Concern among American expat small-business owners over proposed GILTI law tweak by U.S. lawmakers

American expatriates who own small- and medium-sized small business corporations outside the U.S. are expressing growing concern over what they say is a move by two Washington lawmakers to legislatively reverse a 2019 interpretation by the U.S. Treasury of elements of President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which had been meant to help such individual owner/operators of such small, non-U.S. businesses, who had originally been hard-hit by the Trump legislation.

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Monte Silver: TCJA still a major problem, but some progress seen in recent GILTI revisions

President Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 2017, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2018, has been a huge issue for many Americans who own as little as 10% of a small overseas business. Caught up in a clumsy legislative effort aimed at such large multi-national American companies as Google and Apple, these small business owners are, as has been frequently reported by this media organization and others, being forced to pay a 17.5% transition tax on income from their small business entities that dates back as far as the 1980s. 

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U.S. Treasury finally cuts expat small-biz owners some GILTI slack

Campaigners for fairer treatment for American citizens abroad are claiming a victory this morning, as news emerged that the U.S. Treasury had finally cut owners of small businesses located abroad some slack yesterday, by enabling such individuals to choose to be treated like a corporation for tax purposes, and thus reduce their tax burden.

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Treasury official reported to hint at plans to address GILTI concerns

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is planning to address a much-criticised aspect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that currently would see individual American taxpayers facing potentially higher taxes on their overseas income, a report published on Thursday said, citing a Treasury official. 

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Karen Alpert: Unforeseen consequences expected as 'Recovery Rebate' is distributed to expats

Karen Alpert: Unforeseen consequences expected as 'Recovery Rebate' is distributed to expats

There has already been much speculation by media organizations, American expat groups and cross-border U.S. tax specialists about how the US$2trn federal stimulus package known as the CARES Act, signed...

Apr-01-2020