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FBAR and Japanese Financial Accounts

By Koh Fujimoto Cross Border Individual Tax Practice Per the Bank Secrecy Act, you must report certain foreign financial accounts every year by filing a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) on Form 114. There are numerous unique financial accounts in...

Pier & Associates Joins Forces with CDH

ITASCA, IL (January 1, 2022) — CDH, P.C. (CDH), a leading international accounting and advisory firm, has united with Pier & Associates, Ltd. (Pier), an Illinois-based full-service accounting firm. Strategic growth is a primary initiative for both CDH and Pier....

Foreign Pension and the U.S. Exit Tax

By Koh Fujimoto Support cross-border life In this article, I will discuss how the IRS will treat your foreign defined benefit plan under its exit tax regulations. I will also discuss briefly the treatment of a defined contribution plan.  This article is helpful if you...

Cross Border Inheritance Case Study

By Koh Fujimoto Support cross-border life Cross Border Inheritance gives headaches even to professionals. My mission is to explain the essence of the matter in plain English. I consider the U.S. federal tax only here in this article. Case A U.S. citizen mother has two...

IRS Whistleblower Rule Applies to FBAR Penalty

Support cross-border life If IRS finds that you willfully did not report your foreign financial accounts in FBAR, under the 31 U.S.C. 532(a)(5)(c), the maximum penalty you face is higher of $129,210 or 50% of the amount in 2021. [i] This is a very serious penalty...

Help Your Japanese Spouse Retire in Japan by Using iDeCo

Support cross-border life From May 2022, if your Japanese spouse participates in Japan’s National Pension, he or she becomes eligible to participate in iDeCo. [i] (I am going to use “she”.) iDeCo’s name came from an Individual-type Defined Contribution pension plan....

Illinois Issues Back to Business Grant

Further COVID-19 Relief for Businesses Illinois Governor JB Pritzker released an overall economic recovery strategy, including a $250 million Back to Business (B2B) grant initiative. The recovery plan aims to assist small businesses that experienced significant...

You Can Receive Survivor’s Benefits from Your Deceased Japanese Spouse under the Japan Pension

If your Japanese spouse is receiving the pension payment from Japan, you may be able to receive the survivor’s benefits when your spouse passes away. The essential function of the system is very similar to the U.S. social security’s survivor’s benefits. A surviving spouse can receive a pension in the U.S. or Japan. There is no discrimination based on the nationalities of the spouse. Here is the writing by the Japan Pension Service:

Valuation of defined benefit pension plan in Exit Tax

Supporting cross-border life   A test called the Net Worth Test for exit taxes determines whether a global asset in your name exceeds $2 million or not as of the day before the permanent residence abandonment. Those with defined benefit plans or annuities must...

Child Tax Credit Update for 2021

Recently, there were changes made to the child tax credit that will benefit many taxpayers. As part of the American Rescue Plan Act that was enacted in March 2021, the child tax credit: Amount has increased for certain taxpayers Is fully refundable (meaning you can...

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