India issues FATCA Self-certifications and KYC Warnings

- By : P. Patel

The Government of India continues to crackdown on self-certifications and know your customer (KYC) compliance for financial accountholders. Earlier this month the government said that the account holders of any financial institutions need to provide self-certification of compliance under US

IRS Issues Reminders for FBARs and other International Requirements

- By : P. Patel

The Internal Revenue Service today reminded U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those with dual citizenship, to check if they have a U.S. tax liability and a filing requirement. At the same time, the agency advised anyone with a foreign

Avoiding and Defining Willfulness

- By : P. Patel

U.S. taxpayers with unreported foreign accounts or assets are in a challenging position. The IRS has repeatedly announced that it is devoting resources to finding and penalizing taxpayers who do not disclose such offshore accounts and assets. In addition, many U.S. taxpayers,

New Jersey to repeal estate tax

- By : P. Patel

Last week, the New Jersey legislature announced its plan to repeal estate tax by January 2018.  The New Jersey estate tax is presently one of the highest in the nation. For state residents the estate tax exemption would be increased

Checklist for for granting stock options

- By : P. Patel

Every startup grants stock options sooner or later. Below is checklist for private corporations (not LLCs) granting stock options. Prior to Granting Stock Options Adopt a stock option plan – First, adopt a plan and draft standard stock option agreements

Which is better: an Incentive Stock Option (aka a statutory stock option) (an “ISO”) or a Nonqualified Stock Option (aka a Nonstatutory Stock Option) (an “NQO”)?

- By : P. Patel

Many of our clients often ask: Which is better: an Incentive Stock Option (aka a statutory stock option) (an “ISO”) or a Nonqualified Stock Option (aka a Nonstatutory Stock Option) (an “NQO”)?  What are the differences between ISOs and NQOs?