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Foreign Investors Beware: Attribution of U.S. Trade or Business Through U.S. Agents

Foreign Investors Beware: Attribution of U.S. Trade or Business Through U.S. Agents

by Journal of International Taxation

Foreign Investors, almost uniformly dislike paying U.S. taxes and filing U.S. tax returns. In many countries, for cultural, political, or personal safety reasons, privacy is paramount. Disclosure of one's financial affairs to any government is viewed as risky and something to avoid. Taxation of income earned in the U.S. may be unavoidable, and many foreign investors recognize that. With proper planning, it is possible that the U.S. -sourced income, while taxed by the U.S. at the corporate level, will not be taxed to the foreign investor personally. It is also possible that the foreign investor will avoid U.S. tax return filing obligations.

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