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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
22 Mar
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How Trump’s Tax Changes Impact Americans Offshore

Trump threw us Americans with businesses overseas a curveball in December. His tax changes eliminated the deferred-tax status for U.S.-controlled foreign corporations. That opportunity to defer U.S. tax made it possible for Americans with small businesses overseas to build their businesses faster. Now what? All my global tax-expert friends and colleagues have spent the past […]

10 Apr
IRS Tax Deadline Extension Ending Today

IRS Tax Deadline Extension Ends April 18th

Answers To Two Important U.S. Tax Questions It’s tax time again for us Americans. That is, this Tuesday, April 18 (April 15 is a Saturday and April 17 is a holiday in D.C.), is the reporting deadline for those of us who haven’t filed for an extension until October. How many tax dates do we [...]
13 Mar
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Why I Fired My CPA And Started Doing My Own Offshore Taxes

Zen And The Art Of Taxes For The American Abroad I’ve been preparing U.S. taxes since I was in high school. My first office job as a teenager was working for a small CPA firm in Phoenix, Arizona. That group trained me, over the three years I worked for them, in the basics of tax [...]
08 Sep
Taxes For The American Entrepreneur And Investor Overseas

The Challenges Of Tax Filing While Being Abroad

The Oct. 15 deadline looms. That is, any American who filed for an extension is now buckling down to prepare his 2015 tax return… myself included. One related topic that has been generating lots of questions for me lately is foreign disregarded entities. Even professional tax-filers seem to be confused as to how these work. […]

26 Mar
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2015 Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

To qualify for the FEIE using the 330 Day Test, you must be in another country (just being outside the United States doesn’t work if you’re in international waters, for example) for 330 days out of any 365-day period. It does not matter if the 330 days are over two calendar years (between Nov. 1, […]