Services for Foreign Nationals

The United States classifies Foreign Nationals as one of the following:
Resident Aliens: Non-US citizens meeting either the lawful permanent residence (“green card”) or substantial presence test (based on time in-country – known as the 183-day calculation).  Special rules apply to foreign government personnel, students,  teachers and a few other special occupations.
Non-resident Aliens: Non-US citizen not qualifying under the two Resident Alien tests, but with assets in or income earned in the US, giving rise to possible US income or estate tax filing obligation.

Global Tax Help, offers you expert consultation-for-fee help online using commonly available secure technology (see Tools) for any United States income and estate tax problem you may be facing – no matter where you are located.

While each professional services engagement is different, the services listed below will give you an idea of what we provide through Global Tax Help.

Compliance – Preparation and Filing of Tax Returns
Using information provided by you, we prepare any United States and individual state tax returns you may be required to file – ranging from individual or business income tax to estate, trust and partnership returns. We also work to identify any foreign jurisdiction reporting requirements you may face, and coordinate with that jurisdiction’s tax professionals, as needed, to assure that all requirements are met and you stay out of trouble. Fees are based on time and complexity, with an estimate provided in advance.

Tax Audit Representation

Tax returns filed by US expatriates are selected for audit much more often than the average tax return. And the higher the income, the higher the chance of getting audited. If this happens to you, we at Global Tax Help stand ready to defend your interest in front of the IRS – first by telephone, then by writing, and – if necessary – in person at an IRS district office stateside or overseas. We have an outstanding record in winning favorable outcomes for previous audit clients. Fees are based on time and complexity, with an estimate provided in advance.

Power of Attorney Services

This service assures that if the IRS has a bone to pick with you, we at Global Tax Help are notified by them as well as you. The advantage? Often the IRS does not have a current address for you, or when they do mail takes weeks to reach you. The copy we get – within days of mailing – assures that any problems the IRS may have with you comes to our attention before it becomes a huge problem. This service is offered only as part of the above services.

Tax, Estate, and Retirement Planning – especially for Foreign Nationals

An ounce of prevention… The key to avoiding tax over-payment and ensuring, ultimately, financial security– comes through planning! Most of us fail to do a very good job of it – at the cost of very real money, time – and if an audit is triggered – hassle and additional expense.
We offer tax, estate and retirement planning – from an experienced, seasoned point-of-view. To use an analogy, we don’t want our clients to be pioneers (with the arrows in their backs), but settlers. In tax planning, this means using progressive, up-to-date strategies that have been court or IRS-approved, rather than using a recklessly aggressive approach which provokes a challenge. Fees are based on time and complexity, with an estimate provided in advance.