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February 6, 2017 - Phil Hodgen

Filing Deadlines for FBARs and Income Tax Returns

We finally have sane filing deadlines for income tax returns and FBARs (FinCen Form 114). But there is still a trap for the unwary.

Income Tax Return Deadline for Tax Returns: April 15

Humans file income tax returns by April 15 .1

Income Tax Return Extended Filing Deadlines

Humans can get extensions of time to file their income tax returns:

  • June 15. This is an automatic extension, no paperwork required. It is available for American citizens or green card holders whose tax homes are outside the United States.2
  • October 15. This deadline is yours if you ask for it.
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August 24, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

Why Tax Practitioners Cannot Cash Your Refund Check

People who file Form 1040NR (as nonresidents of the United States) will sometimes receive a tax refund.  Sometimes it is large, sometimes it is small.

The IRS, by default, issues a paper check for refunds.

It will shock you to discover that sometimes paper checks take a long time to reach their overseas destination.  Sometimes the paper checks never arrive.  Or sometimes it is a big hassle to deposit the U.S. dollar denominated check into a bank account overseas.  Or it costs a significant amount in bank fees to get this done.

In short, paper checks are an abomination.

It is possible to have refunds deposited directly to your bank account.... continue reading

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June 10, 2016 - Phil Hodgen

My correspondents make me jealous

I traded emails earlier this morning with a tax lawyer friend who happens to be in Istanbul right now.  This is the view from his balcony.  I am deeply jealous.

 

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November 7, 2015 - Phil Hodgen

New Mailing List – CalCPA International Tax Events

There is a new mailing list on our hodgen.com/lists page, started today:  the CalCPA International Tax Events list.

The purpose of the list is to increase the number of people who attend the CalCPA International Tax Conference. I am the chair of that conference. We had a great event yesterday in San Francisco — our best yet in terms of quality of presentations.  Great attendance, and a great mixer after the event.  Free alcohol!  Heh.

(Hint:  come next year and attend in person, or watch on the web if you cannot).

The list will provide information about upcoming CalCPA events — live events, webcasts, etc.... continue reading

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