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Monthly Archives: October 2019

2 Million ITINs Set to Expire in 2019 – Renew to Avoid Refund Delays

On June 20, 2019 we posted Millions of ITINs Are Set to Expire in 2019 where we discussed that in  IR-2019-118 the IRS stated that nearly 2 million Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) are set to expire at the end of 2019 as the Internal Revenue Service continues to urge affected taxpayers to submit their renewal applications early to avoid refund delays next year.

“We urge taxpayers with expiring ITINs to take action
and renew the number as soon as possible.
  Taxpayers with expiring Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) can get their ITINs renewed more quickly and avoid refund delays next year by submitting their renewal application soon, the Internal Revenue Service said on October 10, 2019.

An ITIN is a tax ID number used by taxpayers who don’t qualify to get a Social Security number. Any ITIN with middle digits 83, 84, 85, 86 or 87 will expire at the end of this year.

In addition, any ITIN not used on a tax return in the past three years will expire.

As a reminder, ITINs with middle digits 70 through 82 that expired in 2016, 2017 or 2018 can also be renewed.

The IRS urges anyone affected to file a complete renewal application, Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, as soon as possible.

Be sure to include all required ID and residency documents. Failure to do so will delay processing until the IRS receives these documents.

With nearly 2 million taxpayer households impacted, applying now will help avoid the rush as well as refund and processing delays in 2020.

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First Ever Indian Has Their USA E-2 Visa Application Granted Through the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Program

On August 30, 2017 we posted New US E Business Visa Route for Frustrated Central American, Chineese, Indian & Venezuelan Investors, where we discussed thatCitizenship applications for the Caribbean island of Grenada have boomed in the last three years.

Reports have emerged that Grenada’s citizenship by investment program, introduced in 2014, is being used to fast-track US E2 visa applications.

Grenada is the only Caribbean country with a fast-track citizenship program, which signed a Commerce and Navigation Treaty with the USA. As a result, Grenada’s citizens are eligible for the US E2 non-immigrant visa. This means Grenadians can secure and US E2 visa with a substantial investment in a US-based business and employing some US citizen or US resident staff.

Now BLS Global is announced that a USA E-2 visa has been successfully grant first time ever to an Indian citizen via government-approved agents Kimpton Kawana Bay. The breakthrough application will likely be the first of many as more and more Indian citizens are becoming aware of the path available to them to live and work in the US through the US’s E2 visa.
This rout accessed through avenues such as applying for a Grenada citizenship through investing in government approved projects and then using the Grenada citizenship to apply for the USA’s E-2 visa.
The number of Indian citizens interested in investing for overseas citizenships and residency’s that g freedom to live and work overseas has seen a huge increase in recent years. A popular option for In citizens to gain access to the USA has been the EB-5 investor program, which allows an Indian citizen's to invest in a manner that will lead to the creation of new jobs in return for an US EB-5 green card. However, from the 21 of November the minimum investment required to file an application will be increasing from $500,000 USD to $900,000 USD, meaning that many potential investors will be excluded from consideration. There is also a longer waiting period for applications to be approved for the EB-5 program then the E2 visa.
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You Need to Quickly Acquire
 Citizenship in Grenada!
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IRS Issues Rules to Determine CFC Status as if Section 958(b)(4) Hadn’t Been Repealed

On October 2, 2019, we posted IRS Grants Relief for Certain Foreign Stock Ownership! where we discussed that new regulations from the Internal Revenue Service provide relief to some U.S. taxpayers who own stock in certain foreign corporations. Rev. Proc. 2019-40 and the proposed regulations limit the inquiries required by U.S. taxpayers to determine whether certain foreign businesses are controlled foreign corporations.

Now according to Law360, The Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations on October 1, 2019 to provide some relief and restore continuity after a change under the 2017 federal tax overhaul that broadened the scope of offshore subsidiaries treated as controlled foreign corporations.

The Internal Revenue Service Says Proposed Rules Would Limit The Inquiries Needed By Those In The U.S. To Determine Whether Certain Foreign Corporations Are Controlled Foreign Corporations Or CFCs.

The proposed regulations are generally intended to ensure that the operation of certain rules is consistent with their application before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act  repealed Internal Revenue Code Section 958(b)(4) . Before it was removed, the measure had prevented the so-called downward attribution of stock ownership of overseas corporations from foreign parent companies to U.S. affiliates.

Under Section 958(b)(4), a foreign parent company's ownership of an offshore subsidiary wasn't attributed to the parent company's U.S. affiliate. With Section 958(b)(4) gone, however, the offshore subsidiary is treated as a controlled foreign corporation, or CFC, under the U.S. branch.

According To The Proposed Regulations, Restoring Continuity With Pre-Repeal Rules In Appropriate Cases Will Reinstate Anticipated Reporting Requirements And Tax Costs
For Businesses That Would Otherwise Face
The Unexpected Switch To a CFC Designation.

“Unanticipated increases in costs can be detrimental to normal business operations and can put affected groups at a disadvantage relative to competitors who did not experience such changes,” the IRS said, adding the rules are “designed to maintain continuity of normal business operations.”
In certain cases, the proposed regulations will prevent the unintended disruption in business activity by determining CFC status as if Section 958(b)(4) hadn’t been repealed. For example, the IRS cited foreign-parented groups in the space, ocean and international communications industries that have U.S. subsidiaries.

In the absence of the proposed rules, these corporate groups' foreign subsidiaries could potentially have been designated as CFCs, which would result in all or part of the foreign subsidiaries' earnings,  depending on the industry, being treated as U.S. source income.

“Comments received suggested that such treatment would render companies’ business models untenable,” the IRS said.

Accordingly, The Agency Noted That In Such Cases,
The Determination Of Whether A Foreign Corporation
 Is A CFC Is Made Without Regard
To Downward Attribution From A Foreign Person.

The proposed rules also address Internal Revenue Code Section 267(a)(2) , which covers the timing of deductions on payments between related parties. Following the repeal of Section 958(b)(4), a foreign corporation that wasn’t a CFC under prior law could become one as early as Jan. 1, 2017, even though the TCJA was enacted in December of that year, according to the IRS.
This timing affects companies using an accrual accounting method, which involves reporting income for the year in which it is earned and deducting expenses for the year in which they are incurred.
Accordingly, the proposed rule “removes inconsistent annual treatment of deductions” for certain payments in the year the amounts are accrued in cases in which the payments are owed to related foreign corporations that have no direct or indirect U.S. shareholders.
The IRS also issued a revenue procedure on October 1, 2019, limiting the inquiries required by those in the U.S. to determine whether certain foreign corporations are CFCs. In addition, the agency noted that if unrelated minority U.S. shareholders lack detailed tax information with respect to certain CFCs, they can rely on specified financial statement information instead.
Such information can be used to calculate inclusions under Subpart F and the TCJA’s measure on global intangible low-taxed income, the IRS said.

The revenue procedure will also limit filing requirements of U.S. shareholders who only constructively own stock of the CFC because of downward attribution from another person, according to the agency.
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New 2018 Additional Required Information for Florida Corporate Taxpayers!

On June 28th 2019, HB 7127 was signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, requiring additional information to be submitted to the Florida Department of Revenue.  

Now every taxpayer that is required to file a Florida Corporate Income Tax Return for taxable years beginning during 2018 or 2019 calendar years, must ALSO submit ADDITIONAL information to the Florida Department of Revenue.  

What Additional Required Information Should be Reported?Florida Corporate Income/Franchise Tax Return of Schedule

  • Taxpayer’s name and federal employer identification number (FEIN);
  • Taxable-year beginning date and end date;
  • Federal Taxable Income;
  • Florida Apportionment Fraction;
  • Election of Filing Basis;
  • Florida Net Operating Loss (NOL) carryover to next taxable year;
  • Florida Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Credit Carryover to next taxable year.  

Federal Corporate Income Tax Return
  • Federal net operating loss deduction applied in determining federal taxable income (federal Form 1120 filer's, line 29a);

    • Federal net operating loss carryover that was not applied due to the limitation under Section 172(a)(2), Internal Revenue Code (IRC) (80% of taxable income computed without regard to the deductions allowable under Section 172);

     Form 8993 - Section 250 Deduction for Foreign-Derived Intangible Income (FDII) and Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI)

    • Foreign Derived Intangible Income (FDII);
    • Amount of Foreign Derived Intangible Income (FDII)- related deduction under Section 250, Internal Revenue Code (IRC);
    • Amount of Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI) included in the federal taxable income (federal Form 8993, Part IV, Line 8);
    • Amount of Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI) - related deduction under Section 250, Internal Revenue Code (IRC) (federal Form 8993, Part IV, Line 9).  

    Form 8990 - Limitation on Business Interest Expense Under Section 163(j)

    • Amount of business interest expense deduction on the federal return, including any carryover (federal Form 8990, Part 1, Section I, Line 2);  
    • Amount of disallowed business interest expense carried over from previous taxable year (federal Form 8990, Part 1, Section IV, Line 30);
    • Amount of current-year business interest expense not deducted due to the limitation (federal Form 8990, Part 1, Section IV, Line 31).
    North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code

    • NAICS code for business activity generating the greatest amount of gross receipts for the taxpayer.

    Potential Penalties

    • Taxpayer’s who fail to provide the required information by the submission date are subject to the greater of either, but not both:
      • $1,000;
      • 1% of the tax determined to be due.  

    Who can submit the application on behalf of the taxpayer?

    • An officer of the taxpayer or a person duly authorized to act on the taxpayer’s behalf must certify that the information submitted is true and correct.  

    When should the information be reported by?

    • The information must be submitted the earlier of days after the extended due date of the state corporate income/franchise tax return or 10 days after the state corporate/franchise tax return is filed.
    • Originally, if you have filed your Florida corporate income/franchise tax return or the extended due date for your return is prior to September 3, 2019, your additional required information will be considered timely if submitted by September 3, 2019.
    • However, as a result of Hurricane Dorian, the due date has been extended to October 27th for all taxpayers.

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