It’s official. The IRS can now revoke your passport if you owe them US$50,000 or more. The new law was tucked away in a new highway bill dubbed the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act) that was signed by President Obama last week. What better way to get a contentious, potentially civil rights-violating bill […]
Heads up. If you’re an American living overseas and didn’t file a formal extension with the IRS using Form 4868, today is your tax day. You must file your annual return by midnight tonight. If you are an American living overseas and didn’t file a formal extension with the IRS… I have to ask: Why […]
A Humble Suggestion For The IRS If you haven't completed your FBAR form (TD F 90-22.1) for 2012, here's a heads up: The deadline is less than two weeks away. Remember that postmarking the form by June 30 isn't good enough. The Treasury Department must receive the thing by June 30. Completing my FBAR was my weekend project. I'll [...]
Time To File Form 8938 The second round of this year's U.S. tax season is coming to a close. Any U.S. person who applied for an extension must file his tax return by next Monday, Oct. 15. After weeks of procrastination and one miserable weekend, mine are almost finished. The big change this year is [...]
FATCA Is Closing In.. The level of concern among Americans seems to be growing as the FATCA implementation deadline draws closer and more people are becoming more aware of the implications and possible consequences of this absurd legislation. The first consequence has to do with the 30% withholding when wiring funds to a non-U.S. bank [...]
How To File Your FBAR (It's Due Friday) Form TD F 90-22.1, or, as it's more commonly referred to, the FBAR (Foreign Bank Account Report) form, is due this week. Every U.S. person is required to file this form if you have a financial interest in and/or signatory authority over any non-U.S. financial account(s) that [...]
Understanding IRS Form 8938 (Good Luck) Tax season is over, but many U.S. taxpayers remain confused about the new IRS Form 8938...including many tax professionals, it seems, given the number of e-mails I'm getting from readers asking questions to make sure their tax preparers completed their forms correctly. This new form is a catch-all intended [...]
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