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New IRS Revenue Procedures for Forms 3520 & 3520A

Please read the updated post Revenue Procedure 2020-17 Explained – Forms 3520 & 3520A The Internal Revenue Service has stated that it intends to issue a Revenue Procedure later this month that will relieve individual taxpayers from filing Forms 3520 & 3520A with respect to certain foreign retirement plans. The IRS has also indicated that individuals who have […]

“Kiddie Tax” – The SECURE Act

The SECURE Act passed by Congress in December 2019 made important changes to retirement plans, but it also made a change to the ‘Kiddie Tax’. Before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), children with unearned income paid no tax on the first $1,100 of unearned income, and the next $1,100 was taxed at the […]


The IRS is targeting high-income taxpayers who have not complied with their tax obligations. As part of a larger effort to ensure compliance and fairness, the Internal Revenue Service said on February 19th that it will step up efforts to visit high-income taxpayers who have failed to timely file one or more of their tax returns. The IRS has recently hired additional enforcement personnel, […]

Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) / Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF)…

…While these terms do not roll off the tongue, they present the in-the-know investor with a wonderful opportunity. Created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, a QOZ is an economically distressed community in the United States where new investments get preferential tax treatment. The QOFs, in turn, are investment structures […]

Mexit: Potential Tax Issues for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The article below was written by USTAXFS Tax Director, Andrew Aldridge, in January 2020. It was first published in and is copyrighted by, Taxation magazine. The recent announcement by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to step back from their ‘senior’ royal status has brought back into focus that the duchess is a US citizen. When […]

IRS Publication Error: Were you misled by the IRS Publication 54?

The Federal tax return filing thresholds were updated for the 2018 tax year, with the most significant change being for individuals filing as “Married Filing Separately.” The income tax return filing threshold was reduced from $4,050 in 2017 to just $5 for 2018. However, Publication 54 – Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens […]

TCJA final regulations

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), enacted in December 2017, increased the life-time exclusion amount of transfers subject to Estate/Gift tax from $5 million to $10 million. Adjusted for inflation, this amount is $11.4 million in 2019. The TCJA also provides that this higher amount will revert to its pre-TCJA amount after 2025. The […]

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