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Tax Compliance: What You Need To Know Before You Travel

Maurice Glazer, Dallas, TX, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, TaxConnections

Thinking of moving to Mexico or Belize to live comfortably? Are you making an income in Mexico or the US you have not reported to the US government? Mexico has changed their tax laws and tax penalties and you need to be aware of them. Mexico now wants to know how much money you have in your US ban accounts.

You must be compliant and Maurice Glazer shares his experience working with taxpayers who decided to move to Belize or Mexico to live. Avoid getting arrested and having your US passport confiscated by being compliant. Read more

Do You Really Like Loaning The Government Money?

Brian Stoner, Tax Advisor, Burbank, CA, TaxConnections

This is a reprint of a blog I wrote over three years ago, but it still makes sense today.This is a reprint of a blog I wrote over three years ago, but it still makes sense today.

So, you have filed your income tax return with the IRS and your state, and are now waiting for the refund the government(s) owe you. You are thinking of all the things you can do with that money when you get it. Here are some things to think about as you wait:

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Foreign Real Estate Investments & Taxation in Italy

Marco Rossi, Tax Advisor

Italian taxation of foreign investments in Italian real estate is complex.

Transfer taxes charged upon the acquisition of the real estate (alternatively, registration tax or VAT) vary depending on the nature and tax status of the buyer (foreign private individual, foreign company purchasing and owning the real estate directly, or foreign individual or corporate investor purchasing and owning the real estate through an Italian controlled entity), as well as the nature and tax status of the seller (private individual vs. unincorporated business or commercial company registered as a VAT taxpayer).

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Congressional Chief Of Staff Charged With Filing False Security Clearance Form, Imprisoned For Failure To File Taxes

William Byrnes, Tax Advisor

A congressional staffer was charged with filing a false security clearance form, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu for the District of Columbia and Assistant Director in Charge Andrew Vale of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

He was previously sentenced to prison for willfully failing to file an individual income tax return.

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What Expenses Does Mileage Reimbursement Cover?

MileIQ, Business Miles Tracker

A mileage reimbursement program can be key for many businesses. But, often employees ask, “What expenses does a mileage reimbursement cover?” Let’s go over that, as well as some tips for a great reimbursement program.

What’s Included In The Mileage Reimbursement?

The mileage reimbursement covers the cost of operating a personal vehicle for business reasons. This includes the cost of things like gasoline, oil, maintenance and wear-and-tear.

Your business can decide how to handle other driving-related expenses. This may include the costs of parking and tolls.

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Inflation-Adjusted Amounts for 2018 Taxes

Certain tax items are adjusted annually for inflation each year. The numbers that follow are not official releases by the IRS, but reflect the probable amounts that will be in effect for tax year 2018, based on the formulas used by the IRS.

The standard deduction for couples filing a joint return is anticipated to increase to $13,000, an increase of $300 from 2017. Single and married filing separately is half that amount. Head of Household will be $9,550, a $200 increase. Taxpayers 65 years or older or blind will get an additional $1,300 standard deduction, a $50 increase. Personal and dependency exemptions will be the same as for 2017, $1,050. These increases will result in an increase in the minimum income requiring taxpayers to file a return.

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More Than One Way To Tax Consumption

In the U.S., the consumption taxes we are most familiar with are the sales tax and some excise taxes, such as on gasoline, alcohol and tobacco. We typically think of these taxes as having to be imposed at the point of purchase. There is an advantage to this because you’ll know at that time if you can afford to pay the tax. Disadvantages to this approach include that the vendor has additional compliance to collect and remit the tax (and penalties if done wrong) and the rate can’t be adjusted for the income level of the buyer (although I understand many might not view this as a disadvantage).

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Portland, Oregon Enacts New Surtax For High Executive Pay

Annette Nellen

This week, the City Council in Portland, Oregon modified the business license tax for publicly traded companies subject to SEC reporting. Basically, before the change, this tax is 2.2% of adjusted net income (City Code 7.02.500). The new language increasing this for either a 10% or 24% surtax, follows:

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Tax Challenges For Divorced Parents – Why?

Annette Nellen

We get used to certain rules in the tax system and then think they HAVE to be there. But, often, that is not the case. I think the rules related to divorce are good examples.

Alimony is deductible by the payer and taxable to the recipient. This violates the “fruit of the tree” doctrine from the famous 1930 US Supreme Court case, Lucas v Earl.

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Small Business Inter-Corporate Dividends

Larry Stolberg

Revisions to Section 55 of the Income Tax Act (“ITA”) may prevent the tax-free payment of inter-corporate dividends within a related corporate group.

With the exception of Part IV tax where applicable, the related party exemption per S55(3)(a) will no longer be available to allow cash dividends say paid from Opco to Holdco unless there is safe income in the payor corporation at the time of the dividend payment.

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Does Small Revenue Loss Justify Bad Tax Law? No

Annette Nellen

More on legislative efforts to give a tax break to winning Olympians(!) …

See my post, “Olympic Medal Taxation Craziness“, for background. This post got a lot of comments both here and on Tax Connections.

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Income Tax Aspects Of Non-Business Capital Gains And Losses Part II

Harold Goedde

This article will discuss the tax implications for wash sales stock rights, gifts, small business stock, non-business bad debts, and inheritances. This is a the second article in a series of three focusing on gains and losses. (Read Part I here)

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