International Tax News

Deductions and Work-Travel Programs

Foreign Students Can’t Deduct Travel Costs of Work-Travel Program The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, affirming the U.S. Tax Court, has held that foreign students who traveled to the United States as part of a work-travel exchange program couldn’t deduct their travel costs. Seasonal or Temporary Jobs Three students in…

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Earned Income Exclusion Disqualification

Military Contractor in Afghanistan Didn’t Qualify for Earned Income Exclusion The U.S. Tax Court has held that an aircraft captain for a military contractor wasn’t entitled to exclude income that he earned working in Afghanistan. It found that for tax purposes, his “abode” was within the U.S. during his deployment. In TC Summary Opinion 2018-52,…

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IRS: Certain Exceptions on Transfer Agreements

IRS Offers Guidance on Certain Exceptions on Transfer Agreements The IRS has updated Questions and Answers (Q&As) regarding the Code Sec. 965 transition tax on its website. The new Q&As provide guidance on “transfer agreements,” which are filed in connection with transfers that are intended to avoid accelerating installment payments or triggering deferred tax liability…

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U.S. Residency Certification Request Fee Rises

User Fee Rises for Some U.S. Residency Certification Requests The user fee for processing residency certification made on Form 8802 (“Application for United States Residency Certification“) is increasing from $85 to $185 for non-individual taxpayers. This is effective for forms postmarked on or after December 1, 2018. The announcement was made in IRS Revenue Procedure…

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Major Changes to Revenue Recognition

The Way Technology Companies Recognize Revenue is About to Change Significantly by Andrew Walker, CPA For many technology entities, top line revenue is one of the most important metrics for both business owners and investors. Murky guidance and lack of comparability with international reporting has long been a complaint from the readers of financial statements….

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