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October 2014 Archives

Review 2014 now and avoid the horror of a big tax bill in 2015

Halloween is just days away, and that means we are just weeks away from saying goodbye to 2014. For many of us, it is time to sign up for health insurance and other benefits programs for 2015, and as we plan for next year, we consider the tax implications of each decision. This is the time of year that we shift from thinking about this year to planning for next year.

Banking transparency: Where everyone knows your account balance

The United States imposes an income tax on its citizens regardless of where they live. If you earn money abroad, the IRS wants to know about it -- and, of course, take its share. Similarly, if you earn money in the United States but process that income through a foreign bank, the IRS wants to know about it -- and, of course, take its share.

Banking transparency: Where everyone knows your name

Turning back to the subject of our Sept. 25 post, we are elaborating here on the details of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's global standard for automatic exchange of tax information. The G20 finance ministers formally adopted the standard in September; the finance industry should complete implementation in the next three or four years.

What FATCA is and how the fully-enacted law works

Many people in Atlanta have probably heard the acronym "FATCA" thrown around recently. They probably have a feeling that this is an important entity, but may not know what it is exactly. So let's dive a little deeper into FATCA in the hopes that it will help out some taxpayers in the coming year.

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