January 18, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

From RUH, Terminal 1

Greetings from the Premier Lounge in Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport, Terminal 1.

I’ve been up since 4:20 a.m. because inexplicably someone at the hotel decided to program a wake-up alarm into that little glowing box beside the bed. It is now closing in on midnight and we take off shortly before 1 a.m.

I know I’m not the only one who is exhausted. The guy behind me here in the lounge is snoring.

Lufthansa to Frankfurt, then Los Angeles. As soon as the flight takes off, my seat goes horizontal and I will go to sleep.

Many of Riyadh’s streets are torn asunder because of construction (they’re putting in an amazingly extensive metro system) and traffic is thus worse than normal.... continue reading

Jell-O Shots
January 14, 2016 - Debra Rudd

PFIC held by a domestic partnership stops being a PFIC

Hey from Debra Rudd.

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Work here

We are hiring.

You can see the job listings at One admin/office manager, one accountant. We will also be posting a listing for an attorney soon.

For the accountant position, you might be straight out of school or you might have done your tour through the Big 4 or somewhere else and are disillusioned.... continue reading

January 12, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

From the Star Alliance Lounge at LAX; Send Help!

Hi from the Star Alliance lounge at LAX, where I am en route to the Middle East. I will be spending some time in Riyadh on this trip, and will be making another trip to Riyadh in February, in all probability.

In Riyadh, I will be at the Faisaliah, which is adjacent to a shopping mall (something to do!) and flanked by a Starbucks and a Costa Coffee (something to combat jet lag!).

Email me if you want to meet up in Riyadh.


This is a quick trip, to take care of some stuff and get back fast.

This time I’m flying on Lufthansa.... continue reading

Jell-O Shots
January 8, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

Foreign life insurance and Americans abroad

Hello again from Phil Hodgen, and Happy 2016.

Work here

We are hiring.

You can see the job listings at One admin/office manager, one accountant. That’s what’s on the plate at the moment.

But there will be more job listings to come in the next few months.

International Tax Lunch – Today

You are getting this at 6:00 a.m. Pacific time. At noon (Pacific time) today, our International Tax Lunch series for 2016 will kick off. I will be talking about the foreign earned income exclusion and Form 2555. Quick. Go to and sign up so you can get the last-minute email with the conference call dial-in information.... continue reading

Americans Living Abroad Friday Edition PFIC and CFCs
January 5, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

Planning for expatriation in 2016?

Hello and welcome to the first 2016 Expatriation Only newsletter. This is an “every other week” extravaganza that you signed up for, but you can easily stop receiving it by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of this email.

This week let’s talk about planning your exit. For those of you who are thinking about expatriation in 2016, this is a perfect time to start doing the footwork.

When should you renounce?

There are four major factors that drive the timing of your expatriation:

  • Covered expatriate status (you may need some time to re-engineer your life before you renounce your U.S.
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