Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mexican Citizens and other nonresidents with Assets in the US are Subject to US estate taxes

Mexican Citizens and other nonresidents with certain assets located in the United States will cause their estates to have to file US Estate Tax returns on the value of their assets (with some exceptions) located in the USA. The tax is based on the Fair Market Value of their Assets and can be up to 35%. Nonresidents only get an exemption from this tax equal to the first $60,000 value of their US estate. The balance  of the estate's assets are subject to the estate tax.  Real estate which was owned by a deceased nonresident is subject to this tax.  The estate can only deduct the mortgage balance due from the fair market value if the estate agrees to report to the IRS the value an details of the decedents worldwide assets including those in Mexico.

Due to the large chunk this estate tax can take out of a nonresident's estate, it is best to do some advance planning to attempt to reduce it.  Email us if you want help. Read more about the nonresident  estate tax here

Friday, October 7, 2011


The following letter from an IRS Technical Reviewer  was Published by Tax Analysts(R) concerning the issue of whether or not a Mexican Fideicomiso must file Forms 3520 and 3520A.

UIL: 6048.00-00
Release Date: 6/24/2011
Date: November 17, 2010
Refer Reply To: GENIN-141622-10 – CC:INTL:B01:* * *
Dear * * *:
This is in response to your request for general information regarding the infor-mation reporting obligations with respect to Mexican fideicomisos that own certain Mexican residential real property on behalf of U.S. persons who are not also Mexican citizens.
Under section 6048(a) and (c) of the Code,1 a U.S. person who makes a transfer to or receives a distribution from a foreign trust generally is required to report certain information on Form 3520, Annual Return to Report Transactions with Foreign Trusts and Receipt of Certain Foreign Gifts. Under section 6048(b) of the Code, a U.S. person who is treated as the owner of a foreign trust under the grantor trust rules (sections 671 through 679 of the Code) is required to complete Part II of Form 3520 and to ensure that the foreign trust files Form 3520-A, Annual Information Return of Foreign Trust with U.S. Owner. Section 6677 of the Code imposes significant penalties (up to 100 percent of the gross reportable amount) for failure to comply with section 6048.
The rules for determining whether an entity is classified as a trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes are found in section 301.7701-4 of the Procedure and Administration Regulations. The rules for determining whether an entity that is classified as a trust is a foreign trust are found in section 7701(a)(31)(B) of the Code and section 301.7701-7 of the Procedure and Administration Regulations. Any U.S. person who transfers property to or has an interest in a Mexican fideicomiso that is classified as a foreign trust must comply with section 6048.
            This letter provides general information only and does not constitute a ruling. See Rev. Proc. 2010-1, section 2.04, 2010-1 I.R.B. 7. If you would like a definitive determination as to whether a particular fideicomiso is classified as a foreign trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes, you must request a private letter ruling pursuant to the procedures set forth in section 7 of Rev. Proc. 2010-1.

We hope this information has been helpful to you. If you have any questions, please contact * * *, Identification Number * * *, at * * * (not a toll-free call).
Sincerely, M Grace Fleeman - Senior Technical Reviewer, Branch 1 (International)

We’re not telling you that your particular fideicomiso is a trust and we’re not telling you your particular fideicomiso is NOT a trust.  All we are saying is that if it IS a trust you have to file Form 3520.  In other words, if you wish to be safe you should file form 3520, 3520a because the IRS refuses to state Fideicomisos are not foreign trusts.  That refusal is a clear  message to taxpayers.