A regular listing of events taking place around the world for American expatriates.
January 30 -31: ‘U.S. Expat Tax Conference’, Toronto
Independent tax professionals from across Canada and elsewhere are scheduled to come together at a two-day, CPD-accredited “U.S. Expat Tax Conference”, which is aimed mainly at tax advisers as well as those wealth managers and other professionals who are looking to boost their understanding of key U.S. tax issues.
According to the event’s organizers, Toronto-based CPD Programs, attendees may be eligible to receive a total of 12 CPD credit hours.
Among those scheduled to speak at the event is Monte Silver, the founding partner of Tel Aviv-based Silver & Co., who has been in the news recently as a result of a legal challenge he brought in Washington last year against a key component of President Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Other scheduled speakers include Peter Megoudis, of Toronto-based Trowbridge Professional Corp., an international tax specialist; lawyer and citizenship adviser John Richardson, of Toronto-based Citizenship Solutions; cross-border tax specialists Grant Campbell and Romana Fabicka, of BDO, Canada; cross-border tax specialist Max Reed, of Vancouver-based SKL Tax; and Ian Macdonald, a CPA and Certified Financial Planner who runs his own firm specializing in the areas of personal income tax and financial planning.
Michael Koenig, a partner who specializes in U.S. and cross-border tax compliance issues at Davis Martindale; Ray Kinoshita of Grant Thornton; and Leslie Kellogg, a HNWI tax and citizenship specialist at Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, New York, complete the line-up.
The event will be held at Vantage Venues, formerly the St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre, at 150 King Street West in downtown Toronto, near the St. Andrews subway station.
The cost of attending is C$1,500, plus 13% HST (“harmonized sales tax”) for members of the U.S. Professionals Association. For non-USPA members it’s C$1,900, plus 13% HST.
More information on the U.S. Expat Tax Conference may be found by clicking here.
February 6: ‘Transition/GILTI Tax Planning & Tax Advocacy' seminar, Vancouver
A seminar that will look at the latest updates on the GILTI/Transition Tax elements of President Trump's 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), and tax planning generally, from a Canadian perspective, will be held in Vancouver, Canada, on Feb. 6. Featured speakers will include Dan Roberts, a U.S. tax partner of Baker Tilly, the international tax and accountancy firm.
Also scheduled to appear at the two-and-a-half hour event will be Monte Silver, the Israel-based tax lawyer, who recently has been in the news as a result of a potentially precedent-setting case he's brought in Washington, D.C., against the way the U.S. tax authorities implemented key elements of the TCJA.
March 3 – 10: Democrats Abroad’s Global Presidential Primary
The Democrats Abroad, as the official overseas arm of America's Democratic Party, is holding what it calls a Global Presidential Primary for seven days in March, from the 3d to the 10th, to enable party members to express their preference for the 12 candidates officially running for president in the primaries. (Expats are entitled to vote in their home states, but their voice is likely to be heard more loudly if part of the expat diaspora, DA officials point out.) Also, while those who do vote in the Democrats Abroad's Global Presidential Primary, or GPP, may still vote in their home state's primary, they may not vote for the presidential nominee a second time.
One of the advantages of the GPP, which is scheduled to take place in more than 100 locations around the world, is that it enables U.S. citizens abroad to cast a ballot in-person, rather than having to vote by mail, although it offers postal and online voting options as well.
More information on the Global Presidential Primary may be obtained from the Democrats Abroad's website.
March 18: FATCA at Ten: Events around the world will recognize the tenth anniversary of the signing into law of the HIRE Act, containing FATCA, by President Obama on March 18, 2010
Watch this space for details as they become finalized...
- ACA updates its online tax services directory
- U.S. Expat Tax Conference set for later this month in Toronto
- ACA reiterates call for expats to lobby Congress for hearings on 'tax fairness', RBT
- ACA podcast No. 2: Gov't Accountability Office FATCA report, and targeting of 'tax avoidance enablers'
- AmCham Hong Kong execs denied entry to Macau