Money and people are constantly moving across borders – and every shift creates new tax complications. We understand and solve the issues that occur when multiple governments want to tax the same people and businesses. We also buy, hold, lease and sell U.S. real estate for non-resident investors.


International Tax Lunch: Form 8621

Who: Debra Rudd, CPA

What: Passive Foreign Investment Companies (PFICs) are subject to special and punitive tax treatment in the United States. This session will examine two of the three possible tax treatments (Mark-To-Market and Default), with a detailed explanation of how to perform the calculations, fill out Form 8621, and report income or loss on a tax return. The presentation will track a single PFIC’s treatment under these two regimes over a five-year period and will include a side-by-side comparison of the tax results during that time.

When: Friday, February 13 at 12:00PM Pacific Time

Where: HodgenLaw PC

Events / 02/13/2015



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