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E-commerce and Mobile Commerce International Tax Planning for the Small Business

E-commerce and Mobile Commerce International Tax Planning  exists because our international tax laws were written by a man born in the 1860’s.  This is not a typo.  He grew up in the world of Pony Express and steamship commerce.

In the 1930’s he became the Chairman of the Congressional Tax Committee.  His view of commerce was the late 1800’s.  Congress has never changed our international tax laws.

These tax laws work just fine in the industrial age but  now these ancients laws create legitimate loopholes for e-commerce and cloud based businesses.

E-commerce and Mobile Commerce International Tax Planning for the Internet of Things.

We are in the age of “internet of things,” 

The  industrial age tax laws provide many unique tax savings for the e-commerce business, the contract manufacturing business, and the internet marketing business.

My easy to read book, International Taxation in America for the Entrepreneur, provides the tried and true blueprint for saving taxes for today’s E-commerce businesses.  I have the first three  chapters on this link.

The first three chapters are easy to read but are hard to believe.  I mean, is it really possible that Congress has done nothing about international tax laws since the Great Depression in the 1930s?

And there is more unbelievable events.  The designer of the tax law was born just after the Civil War.  His father served in the Confederate Army.   His parents named him after Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

And there is more.   The writer of our international tax law had only a high school education.  To him, text messaging was the telegraph.

So, get the first 25 pages, for free, of my popular book on international tax planning with an emphasis on e-commerce and cloud based products on this link.

Or buy the book at Amazon for $9.50, on this link.   By the way, Amazon has a seven day return policy.  So, if you don’t like the book, just send it back (which is easy to do as a Kindle book0

Now, if you want to take your international tax planning to the next lever, then contact me, Brian Dooley, CPA, MBT  at [email protected]

This link has another blog in saving taxes in the e-Commerce and virtual computer world.

 

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.

Cloud ecommerce tax planning changes as technology changes. The U.S. Senate reported that businesses that update their tax plan are taxed at only 14%..

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.   

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.

Cloud ecommerce tax planning changes as technology changes- Look at Banking

Great tax planning sees the trends and changes.

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 need help with your international tax planning, then contact me at [email protected]

Saving Taxes in the E-commerce & the Cloud (Virtual) Computer World

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E-commerce businesses are saving taxes with cloud computer tax planning.

E-commerce tax planning and Cloud tax planning uses unique tax laws.  As a result, saving taxes in this century’s cross-border business environment is easier than ever.  

Small businesses are saving taxes with eCommerce tax planning and cloud computer tax planning.  

The cloud has level the playing field between small business and big business.  Amazon is leading the way.

 Small businesses can benefit from cloud computer tax planning.  

Cloud tax planning allows big state and federal tax savings.  A popular term for this is “third wave” tax planning.  The second wave was most of last century and a little of the 1800s.  The first wave is from  10,000 BC to the late 1800s.  This explains the loophole.  Our tax laws were designed in the early 1900s.  While the laws are more complicated, the basis framework is unchanged.

We all have heard people say that things are not what they used to be.  This is particularly true in American business.  In 1910, electricity was not in the White House.  Cars were laughed at with jokes like “Get a horse!” 

Phones were rare, and there was no air travel.  U.S. E-commerce tax laws are written for last century’s business.  E-commerce tax planning provides significant tax savings.   Here is what has gone wrong for the Government and good for small business.

  Who is this man?    He is Robert Lee Doughton.   He was the powerful chairman of the U.S. Congressional committee that writes the tax laws.

This man designed and wrote our international tax laws. His education was only high school. His father fought with General Robert E. Lee (General of the Confederate States of America).  He was named after the General.  He was born in 1863. His view of international commerce was via steamship

In 1939, he wrote the international tax laws that govern today’s international taxation in America.[1]  Most of the congressional representatives who wrote the 1939 tax code were born before 1900.    Their view of the world was what you see in many silent movies … and so was their tax law.

Their idea of technology was steamships and the telegraph.  It is this world vision that governs how the U.S. taxes international business and investment today.

On this link, you can view my forty-minute of my presentation of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants on profiting from Congress’s failure to innovate.

Successful E-commerce international tax planning revolves around a major flaw in American tax law caused by the speed of change (more on this link).  

If you need to up the quality of your tax planning, then contact me, Brian Dooley, CPA, MBT, at [email protected]

[1] Congress renamed the tax code in 1986 to the “Internal Revenue Code of 1986.” As I wrote this, I realize that 1986 was just at the end the “second wave” of business. The tax consequences of leaving the economics of the second wave and moving into the economics of the third wave are discussed in this video.

 

The United Kingdom Headquarters for your Business

Having a United Kingdom headquarters for your business can save you taxes. With the new tax law,  the U.K. has a special tax advantage. 

United Kingdom claims U.S. LLC is a tax haven company

United Kingdom is beating America as the better business country

With the exit from the European Union, Britain has been able to have its own tax policy.  The U.K. plans to reduce its corporate tax rate from 20% to 17%.   Unlike the U.S., the U.K. does not have a state income tax.  

E-commerce and other cloud-based business have a special tax planning advantage by being in the U.K.   The U.K.’s income tax treaties with Western Europe  and the United States will remain even after the British Exit

Hosting your  Ecommerce business on a computer server in the U.K. can avoid income taxes in Western Europe.

The key is to keep your inventory in the U.K. or to sale web based intangible assets.

For example, if your site is a similar to Travelocity, the site is providing a service (similar to a travel agent).  Service income is sourced where the service provider (you computer server) is located at the time the service is provide.

The same result applies if you are selling a product like an E-book, a video or music or providing a big data service.

In many cases, your U.K. corporation will avoid both  U.S. income taxes and state income taxes.

Here is the best business and tax structure for an Ameican doing business in the United Kingdom.

The first goal of a business structure is to protect the owner’s assets.  At the end of the 1800s, corporations were invented.   Corporations exist only because a government allows them.  Capitalist need corporations to take a limited amount of risk.

The problem for Americans is that we are starting to use limited liability companies.   U.K. courts may not accept an American LLC as an entity that protects the LLC’s owner from the LLC’s debts.

Thus, a corporation is my favorite choice for doing business in the U.K.  If you use an American corporation, you have a choice of being taxed under two different parts of the U.S. tax laws.

In the U.K., you have no choice.  The corporation pays the U.K. tax.  For tax planning, I prefer the U.S. corporation to open a branch in the U.K.

A U.K. Branch allows for large tax saving because of the “foreign tax credit” and the U.K. Tax Treaty.

Your U.S. income tax is reduced by the income tax paid by the corporation to the United Kingdom.  In effect, you get a full refund for the foreign income taxes.

Another choice is to create a U.K. corporation.   The advantage is a deferral of U.S. income taxes on your foreign (U.K. or EU) profits.     However, there is a tax cost.  You will not be allowed the foreign tax credit for the foreign income taxes paid by the U.K. company. `

The other issue of a U.K. company is the cost of filing an IRS information return.  This return is Form 5471.  The Form is complicated because of the many tax saving elections that you can make.    While the cost of this return is about $5,000, the tax savings are in the $10,000s of thousands.

Here is some  more information on international tax law for the American small business.

If you need help in deciding which business entity is best or in preparing the Form 5471, then please, contact me, Brian Dooley, CPA, MBT at [email protected] 

E-commerce Internet Cloud Business Tax Planning and Strategy

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.

Last Century’s tax concepts are not a viable  E-commerce Internet Cloud Business Tax Planning and Strategy.

I was traveling last summer and British Air demonstrates announced that its worldwide computers are down, again.

My question to you is: “Is your e-commerce and internet 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:

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