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US Tax Compliance

Speakers: Paula Singer, Marianne Couch, Terri Crowl, and Lowell Hancock

Available on CD

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips, followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers from participants. MCLE Credits in several states.


FIRST Phone Session on June 25: Resident or Nonresident?

  • Why tax residency matters
  • How tax residency is determined
  • What exceptions might apply
  • When residency begins and ends
  • When residency or nonresidency can be elected

SECOND Phone Session on July 30: Withholding and Reporting

  • Why special withholding rules apply to NRAs
  • What special wage-withholding rules can apply
  • When FICA exceptions apply
  • Who can claim tax treaty benefits
  • What special reporting rules apply
  • What the IRS is looking for on audits

THIRD Phone Session on August 20: Tax Returns for Foreign Nationals

  • When foreign nationals must file US returns
  • Who can file a Form 1040
  • Who can elect to file Form 1040
  • When other information forms are required
  • How taxpayers claim treaty benefits
  • What returns apply in the year residency changes

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Paula Singer is the editor of US Tax Compliance For Immigrants And Employers: The Lawyer's Complete Guide, the most comprehensive book on Tax Compliance. For detailed table of contents and to place your order, see here.


Paula Singer (Co-Discussion Leader) is chairman and co-founder of Windstar Technologies, Inc., to provide an easy-to-use and understand software solution for international tax compliance and reporting. A nationally recognized international tax attorney and partner in the law firm Vacovec, Mayotte and Singer LLP, in Newton, Massachusetts, Ms. Singer's practice has concentrated in international tax matters for individuals, businesses, trusts, and estates. She has provided individuals and organizations with tax planning as well as compliance services for individuals relocating internationally since 1978. Ms. Singer is a frequent speaker and author of over 50 published articles and is the author of numerous tax guide books. Her articles on international tax topics have appeared in AILA publications, Tax Analysts' Tax Notes International and Tax Notes as well as their online services, West and RIA publications, and bar association publications. Ms. Singer assisted the IRS and NAFSA with the development of Form 1040NR-EZ. Her comments on proposed regulations under section 7701(b) on the substantial presence test and under section 1441 on withholding on payments to foreign persons were incorporated into the final regulations under each section. The IRS has used her tax guidebooks to train their personnel.

Marianne Couch JD, of the COKALA group, is an advisor on US federal and state tax information reporting compliance. She is a frequent lecturer at major tax conferences and the author of numerous published articles. She served for many years as Research Director of Balance Consulting, and chaired special training and advisory services provided to large organizations and academic and nonprofit institutions. She was previously a member of the IRS Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC), where she served as Chair of the IRPAC Subcommittee on Small Business and Self-Employed (SBSE) tax issues. In this capacity, she testified annually before the IRS Commissioner on issues of concern to the information reporting community. Ms. Couch has previously worked as a litigator for a large Michigan law firm, where she represented individuals and large clients in many types of civil actions, and formerly served as a Research Attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Terri Crowl joined the Windstar staff on March 2007 as Senior Product Support Analyst responsible for assisting clients with the Tax Navigator product including treaty analysis, processing procedures, system function analysis, and product and tax issues training. Ms. Crowl worked for Windstar prior to 2007, assisting at our training sessions and providing support to Tax Navigator clients. She is also a frequent contributor to the Windstarusers listserv.

Lowell Hancock is an International Tax Specialist, with the Internal Revenue Service. He has been the lead IRS specialist in dealing with nonresident alien compliance and education initiatives since 1995. Mr. Hancock has been on many tax panels over the years. He is very well-known to the tax-exempt community because he answers questions on the Aliens-L listserv. He is training new IRS agents on the international tax rules.


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50% discount to any attorney employed by any government agency
50% discount to an attorney that is unemployed

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$199 Seminar Package 
Includes all three dates:

Audio CD of Thursday, June 25, 2009 (90 Minutes)
Audio CD of Thursday, July 30, 2009 (90 Minutes)
Audio CD of Thursday, August 20, 2009 (90 Minutes)

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Disclaimer: participation in this seminar does not create an attorney-client relationship with the speakers