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International tax law is a highly-technical field, encompassing rules and regulations set forth in federal, state and local tax laws of the United States and foreign countries. The federal and state taxation of an individual or corporation in the United States may depend upon many factors, including the income of that person, the tax residency of that person, the type of visa held by that person, and the type of assets held by that person which generates income, to name a few.  In addition, international tax treaties and inter-governmental agreements may affect the taxation of both individuals and business entities.

In addition, the rise of an increasingly global economy means that anyone with a computer may begin entering into commercial transactions in almost any nation in the world. Small businesses which were ”mom-and-pop” shops twenty years ago are now frequently selling into Canada and Mexico, and oftentimes into countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. The extent of activities abroad can lead to unnecessary taxation by a multitude of countries for the same activities. Help for careful tax planning, as well as zealous defense in the result of audit, can help alleviate these competing tax burdens and ensure that taxes are no higher than necessary in the worldwide marketplace. In addition, if taxes have not been paid for offshore accounts, well-qualified tax attorneys can help in filing for the OVDP.

International Tax Defense

The IRS has been monitoring and will continue to monitor accounts held by U.S. citizens, corporations, business, and others overseas. Foreign nationals who live in the U.S. must be vigilant as to their tax residency, as U.S. tax residents are often required to report their valuable foreign assets and accounts to the IRS each year. At JDKatz, we frequently advise and defend businesses and individuals with unreported foreign-source income and foreign assets.

We also have extensive experience in representing clients who are recipients of foreign funds, such as beneficiaries of foreign trusts and foreign estates. We understand that most taxpayers hold assets offshore for legitimate, non-tax reasons, and are not actively trying to shield their assets. Our international tax firm at JDKatz strives to offer solutions for your international tax issues.

Our professionals can assist in navigating the complex rules of taxation of international income, such as foreign tax credits, the determination of tax residency, the source and character of income, and treaty-based tax positions. We have represented clients in international tax matters ranging from the tax-efficient structuring of international transactions to defending treaty-based positions and tax residency issues before the IRS.

If you have questions regarding your international income or business structure, you may schedule a free consultation with the experienced attorneys at JDKatz: Attorneys at Law today in the Bethesda and Washington, D.C. area.

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At JDKatz: Attorneys at Law, each of our attorneys brings a unique set of experiences and perspectives to bear on our clients’ legal problems. For each case or task we take on, we assemble a team of lawyers ideally situated to our client’s specific needs and goals. Our managing partner, Jeffrey D. Katz, founded our firm in 2000 after starting his career in the tax department of Big Four accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick. To learn more about our attorneys’ backgrounds and qualifications, please review their individual profiles.


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