21. Understanding dual taxation: it's better to go talk to the IRS than have the IRS come looking for you | From the Trenches
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21. Understanding dual taxation: it's better to go talk to the IRS than have the IRS come looking for you | From the Trenches
May 15, 2024
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Richard Taylor and Sean Kearney are in the trenches, giving you the latest reports and their unfiltered takes on what’s going in the world of investing and financial planning. Sean is the founder of Amvoy Wealth, an Irish/American financial planning and investment management firm based in Dublin and New York City. 

You need to understand dual taxation. The US and Irish tax systems shouldn’t be viewed in isolation; Sean explains how they interact and how they can impact your financial planning. There are tough penalties for failing to comply with tax obligations in both jurisdictions – the penalties for not doing it if you’re found out are pretty archaic, and they’ll hurt your bank account far worse than complying. 

The three key takeaways from this episode: 

1.     Complexity of Dual Taxation: Understanding and managing the tax responsibilities in two countries is crucial. Kearney points out, "We pay CGT in Ireland, we pay CGT in the US. But how does that work together?"

2.     Necessity of Specialized Advice: The importance of obtaining specialized financial and tax advice is a recurring theme. As Kearney explains, many advisors may not fully grasp the intricacies of international tax laws which can lead to severe consequences. "There's lots of people out there that pretend that they know what to do and from my experience they don't."

3.     Proactive Compliance: Rich and Sean stress the importance of being proactive rather than reactive when it comes to tax compliance and financial planning. As Sean says: "It's better to be going talking to the IRS than the IRS come looking for you." This proactive approach can prevent severe penalties and ensure smoother financial operations across borders.

Always an Expat is affiliated with Plan First Wealth LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor. The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Plan First Wealth.

Information presented is for educational purposes only and does not intend to make an offer or solicitation for the sale or purchase of any specific securities, investments, or investment strategies. Investments involve risk and unless otherwise stated, are not guaranteed. Be sure to first consult with a qualified financial adviser and/or tax professional before implementing any strategy discussed herein. Plan First Wealth does not provide any tax and/or legal advice and strongly recommends that listeners seek their own advice in these areas.

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