T DF-90 5471 Dual Citizenship and Offshore Corporation

If an American citizen had a consulting company incorporated offshore, but
the work was all in the U.S., would it be beneficial to become a Canadian
 david ingram replies: - Short question - long but important answer
An American Citizen Must file a US tax return every year they are alive no
matter where they live, no matter where the money is coming from and no
matter what other citizenships they might have.
Watch out for OFFSHORE corporations as well.  Jerome Schneider who set up as
many as anyone else over a 12 year period, was recently convicted.  As part
of his plea bargain for a lesser sentence, he turned in over 1,000 clients
he had set up.  You can read the full story at
In his plea bargain, Jerome Schneider (who used a lot of my material
inappropriately) agreed to pay a restitution of $100,000 (supposedly all he
had left after millions of fees and more importantly turn in all the
clients, their lawyers, bankers and anyone else involved.  You can read his
plea bargain here.
I attended one of his seminars at the Waterfront Hotel and found it a joke.
Also spotted a whole bunch of my material in his handouts.  It was obvious
that the material had come from my faxed monthly newsletters from Oct 93 to
August 1998. He was a paid subscriber at $125.00 per year.
In addition, if you have an offshore corporation, you are liable to file a
form 5471 each year.  Failure to file the 5471 form (which makes all the
internal finances of the offshore corporation part of your 1040 Income tax
return) can accrue a fine (per year) of $10,000 for the first 90 days and
$10,000 every 30 days thereafter.  Note that this fine does not require the
corporation to have made a profit or even done any business.  It is a
parking meter type of fine for being the proud owner of an OFFSHORE (Canada
and Mexico are offshore for this purpose) corporation and not reporting it
to the IRS. Over 1,000 of Jerome Schneider's clients can expect major fines
form this because he was advising them NOT to file the form.
In addition, if that Offshore corporation (or just you) have signing
authority over foreign accounts totalling $10,000 or more, you need to file
forms T DF-90.22 for each bank account you have a signing authority over.
This would include a trust fund you have set up in Canada for your
grandkids' education or a church or boy scout account if you could sign
Failure to file form T DF-90 to report the bank account for your offshore
corporation can earn a fine of up to $500,000 PLUS five years in jail,
Should you become a Canadian?  EVERYONE should become a Canadian.  Canada is
a great country with everything good that the US has plus more. You have
everything to gain and NOTHING to lose in becoming a Canadian.
However, becoming a Canadian does not save you any income tax as long as you
remain a US citizen.  You will still have all the Income tax liabilities you
have now.
The Instructions for form 5471 can be read here
The actual form is at:
Some of the extra schedules are at:
Schedule J
Schedule M
Schedule N
Schedule O
Read the fine print at the bottom of form TD-F.90-22  -
We had a 105 year old lady with a $10,000 fine for not filling in form TD
A 68 year old lady had a $60,000 fine.
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