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August 25, 2020 - Phil Hodgen

A simple explanation of tested interest expense for IRC §951A

Here is a simple explanation of “tested interest expense” — one of the variables you will compute when calculating how much global intangible low-taxed income will be included in a U.S. shareholder’s gross income because of IRC §951A(a).

The example will show you how to prepare both forms, and what the numbers mean, including how to deal with the interest deduction and its later add-back into the calculations.

Completed sample Form 5471, Schedule I-1 and Form 8992 can be found within my August 2020 International Tax Lunch slides.


IRC §951A(a) makes a U.S. shareholder include (most of) a CFC’s net income in the shareholder’s U.S.... continue reading

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April 21, 2020 - Phil Hodgen

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.

Sign up to get the early-bird pricing here.

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

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April 13, 2020 - Phil Hodgen

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.


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

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April 5, 2020 - Phil Hodgen

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

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April 3, 2020 - Phil Hodgen

How governments share information across borders

The World’s Worst Tax Strategy

“How will they ever find out?”

It’s a classic tax-planning strategy that works very well, until the day it doesn’t work. Then it fails spectacularly.

Children do this all the time. They say “Dad said I could stay out until midnight!” to Mom and “Mom said I could stay out until midnight!” to Dad. This works until Mom and Dad compare notes.

It’s the same with taxpayers working across borders. If the tax authorities in Country A can’t see transactions that happen in Country B, then you can lie to Country A and get away with it. ... continue reading

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