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International Tax Professionals

International Tax Lawyer

Paul Wigg-Maxwell, Esq. is an international tax attorney with over 25 years of experience representing individuals and businesses with cross-border ties. Mr. Wigg-Maxwell assists clients in complying with Foreign Bank Account Reporting rules (FBAR) and the new Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). His clients have participated in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI); the Opt-Out Program; and/or chosen not to use these programs. He is well positioned to advise you as to the pros and cons of each choice.

Foreign Owners of U.S. Business and Real Estate

Mr. Wigg-Maxwell has worked with a large number of foreign companies coming to the U.S. market for the first time. He is well versed in the tax issues concerning setting up a U.S. subsidiary of a foreign corporation or working through a branch of a foreign corporation. He can assist you in taking maximum advantage of any tax treaty that may apply.

Mr. Wigg-Maxwell advises on U.S. tax issues involved in foreign investment in U.S. real estate. He has provided tax advice for high net worth foreign investors in purchasing NY apartments and condos.

Mr. Wigg-Maxwell is familiar with the use of tax haven companies for in-bound investment and has set up companies in the Caymans, the British Virgin Islands, and the Netherland Antilles.

Compliance with U.S. international tax laws and regulations is a difficult challenge. When a U.S. company and a foreign company have common ownership such as is the case with a wholly-owned U.S. or foreign subsidiary, compliance requires filing form 5471 or 5472 and completing a compliant transfer pricing study. Mr. Wigg-Maxwell works extensively in this area.

Mr. Wigg-Maxwell answers your U.S. withholding questions concerning payments to non resident alien companies and individuals, including questions about payments of foreign director’s fees; payments to athletes and performers; the taxation of foreign government pensions; interest payments on loans to U.S. taxpayers, and many other types of payment.

U.S. Companies and Investors in Foreign Businesses and Foreign Assets

U.S. companies with foreign operations have a vast array of tricky U.S. tax rules to understand. Mr. Wigg-Maxwell regularly advises on Subpart F, foreign tax credits, and transfer pricing issues, to mention a few of the more common types of issues.

Typically U.S. companies will already have a team of professional staff and outside advisors for any significant transactions such as an acquisition of a group of U.S. and foreign corporations, or a restructuring of foreign holdings. Mr. Wigg-Maxwell brings additional experience and skills to augment your team at the critical time.

Individual International Tax Issues

Individual international tax issues are every bit as complex as those applying to business. The proper reporting of foreign bank accounts and foreign financial accounts has made major headlines recently. New reporting requirements are being phased in each year. Mr. Wigg-Maxwell has assisted clients who participate in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (“OVDI”), opt-out of the OVDI, choose soft disclosure, and/or utilize other strategies to cope with these requirements.

Mr. Wigg-Maxwell can help you figure out the tax treatment of funds received from passive foreign investment companies (“PFICS”); how to minimize withholding when a non resident alien sells real estate located in the U.S.; how to report a foreign government pension payment; and whether a gift or inheritance from a foreign source is taxable or has to be reported.

Whatever the international tax issue, Mr. Wigg-Maxwell has the experience, skill, and resources to find the right tax answer and avoid or reduce tax penalties.

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International Tax Professionals

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Oded Hecht
Very good experience. I had some uncommon and large financial situations abroad as a US Citizen. I just wanted to make sure I am going about it legally and wisely. I am a business executive (Harvard B. School), having interacted with many top lawyers worldwide, and working with Paul was a pleasure and a wise choice. Beyond helping me professionally to solidify a winning strategy through his sound knowledge and experience, the interaction was exceptionally forthcoming and pleasant. I would recommend Paul without any hesitation!
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Maria Alexander
Paul is an excellent attorney for small business owners like myself. He will make the appropriate research and make sure that the documents I have are all in working order and official. Paul always responds to phone my calls immediately, and he works fast whenever I need to have documents prepared quickly. His knowledge has helped me steer my business in the right direction and his advice is always on point and concise. I’ve had the pleasure of using Paul’s services for nearly a decade. During this time I had help with drafting and reviewing the following: several lease contracts, employee contracts, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, new client contract/liability waivers, US copyright electronic registrations, independent contractor agreements, website disclosure language, video release forms, and business registrations with the state. Having Paul as an attorney and being able to reach out to him whenever I have an emergency makes me more confident to run my business and I know that if I have a legal problem Paul will be there to help me.
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mathew gajewski
Cool guy, extremely nice and knows his stuff.
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Dan Trolaro
Took the time to listen, ask good questions, and provide good thoughts during initial phone call. Highly recommend giving him a call.
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Mr. Wigg-Maxwell helped me out with a complicated international inheritance tax question. He was quick to respond with a knowledgeable answer. I would happily bring any future tax issues I have to Mr. Wigg-Maxwell for resolution.


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