.S. expatriate taxpayers are receiving “FATCA” letters from offshore banks around the world. The banks are sending the letters in anticipation of their I.R.S. FATCA reports of U.S. taxpayer offshore financial...more

Saudi Arabia Update – May 2016

Legal developments - Labor law developments - This month, a number of changes to Saudi Arabia’s labor and employment law regime have occurred. Implementing Regulations of the amended Labor Law - As we have...more

The Hidden Cost Of “Going Home” — the Expatriation Tax for Long-Term Permanent Residents Who Return to Their Home Countries

People immigrate to the United States for many different reasons. Many come here for work reasons and, somewhere along the way, obtain permanent resident status, otherwise known as holding a “green card.” They may work in the...more

Marital Deduction Trusts and Expatriates – More Questions Than Answers

If an expatriate dies and leaves property to a U.S. citizen or resident spouse, can a marital trust be used to defer or avoid the transfer tax imposed under Section 2801? Both the Code and the Regulations seem to say yes, but...more

Saudi Arabia Update – April 2016

Legal Developments - New incentives for achieving Saudization requirements - The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), which is an affiliate of the Ministry of Labor (MOL), has proposed a new system to reward...more

U.S. Expatriates Eligible to Open State Department Federal Credit Union Accounts

Due to a combination of factors, including increased enforcement of U.S. anti-money laundering and trade sanction laws and fear of securities law violations, a number of U.S. financial institutions have closed out existing...more

Expatriation Case

Cases on the new expatriation regime under Code Section 877A are few and far between. The Tax Court has now issued an opinion involving a U.S. resident who gave up his green card and the resulting consequences under Code...more

Saudi Arabia Update - February 2016

Legal developments - Local partner requirement reported to cease - Saudi Arabia seeks to draw investors to help reduce its reliance on oil exports and aims to facilitate foreign companies' investment in its market....more

Japan: Decision-Making & Maintaining Harmony

Japan’s surprise move to cut interest rates below zero last month brought its continuing economic challenges back into the global limelight. The country remains an economic and industrial powerhouse -- currently ranked the...more

DOJ’s Latest Offshore Tax Case Shows Expatriates Who Renounce U.S. Citizenship Not Immune From Prosecution

An individual residing in Switzerland since 2007, who apparently renounced his U.S. citizenship four years ago, was convicted today in federal court of one count of filing a false U.S. income tax return. According to a...more

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