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21st Century Tax Planning and Strategy for E-commerce and the Internet Cloud Business

Using last Century's infrastructure is fatal to you business. Using last Century's tax strategy is also fatal to your business.

Using last Century’s infrastructure is fatal to you business. Using last Century’s tax strategy is also fatal to your business.

British Air announced that its worldwide computers are down, again.  Is your small business tax planning like BA’s  XP style computer?

Here is the problem with small business tax planning.  Your CPA is using the same tax plan as when your computer used Window’s XP.  You have updated your infrastructure for your business but not your tax plan.  Business in 2016 is nothing like in 1998.

Congress reported that U.S. business that legitimately plan their taxes have a 14% tax rate.  And there is more.  Half of those business paid legally paid no tax.
My question to you: “Are you paying more than your fair share in taxes?”

Here are four indicators that your CPA is stuck in the 1900’s XP tax planning:

  1.  He does year-end tax planning.  Great tax planning is designed for years in advance focusing on each of your sources of income.
  2. He talks about deducting the cost of new equipment as if he has saved you money.  Spending money on new equipment is not a tax plan.  It is money lost unless you need the equipment. Then, it is an investment in growth and not a tax plan.
  3. He has you in an IRA plan.   Present value math models show that a 401K plan does not save taxes.  IRA plans dramatically increases your taxable income after age 70 causing a net after-tax loss.
  4. He never mentions a Nevada trust.   Not only does a Nevada trust eliminate income taxes, but it also protects your assets (just in case we have another Great Recession).

Internet web-based and e-commerce businesses are saving taxes by using the internet to shift income to a low tax state or even a tax haven.  Spend six minutes and listen to first few chapters of my book, below, to learn how the cloud-based and e-commerce businesses are paying less in taxes.

Internet marketing businesses and app companies can quickly shift their income to a no tax state, such as Nevada, or a no tax e-commerce country such as Canada.

Cloud Continues to Disrupt Business – 1,000s of Robots Laid Off

International tax planning compares last century's tax laws to this century's business. Then , it exploits the differences.

International tax planning compares last Century’s tax laws to this Century’s business. Then, it exploits the differences.

Using your knowledge the 1990s and the beginning of this Century will cause you to pay more in taxes and it can put you out of business.

You have to compete with the future. Blockbuster’s demise is old news from the beginning of this century.   Just ten years later, the killer of Blockbuster is dying.   Redbox has closed (laid off) 1,000s of it robotic DVD rental kiosks in the U.S.

 In 2015, it closed all of its DVD rental kiosks in Canada.   Netflix and other video streamers are slaying the king of the DVD rental kiosks. Redbox’s $1 a night became too expensive. Netflix is $10 a month, and you can watch as many hours as you want with 50,000 choices.   With Redbox, you had to rush to the kiosks to return the DVD.

American international tax laws were written and were designed for a 1930 economy.

Offshore tax planning compares the out of date concepts in our tax laws to 21st Century business. Then, it exploits the differences.  Your tax planner must forget last century’s tax planning and learn this century’s.  Even the first ten years of this century is partly obsolete.  

If this was 2005, you would not have a smartphone. Yep, no apps.  I don’t know about you, but I use my iPhone and iPad for business more than I use my landline and my computer combined.   

Great tax planning sees the trends and changes.

With the iPhone came the  streaming of music.  If the computer server hosting the music was located in the Cayman Islands, the income would be foreign source income and not U.S. source regardless of the location of the customer.

Look at banking.   Are ATM’s the next to be laid off?  Do you want to deposit your checks like this,  in the dark watching over your shoulder?

Internet businesses can decide who is going to tax them just by using the cloud.

Internet businesses can decide who is going to tax them just by using the cloud.

Or like this- At home with a smartphone app where it is safe. By changing your business, you not only survive, but you can also completely shift your tax profile.

For example, if you distribute a product, spend some time learning about 3D printing or using a fulfillment center.   If you have an e-commerce business,  consider streaming your product versus providing a mp3 file or a pdf file.  Internet tax planning starts with shifting the source of the income.

For some, it is merely a move to Nevada or Texas to escape California or New York taxation.  For others, it is outside of the U.S., such as Canada (yes, it is an internet tax haven) or Ireland.  By the way, California tax planning and New York tax planning just became more important.  State income taxes are no longer deductible. 

If you want to brainstorm your idea and dream about your future, then call me, Brian Dooley, CPA, MBT, at 949-939-3414 for a free one-hour consultation with you and your CPA,

Digital Economy Tax Planning is Fantastic


Ancient industrial tax laws are all the IRS has to tax the world of the “Internet of things.”  E-commerce and other internet marketing businesses have unique tax savings   opportunities.

The Industrial Age tax laws (from last century) are the only tax laws that apply to the cloud and e-commerce economy.

This allows fantastic tax savings for the digital economy business.

For Example– Last century, consumers wanted to own things.  I purchase VHS and then a DVD player for my favorite movies.  I got the James Bond DVD set.  But really, it sits in a box.  It is easier to watch movies on Netflix streaming.  

Take music. It is just easier to stream versus buy a DVD or even an MP3 file.

Digital tax planning strategies include:
1.  Avoiding sales tax (and outside the U.S., VAT tax) by organizing in sales tax-free state such as Oregon or sell intangible products (such as a mp3 file) versus tangible (a DVD.
2.  Avoiding state income taxes by organizing a trust in Nevada.
3.  Avoiding federal income taxes by organizing your corporation in a tax haven country such as the Isle of Man or Canada.

This blog will look at the American sales tax.  If you are looking for income tax strategies, then get my easy two hours read my book, International Taxation in America for the Entrepreneur.  It is only $9.50 at Amazon on this link.

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The New IRS Solo 401K is like Your Own Mini Tax Haven Trust

Using your Self-Directed 401K to buy or expand your business.

Using your Self-Directed 401K to buy or expand your business.

Sometimes the Government is on your side. However, finding the tax breaks (also known as loopholes for the rich) is not easy.

Like a tax haven trust that you can control, the Solo 401K can invest in your corporation, real estate (including debt-financed), gold, stocks, bonds and on and on.  Like an offshore trust, the Solo 401K pays no income tax until it makes a payment to you.
And, as you will discover below, it does not file a return for the first five years.

But, unlike the tax haven trust, a Roth Solo 401K’s income is never taxed.  Never means “never.”  Not to you, not to your children, not to your grandchildren and so on until the end of time. 

You can learn more with this video below or contact me, Brian Dooley, CPA, MBT at 949-939-3414 for a private consultation with our Solo 401K Retirement Plan Team.

When the Solo 401K invests in your corporation, you will have a double deduction.   First, you deduct the money funding your Solo 401K.

Second, the investment in your corporation by your Solo 401K is not taxable to the corporation. When the corporation used that money to pay expensed, the corporation is allowed a tax deduction.  So, yes, a deduction to fund the 401K Retirement Plan.  And again, some money is deducted by your corporation when it pays expenses.   The 20 minute video below provides more information.

But first let me tell you why your Solo 401K may not file a tax return for at least five years.  The tax law states that until your  Solo 401K is worth more than $250,000 you do not file a return.  For most of you this will be after five years of contributions.

The 20 minute video below presents two little known legitimate tax loopholes for the small business.  You will learn two too good to be true tax strategy that your CPA will tell you is impossible.  But when your CPA watches this, he will know how you can save taxes.
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Report on Google Industrial Age Offshore Tax Plan


Google may be one of the best or even the best E-commerce business, its international tax planning was old fashioned and clunky. However, its tax advisers were industrial age (also known as the “second wave”) thinkers.

This blog will explain the efficiency of third wave (also known as the “cloud”) tax planning.

As Alvin Toffler states The illiterate of the future are not those that cannot read or write. They are those that cannot learn, unlearn, relearn.”

While Google is a third wave company, its tax advisers missed the more efficient third wave approach. We will explore this approach after we study the Google’s methods. Cloud tax planning requires one to forget last century’s tax strategies.

Google’s Irish company (Google Ireland Ltd.) is located in Dublin. The Company has a substantial presence employing 1000s. This Company earns most of the non-U.S. advertising revenue. This is not Subpart F income ( income currently taxed to a “U.S. Shareholder”), which means the income U.S. tax deferred.

To reduce the Irish taxable income, this company pays a royalty (on the intellectual property obtained from the Google U.S. of $5.4 billion to Google Netherlands Holding BV. Google Netherlands Holding BV has no employees. Google Netherlands Holding BV pays most of its income to the Bermuda Company.

The Dutch Government promotes this structure by allowing a Dutch income tax deduction for the management fee paid to the Bermuda company. The Dutch Government receives a small tax and employees it citizen maintaining these Dutch holding companies.

Bermuda has no income tax. To make this plan work, I assume that the IRS agreed (in the private letter ruling) that the income earned by the Bermuda company is not Subpart- F income.

The bad news is that Google has to use this profit to grow its non-American business. If this profit is used for a U.S. activity it is immediately taxed (under section 956)

Saving and Deferring Income Taxes in the 21st Century require your tax planners to unlearn last century’s methods and learn about cloud tax law. Spend 40 minutes with me and learn the future of tax planning with this video of my presentation from the CPA’s Society 2011 International Tax Conference.

Third Wave Cloud Tax Planning

For my example I am going to assume that Google is a private business owned by a husband and wife (which is my typical client).

They go to the IRS and get a private letter ruling allowing the transfers of the intangibles to a foreign corporation, Google Isle of Man, Ltd. This Company has an office in Douglas, Isle of Man and employees thousands. This company handles all of the non-American business.

This Company has its computer farm in the Isle of Man. This location handles all of the American and non-American processing. Google employees around the world maintain the computer software, writing new programs and handling customer telephone calls.

Pay per click ads are displayed throughout the world but primarily in the United States.

The executive offices are located in the United States.

Based upon these facts, none of the income earned is United States source.[2] Further none of the income is Subpart F income. Income earned by Google Isle of Man, Ltd. is not taxed until the income is distributed or invested in United States property occurs.

We read about Nat King Cole[3]. His trusts may still exist and the income may still be deferred. Eventually his trusts will end and the deferral will stop. Under English law, a trust can last approximately 100 year. Under Nevada law, a trust can last 365 years.

So, assuming the same facts as above, except instead of using an Isle of Man company, we use a Nevada Limited Liability Company (LLC). Also, the husband and wife formed an inheritance trust in Nevada at the time they started the business.[4] The trust agreement has a flee clause, which causes the trust to be a foreign trust for tax law.

The trust was started with part gift and part loan. The money from the loan was used to start the Google LLC.[5] The money from the gift was placed into bank’s savings account.

As above, Google LLC has its operations in the Isle of Man. As in the above example, Google LLC has banking worldwide. Its executives live and work in the United States. Most of its banking functions are in the United States.

Subpart F income is not a concern because there is no foreign corporation. Google LLC is earning only foreign source income because the source of the income is the location of the computer.

A single member domestic limited liability company is disregarded for American tax law. Its taxable income is earned by the inheritance trust. As a foreign trust, the inheritance trust has no US taxable income. The inheritance trust pays no income tax.[6]

The portion of the inheritance trust funded by the gift is a grantor trust. The income from the bank savings account is reported on the tax return of the husband and wife.[7]

Prudent entrepreneurs legally protect their assets. One of the best methods is an Nevada trust owning a Nevada limited liability company (LLC). For those few concern with estate taxes, with cautious drafting and with an IRS ruling, the Nevada trust’s assets will not be subject to estate taxes for 365 year.

If you would like to brainstorm your tax planning ideas, then please call me, Brian Dooley CPA, at 949-939-3414 for a free one hour consultation.

[1] Ireland has many income tax treaties that lower withholding taxes.

[2]Piedras Negras Broadcasting Co., and/or Cia Radio Difusora De Piedras Negras, S.A. vs. Commissioner of Internal Revenue (43 B.T.A)

[3] Estate of Nathaniel Cole vs. Comm’r of IRS (32 T.C.M. 313, 1973). This case is what is known as memorandum case. The court issues this type of case when the law is clearly understood but the facts need to be discovered.

[4] To avoid the throw back rule, the trust is a “simple trust” under the IRC

[5] For this example, we are assuming that the loan was a “qualified obligation” under section 679

[6] When the trust distributes money to its beneficiaries, they will pay tax. Since the trust is a simple trust the income tax throw back rules will not apply.

[7] The IRS may not accept the tracing method but will want to use a pro-rata allocation. As we discussed, the courts allow a debt to corpus ratio in excess of 100 to one. Our loan to gift ration can be 100 to one. As a result, the IRS would attempt to allocate 1% of Google LLC’s income to husband and wife. This point is negotiated with the IRS during the private letter ruling process.