Author   /   Phil Hodgen

October 25, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

How to be a Resident After You Renounce

Welcome to Expatriation Only, the biweekly newsletter about giving up U.S. citizenship and residence.

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Promoting Our Brand New Newsletter: Supers Only

We have a brand new newsletter: Supers Only. It is a companion to our newest website,, currently in soft launch.

The subject? Australian superannuations – the Australian pension plan.

The audience? We are publishing the newsletter for Americans living and working in Australia, and Australians living in the United States. These two groups have a non-obvious U.S. tax problem, and it needs fixing.

The problem? The U.S.... continue reading

October 14, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

Everyone Has a Plan ‘Til They Get Punched in the Mouth

Welcome to The Friday Edition, the biweekly newsletter on international tax things, because, well, that’s what I do in my day job.

This episode is for people who are aware that they have a tax problem. You might be running a business and know that there are a lot of unfiled forms (Form 5471 is a favorite) you need to take care of. Or you might not have filed tax returns for years. Or you earned income but did not report it for taxes.

In one way or another you have reached the jumping-off point. You have realized there is a problem, and you need to solve it.... continue reading

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October 11, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

Easy Math for Determining Long-Term Resident Status

Hello and welcome to Expatriation Only, the biweekly newsletter that focuses on people renouncing U.S. citizenship or giving up green cards.

This week’s edition was triggered by a query from a reader, who was unclear about how green card holders figured out whether the exit tax rules applied to them (or not).

The exit tax rules apply to expatriates. Citizens become expatriates by relinquishing U.S. citizenship. Immigrants become expatriates by (1) being immigrants for a long time, then (2) giving up their immigrant visa status.

Immigrants who hold their permanent resident visas (green cards) for long enough to be hit by the exit tax are called long-term residents.... continue reading

October 6, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

Hear Atossa Abrahamian Speak About Buying and Selling Citizenship

There is a booming trade in selling citizenship and permanent resident status as a path to citizenship. People think that only small countries do this. While small countries do sell passports (St. Kitts is a prominent example), large countries do this as well. Even the United States, under the guise of the EB-5 “buy a green card” program, provides a path to American citizenship for the well-to-do.

We are seeing the rise of a new type of person–the multinational individual. Tax professionals have long known how to deal with multinational business operations, but now we are confronted with the same high level of multi-country tax complexity, applied to people.... continue reading

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September 30, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

Banking Across Borders for Minimultinationals

This episode of the Friday Edition is about the intersection of tax planning and the real world. We help entrepreneurs who do business across borders. We are seeing them have increasing problems with banking.

I offer no solution here; this is mostly a plea for help. 🙂

  • If you know good international bankers, please let me know.
  • If you know where I can go to learn about the constraints (KYC, AML, etc.) that affect a bank’s ability to work with customers, please tell me about them.

Be Prepared for Hard Work

There are a couple of warnings I have for you, based on what my life is like right now:

  • Be prepared to spend a lot of time on the “open bank accounts where you need them” job.
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