Expansion of Tax Avoidance Taskforce

June 23, 2020

The Tax Avoidance Taskforce has recently been expanded by the ATO to private groups and high wealth individuals. Originally conceived in 2016 to ensure that multinational enterprises, large public and private business pay the right amount of tax, this has now been extended to cover more taxpayers.

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Reportable Tax Position Schedule Expansion

June 23, 2020

Large private companies will soon have to deal with an added compliance burden, the Reportable Tax Position (RTP) schedule is set to apply to all large companies from 1 July 2020 (ie the 2020-21 income tax year). The reportable tax position (RTP) schedule is a schedule to the company income tax return and requires large businesses to disclose their most contestable and material tax positions.

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Foreign Residents And The Main Residence Exemption

June 23, 2020

Foreign residents beware, laws have been passed to restrict your access to claim the CGT main residence exemption on the sale of your home, except in some limited circumstances. This applies to any person that is not an Australian resident for tax purposes at the time of disposal (ie when the contract is signed to sell the property).

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Navigating a Global Expansion

September 10, 2019

Is your business part of the global economy? If not, it may be losing out on some revenue- and value-building opportunities. However, “going global” obviously isn’t as simple as snapping your fingers and tapping into new markets. And it isn’t necessarily right for every business.

Here are several challenges the international marketplace can bring, along with a systematic approach to help your venture succeed globally.

Should you expand your business overseas? Just because you’ve thrived in the United States doesn’t mean you’ll achieve the same sort of results internationally. You don’t want to damage your core business by exhausting resources elsewhere. Read more

Spring into the Automatic Two Month Extension

April 25, 2019

By Bethany Bouw

With spring showers, come tax due dates. Individual income tax returns are due April 15, 2019. For those that reside abroad, now is the time to determine if you need to request the automatic 6-month extension or if you qualify for the automatic two-month extension. Other important factors that should be considered are tax payments along with extension time frames. This article will answer some common questions related to the two-month extension.

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February 18, 2019


Recently, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (collectively, Treasury), proposed regulations implementing Section 864(c)(8) of the Code (the Proposed Regulations). The Proposed Regulations affect certain foreign persons that recognize gain or loss from the sale or exchange of an interest in a partnership that is engaged in a trade or business within the United States. The Proposed Regulations also affect partnerships that, directly or indirectly, have foreign partners.

Section 864(c)(8), which was added to the Code by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), provides that gain or loss of a nonresident alien individual or foreign corporation (a foreign transferor) from the sale, exchange, or other disposition (transfer) of a partnership interest is treated as effectively connected (EC) with the conduct of a trade or business within the United States (EC gain or EC loss) to the extent that the transferor would have had EC gain or loss if the partnership had sold all of its assets at fair market value as of the date of the sale or exchange (deemed sale). Section 864(c)(8) essentially overturns the holding in Grecian Magnesite Mining v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 3 (2017), appeal argued, No. 17-1268 (D.C. Cir. Oct. 9, 2018).

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How Do You Solve a Problem like Foreign Taxes?

February 18, 2019

By Bethany Bouw, CPA

There have been some rumblings recently about foreign taxes, specifically foreign real estate taxes. As one might imagine, there are a wide variety of foreign taxes. These foreign taxes can include items such as income taxes, real estate taxes, wealth taxes, estate taxes, solidarity taxes, and value-add taxes It can be easy to lump these all together when asked about foreign taxes paid or accrued if a taxpayer is not careful. Instead, it is best to be aware of the breakdown as not all foreign taxes are treated equally. Taxpayers should also be aware that there are limits on foreign taxes that would otherwise be creditable or deductible.

Foreign Real Estate Taxes

Schedule A of the Form 1040 used to include foreign real estate taxes in the taxes deducted. Unfortunately, with the recent tax reform, these may no longer be deducted on Schedule A (though for taxpayers already limited by the SALT cap with just domestic real estate and state income tax this is not as large of a loss). This disallowance means taxpayers without a state income tax and domestic real estate tax may find themselves unable to deduct much in the way of taxes on Schedule A. Read more

Giving more than your heart to your non-US spouse

February 18, 2019

By Bethany Bouw, CPA

Around this time of year it is common to find ads for flowers, chocolate, and jewelry which can mean only one thing: Valentine’s Day. While foreign tax considerations are not nearly as romantic and sentimental a gift for your foreign spouse, you can be assured that you will not regret taking the time to consider what their status means for gifts and estates. Presents are still advisable.

Many taxpayers think that once they get through the hurdles of marrying their foreign spouse and the paperwork entailed in marriage, residency, and work permits that it will be just like being married to a US citizen. Unfortunately, that is not the case for US taxation. It is vital to make sure you inform yourself as to what the differences are.

Gifting to non-US spouses

For married couples that are both US citizens, the gifts between the spouses would qualify for the marital deduction and therefore would not be subject to gift tax or eat up one’s unified credit. A couple with one spouse who is not a US citizen have limits on non-taxable gifts and also additional reporting considerations. A non-US citizen spouse who is not a US resident that gifts the US person more than $100,000 in a year creates a reporting requirement. Conversely, a US citizen who gifts their non-US citizen spouse may not be able to do so without creating gift taxation. The annual exclusion for gifts to a non-US citizen spouse is $155,000 for 2019. The annual exclusion for gifts to non-US citizen spouses, like the typical annual gift tax exclusion, is adjusted for inflation. Jointly purchased assets with a non-US citizen could create gifts that the US citizen needs to consider against the annual exclusion. Depending on where you live, buying a house could incur a gift tax or force the taxpayer to use a portion of their unified credit.

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Own a CFC? Get Ready to be GILTI…

December 7, 2018

There have been many changes in the last 12 months for US taxation of foreign entities. US shareholders of controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) have already felt the pinch of transition tax for 2017. Unfortunately, the pinch of foreign taxation changes is going to continue in 2018 and onwards thanks in part to GILTI. As the acronyms connotation implies, it is a less than popular tax change. Let us look together at some significant points related to the ominous GILTI: Read more

Fa La La Falling Afoul of Foreign Gift Rules…

December 6, 2018
Foreign Gift

If you plan to do any international gifting or donating this year, make sure you are aware of possible tax consequences that may be associated.

By Bethany Bouw, CPA

Tis the season when those far and wide give gifts to their loved ones and charities. While you may be giving purely for the benefit of others, this does not remove the need to be aware of IRS requirements and regulations. Though the recipients will appreciate your altruistic intent, the IRS still has expectations no matter the spirit of the season. So, lest you fall afoul of the reporting rules, here are three commonly asked questions to consider as you gift and donate internationally this holiday season. Read more