It’s already fall and before you know it, another year will be upon us. It’s never too early to plan ahead to minimize your tax bill. An experienced and knowledgeable tax professional can help any individual or business make the right year-end savings moves with important advice and assistance. Here is the first part of a two part series on some things to ponder when considering potential tax moves between now and the end of 2016:
- Make time to plan
The U.S. taxes its citizens on all income, regardless of where they live and earn this income. With the impending presidential election, the notion of some citizens renouncing their citizenship and moving abroad to some place like Canada based upon the result regularly appears in mainstream and social media.
The Immigration and Nationality Act provides the details regarding U.S. citizens and their right to voluntarily renounce U.S. citizenship. But renouncing American citizenship is a serious matter as signing an oath of renunciation is an irrevocable act for anyone over the age of 18. The number of expatriates that renounced their citizenship in 2015 was eighteen times as many Americans that renounced their citizenship in 2008, which broke a record for the third year in a row.
In late August, the European Commission ruled that Ireland must collect $14.5 billion in back taxes from Apple. The antitrust regulator for the European Union claimed that Ireland had given Apple an extremely favorable tax arrangement for over ten years allowing the tech giant to pay a tax of less than 1 percent. The EU further claimed that Apple had two companies in Ireland with a head office that existed only on paper, but received all of Apple’s European profits. The ruling fuels the debate about multinational corporate existence and tax responsibility worldwide.
Many of life’s events such as losing a job, foreclosure of a home or even forgiveness of a debt impact the payment of taxes. The tax law offers hope in these situations. As an example, if a taxpayer’s income decreases, he or she may be eligible for certain tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. In this blog, We will present a list of quick answers to life event situations that have a potential impact on an individual’s tax burden. For more information see our blogs: Part 1 – What If: Job Related Life Events and Struggling Taxpayers; and Part 2 – What If: Debt Related Life Events and Struggling Taxpayers.
There are many reasons for choosing a tax attorney. Some reasons are reactive or defensive, others are cost-preventive. It is more than wise to retain a tax attorney when:
- Subject to an audit or collection activity;
- Filing an appeal of a tax court decision;
- Trying to save money on behalf of a business; and
- Trying to take advantage of tax credits or deductions.
Choosing a tax attorney involves the assessment of various factors, which include the following: