News & Updates

March 29, 2018

Today the IRS released FY 2017 audit statistics. For expats like myself- the news is not good. 5.2% of all international individual returns filled with the IRS in FY 2017 were selected for audit. This is up from 3.9% in FY 2016. 

How did the average American compare? 0.6% of all individual income tax returns were selected for audit in FY 2017, down fr...

November 23, 2017

I use "SNL", and "School House Rock" to inform people how the tax bill becomes a law, so that they can see past the clutter and know what is really going on.

November 10, 2017

I explain what the tax gap is, why it is important for bureaucrats, how the tax gap is calculated in the US & Why the math doesn't add up

October 26, 2017

What do Trump's proposed tax plans mean for Americans living in Canada and abroad?

October 12, 2017

A troubling new threat was released today by the IRS which affects both tax preparers and individuals. Read for more info.

September 14, 2017

This article describes the trends and nature of IRS audits impacting US taxpayers abroad. My article will analyze the enhanced frequency risk of audit to US persons who live outside the US.

The only source of data I use to facilitate this analysis comes from the IRS. The data stems from the annually published "IRS Data Book" which provides a plethora of st...

August 11, 2017

Tips for avoiding delays when applying for a SSN abroad

July 6, 2017

FATCA is a law which is focused on YOU as an American living abroad.

June 15, 2017

1) how to spot a fraudster, and 2) how to know if it is really the IRS on the other end of the line.

May 19, 2017

Steps for persons living overseas who have received an IRS letter or notice.

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