With enough rumblings to cause a volcanic eruption, the capital gains tax debate is currently raging in New Zealand. The
bonfire was ignited after the Tax Working Group’s Final Report was released last week, in it recommending capital gains tax be introduced from
1 April 2021 (Valuation Day, or ‘V-Day’).
Are you getting the classification of your trust correct for US tax purposes? In 2018 the Internal Revenue Service started a campaign targeting foreign trusts’ failure to comply with the filing requirements of US owners of foreign trusts, including ownership, and transactions with a foreign trust. For US expats it is a minefield requiring an experienced US tax practitioner to guide them through.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) penned a letter to the IRS just prior to Friday’s announcement of the end of the shutdown, citing the AICPA’s concerns around the ensuing effects of the IRS shutdown on taxpayers and practitioners.
Section 988 of the Internal Revenue Code Treatment of Certain Foreign Currency Transactions taxes certain transactions. The general rule is that the disposition of any non-functional currency will be treated as a section 988 transaction. However, there are exceptions, particularly with respect to individuals holding foreign-currency-denominated financial assets and liabilities. Gina Gatchell explains…
Do you think that the United States has complex tax rules? New Zealand has some to match, and the country’s system of taxing United States retirement accounts such as IRAs warrants the advice of an expert in this area – preferably prior to migrating to New Zealand.