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Finally- All the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Foreign Trusts in One Place!

Finally- All the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Foreign Trusts in One Place!
BONUS: A Handy Yes/No Calculation Quiz to Determine:
1. IF Your Trust is a Foreign Trust
2. Type of Trust
This blog post introduces International wealth tax advisors’ new FAQ page on Foreign Trusts on the International Welath Tax Asvisors’ website. The page includes a yes/no quiz which calculates which type (if any) foreign trust you are dealing with. If you need foreign trust reporting, management and tax filing help, know that International Wealth Tax Advisors can be your trusted resource!

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It Happened in South Dakota

It Happened in South Dakota

The Pandora Papers, a recent reveal of pervasive cross-border financial crime and elaborately-crafted tax dodging structures, as reported by a global network of investigative journalists, has
already shaken up governments and elections, upended tax authorities and initiated criminal investigations… Perhaps the most intriguing revelation of all from a stateside perspective was the emergence of South Dakota as a preferred tax haven of the rich and famous.

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It Happened in South Dakota

It Happened in South Dakota

The Pandora Papers, a recent reveal of pervasive cross-border financial crime and elaborately-crafted tax dodging structures, as reported by a global network of investigative journalists, has
already shaken up governments and elections, upended tax authorities and initiated criminal investigations… Perhaps the most intriguing revelation of all from a stateside perspective was the emergence of South Dakota as a preferred tax haven of the rich and famous.

Third Quarter 2021 U.S. Economic Outlook: Vaxed, Taxed, and Roaring Back

Third Quarter 2021 U.S. Economic Outlook: Vaxed, Taxed, and Roaring Back

It’s been a year and a half since the onset of COVID-19, and there’s encouraging news for clients. The U.S. economy is bouncing back to life thanks in part to government aid and relatively high vaccination rates. The national economy grew at a seasonally adjusted, 6.5% annual rate in the second quarter, a sign that the nation has achieved a sustained recovery from the pandemic-induced recession. In fact, the economy has now surpassed its pre-pandemic levels.

IRS Introduces Tax Relief Measures for Those Impacted by Covid-19

IWTA Breaking Tax News:
IRS Introduces Tax Relief Measures for Those Impacted by Covid-19

On November 2, 2020 the Internal Revenue Service announced changes designed to de-stress taxpayers filing late 2019 returns, and those that have fallen behind on previously-negotiated installment agreements or otherwise struggling to pay balances owed.
In short, any taxpayer struggling financially due to the pandemic can take comfort in and advantage of the second phase of tax relief — what the IRS calls its “People First” initiative. This applies to small business owners too, who have been hurt badly by the pandemic-induced economic slowdown.

In 2020 Cryptocurrency is No Longer a “Bit” Player

It is evident that the Covid economy has only intensified the thirst of investors, entrepreneurs and increasingly, average citizens, for an economic model that more seamlessly marries with life-in-the-digital-lane. This article updats the shifting landscape of cryptocurrency, banking and finance and taxes. The future is here and traditional banking must ride the cryptocurrency blockchain or go the way of the abacus.

Are You FIRPTA Compliant? IRS Targets Foreign Holders of U.S. Real Estate

The U.S. Congress designed the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) to collect tax on the sale of a U.S. property by a foreign person or business entity in order to ensure that foreign persons and entities paid tax on their U.S. source (situated) income (i.e., extract a type of capital gains tax that would normally not apply). Looking to boost tax revenues in a tough year of the Covid-19 pandemic, on On October 5th and Sept. 14. 2020, the IRS Large Business & International Division (LB&I) issued notices regarding their resumption of a FIRPTA enforcement campaign.

IRS Cuts FDII and GILTI Some Slack

Last month, on July 9, to be exact, the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS officially rolled out final regulations under IRS tax code Section 250, providing updated guidance on the deduction for foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) and global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI).