A brief Bright!Tax Guide: How expats can catch up with their U.S. tax filing obligations

'Tax Day' for Americans living outside of the U.S. was on June 15. But not everyone who should have filed their 2020 U.S. tax returns by that date will know that.

Because, as Allyson Lindsey, Bright!Tax partner and managing Certified Public Accountant explains below, millions of Americans who currently live overseas have failed to file U.S. tax returns covering one or one or more years that they should have...

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Bright!Tax's Allyson Lindsey: What, if anything, can be done about those IRS delays, late refunds, unanswered calls...

It's hardly a secret at this point that 2021 has been a bit of a struggle for the IRS. As we've been told, the reasons include – as with just about every government agency (and company) around the world – the pandemic, as well as, in the IRS's case, the need to distribute two new rounds of stimulus checks to millions of U.S. taxpayers around the world at short notice.

IRS: 'Cryptocurrency accounts to be included in FBAR reports'

The last few weeks have seen the price of Bitcoin soar, accompanied by a roar of commentary from those who see it, and other cryptocurrencies, as the future.  

This latest round of Bitcoin mania was kicked off earlier this month, when (Bitcoin fan) Elon Musk's car company, Tesla, announced in an SEC filing that it had bought US$1.5bn worth of the cryptocurrency, and that it would also begin accepting Bitcoin in payment for its products... 

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First-ever '2021 Expats Virtual Financial Summit' set for Jan. 26 - 29

Over four days beginning on Tuesday the 26th of January, ten experts from around the world will be sharing their expertise on a range of financial topics of interest to American expats, as part of the first of what it is thought could become a series of "virtual financial summits" aimed at Americans who live outside of the U.S.

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Bright!Tax's Allyson Lindsey: 'Yes, expats w/o a U.S. bank account can still get the payment'

 As Bright!Tax partner and managing Certified Public Accountant Allyson Lindsey explained last month, Americans who are resident outside the U.S. are potentially eligible to receive a "recovery rebate" check or automatic deposit, as part of a US$2.2 trillion bipartisan bill aimed at providing emergency relief to individuals and businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Here, she addresses further issues expats are having as they try to secure their COVID-19 rebate money, including the fact that they don’t need a U.S. bank account to receive it...

AARO webinar answers expats' questions about CARES Act payments

Questions about whether children who turned 18 in 2020, or who won't be born until August, would be considered "dependents" for the purposes of receiving a U.S. government CARES Act rebate check were among the highlights of a recent, hour-long webinar sponsored by the Association of Americans Resident Overseas.

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Tax Research's Richard Murphy: The real Pandora Papers message – 'Offshore's big issue now is the fight to save democracy'

Tax Research's Richard Murphy: The real Pandora Papers message – 'Offshore's big issue now is the fight to save democracy'

The world – including its banks, cross-border financial services institutions and even many governments – has come a long way since the Richard Murphy and others founded the Tax Justice Network in around 2003...

Oct-08-2021