Category Archives: Legal Matters

Social Security for US Expats and Dual-Citizens

Social Security is a lifelong pension provided by the US government. It can be a critical source of income during one’s retirement years. Continue reading

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How Divorce Cases Between Same-Sex Couples are Handled Today

Is there any difference between same-sex and heterosexual divorce cases? Continue reading

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Our Schengen Debacle – A Tale from One of Our Readers

We are usually very aware of visa issues. But because we were spending only a month in each European country that we were visiting, including a non-EU country, we assumed visas would not be an issue. Continue reading

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2016 Key Tax Changes

With the New Year underway, we’d like to take this opportunity to review the important tax changes impacting US expats living around the world. Continue reading

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Visas, Ai yai yai! The Schengen Visa

By far, the hardest part of traveling abroad is the visa process. It is a major headache that most people, especially Americans, take for granted. Continue reading

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U.S. Expats – College Planning

Why are 529 plans great? From a tax advantage, there are clear advantages. Continue reading

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FATCA – Practical Guide

There are over 100 countries around the world that are now “FATCA-compliant.” This means that banks located in those countries will be sending to the IRS specific information regarding accounts held by U.S. persons. Continue reading

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Free Money From the IRS – Child Tax Credit

For many expat families with children under 17 years of age, it is possible to get a “refund” from the IRS without having paid any U.S. taxes. This wonderful subsidy is called the Child Tax Credit. Continue reading

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The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing—Why You Can’t Afford Not To Read It

If you have a financial advisor, odds are high that he or she has a dirty little secret. Continue reading

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Buying and Selling Real Estate (Foreign or Domestic) from a Tax Perspective

In this article, we discuss U.S. expats and real estate. The most frequently asked questions on this topic include: (1) what are the tax implications when buying foreign real estate? (2) I still own real estate in the U.S. – what are the key issues to consider? Continue reading

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