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Do Not Lose Your Florida Homestead Exemption

Every person who owns and resides on real property in Florida on January 1 and makes the property their permanent residence is eligible to receive a homestead exemption up to $50,000. The first $25,000 applies to all property taxes, including school district taxes. The additional exemption up to $25,000, applies to the assessed value between $50,000 and $75,000 and only to non-school taxes.

Be Careful of the Risks of Making Foreign Investments: Basic Overview of the Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) Rules

The Internal Revenue Service developed and enforces rules designed to discourage U.S. investors from deferring tax on investment income by holding passive investments through non-U.S. companies that do not distribute their earnings currently. The rules impose significant additional tax burden on gains and certain dividends derived from investments in a Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) and are very broadly drafted and construed. IRC 1297(a).

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