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Tax Planning Small Business Are Taxed at 14%

Government Report Shames Businesses Paying More than 14% in Taxes.    Difficult to believe that Senator Bernie Sanders  (who paid tax at 13%) released the report.  It states that business that plan their taxes are taxed at 14%. Here’s what’s going on.   

Small Business Tax Planning. Try very hard to pay the least in taxes

Small Business Tax Planning. President Trump states that he try very hard to pay the least in taxes

Meanwhile, after the defeat of the Health Care Reform,  the Trump Tax Reform is looking at an August vote.   Keep up to date on this link.    As in the case of President Trump,  we all have to work hard to pay the least in taxes.   Tax savings is not as simple as a year-end call to your CPA.    On this link, you will learn how to get your tax rate down to 14%.

International tax planning for the Contract Manufactuere

International tax planning for the Contract Manufacturer

Amazing tax savings for importers of contracted manufacturer of their products.  This new IRS law gives tax savings to small businesses.  Learn more on this link and send it to your CPA.
For additional small business tax savings get my book International Taxation in America for the Entrepreneur on sale for $9.50 on this link.

 

Small businesses are now reaping big tax savings.  Importers, exporters, and e-commerce business can use the same loopholes as big business. I wrote my book to teach you these tried and true strategies in an easy two-hour read.

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But, I did more.  I had an audiobook created.  It downloads onto your smartphone so that you can listen while you are commuting.   Get the 2017 edition of  International Taxation in America for the Entrepreneur for $9.50 at Amazon on this link.

 

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Saving taxes with an IRS approved tax plan is called a private letter ruling.

International Gift Tax Plans with this IRS internal letter on this link. Fantastic legal tax avoidance for the foreign person with family in the U.S. is explained in this letter.

  • Avoiding state income taxes this new IRS  designer  Nevada trust.  IRS tells how to use your Nevada corporation as your trustee to legally stop paying state taxes on your investment income. Here’s what’s happeningon this link.

New- Saving international taxes with this letter from the U.S. Department of the Treasury letter to the U.K. tax authorities on tax planning in the U.S. for UK and EU companies.

Tax planning, with the Supreme Court common tax laws

Tax planning with Supreme Court common tax laws

18th Century Supreme Court case destroys IRS tax penalty law. Using this case, the Tax Court gave the IRS a big defeat.  Here is what happen.   The Supreme Court is the “Law of the Land.”  It rules over the IRS and Congress.   

It works both ways.  The blog on this link explains the most missed Supreme Court Doctrine use by the IRS to blow up this offshore plan.

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International tax planning and international tax savings with this Treasury Department report. 

The secret report on tax savings international tax plans that the IRS cannot stop was issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (a branch of the White House).

They reported the successful foreign tax plans of international businesses. We have obtained a copy.  It is on this link.   Here you will learn the legitimate foreign tax plans that Congress likes. 

offshore trust, foreign trust, nevada trust, estate planning trust, esbt,    Since the Middle Ages, the wealthy have capitalized on trusts to avoid paying taxes. During the Great Crusades, upon the death of a knight, his entire estate went to the king.    Nine hundred years later, things have not changed much except the ‘King” takes only half.

Trust are the most efficient tax tool. International tax planning should start with a Nevada trust to own the foreign company.  Learn trust tax planning and asset protection on this easy to read blog post.    It has the blueprint for successful trust tax planning.   IRS memo on asset protection and tax planning with an offshore trust.  Get it now on this blog post.

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Saving taxes with the cloud-based

Cloud tax planning. Learn how businesses are using the cloud to save taxes on this link.  E-commerce companies are avoiding state income taxes and in some cases deferring U.S. taxes.

Be an IRS tax wizard with our new custom Google search, on this link.  This custom Google app to read 400,000 pages deep inside the IRS’s website and the tax court’s website.

Small Business Tax Planning and Strategy for Robots, Apps, Video Streaming and 3D Printing

21st Century business is nothing like 20th Century business.  Okay, it is as easy as remember in the cell phone you owned in 1999 with your smartphone now.

The tax planning on the internet is that 1999 style tax planning.  You know, that year-end meeting where you are told the same stuff year after year.  But you will never achieve the 14% tax rate paid by Big Business if you think like a small business (more on the 14% tax rate here).

The headline “Bank Of America Opens Branches Without Employees” got my attention.  B of A also has one of the better smartphone apps for online banking.  The important tax planning and business trend are “no people”.  Instead, machines that work 24/7 with no sick pay, employee suites, or family leave.

Next, Ford Motor Car announced it is using 3-D printing in manufacturing instead of robots, to produce much of their cars.  Ford is not the only big business moving beyond Robots.  Redbox (the DVD rental kiosk franchise) is laying off thousands of kiosk and is streaming the videos.

Streaming, like 3-D printing, has its value is the computer code.  The computer code may provide music, a movie, or instructions to a large printer to print a hood or even an engine block.

Big Business has avoided taxes with intelligent machines for almost half a century.  The first case was the Xerox photocopier.  The Tax Court treated this copier as if it a human being in a dark room developing pictures.

Brilliant small business tax planning started with Xerox taking the IRS to court. The Tax Court ruled that Xerox had a smart machine entitled to special tax savings.

Brilliant small business tax planning started with Xerox taking the IRS to court. The Tax Court ruled that Xerox had a smart machine entitled to special tax savings.

The U.S. Government was using thousands of these photocopiers.  If the Government was paying rent,  then  Xerox would be denied a ten percent tax credit on the value of the copiers.  If the photocopier was providing a personal service,  then Xerox had found the perfect tax loophole.  As I said, Xerox won.

Now, what is your tax planner doing?  Are you brainstorming with him or are you too busy?

If you need some ideas to help you start your journey to avoiding taxes, then get my book International Taxation in America for the Entrepreneur (on this link at Amazon).   While it is about foreign taxes, it does contain tax planning for the 21st Century.

Here is one of the secrets of small business tax planners.

Incomes character determines how it is taxed.  Separate tax laws exist for each type of income.   By working hard with their tax team, Xerox invented and won the argument that the machine can provide the same services as a human.  Today, half a century later, it is not a big deal.

The tax planning is in  what I wrote above, “invented”.  Xerox’s tax team invented a new tax concept. Once the court agrees, an invented tax theory becomes a tax law.  You can use this tax law to legally avoid taxes.

For example, Rosetta Stone (the language learning computer based program) started last Century.    They sold CD’s with containing their program and audio CD’s with language practice words.   The IRS taxes the sale of a CD the same as the sale of a book.  It is tangible property even though the contents are intangible (copyrighted program and audio).

Rosetta Stone’s management could have been like Blockbuster (which is out of business).  The management spent the time, the hard work and the risk of capital and invented a completed new business.

For this new business, they are allowed to invent a new tax law.  Yep, when no tax law exists, you can think outside of the box (within limits) just as Xerox did.   Rosetta Stone now has the opportunity to legally avoid both U.S. income taxes and state income taxes.  Here is what they can do:
1.   Instead of receiving a CD with a program, the software is on the Rosetta Stone computer server.   The user logs into his account and learns the language.   Website is the same as a human teacher.  The software provides feedback on your foreign language speaking. 

 If the computer and the business are owned by a tax haven corporation with the computer located in a foreign country (such as Canada), the income is U.S. tax-free, state tax-free and Canada tax-free.

2.  The practice lesson is audio streaming and not on an audio CD.  Streaming music income is sourced at the place of the broadcast.   It too is tax-free.

3.  Live group lessons were completely new.  The source is the location of the person Rosetta Stone hired to lead the group.   If the person is outside of the U.S., the income is foreign source.

By becoming an E-commerce business, Rosetta stone had new tax planning choices.  E-commerce tax planning and strategies are being invented.     We always recommend that our clients apply for an IRS review of their tax plan.  The IRS’s National Office has excellent attorneys.  The process is known as a private letter ruling request (learn more on this link).

Tax Savings with International Tax Treaty Planning for the Resident Alien

Citizens of Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, the European Community, have a unique tax advantage while living in the U.S.  Tax treaties with these countries provide a unique and little-known tax savings. 

This video is an audio clip from my tax radio show, Tax Talk. You will learn why resident aliens are paying more in taxes than they should. 

If you have any questions, then please call me, Brian Dooley, CPA, MBT at 949-939-3414 or visit our website – https://www.intltaxcounselors.com.  

International tax planning starts with these essential concepts:
Resident Aliens

resident alien’s income is taxed in the same manner as a U.S. citizen.

They pay tax on their worldwide income including income from interest, dividends, wages, other compensation for services, rental property, and royalties.  The resident alien must report these amounts whether from sources within or outside the United States.  Depositing of income outside the U.S. is taxable.

If you are a citizen of a country with a tax treaty, the treaty decides if you are a resident or non-resident.  Otherwise, if you have a green card or spend too many days in the U.S., you are a resident alien.

Nonresident Aliens  

Nonresident aliens are usually subject to U.S. income tax on U.S. source income.  In some cases, foreign source business income can be subject to U.S. tax.  You will learn more in my book, International Taxation in America for the Entrepreneur.

Dual-Status Aliens  

dual-status alien is an individual that is both a resident alien and a nonresident alien in the same tax year.  This can occur when you obtain your green card.

Income Types

U.S. Investment income is taxed at a flat 30% of the gross income.  If the non-resident alien resides in a treaty country, the tax rate is usually between zero and 15%.

Business income is taxed on a net income basis.  The alien has the same tax rates as an American.  In some cases, an NRA’s foreign business income is taxed by the U.S.  This occurs when the NRA has an office or some other type of business facility or is in the U.S. on a business trip.

Tax Withholding on Foreign Persons

Payments of U.S. income to foreign persons are subject to the  withholding tax rules.  In particular, foreign athletes and entertainers are subject to substantial withholding on their U.S. source gross income.  This withholding can be reduced by entering into a Central Withholding Agreement with the Internal Revenue Service.

The NRA that comes to the U.S. for business meetings owes U.S. tax on his foreign salary if he or she is paid more than $3,000 by his employer.

Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TIN) for the non-citizen

Anyone (including aliens) who files a U.S. federal tax return must have a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).  Also, non-citizens who request tax treaty exemptions or other exemptions from withholding must also have a TIN.

Sale of Real Estate 

Non-Resident Aliens are hit with a fifteen percent withholding tax on the sale of U.S. real estate.  In some cases, the withholding tax applies to refinancing.  The withholding tax does not replace the income tax.  Aliens must file an income tax return.  The tax withheld is a credit towards the total tax.  If the total tax exceeds the tax withheld, they get a refund.

Saving Taxes with Tax Treaties 

The U.S. tax liability of non-resident aliens is determined primarily by the provisions of tax treaties.  If the non-citizen is not a national of a treaty country, then the U.S. Internal Revenue Code applies.

Many foreign countries have tax treaties with the U.S. Tax treaties override or modify the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.  Tax treaties allow you to pay less tax.

Estate Taxes

All though you are a resident alien for income taxes you may be a non-domiciled alien for estate (death) taxes.    Non-domiciled aliens are subject to estate taxes on all of their U.S. property (including stocks, bonds, and property) except bank accounts and life insurance.  They are not entitled to the $5,000,000+ exemption that is allowed for Americans.  Accounts with brokerage firms are frozen upon the alien’s death.   Tax treaties may allow the alien to avoid U.S. gift and estate taxes.

Become an Expert

Become an expert with my book, International Taxation in America for the  Entrepreneur, available on this link and feel free to call me with any questions that you have.

 

 

Five Best Tax Saving And Smart Planning Tips For Small Business Owners

No,  this is not another blog about lame tax ideas.   Big Business has many tips that are not known by most CPAs.   The best five tax planning tips are:
1.  Use more than one entity.  Have one use the accrual basis of account.   This allows you to avoid taxes on prepayments  (more on this link) and expense costs before they are paid.   Have one entity be a corporation.    Corporations can be taxed as a separate entity (which means they pay their own taxes) or a pass through (by election subChapter S of the tax code).

Each of these corporate taxation methods has a unique advantage.   For a start-up, the separate entity has the benefit of allowing you be late on paying income tax on the profits.  Thus, you have more money to invest in growth.

Have one corporation doing business in a tax-free state such as Nevada.

2.  If you have only part-time employees or no employees fund your business  with the little-known tax savings of a solo 401K plan  (more on this link).  This works only if you have no full-time employees.  Big businesses use the ESOP retirement plan.  It is a fantastic tool but most small business can not afford the annual compliance cost.

3.  If you make sales via your website, place your website on a server in a tax-free state (learn more here) Also, have the server and website owned by a corporation in the same state.  If your website sells a service or another intangible item, use a tax haven corporation to own the site.  The server needs to be in the same country as the corporation.

4.  Use an irrevocable non-grantor trust to own any passthrough entities.   Of course, have the trust in a tax-free state such as  Nevada.   A non-grantor trust has almost no audit risks.  This type of a trust files its own tax return (Form 1041) and pay its own taxes.  By moving income to this return, you have a lower “adjusted gross income.”

A lower adjusted gross income allows you larger itemized deductions and more tax credits.  It also reduces your chances of a tax audit.

5.  Don’t rely upon year-end planning.  It is a suckers move.  Usually, you end up spending money to be able for a deduction.  Big Business plans a year in advance and not a month before year end.  Each time they add a product or service, they think about tax planning.   The most effective tax planning looks at income and not expenses.

If you need help creating a strategic tax plan, then contact me, Brian Dooley, CPA, MBT at 949-939-3414.  A recent Government study showed that tax planning businesses are taxed at 14%.  For every one dollar spent in tax planning,  ten dollars are saved in taxes.

 

 

U.S. Pre-Immigration International Tax Planning with Trusts

The Wealthy have used trusts to avoid taxes for almost one thousand years.  Trusts started in the United Kingdom during the Great Crusades.   Over the last ten centuries, trust law has evolved.    In the U.S., each state has its own set of trust laws.   Every trust is uniquely drafted to fit the needs of you and your family.

The most popular types in America are:
Revocable Trusts
Irrevocable Trust
Spendthrift Trust Irrevocable Trusts
Spendthrift Trust  Asset Protection Irrevocable Trust
Charitable Trust
Constructive Trust- usually not planned
Special Needs Trust for disabled family members
Tax By-Pass Trust (used by Americans only)

The Best Pre-Immigration International Tax Strategy is a Trust

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