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April 21, 2020

Why a Section 962 Statement is Necessary

On July 10, 2020 I will  present a live Section 962 webcast that goes into excruciatingly painful detail about preparing a Section 962 tax return.

This is the first draft of my notes for the part of the presentation that talks about where the rubber meets the road:  the Section 962 Statement.

I probably won’t publish the notes as part of the webcast, but I will be sharing drafts on the blog. Later, there will be a complete recorded webcast/course materials package available.

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Part 5 describes how you prepare the Section 962 Statement.... continue reading

April 13, 2020

Filing and tax payment deadlines for 2019 tax filings

The IRS can postpone deadlines when there is a Federally-declared disaster. IRC §7508A. We have one of those Federally-declared disasters right now, what with the coronavirus excitement and all of that.

The IRS, in a series of Notices, has given everyone until July 15, 2020 to do anything required to be done between April 1, 2020 and July 15, 2020.

Notices

These are the Notices that the IRS has issued so far to adjust filing deadlines and tax payment deadlines:

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April 8, 2020

What goes on your balance sheet when you expatriate?

When you expatriate, you are required to declare all of your assets and liabilities and compute your net worth. If your net worth is above $2 million, you are a “covered expatriate” and hilarity ensues.

What goes on your balance sheet?

Let’s talk about what goes on your Form 8854 balance sheet.  What, specifically, is an asset you own?

This is how you figure it out:

  1. Assume you are a U.S. citizen or a resident of the United States (as “resident” is defined for estate/gift tax purposes).
  2. There is an asset that you are wondering about. Should you include it on your balance sheet or not?
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April 5, 2020

Section 965 and a new offer in compromise policy

In late 2017 our Trusted Servants(TM) in Congress blessed us with a new tax law.

Among other features, the new law contained a spectacular Come to Jesus that absolutely hammered our minimultinational clients.

I speak, of course, of Section 965.

Section 965

Consider a foreign corporation owned by an American living abroad. The foreign corporation operates an ordinary business.  Dry cleaning.  Gas station.  Utterly mundane.  It paid tax on its profits in its home country every year.

But the U.S. never taxed those profits.  The general rule (in Ye Olden Days) was simple: you didn’t pay U.S. tax on foreign corporation profits until you take the money out of the foreign corporation.... continue reading

April 3, 2020

Dadon v. United States (2020)

I have posted the full text of this case to make it easy to cross-reference to my previous blog post discussing what happened here.  Don’t treat this version of the opinion as absolute Gospel. I might have messed something up converting the file for posting.


UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA

JOSEPH DADON, Plaintiff, v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Defendant.

No. 1:19-cv-03862-JMS-DLP

April 1, 2020, Filed April 1, 2020, Decided

JOSEPH DADON, an individual, Plaintiff: Michael A. Bowse, PRO HAC VICE, BOWSE LAW GROUP, APC, Los Angeles, CA.

For UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, by and through the Internal Revenue Service, Defendant: Arie M.... continue reading

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