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Using Qualified Opportunity Zones to Maximize After-Tax Returns

On October 19, 2018, the IRS released much awaited guidance regarding tax incentives available pursuant to the recently enacted Qualified Opportunity Zone (“QOZ”) program. QOZs were created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed late last year.

Tax Efficient Investments for Domestic and Foreign Clients – Private Placement Life Insurance

Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI) is a planning tool to help high net-worth individuals and families diversify their investments, while having all their investments accrue tax-free within a cash value insurance policy.

Tax Reform: A Step towards Territoriality

The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) provides a deduction to domestic C corporations that receive foreign source dividends from a “Specified 10%-Owned Foreign Corporation.” For purposes of this deduction, a Specified 10%-Owned Foreign Corporation is any foreign corporation that is (i) at least 10% owned by a U.S. corporation and (ii) not a Passive Foreign Investment Company (unless the foreign corporation is both a Passive Foreign Investment Company and a Controlled Foreign Corporation).

Introduction to the Transfer Certificate Complication for Non-Resident, Non-U.S. citizens

For the families of non-resident, non-U.S. citizens who own assets in the United States at the time of their death, the requirements of the U.S. estate tax laws, including the Transfer Certificate, can be a very unwelcome surprise.

Tax and Estate Planning for High Net Worth Chinese Clients

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (P.L. 115-97, December 2, 2017, the “Tax Act”) introduced the most comprehensive reform to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 since its enactment. The Tax Act not only affects U.S. citizens and residents but also significantly impacts non-U.S. persons that have a U.S. connection.

June 15th Filing Deadline for U.S. Taxpayers Living and Working Overseas is Here

The IRS recently issued a news release (IR News Release 2018-135) with a reminder that U.S. taxpayers living and working outside the U.S. must file (or request an extension of time to file) their 2017 federal income tax return by Friday, June 15th. A taxpayer, including a dual citizen or a resident alien, qualifies for the special June 15th filing deadline if both their tax home and abode are outside the United States and Puerto Rico.

Beware of the BEAT: Taxing Certain Deductible Payments Made to Related Foreign Persons

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) added section 59A to the Code to impose a new “base erosion” minimum tax on large corporations to prevent companies from stripping earnings out of the U.S. through payments to foreign affiliates that are deductible for U.S. tax purposes. This new tax is describes as a base erosion and anti-abuse tax, or “BEAT.”

Tax Reform Tidbit: Deferring Gain Using Qualified Opportunity Zones

The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act adds a new section 1400Z to the Internal Revenue Code. Section 1400Z provides taxpayers the opportunity to defer gain on the sale or exchange of an asset if such gain is reinvested in a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (a “QO Fund”) within 180 days.

Anonymous Bank Accounts Will Become Harder to Establish

Starting May 11, 2018, the United States Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) will require covered financial institutions (e.g., banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds and futures commission merchants) to enhance their due diligence practices with respect to new accounts opened on or after May 11, 2018 (the “FinCEN Rule”).

The Party is Over: Meals and Entertainment Expenses are No Longer Favored by the Tax Code

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) changed the deductibility of entertainment expenses and modified the language in the Internal Revenue Code Section 274 to limit the deduction of business meals.