The smoke from the election is not yet clearing, and we are trying to understand what a Trump administration will mean. near and dear to me and perhaps (!) to you. This is a developing the pieces are by no means even remotely in place. There are some good starting points to intelligently speculate on what may happen and that could end up affecting you. are some things that are virtually certain not to change. I urge you to pull out your calendar and mark some things down.
It seems reasonable to me that the incoming administration will attempt to pass fast track “tax relief” with provisions that will sweep in tax benefits for those in upper income brackets. I have identified repeal of the estate well as beneficial treatment of capital , dividends and royalties. For most of a “flattening” of income tax rates, (with special caps for small businesses and sole proprietorships), will be presented as the centerpiece of this being palatable to the masses.
Many in the worldwide U.S. expat community had pinned hopes for repeal of FATCA, the law that requires reporting specified “foreign financial assets” held by U.S. persons. I am willing to take bets that it will not be that is a bet I hope I lose. Around the world there is an effort to detect unreported assets and income of individuals. Pioneered by the U.S., now taken on by close to 100 other countries, I expect no elimination or meaningful change. It brings in too much needed revenue.
I also would not expect proposed corporate tax modifications somehow spilling over to individual taxes. The administration’s efforts will be based on encouraging corporate money to come jobs and funding infrastructure. Unlike unreported money is legitimately parked offshore. As of this is no Treasury an assistant secretary to formulate tax policy. Details are still in the weeds.
Pull out your calendar: The 2017 deadline for federal individual income tax returns is April 17. The Foreign Bank Account Report deadline was moved up to April 15 from June 30. Did you notice the two-day gap? Good. I know it’s going to burn some people. There will be a new mechanism to request FBAR filing no one knows yet what it is. Foreign trust form 3520-A is due on March 15. Stay tuned.
Orlando Gotay is a California licensed tax attorney (with a Master of Laws in Taxation) admitted to practice before the IRS, the U.S. Tax Court and other taxing agencies. His love of things Mexican has led him to devote part of his practice to the tax matters of U.S. expats in Mexico. He can be reached at email@example.com. This is solely informational, not legal advice; consult your advisor.