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Events listing

A regular listing of events taking place around the world for American expatriates.    

May 27: 'U.S. withholding tax regulations explained – the benefits of being a QI for financial institutions in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore', TConsult

The benefits of being a "QI" (qualified intermediary), as well as general background about being a QI and an NQI and the U.S. withholding tax regulations generally will be among the topics discussed during this webinar, which is being aimed at an audience of experts in the cross-border tax and regulation space, specifically those working in the industry in Taiwan, Hong Kong or Singapore. The webinar is being sponsored by the Hampshire, England-based TConsult firm, founded by Ross McGill, a well-known expert in the cross-border U.S. tax space, who will be presenting this webinar.

Set to begin at 3pm Taipei time (9am UK time) on Wednesday, May 27, the webinar will be mainly in English, but there will be a Mandarin introduction, subtitles and slides, according to a TConsult spokesperson. 

Those interested in submitting questions in advance are urged to send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. TConsult notes that registration for the webinar has already proved to be popular, and that representatives from financial institutions will therefore be given priority if there's a waiting list. 

To register for the TConsult webinar, click here. 

May 28: 'Tax obligations of Americans living and working abroad', part of the IRS's series of 'Webinars for Tax Practitioners'  

Although part of a series aimed at tax practitioners, the IRS notes that its free, 120-minute webinar is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about American expats' tax obligations.

Topics scheduled to be covered will include the U.S. income tax obligations of American citizens and resident aliens abroad; the requirements for claiming the foreign earned income exclusion; and a summary of the U.S. employment tax obligations of U.S. citizens and resident aliens abroad. There will also be a live Q&A. Tax professionals may earn credits for participation. Closed captioning will be offered in English.

The webinar will take place at 2pm Eastern Standard Time, which is 11am Pacific Time, and 7pm British Summer Time, 8pm Central European Summer Time. 

To register, click here, and follow the instructions. Questions may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Information about other IRS webinars may be found by clicking here. 

May 29: 'Will-planning for U.S./UK-connected persons', sponsored by Frank Hirth (part 2)

This second instalment of Frank Hirth's first webinar on the subject of "will-planning for U.S./UK-connected persons' will take place on Friday, May 29, at 3pm British Summer Time.  London-based Frank Hirth, one of the few major U.K. accounting firms that specialize in looking after Americans abroad, said it is adding this follow-up session in response to the "huge" positive response to the first webinar on the topic, which took place on May 20, and which may be found and downloaded by clicking here.

This second instalment will address “in greater detail” some of the topics mentioned in the first part, and also offer viewers an opportunity to have their questions answered by Frank Hirth’s will-writing experts, Frank Hirth said.

In particular, the second installment will cover “the particular challenges and considerations” that need to be considered when creating wills for US/UK individuals, as well as the way trusts and estate-planning vehicles may be used by those who are looking for the best way to pass their wealth on to their beneficiaries, and how this is governed by the existing UK/U.S. estate tax treaty.

A recording of the second part of the webinar will be available to listen to on the Frank Hirth website afterwards, the way the first part is now.

Among the scheduled participants in the May 29 event of the will-writing webinar will be Frank Hirth director Sarah Farrow, Charles Russel Speechlys LLP partner Mark Summers, and Butler Snow LLP partner Chris McLemore, all of whom participated in the first webinar.

To register for the May 29 webinar, click here.

The "Will-planning for U.S./UK-connected persons" webinar is part of Frank Hirth's ongoing "Let's Stay Connected" series.

June 5: 'Making Hong Kong's Future Work': AmCham Hong Kong first-ever Online Conference

How Hong Kong can best prepare for a future that's expected to be characterized by longer life expectancies, new technologies and other changes, multi-generational work forces, co-working, online learning, and new start-ups – and what issues policy and lawmakers may need to address as a result – will be discussed during this free online conference, being sponsored by AmCham Hong Kong. 

The conference will begin at 1pm with opening remarks, which will be followed at 1:15pm by a panel discussion on "2020 & Beyond: How Will Hong Kong's Future Work?". At 2pm, a second panel discussion will begin, on "People Vs Tech: Some Are More Equal Than Others". It will wrap up with a third panel discussion entitled "My Boss Is A Robot (And Other Horror Stories)". 

Participants will include various business leaders and experts from Hong Kong's business community. 

More information and registration details may be found by clicking here.

July 15: Dunhill Financial webinar: 'Second Quarter Economic Update'

Dunhill Financial, the Brian Dunhill-founded wealth management company, will host a free webinar on Wednesday, July 15, during which Dunhill will lead a discussion and analysis of the world economy as it looks at that point, as the second-quarter comes to an end, and what they future is likely to hold in store for investors.  The webinar will begin at 2:30pm British Summer Time (3:30pm CEST) and will run for about an hour, ending with a Q&A session. For more information and to sign up for the webinar, click here.

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