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Determining Tax Residency In The United States

John Richardson

The advent of the OECD Common Reporting Standard (CRS) has illuminated the issue of tax residency and the desire of people to become tax residents of more tax favorable jurisdictions. It has become critically important for people to understand what is meant by tax residency. It is important that people understand how tax residency is determined and the questions that must be asked in determining tax residence. Tax residency is NOT necessarily determined by physical presence.

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Italian Supreme Court Ruling On Beneficial Ownership

Marco Rossi

With its ruling n. 27113/2016 issued on December 28, 2016, the Italian Supreme Court interpreted and applied the beneficial ownership provision of article 10 of the tax treaty between Italy and France, for the purpose of determining whether a French holding company, wholly owned by a U.S. corporation, was entitled to the imputed credit granted under that treaty in respect of dividends received from an Italian subsidiary.

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Is Your Refund Part Of The $1B Unclaimed?

Barry Fowler

If you haven’t filed your 2013 taxes you could have a refund among the more than $1 billion that the IRS has stated is unclaimed.

That’s right. Just recently the IRS stated that it has more than $1 billion worth of unclaimed tax refunds for people who have not filed their 2013 taxes. They indicate that there are roughly 1 million people who have not filed and have not claimed their refunds.

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ACA Replace Proposal & Insurance Company Compensation

Annette Nellen

The tax law is difficult to understand due to its numerous special rules. This is apparent on just about every news show about the House Republican/President Trump’s bill to replace/repair the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Last night, I saw a bit of a CNN town hall with HHS Secretary Tom Price. Questions were raised about the bill providing significant benefits to high income/wealthy individuals. In addition to repeal of the Net Investment Income Tax (Section 1411), a comment was made by the CNN reporter about repealing the ACA rule regarding a compensation limit on high compensation of health insurance companies.

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TaxConnections Worldwide Tax Blogs Honors Ronald Marini

Kat Jennings

Every week, until the end of the year, we will be celebrating one of our top writers on TaxConnections.

This week we are honoring Ronald Marini.

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The Interpretation of US Tax Treaties

John Richardson

Domestic Law, Foreign Law, or the Intent of the Treaty

 

On August 5, 2016 the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuits issued it’s decision in the Esher case.

This important case is: FRENCH TAXES US COURT REVERSAL 5 AUG 2016 (1)

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The Magna Carta Turns The Big 801!

June 15, 1215. No Taxation Without Representation!

A phrase thought to belong to the US revolutionaries was actually rooted in principle in chapter 12 of the Magna Carta. Like those who revolted against England’s policy, the Baron’s believe that rampant taxation was a signature of tyrannical government.

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Non-Cash Charitable Contribution Rules May Be Changing

Under current tax law, a donor may deduct fair market value for certain non-cash contributions of a capital asset to IRS qualified tax-exempt organizations.  This provision in the law has been a great benefit to organizations as well as donors.

For example, assume a taxpayer owns a capital asset such as a tract of unimproved land.  The land has a cost basis to the taxpayer of $10,000 but its fair market value is $50,000.  If this land has been owned by the taxpayer for more than 12 months, he or she gets a deduction equal to the fair market value when donated to an IRS qualified tax-exempt organization. So the taxpayer gets a $50,000 deduction for an asset costing him or her $10,000 and does not pay any tax on the appreciated amount. Read more

New FBAR Deadline: Why This Is Great News?

This is what happened on the last day of July this year (2015): President Obama signed into law H.R. 3236, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act (The Act). An unlikely vehicle for deadline changes, but it did make some really important changes to Tax Law & Revenue Provisions, including:

1. FinCEN Form 114 (FBAR) filing and extension deadlines;
2. Tax Filing Deadlines;
3. Changes to consistent basis reporting between the estate and the person acquiring the property from the decedent.

Point #3 above modifies due dates for Trust returns: Foreign trusts with US Owners and Read more

Travel And Entertainment: Maximizing Tax Benefits

Tax law allows you to deduct two types of travel expenses related to your business, local and what the IRS calls “away from home.”

First, local travel expenses. You can deduct local transportation expenses incurred for business purposes such as the cost of getting from one location to another via public transportation, rental car, or your own automobile. Meals and incidentals are not deductible as travel expenses, but you can deduct meals as an entertainment expense as long as certain conditions are met (see below).

Second, you can deduct away from home travel expenses, including meals and incidentals, but if your employer reimburses your travel expenses your deductions are Read more

Raise Your Hands In The Air Like You Just Don’t Care

One of the classic Paper Chase cases, albeit from a different first-year course than the one that the late, great John Houseman taught, is 1891’s O’Brien v. Cunnard S.S. Co., Ltd. Mary O’Brien, an Irish immigrant on board a ship from Queenstown to Boston, held up her arm to be vaccinated against smallpox, a duty which the ship’s surgeon dutifully performed. She later claimed that the vaccination was an assault because the doctor “used force on the plaintiff against her will” and that he was “negligent” during the procedure, although the facts are a bit hazy as to exactly what this learned physician did, or did not, do. Although Ms. O’Brien was a new citizen, she apparently knew enough about the system to call a lawyer and sue everyone in sight.

The Massachusetts Supreme Court eventually ruled that Ms. O’Brien consented to the Read more

The IRS Streamlines The Methodology For Small Businesses To Comply With The Tangible Property Regulations

On February 13 of 2015, The Internal Revenue Service (hereinafter the “Service”) streamlined the methodology for small business owners to comply with the Final Treasury Regulations (hereinafter the “regulations”) governing Tangible Property with newly released administrative authority.

Revenue Procedure 2015-20 permits small businesses to change a method of accounting under the regulations on a prospective basis for the first taxable year beginning on or after January 1 of 2014. Moreover, the Service is waiving the arduous requirement to file a Form 3115 Read more

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