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My Hong Kong bank is asking me for a W-8 or a W-9 for my personal account? Which one should I use?

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) is a 2010 US law requiring foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to review data for their account holders and identify all their US account holders or be subject to withholding on certain payments. FORM W-8 These foreign financial institutions would request W-8 series forms to identify and document their [...]

Year-End Tax Planning – 2020 U.S. Tax Updates from American Pacific Tax

Happy holidays!  We just celebrated our 8 year anniversary this month and have been continuously looking for the best ways to help our clients, even in these challenging times! As we wrap up 2020, year-end tax planning has never been more crucial. This year brought challenges and disruptions that significantly impacted your personal and financial [...]

Own a foreign corporation? What type of tax filing is required?

 Who files Form 5471? Any U.S. citizen, U.S. resident alien, corporation, partnership, trust, or estate who has at least 10% ownership in a foreign corporation, will likely be required to file Form 5471. The tax code explains that any “U.S. person” who meets certain requirements relating to ownership or control of the foreign corporation would [...]

I made a gift, now what?

Holidays season has just passed and you’ve probably gave away a lot of presents. Have you ever wondered whether these gifts are subject to any tax? What is a gift? A gift is made when the value of the property transferred (directly or indirectly) exceeds the value of consideration received in return. Thus, if you’re [...]

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Penalties to watch out for

Having to file tax returns every year can be challenging and painful. But what’s worse? The IRS can penalize you for all sort of reasons and it can cost you a great deal of money and time to resolve. Here is a list of penalties that are most encountered by taxpayers. Penalty for Not Filing [...]

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