Offshore Trusts: The Ultimate Guide

Offshore Trusts: The Ultimate Guide

Dateline: Bogota, Colombia A friend of mine received a postcard in the mail the other day. It didn’t come with a beautiful picture of the beach or a panoramic view of a bustling city skyline. No, much to their disappointment, this postcard was covered from front to...
Why I Hate Easy Taxes, Passports, and Banking

Why I Hate Easy Taxes, Passports, and Banking

Dateline: Mexico City, Mexico Easy is a word that is used . . . well, too easily. From time to time I talk about how something I did was easy. For instance, I’ve talked before about how easy it is to open a bank account in Georgia. But I’ll be the first to admit that...
Form 8858: US Taxes on Foreign Disregarded Entities

Form 8858: US Taxes on Foreign Disregarded Entities

 As an expat or U.S. taxpayer who owns a foreign business or an interest in a foreign business (corporation, partnership or LLC), there are a number of forms that you must complete and file with your standard 1040F income tax return.These forms are typical...
Form 8865: Tax Returns for Foreign Partnerships

Form 8865: Tax Returns for Foreign Partnerships

As readers of this site know, the United States taxes its citizens (including expats who live and work abroad) and legal permanent residents (LPRs) on their worldwide income. No matter where in the world your income is derived, the US government wants its piece, and...
Form 3520: US Taxes on Gifts and Inheritances

Form 3520: US Taxes on Gifts and Inheritances

You’ve probably heard the expression that the only two things certain in life are Death and Taxes. The United States’ Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) works very hard at making the second item in that short list true, especially for expats and US foreign taxpayers....
FinCEN114: Everything You Need to Know

FinCEN114: Everything You Need to Know

If you are a citizen (resident or non-resident) of the United States, green card holder, or resident alien who has a financial interest in or signature authority over a foreign financial account or accounts whose combined value is $10,000 or more in any calendar year,...