Bright!Tax comment: The candidates' tax plans, and their likely implications for expats

Nov. 3, the date of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, is two weeks and one day away. Many expats will have voted by now, but for those who haven't – or those who did, but who aren't all that sure of their chosen candidate's views on such issues as taxes that affect Americans who live outside of the U.S. – Bright!Tax managing partner Katelynn Minott assesses the options, and what the implications for expats of the two outcomes are likely to be...

FinCEN changes FBAR deadline again (updated) – it's now Oct. 31

The U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has quietly removed from its website its surprise announcement, posted Oct. 14, that the final deadline for  Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) filings had been moved to Dec. 31, from Oct. 15.

Instead, it has clarified that the extended Dec. 31 FBAR filing deadline applied only to "victims of recent natural disasters", such as "victims of the California wildfires, the Iowa Derecho, Hurricane Laura, the Oregon wildfires, and Hurricane Sally".

But it has nevertheless now moved the deadline for everyone else back to Oct. 31 – in other words, extended it by two weeks.

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FBAR deadline pushed back to Dec. 31; What the FBAR is, and why it matters

Editor's note: The news about the date when FBARs for the year ending on Dec. 31, 2019 are due has changed.
Please see our most recent report on this subject.

As U.S. tax experts will tell you, today, Oct. 15, is the extended deadline for all U.S. expats to have their 1040 tax returns filed; and, until yesterday, it was also "FBAR Day." Which is to say, the day when FBARs for the year ending Dec. 31, 2019 were also due. 

As of yesterday, though, FBAR Day has been pushed back to Dec. 31, 2020, according to a notice posted on the website of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which oversees FBARs, (even though the IRS handles tax returns).... 

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Expat advisers Richardson, La Torre Jeker go looking for ‘Mr. FBAR’

Looking for Mr Goodbar was a 1975 book, made into a film two years later, about a New York City schoolteacher who ended up being murdered by a young man she’d just met. 

“Mr FBAR,” on the other hand – and of rather more relevance here – is an Expatland nickname for a document that U.S. expats around the world have been required to file annually with the IRS since 1970, if their total offshore bank and financial account holdings total US$10,000 or more at any time during the tax year...

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Charles Schwab Market Commentary: Global impact of a 'Blue Wave' election outcome

Campaign proposals do not always result in legislation – this is one of the facts of life of American elections. That said, the Democratic Party has targed five key areas for change: Taxes, labor, the environment, oil, and trade. 

The potential change in U.S. political leadership, therefore, could well introduce more risk to earnings and market performance of U.S. stocks, and lead to a relative outperformance by comparison of international markets. 

Here, Jeffrey Kleintop, Senior Vice President and Chief Global Strategist for Charles Schwab & Co., considers the possible impacts a "Blue Wave" in the U.S. election could have on the economy, and markets.

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Bright!Tax comment: The candidates' tax plans, and their likely implications for expats

Bright!Tax comment: The candidates' tax plans, and their likely implications for expats

Nov. 3, the date of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, is two weeks and one day away. Many expats will have voted by now, but for those who haven't –...

Oct-19-2020