Why I Chose Panama (Over Costa Rica, Mexico, or Canada)

Why I Chose Panama (Over Costa Rica, Mexico, or Canada)

In my consulting practice, I’m often asked about my own “Plan B” – what I plan to do when the s**t hits the fan (SHTF) in the good ol’ US of A. And of course, why I chose that plan.

 
Why Singapore’s Future Still Looks Bright

Why Singapore’s Future Still Looks Bright

In the last 50 years, an amazing transformation has taken place. The result? A country rife with contradictions… and opportunity.

 
Hong Kong: Get in Before the “Gateway to China” Closes

Hong Kong: Get in Before the “Gateway to China” Closes

I recently spent a week in Hong Kong, the Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, just off the Mainland’s southeastern coast.

 
Why Switzerland Is Still a Haven for Your Money

Why Switzerland Is Still a Haven for Your Money

As the world’s premier private banking center, Switzerland holds an estimated one-fourth of the world’s private wealth. And much of the money is there because of Switzerland’s famous secrecy laws.

 
The Austrian Offshore Advantage

The Austrian Offshore Advantage

This week, I’m writing to you from the departure lounge of the Vienna International Airport. I lived in Austria from 2003-2005. I returned not only to renew old friendships, but to see firsthand the latest developments in this small country, which only a century ago dominated much of Europe.

 
Panama: Problems Ahead

Panama: Problems Ahead

I’m in Panama City, Panama, conducting some boots-on-the-ground research and due diligence on this remarkable country’s legal and financial infrastructure.

 
FATCA: America Hasn’t Ended Yet

FATCA: America Hasn’t Ended Yet

Two weeks ago – July 1, to be exact – an obscure law called the “Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act,” or FATCA, came into effect.

 
Why Congress Wants to Revoke Your Passport

Why Congress Wants to Revoke Your Passport

For the third time in as many years, legislation has been introduced in Congress that would revoke the passports of US citizens with  “seriously delinquent tax debts.”

 
A Ceasefire in the IRS’ War on US Citizens

A Ceasefire in the IRS’ War on US Citizens

Around 10 years ago, the US declared war on a select group of Americans – the nearly 8 million US persons (citizens and green card holders) living abroad.

 
Another Passport Scam Bites the Dust

Another Passport Scam Bites the Dust

Last July, I spent four days in Las Vegas at FreedomFest. This annual event is huge, with as many as seven presentations occurring at the same time.

 
Why You Shouldn’t Gamble With Uncle Sam

Why You Shouldn’t Gamble With Uncle Sam

If you think June 30, 2014, is just another lazy, hazy summer day, think again. If you’re a US citizen or permanent resident, this may be a date to remember.

 
Another Casualty in the War Against Offshore

Another Casualty in the War Against Offshore

Carl Zwerner, an 87-year-old resident of Florida, is the latest poster child for the IRS vendetta against offshore investments.

 
Here’s One Fight Uncle Sam Can’t Win

Here’s One Fight Uncle Sam Can’t Win

Just the other week, I witnessed economic imperialism at work. It came courtesy of a secretive US Treasury bureau called the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

 
Put the World’s Top Asset Protection Jurisdiction on Your Radar

Put the World’s Top Asset Protection Jurisdiction on Your Radar

One of the best parts of my job is doing boots-on-the-ground research, coming up with exciting new ways to help my clients protect their wealth...

 
Why the IRS Can Now “Ground” You

Why the IRS Can Now “Ground” You

If you’re a US citizen and believe you have an unfettered right to leave your country – and come back – think again.

 
Will the IRS Reschedule the Death of the Dollar?

Will the IRS Reschedule the Death of the Dollar?

Ever since President Obama signed the ill-conceived “Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act” (FATCA) into law in 2010, I’ve been warning about the death of the dollar.

 
We Finally Won One Against the Police State!

We Finally Won One Against the Police State!

The “War on Drugs” is a great example of America’s slow descent into a police state. Only 120 years ago, you could actually buy cocaine – and syringes – out of a Sears catalog.

 
Is Puerto Rico Really the Perfect Tax Haven?

Is Puerto Rico Really the Perfect Tax Haven?

One of the advantages of being around as many years as I have is a long memory. And, during my entire 30-year career, Congress has been trying to figure out the best way to help the struggling economies of the US territories: Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

 
The Strongest Asset Protection Laws in the US

The Strongest Asset Protection Laws in the US

Asset protection used to be easy. If you got in trouble, you’d just move to Florida, buy some property there, and then declare bankruptcy.  

 
Could They Really Take Away Your Citizenship?

Could They Really Take Away Your Citizenship?

You might not fit the profile of Osama bin Laden. But if your government suspects you of terrorism or treason, it can confiscate your passport and, in some cases, even strip you of your citizenship. Then it can arrange for a cooperative government to assassinate you.

 
The Only Legal Way to Opt out of Obamacare

The Only Legal Way to Opt out of Obamacare

In 1965, when I was nine years old, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a new entitlement called “Medicare” into law.

 
The Real Reason to Welcome Secession

The Real Reason to Welcome Secession

I have a globe from the 1960s. It includes countries with names like British Honduras, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and Rhodesia.

 
Why Millions of Americans Are Tax Evaders… Without Even Knowing It

Why Millions of Americans Are Tax Evaders… Without Even Knowing It

The IRS believes that most Americans living overseas violate US tax and reporting rules.

 
The Real Reasons Americans Give Up Their US Citizenship

The Real Reasons Americans Give Up Their US Citizenship

The year is 1633, and a respected old man finds himself on trial for his life. His crime? Writing a book, the product of more than 20 years of research and study.

 
An Interview With Chris Kalin

An Interview With Chris Kalin

Mark shares with you a recent conversation he had with Chris Kalin of Henley & Partners, the global leader in citizenship and residence planning. Read below to find out about Chris and his firm, as well as an opportunity for you to learn firsthand about a unique citizenship opportunity.

 
Government “Stats” Strike Again

Government “Stats” Strike Again

Did you know you can charge an iPhone with just an onion and a glass of Gatorade? “Really?” you say. No, that’s a fib, although...

 
EU Passport for the “Right” Kind of Jew

EU Passport for the “Right” Kind of Jew

For hundreds of years, Spain has been a predominately Roman Catholic country, but that wasn’t always the case. Surprisingly, the country was once...

 
Supreme Court Confirms: You Really Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Supreme Court Confirms: You Really Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Imagine for a moment that you and your wife operate a successful business refurbishing and selling used medical equipment. One day, you receive a letter from a federal prosecutor informing you that the business is the target of a criminal investigation. The prosecutor demands...

 
Visas to the Highest Bidder? A New Way to Buy Residence

Visas to the Highest Bidder? A New Way to Buy Residence

It’s no secret that governments around the world are hard up for revenue. And to get it, they’ll do just about anything.

 
When Did the “Peace Officers” Get a “License to Kill”?

When Did the “Peace Officers” Get a “License to Kill”?

Do you remember when policemen were called “peace officers”? I do. In the small West Virginia town where I grew up, police work consisted mainly of community-oriented engagement, not unlike what you might see on The Andy Griffith Show.