Tax Tips for US Citizens Living in the Netherlands

Owe taxes? No passport!

I have had many questions in the past about whether or not owing taxes will result in you being denied entry to the US.  My answer has always been that as a US citizen you have a right to enter the US, and only if you had already been found criminally liable and there...

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Are You Subject to Dutch Inheritance Tax?

One of my most shocking discoveries in working with US clients in the Netherlands is how few of them realize that they are potentially subject to Dutch Inheritance Tax (Successiebelasting). Many US citizens living in the Netherlands (actually their heirs) would in...

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Is Exercising in 2010 Your Best “Option”?

If you have stock options that have vested, or will vest in 2010, you may be tempted to exercise these options in 2010 since the top US tax rate is 35%, rather than wait until 2011, when the top tax rate is potentially going to increase to 39.6% Conventional advisors...

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Offshore Pension Basics

Many expats end up with a bit of savings while living outside the US. In addition, moving around to different countries and working for many different companies can leave expats feeling left out (or at least confused) when it comes to pension plans and social security...

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Is a Foreign Mortgage Worth the Risk?

Anyone who has asked me knows I am no fan of investing in real estate in (Western) Europe at the moment. One of the biggest risks I see (aside from the fact that real estate prices have not "corrected" yet in many cities) is a little-known IRS law concerning taking...

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What is the US Tax Return Due Date for Expats?

The initial due date for filing your US tax return for all US citizens, greencard holder and other residents is April 15, regardless of where you reside. There is a common misconception that the due date is June 15 for expats. This is partially true - if you are...

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