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Monday, February 1, 2016

Brazil Encouraging Asset Repatriation

What is the latest news about Brazil's repatriation law?

Brazil is hoping to encourage citizens to voluntarily repatriate assets held abroad with a new repatriation law. Known as "RERCT," the law established a new tax and currency exchange voluntary disclosure and amnesty program.

Voluntary Disclosure

The government hopes that Brazilian residents will voluntarily disclose both tangible and intangible assets that were either remitted or maintained abroad as well as those that were repatriated. The law applies to assets that were not previously reported or disclosures that contained material errors. The law applies to any Brazilian - whether an individual or legal entity, who was a tax resident on December 31, 2014.


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

California Powerball Winner The Luckiest Of All

The Powerball craze has come and gone. Billions of tickets were sold across the country to folks hoping to win big and change their lives. With a record-breaking jackpot of $1.6 billion, it seems that everyone was tempted to purchase at least one of the tickets for a stake in the drawing. 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How To Include Tax Planning in Your Financial Planning on a Regular Basis

For most of us, taxes are only something we think about at the beginning of each year when we file our returns. It is beneficial, however, to engage in tax planning year round in order to maximize savings. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can add tax planning into your routine financial planning year round. 

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Monday, January 18, 2016

How to Prepare for an Audit

When you ask people what the worst day of the year is if you are a taxpayer, most people will respond April 15. “Tax Day” may conjure up images of people rushing to finish up last minute paperwork, long lines at the post office, and other unpleasant memories, but those things are actually a piece of cake compared to the horrors of being audited. When that envelope marked “Official Government Business” with the return address of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the upper left hand corner shows up in your mailbox, you quickly find out what the taxpayer’s worst day of the year truly is.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Owing the IRS Can Make You Lose Your Passport

American taxpayers now have another “incentive” to pay off their tax debt. In addition to its power to levy bank accounts and accounts receivables, garnish wages and file liens on properties, the Government can take away passports from delinquent taxpayers. The United States (“US”) Government recently signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”), which allows the Secretary of State to deny, limit or revoke US passports of individuals with “seriously delinquent” tax liability. The new law affects taxpayers that owe more than $50,000 to the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and have not tried to settle the debt or make payment arrangements.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Unfiled Tax Returns

While the majority of taxpayers fully intend to pay their taxes, some are caught up in some crisis that prevent them from doing so. There is a lot of misinformation on the internet about ways to legally stop paying taxes -- such as declaring oneself a sovereign citizen. If you have fallen victim to the con artists spreading such lies, Brunoro Law can help you get back into compliance, and work with you to develop a plan to legally reduce your tax burden.

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