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Cracking the Shell: FinCEN’s Relentless Hunt for Beneficial Owners

By Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D., - Monday, February 27, 2017

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced on February 23 it was renewing existing Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) in six major metropolitan areas. The GTO’s  temporarily require US title insurance… Read more…

Ka-Ching! IRS Seeks to Cash in On Bitcoin

By Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D., - Friday, December 16, 2016

In November, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a so-called John Doe Summons to “Coinbase”,  the largest digital currency exchange firm in the US and the largest exchanger in the… Read more…

“Cash” Buyers of US Real Estate – More Under FinCEN’s Microscope

By Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D., - Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Last year, FinCEN started to look more closely at anonymous cash buyers of prime US real estate. The agency’s concern was that real estate purchases made without bank financing through… Read more…

Black Money, US Real Estate & Shell Companies – The Jig’s Soon Up

By Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D., - Monday, April 18, 2016

By now just about everyone is aware of the latest (and largest to date) offshore data leak – the Panama Papers.   Panama Papers, Banking Loopholes and Shell Companies Revelation of… Read more…

Foreign Residence? Don’t Lose Your Tax Benefits

By Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D., - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Part III: Disregarded Entity – Corporate Ownership Destroys Tax Benefits For Foreign “Principal Residence” Parts I and II of this blog post explored the basics of a so-called “disregarded entity”… Read more…

Disregarded Entity – Ownership of Foreign Real Property

By Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D., - Thursday, February 11, 2016

Part I of this blog post discussed the general concept of what is called a “disregarded entity”. It also examined how the “disregarded entity” is used (and misused) by non-US… Read more…

Much Ado About Nothing – The Disregarded Entity

By Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D., - Saturday, January 23, 2016

Part I: What Is a Disregarded Entity? How is it Used in US Tax Planning? Certain business entities can be treated as “nonexistent” for federal income tax purposes.  That is,… Read more…

Foreign Investment in US Real Property – New Law Opens Doors

By Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D., - Sunday, January 3, 2016

Foreign (non-US) taxpayers are generally exempt from US federal income tax on gains from the sale of capital assets that are located, or treated as located, in the United States. … Read more…

US Tax Issues – Ownership of Real Property Abroad

By Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D., - Monday, June 23, 2014

When purchasing a real property overseas, there are situations when it may prove advantageous or even necessary to do so through an offshore corporation, rather than owning the property individually. … Read more…

Using an Offshore Trust – Risky Business

By Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D., - Monday, September 16, 2013

The Use of Offshore Trusts This is an area requiring great care and planning if there is a US grantor or any possible US beneficiaries. Prior to certain US tax… Read more…

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