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July 22, 2016

Former green card holder returning to the United States as a visitor

If you sign up for one of my email newsletters, you will get a bot-response from me, thanking you for signing up.  But if you ask a question, the response is remarkably lifelike, because I actually write the answer.  🙂

Today reader S.J. signed up and here is what he wanted to know.  I have edited his comments slightly for formatting and clarity, but mostly to hide identifying information.

1 – What’s the single most important question you have about international tax?

I abandoned my LPR green card in ______, 2015 (delivered my Green Card with Form I-407 to the US embassy) and was given a visitor visa.

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July 22, 2016

Withholding When You Pay a Nonresident Alien Working Outside the US

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What is my withholding responsibility when I pay a nonresident alien for work outside the US?

Today’s newsletter came by way of an email question:

I hired a web designer in Nicaragua to work on my website. He put together something from his home office. He is a nonresident alien.

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July 19, 2016

Closure After Expatriation

Hi again, and thanks for reading. It’s Phil with the every-other-week Expatriation Only email newsletter. You can unsubscribe by clicking the link at the bottom of this email.

Closure After Expatriation

This week is an answer to an email I received from a reader. It asks about what happens after you file that final income tax return.

It is a fairly common question, and there is a short, but unsatisfactory (to those of us who are a teensy bit OCD) answer.

I would like to thank you for the wealth of information you have shared in your expatriation blog. It has certainly helped me greatly in trying to work my way through the entire process.

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July 12, 2016

Lookthrough Rules for Mutual Funds Held in Foreign Pensions in Treaty Countries

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Do I have to report PFICs held in an employer matching pension?

This week’s newsletter is a question we get frequently:

I have a US citizen client who is living and working in country X. Country X has an income tax treaty with the US. The employer provides a retirement plan where the employee contributes, and the employer matches some percent of the employee contributions.

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July 8, 2016

Stealth Change to the Exit Tax for Green Card Holders?

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Do I get a step up in basis if I am a green card holder who becomes a covered expatriate?

This week’s newsletter came about because of a bit of intra-office panic:

Do green card holders who expatriated in 2015 still get a step up in basis for exit tax purposes?

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