International tax compliance has become so complicated it sometimes seems like a constant crossword puzzle of acronyms and obligations. If you live abroad, have foreign accounts, or meet other criteria, the intricacies of FATCA, FBAR, FinCen, Form 8938 are in play, carrying the potential to trip you up.
Living outside the U.S. can have many benefits, both cultural and financial. But in terms of complying with U.S. tax laws, expatriates carry more burdens, not fewer, than taxpayers who live in the U.S.
This is the first year that the deadline to file an annual Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR or FinCEN Form 114) is April 18th. In the past, it was a June 30 due date with no extension.
Immigrants and refugees aren't the only people whose travel plans can be affected by changes in federal policy.
Seven attorneys from Frost & Associates, LLC have been selected to the 2017 Maryland Rising Stars list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state. The attorneys recognized include Glen Frost, Justin Hughes, Kaitlyn Loughner, Jessica Frase Marine, Eli Noff, and John Samuels Pontius, Jr. In addition Dennis Boyle, who is of counsel to the firm, has been selected to the 2017 Washington D.C Super Lawyers list.
In the first part of this post, we noted what a hassle it can be to take care of taxes as a freelance worker. Figuring out self-employment tax can be complicated - and it's easy to fall behind on making the estimated tax payments you're supposed to make quarterly.
Technically, it isn't even called the FBAR anymore. The form for filing a report of foreign bank accounts that meet certain dollar thresholds is now called FinCEN 114, though the term FBAR is still commonly used.
A repeal of the federal estate tax may or may not happen when the Trump administration takes office. A lot will depend on the dynamics of the new, Republican-controlled Congress.
In the first part of this post, we discussed several negative effects that can result from a tax lien. These include keeping you from selling or refinancing your house and hurting your credit rating. Because credit checks by prospective employers are increasingly common, a tax lien can even make it more difficult to get a new job.
If you have tax debt, the IRS may use a tax lien as a key tool in its collection process. A lien does not actually take your property; a levy, not a lien, does that. But a tax lien can still have many negative effects.