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Identify the special tax reporting and compliance duties facing Americans abroad or those who own foreign assets. Even routine mutual funds and estate planning may trigger tax and penalty liabilities. Your client's responsibilities as an employee of a foreign company may trigger disclosure requirements. Explore various investment, business and trust structures that clients could have in their foreign countries and related information reporting requirements. Also, learn what IRS programs are available for clients who did not file informational returns in the past and now want to be in compliance with IRS reporting requirements.
Tax practitioners advising U.S. taxpayers on foreign tax issues or preparing income tax returns for Americans abroad.
Philip D. W. Hodgen is the principal attorney for HodgenLaw PC, which specializes in the international tax arena. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College and his juris doctor degree from the School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. He went on to earn a master of laws in taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law. For six years as a youth, he lived in Rhodesia, South Africa and New Zealand.
Admitted to the California Bar in 1982, Hodgen spent nine years in law firms and with a large U.S. bank before starting his own firm in 1991. He is a past chair of the International Tax Committee of the State Bar of California’s Tax Section, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California’s Tax Section from 2004-07. He is on the Organizing Committee for CalCPA’s International Tax Conference and its annual Tax Update and Planning Conference. Hodgen frequently speaks on a variety of international tax, trust and estate topics to attorneys, accountants, bankers, and real estate professionals.