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New 2017: Expiration and renewal of ITINs

The IRS recently announced changes to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) procedures. If your ITINs have not been used on a US tax return at least once in the last three consecutive tax years or your ITIN’s has the middle digits 78 and 79 it expired on 31 December 2016. If the middle digits […]

OECD: Automatic Exchange of Information update

As the world becomes increasingly globalized and cross-border activities become the norm, tax administrations of different countries need to work together to ensure that taxpayers pay the right amount of tax to the right jurisdiction.To assist with this effort, the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (“the Convention”) was developed jointly by the […]

Post-Election Tax Policy Update from Wolters Kluwer

Given the surprise outcome of the US election last week, we can anticipate changes in US tax laws going forward.  Whether or not President-elect Trump will be successful in passing his new outlined tax legislation remains to be seen, but with a Republican majority in Congress, the path now appears more straightforward. Our current Lame […]

Year End US Tax Planning

As this year’s Thanksgiving festivities approach, we at US Tax & Financial Services are looking forward to enjoying the relative respite that the holiday season brings. As always, the final months of the year also provide an opportunity to focus on year-end tax planning opportunities available to optimise US tax for 2016. The starting point […]

SDFCU, ACA Provide Access to US Banking

For many Americans living abroad it has been an almost insurmountable problem to open and maintain a US bank account without a US residence or mailing address.  Not having a US bank account can cause innumerable problems, such as how to make a large tax payment to the IRS.  Many foreign banks in Switzerland will […]

USTAXFS Swiss team goes for a run

US Tax and Financial Services in Zurich joined the likes of Ebay, UBS, UPC Cablecom, KPMG and others for an evening 6K run (and walk, for some) in Oerlikon.  The event was part of the 2016 B2Run event. B2Run is a teambuilding event that creates lasting bonds. By getting off office chairs and putting on […]

An End to HMRC’s ‘Light Touch’ Approach?

HMRC have announced a consultation outlining a new scheme to tackle offshore tax evasion. Named “Requirement to Correct” (RTC), the consultation proposes that taxpayers who have unreported offshore tax liabilities should come forward before 30 September 2018. This date is significant as it coincides with the date when all countries who have committed to the […]

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