San Jose, CA (February 12, 2019) – Abbott, Stringham & Lynch (ASL), one of the largest local CPA firms in Silicon Valley, is proud to announce that Jyothi Chillara has been promoted to Tax Principal, Josh Cross has been promoted to Audit Principal and Chris Madrid has been promoted to Tax Director, effective January 1, 2019.
In making the announcement, Abbott, Stringham & Lynch’s Managing Partner, Ray Scheaffer, said, “We are excited to welcome Josh and Jyothi to the partnership group. In addition, we are pleased to announce Chris’ promotion to Tax Director. Their expertise and exceptional leadership will continue to support and contribute to our firm’s growth and commitment to delivering superior quality and service.” (more…)
The European Union (EU) proposed a tax on digital services in the draft package for “Fair and Effective Taxation of the Digital Economy”, which it released on March 21, 2018.
According to the European Commission, top digital companies pay an average tax rate of only 9.5% in EU, which is less than the 23.3% paid by traditional companies. The aim of the proposal is to tax the business in the member state in which value is created, even though the business has little or no physical presence in that state. (more…)
By Jyothi Chillara, CPA, Principal
ASL Emerging Business Group
Crowdfunding is a method of raising financing for projects from the public via crowdfunding platforms and social media. Some of the most common crowdfunding platforms are Kickstarter, Indiegogo and GoFundMe. According to Investopedia, Kickstarter has raised over $2 billion since 2009.
Forbes predicts that crowdfunding eventually will surpass venture capital for investing. According to Business News Daily, ““Crowdfunding is here to stay. By 2025, the global crowdfunding market potential could be between $90 billion and $96 billion,” said Bill Clerico, co-founder and CEO of WePay, citing data from the World Bank.” (more…)
In a further indication of the IRS’s continued focus on international tax issues, the tax agency updated an International Practice Unit (IPU) summarizing the calculation and recapture of foreign and domestic losses and their impact on the foreign tax credit.
We all have heard and know of people becoming millionaires overnight with “stock option” money, especially in Silicon Valley. Stock options are an important part of the compensation package for many employees in the technology sector. For companies, it is a tool to retain employees and motivate them to perform better as the company’s growth and success translates to their success.
The most common types of stock options are Incentive Stock Options (ISO’s) and Non-Qualified Stock Options (NQSO’s). The tax consequences to employees are as follows:
Incentive Stock Options (ISO) (more…)
San Jose, CA August 16, 2016 — we are pleased to announce that Jyothi Chillara and Naila Sharifova of Abbott, Stringham & Lynch have successfully earned the IBFD-AG Advanced Professional Certificate in International Corporate Taxation. Jointly created by Allinial Global and IBFD, one of the world’s foremost authorities on international taxation, this rigorous program allows participants to differentiate themselves by becoming certified experts in international taxation.
On their way to certification, program participants earn 100 CPE credits and engage in a combination of self-study courses and live webcasts, followed by a final three-day training event. Course materials focus on three central components: fundamentals of international taxation, corporate international tax structuring, and treaty and transfer pricing aspects of international tax planning. In order to complete the certification process, participants must pass an assessment during each stage of the program, as well as a two-hour final exam. (more…)
June 30th deadline for filing the Form 114 – Individuals Filing the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts has passed, but the IRS continues its fight to secure US tax revenue from foreign financial accounts. (more…)
The treaty signed between India and Mauritius in 1983, a decade before India opened its door to foreign investors made Mauritius the most favored route to invest in India. Many foreign companies incorporated a holding company in Mauritius which held shares in an Indian company. The sale of shares in Indian company would not result in capital gains tax in India and Mauritius- thereby making it a preferred vehicle for foreign investment.
According to government data, from 2000 – 2015, about $94 billion, a third of all foreign direct investment into India, came via Mauritius. It was a boon to the Indian economy at the brink of liberalization in 1990’s, but gave rise to “round tripping” i.e., Income on which taxes were not paid was routed via Mauritius companies to avoid tax, revenue loss and treaty abuse. (more…)
It is very common for U.S. parent companies to include key non-resident alien employees of their foreign subsidiaries in their stock option plans. What happens when the non-resident exercises the options or sells the options? Is the non-resident subject to withholding tax? Is there a U.S. tax filing requirement?