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07 Mar
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An Update On Tax Changes And Qualified Opportunity Zones

Qualified Opportunity Zone Tax Breaks—Setting The Record Straight The U.S. tax code is nearly 75,000 pages long. That is to say… U.S. taxes are the most complicated in the world. Tax bills are passed based on political whim and agenda and then the IRS is tasked with drafting detailed regulations to connect the new laws [...]
14 Feb
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How To Stay Compliant With Offshore Taxes

Everything The American (And Canadian) Needs To Know About Offshore Taxes This month’s issue of my Simon Letter service features my annual review, overview, and update on taxes for the American abroad. The big change affecting us Americans overseas since my report this time last year is the 2017 tax law that now forces U.S.-controlled [...]
24 Jan
Maya Ruins, Jaguar Temple, in Belize

History Of Belize: From Maya Settlement To Melting Pot

4 Reasons Belize Should Be On Your Radar In 2019 Since "Survivor" and "Temptation Island" put it on America's radar, sleepy little Belize has been attracting attention for its white-sand beaches, coral reef, Maya ruins, and virgin rain forest. Historically, it was the country's land, water, gold, timber, and oil. These are the agendas that [...]
03 Dec
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Five Flags: Comparing Panama And Portugal’s Citizenship, Residency, Real Estate, And Taxes

#1 Choice For Going Offshore In 2019 We Americans tend to dismiss Europe for overseas lifestyle and investment options, thinking this part of the world is too complicated or too expensive. The truth is that some European countries can be cheaper than destinations that might much sooner come to mind as top live and invest [...]
12 Nov
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Considering Your Tax Options? Remember To Put Profits First

Why I'm Sometimes OK Paying More Taxes A few years ago, after reading an article I'd written detailing an American's ongoing obligation to file a tax return with the IRS each year even after he's moved overseas, a reader wrote in to correct me. The reader proudly pointed out that an American does not need [...]
04 Oct
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Take Your Business Offshore To Operate Tax-Free

How To Operate Your Business Tax-Free By Going Offshore The key advantage of going offshore is diversification. The good news is that you have the opportunity to diversify not only your investments in this way, but your life, too—both your personal life and your professional one. That is, in today's world, you can realize many [...]
06 Sep
Street in Nice, France

You May Be Surprised At How Low Taxes In Europe Can Be

So You Wanna Live In Europe? People often take Europe off the list of possibilities for where to move or invest overseas because they assume the residency options are too limited or the tax implications too onerous. The truth is that residency can be easier to obtain in some European countries than it is in [...]
09 Aug
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Tax Rules: How To Minimize By Keeping A Global Mindset

How To Reduce Your Tax Burden… Maybe To Zero I’ve been reviewing tax regimes of a couple dozen countries over the last few weeks, trying to help out with the Overseas Retirement Index that sister publication Overseas Living Letter puts out each year. The research has reminded me of two things. First, the United States has the [...]
14 Jun
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Repatriating Funds From Overseas: Transfers, Taxes, And More

One thing to consider when buying real estate in another country is to do with the requirements for repatriating your funds if and when you decide to sell the property. Often, transferring money out of a country isn’t as simple as calling your bank and initiating a wire of the funds. Some jurisdictions, including Colombia […]