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Don D. Nelson is an Attorney at Law and retired Certified Public Accountant with 37 years experience in U.S. expatriate, international and nonresident taxation. He can offer you "attorney client privilege" to protect your sensitive and confidential information. Accountants, CPAs and enrolled agents cannot provide you with that important legal protection. He is a partner in Kauffman Nelson LLP, Certified Public Accountants which practices exclusively in International and Expatriate Taxation. He has assisted over 1,000 clients with their US expatriate and International tax matters and prepared many thousands of expatriate and international tax returns.

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General Rules A U.S. person includes a citizen of the United States, a domestic partnership, a domestic corporation, any estate other than a foreign estate, any trust if a U.S. person exercises primary supervision over the administration of the trust or if one or more U.S. persons have the authority to control all substantial decisions of the trust, and any person that is not a foreign person. Tax consequences can apply to U.S. persons who…
   A. THE IMMIGRATION & NATIONALITY ACT  Section 349(a)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1481(a)(5)) is the section of law governing the right of a United States citizen to renounce abroad his or her U.S. citizenship. That section of law provides for the loss of nationality by voluntarily and with the intention of relinquishing nationality: “(5) making a formal renunciation of nationality before a diplomatic or consular officer of the United…
The home office deduction allows qualifying taxpayers to deduct certain home expenses on their tax return. With more people working from home than ever before, some taxpayers may be wondering if they can claim a home office deduction when they file their 2020 tax return next year.   Here are some things to help taxpayers understand the home office deduction and whether they can claim it: Employees are not eligible to claim the home office deduction. …
The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers with a filing requirement to file an accurate tax return on time even if a balance due can’t be paid in full. The deadline to submit 2019 tax returns is July 15, 2020, for most people. Members of the military serving overseas may have more time.  An extension can be filed using form 4868 available on line. File electronically to avoid most common errorsFiling electronically and choosing direct…
Read about the latest news on your Covid stimulous checks, the problems, how to resolve problems, how to enter your bank account number so you can have it deposited directly in your US bank account, etc. HERE FROM YAHOO NEWS  Yes as an expat living abroad you can get this stimulous payment if you qualify.  Good luck. It may take many months to resolve all problems and for your payments to arrive. Most who…
Note that all US tax filings normally due on April 15 or June 15 have been automatically extended to July 15 by the government.  No extension form was or is required.  FBAR filings are automatically extended to October 15. You may be asking about your stimulus payment.  If so, you can check the status at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment and click on “Get My Payment”. We are finding that some clients who are indeed eligible for a stimulus…
Farmers and Merchants bank has put together a great summary of the three types of Covid disaster READ THE DETAILS HERE.   If you need help applying for these loans Kauffman Nelson CPAs  may be able to help you.  These loans are generally restricted to businesses conducted in the US.  Many of our expat clients do live abroad but operate all or part of their business through US corporations, etc.relief loans available for small businesses…
The IRS will send out covid benefit stimulous payments to all taxpayers who filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return.  If you income decreased in 2019 you may want to file that tax return with the IRS as soon as possible since that decrease may me you eligible when previously your adjusted gross income was too high or if you want IRS to direct deposit in your US bank account (and that information was no…
Current government and IRS pronouncements are not clear whether the automatic extension of time to file your tax returns and pay taxes without penalties apply to US expatriates living and working abroad (normal tax return due date for expatriates is 6/15/20). This may be clarified in the future, but in the interim if you are an expatriate you may want to pay all taxes by 4/15/20 to avoid interest. The automatic extension until July 15,2020…
Dear Expat, Clients and Friends Right now, your highest priority is the health of those you love and yourself. But if you have time to read about some non-medical but important matters related to the health crisis, here is a summary of IRS action already taken and federal tax legislation already enacted to ease tax compliance burdens and economic pain caused by COVID-19 (commonly referred to as Coronavirus). I’ll be sending you summaries of additional…