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September 14, 2017 - William Shiraga

Income Tax Return Extension Until December 15, 2017

If you are an American living abroad and sweating the October 15 tax filing deadline for your 2016 income tax returns, there is a possible piece of relief. You may be able to qualify for a further extension of time for filing your tax return — to December 15, 2017.

Summary

For American taxpayers living abroad, if you want to get a filing deadline of December 15, 2017 for your 2016 Form 1040, do this:

  • On or before June 15, 2017, file Form 4868.
  • On or before June 15, 2017, pay whatever tax you have to pay for 2016, along with that Form 4868 you are filing.
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June 9, 2017 - Phil Hodgen

Income Tax Return Filing Deadlines for Americans Abroad

Answers In a Hurry

Here are the answers in a hurry:

When You Must File Your Income Tax Return

  • April 15. If your “tax home” or “abode” is in the United States, your filing deadline is April 15. This is the default rule.​
  • June 15. If your “tax home” or “abode” is outside the United States, your deadline for filing your income tax return is June 15. This is automatic and you do not need to do anything to get it.
  • October 15. Anyone can file Form 4868 to make extend the filing deadline to October 15. File before April 15 or June 15 (whichever applies to you).
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Americans Living Abroad Friday Edition
June 6, 2017 - Phil Hodgen

Canadian Treaty Relief from Double Taxation

Covered expatriates risk being taxed twice: once by the United States on assets they own when when they expatriate, and a second time by their home country when they sell assets or take pension distributions.

The double taxation problem has been largely solved for expatriates who live in Canada, but not (as far as I know) for other residents of countries.

What’s a Double Taxation Problem?

Let’s talk first about what a double-taxation problem is. It occurs because two countries want to tax you, and neither country cares that the other country taxed you.

Two Countries Claim You

If you are a taxpayer in two different countries, both countries will impose their domestic tax laws on you, and insist on the right to force you to pay tax on your income.... continue reading

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May 18, 2017 - Haoshen Zhong

Attribution of PFICs Through a Family Trust

Today’s topic is based on some war stories we have seen. Here is the general situation we have had to deal with:

I am a US citizen living abroad and married to a foreign national. She and I both owned some PFICs. We transferred them to a family trust whose trustee is a private company we own 50-50. Our children and we are beneficiaries of the family trust. Do I have to report the PFICs held in the family trust as my own?

Today’s post will discuss some of the uncertainties and possible results for PFIC attribution through a trust.

What are PFICs?

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April 27, 2017 - Phil Hodgen

Redfield v. Commissioner (U.S. Tax Court Memorandum Opinion, 26 April 2017)

This Tax Court Memorandum opinion is currently only available on (extremely overpriced and God-awful UI) Lexis via Tax Notes Today. (How do you take something terrible and make it worse? Lexis Advance is your answer).

I do not see the opinion anywhere on the Tax Court’s website. In order to make it available to everyone, I am posting it here.

The opinion demonstrates the procedural aspects for filing a late Form 2555.


DAMON AARON REDFIELD,
Petitioner
v.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE,
RespondentUNITED STATES TAX COURTFiled April 26, 2017

Damon Aaron Redfield, pro se.

Jeffrey E. Gold and Stephen C.... continue reading

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