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Toronto Consulate Wait Times Have Ballooned

Phil Hodgen August 23, 2014

An email from Tim S. alerted me to an interesting article by Patrick Cain about getting the difficulty of getting an appointment for expatriation in...

Is an ISA a foreign trust?

Phil Hodgen September 05, 2013

Yesterday and today I have had an interesting email exchange with three tax practitioners about Individual Savings Accounts from the U.K. I will call this...

Nonfilers and renewing your passport

Phil Hodgen July 23, 2013

Americans abroad who have not filed their U.S. income tax returns will sooner or later hit a brick wall. They will have to renew their...

Apartment security deposits and Form 8938

Phil Hodgen March 13, 2013

Consider a simple situation. An American living abroad rents an apartment. As is usual in these situations, the tenant gives the landlord a security deposit....

Yet another FBAR minnow to the guillotine

Phil Hodgen November 06, 2012

I have permission to post this anonymously. With regards to the US Government/IRS/FBAR/OVDI witchhunt/shakedown, I fit the mantle of victimhood at the hands of our...

Who is a nonresident alien?

Phil Hodgen September 28, 2012

I will be speaking on November 1, 2012 (Los Angeles) and November 2, 2012 (San Francisco and simulcast on the internet) at the 2012 Family...

Child support and international divorce

Phil Hodgen September 27, 2012

I will be speaking on November 1, 2012 (Los Angeles) and November 2, 2012 (San Francisco and on the interweb) at the 2012 Family Law...

American Citizens Abroad Dinner in Geneva

Phil Hodgen May 25, 2012

Last night (Thursday night) Mary and I were guests at a dinner and extended conversation hosted by American Citizens Abroad, in Geneva. Perhaps not coincidentally,...

Does the United States stand alone?

Phil Hodgen May 15, 2012

U.S. citizen who is a resident of another country must nevertheless pay income tax to the United States.  And, of course, the country where the...

Form 8938 can apply to nonresident aliens

Phil Hodgen February 27, 2012

Overview Even if you are a noncitizen of the United States, you may be required to report your worldwide financial assets to the Internal Revenue...

US tax and the Indian stock market

Phil Hodgen November 15, 2011

An article in The Hindu Business Line notes that the it may soon be possible for foreign individuals to invest directly in the Indian stock...

Fideicomiso question and Form 3520

Phil Hodgen March 24, 2011

An inquiry from a reader: Mr. Hodgen, After the release of both IRS forms 3520 & 3520-A instructions, is there a conclusion that a grantor...

Law-abiding expatriate faces a dilemma

Phil Hodgen March 14, 2011

This email is posted with permission from a correspondent. I don't know this person. The email came from a throw-away account, without a name. When...