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International Tax Lawyer

International Tax Planning, Compliance, and Preparation

Today, business affairs extend beyond domestic borders to a global market. The Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing is committed to helping U.S. and international businesses capitalize on opportunities domestic and abroad with minimal tax implications. As businesses have expanded into global markets, more and more individuals are also working and conducting business overseas.

Experienced legal counsel from an international tax attorney can help individuals working abroad or retiring overseas maintain their citizenship through fulfilling their tax obligations. I am attorney David W. Klasing with more than 20 years of experience in taxation, with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County. My legal and tax team and I have the skills and experience level to help international clients seeking guidance on tax laws in the United States.

Learn more about Expat International Tax Issues In:

  • Saudi Arabia – Learn More about tax compliance for expats in Saudi Arabia
  • Mexico – Learn more about FBAR tax compliance and voluntary disclosure for US expats in Mexico
  • Ecuador– Learn  more about FBAR tax compliance and voluntary disclosure for US expats in Ecuador
  • Singapore – Learn about expat tax in Singapore and how to remain compliant.
  • Switzerland – Learn more about expat tax and FBAR for US expats in Switzerland
  • Philippines – Learn how we solve tax and FBAR issues for US expats in Philippines.
  • Australia – Learn more about solving FBAR and tax issues for expats in Australia

Frequently Asked Questions

Our tax law library “frequently asked questions” provide in-depth explanations from a legal, financial, and practical aspect on a wide variety of tax topics, all written or edited by David W. Klasing, a dual California licensed tax attorney and CPA with over 20 years of focused experience in taxation.

How does the foreign tax credit interact with domestic and foreign losses?
Losses in a year limit a taxpayer’s worldwide income. If a U.S. taxpayer has income from foreign sources but a loss from U.S. sources, the U.S. loss is simply allocated...
How do social security and Medicare taxes affect self-employed individuals abroad?
Self-employed individuals abroad are generally subject to the self-employment tax, which is a social security and Medicare tax on net earnings from self-employment of $400 or more a year. Net...
How is business income earned by nonresidents (individual or corporation) taxed?
Generally, for a nonresident “engaged in a trade of business” in the United States, the net income that is “effectively connected” with the conduct of that trade or business is...
How is Dividend Income Sourced?
Generally speaking, the source for dividend income is the payor’s country of incorporation unless an exception is met. Thus, generally, U.S. corporations pay U.S. sourced income and foreign corporations pay...
How is Nationality and Residency Determined for Federal Tax Purposes
NATIONALITY: The Internal Revenue Code taxes both citizens and resident aliens on worldwide income and places limitations on U.S. taxation of nonresident aliens. Consequently, the determination of an individual’s nationality...
Is there a limit on the availability of the foreign tax credit?
Yes, limitations on the foreign tax credit strive to protect the claim of the United State to tax the domestic source income of its taxpayers. The overall method operates so...
Under what circumstances are taxpayers obligated to pay social security and Medicare taxes on foreign source income?
Generally, the United States taxes worldwide income. However, for services provided as an employee outside the U.S. such taxes apply if one of the following conditions is met. First, the...
What are the Basic Rules for Sourcing Income and Why are These Rules Important?
The United States source of income rules are of critical importance for U.S. taxation purposes for both foreign and U.S. persons. Foreign persons are generally subject to U.S. tax only...
What are the Basic Sourcing Rules for Interest Income?
Generally, subject to four exceptions below, the source of interest income is determined by the residence or place of incorporation of the payor (party that is paying the interest expense...
What is a controlled foreign corporation (CFC) and why is it important?
A foreign corporation is a CFC if “United States shareholders” own more than 50 percent of the total combined voting power of its stock or more than 50 percent of...
What is the filing, withholding, and reporting requirements for a nonresident’s U.S. based activities?
FILING REQUIREMENT The filing requirement for nonresidents depends upon the nature of the individuals conduct within the United States. Generally, if a nonresident is engaged in a U.S. trade or...
What role do tax treaties play between the United States and its trade partners?
The primary purpose of international tax treaties is to facilitate trade and investment by lowering tax barriers to the international flow of goods and services. Secondarily, tax treaties reduce the...
What sorts of issues are commonly addressed in international tax treaties surrounding business income, personal service income and investment income?
BUSINESS INCOME Generally, a resident of a contracting state avoids paying tax on business income earned in the other state unless the income is attributable to a permanent establishment (PE)...
What Sourcing Rules Turn on an Asset’s Location?
The following source rules determine source according to an asset’s location, rather than the location of the payor or the payee. DEPRECIABLE PROPERTY Income from gain on a sale of...
Is the Foreign Tax Credit a Refundable credit?
No. Section 901(a) permits a taxpayer to claim a (non-refundable) credit against his U.S. income tax. When a tax is non-refundable, the credit is not allowed to exceed one’s U.S....
I Have Heard it Said the Foreign Tax Credit is a “Credit,” Not a “Deduction.” What is the Difference?
The tax savings of a credit is greater than the tax savings from a deduction. The foreign tax credit is, plainly, a credit—not a deduction. A credit is a dollar-for-dollar...
To claim the foreign tax credit on the income taxes an individual pays from income-producing property, must he hold the property for a certain amount of time?
Usually, no, but sometimes there is a required holding period. Normally, a U.S. person may claim a foreign tax credit for the foreign income taxes he pays on income from...
People say that the foreign tax credit is allowed for those taxes that are “paid or accrued,” but what does this mean, exactly?
Do I have to use a certain accounting method (cash vs. accrual)? The foreign tax credit is allowed for foreign income taxes that are “paid or accrued.” IRC §901(b). IRC...
Are there tax consequences to me if I decide to immigrate to the United States?
Yes, there are income tax and transfer tax (gift, estate, and generation‐skipping transfer) consequences to obtaining U.S. Citizenship (or Permanent U.S. Resident Status). Careful consideration should be given prior to...
What is the scope of the Exit Tax?
The Exit Tax includes both an income tax and an inheritance tax element. The income tax element consists of a deemed “mark‐to‐market” tax on the inherent gain generally involving all...
Can the Exit Tax be avoided prior to expatriating from the United States?
Possibly. It is often very difficult to entirely remove oneself from the U.S. tax system, but with proper exit planning the associated tax bite can be avoided or minimized through...
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International Tax Planning Services

When you select the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing, you gain the benefit of an international tax lawyer and a CPA for the price of one. Before becoming a tax attorney, I worked for nine years as an auditor in public accounting. I then gained a master’s degree in taxation and became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). My in-depth knowledge about federal and state tax codes is invaluable in helping U.S. and international businesses gain an advantage overseas with strategic tax planning solutions.

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Tax attorney John A. Harbin is a seasoned litigator with substantial experience in tax controversies, tax audits and international tax law. His legal background includes working as an international auditor where he gained extensive experience handling tax controversy matters. He knows how the withholding requirements can affect the way business is conducted in the United States. Mr. Harbin will apply his years of experience and legal skills to secure your financial best interests in border transactions between the United States and Mexico.

Tax Solutions for Individuals Working and Living Overseas

The global market has expanded the reach of U.S. taxing authorities. If you are a foreign national in the United States or a U.S. citizen living abroad, obtain experienced tax planning and international FBAR compliance services. At the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing, my legal team and I are committed to helping you remain compliant with U.S. and international tax laws. We will apply our understanding of international tax treaties to help you maintain your citizenship with minimal tax burdens.

Representing U.S. and International Businesses

Whether you are part of an international or U.S. business, I understand that one of your top priorities is to avoid double taxation. My legal team and I understand the tax treaties the United States has with several other countries. We will apply our taxation knowledge to protect your business from double taxation. Whether you are part of a domestic or foreign business, we will help your business remain compliant with U.S. tax laws and any applicable international tax laws.

Contact Us Today

If you are looking to live abroad or operate a business overseas, obtain experienced legal counsel. Contact my law office for a reduced-rate initial consultation. The international tax lawyers at The Law Offices of David W. Klasing are committed to helping you avoid any unnecessary international tax burdens.


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