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Why President Trump Just Relocated To Florida

By José E. Latour, Esq.

If we know anything about U.S. President Donald Trump, it’s that he fancies himself a smart businessman, hates paying taxes, and is always trying to come out financially ahead.  After being a legal resident of the state of New York for his entire life, Trump finally cracked and relocated his official domicile to our beautiful state of Florida.  Why?

While Florida offers an endless coastline of stunning beaches, a lush and green environment, and warm and sunny summers, in Trunp’s case is about the money.  In relocating officially to Florida, the President is saying goodbye to both New York State income taxes AND New York City taxes, along with a host of other tax obligations.  New York, like California and most other states, add a number of state taxes to already-existing federal tax obligations.

Not in our beautiful, sunny, Florida!

Think about it: no state income tax in Florida, while New Yorkers pay the highest state and city income taxes up to 12%.  Similarly, Florida has no estate tax on property left by a deceased person to his/her heirs; New York’s is the highest in the nation, at an alarming 16%.  In fact, across a broad average, New York state residents pay more than DOUBLE the annual tax burden than Florida residents.

We at LatourLaw have spent the past 2+ decades explaining U.S. state income taxation to clients and today, more than ever, Florida shines as an optimal investment/relocation/tax paradise for Vietnamese investors looking either simply invest in a US business or to relocate to the US with their families.  If you are looking to invest in real estate or a commercial business in Florida, LatourLaw Vietnam can make it happen, right here in Vietnam and in YOUR language.  Our Florida and HCMC offices work together 24/7 to administer the US investments of our valued AVS Private family office clients and investors. 

Contact LatourLaw Vietnam to privately and in full confidence discuss your U.S. investment and immigration objectives and begin your U.S. future planning today!

EB-5 Regional Program Extended Until 11-21-19

Yesterday, Congress passed and the President signed a  Continuing Resolution (a temporary extension of funding) extending the EB-5 Regional Center Program through November 21, the day when new EB-5 reforms kick in.   On November 21, AVS EB-5 will be one among a handful of Regional Centers offering bona fide TEA/Rural area projects at the new $900,000 TEA level investment amount.   The other 90+% of EB-5 projects on the market will now require a minimum investment of $1.8M.

AVS – $500K Direct EB-5 Slots

With only 3 months to go before the price of EB-5 jumps from $500K TEA/$1M non-TEA to $900K TEA/$1.8M non-TEA, AVS EB5 is getting many inquiries from last-minute investors wanting to beat the clock.  As I explain below, we DO have a few DIRECT EB-5 slots remaining at the $500K level, but we are deferring the launch of our next Regional Center project offering until AFTER the price change.  Sounds crazy, right?  It isn’t.  Here’s the problem: Regional Center projects rely on complex econometric modeling to count jobs.  Let’s say a Regional Center project is raising $20M in EB-5 capital and is halfway there by November.  That means the first half of the investors in the EB-5 limited partnership will be $500K investors, but if the project is among the 95% of current projects on the market with false TEA status, that means the OTHER half of the investors will

Part 5: Pre-Immigration Planning via LatourLaw’s Family Office Services

Pre-Immigration Tax Planning – An Essential Few Execute Properly [IMPORTANT NOTE: The subject of global taxation is immensely complex and varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  The scope of this article is broad and does not constitute legal advice.  Any individual concerned about global tax implications needs to discuss the subject in detail with qualified tax advisors in both their home country and in the foreign countries in which they are investing and/or considering as a future immigration destination.] This is the final posting for LatourLaw’s Five Part series on Pre-Immigration tax planning.

Part 4: Why We Like New Zealand Offshore Trusts

Pre-Immigration Tax Planning Via Offshore Trusts [IMPORTANT NOTE: The subject of global taxation is immensely complex and varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  The scope of this article is broad and does not constitute legal advice.  Any individual concerned about global tax implications needs to discuss the subject in detail with qualified tax advisors in both their home country and in the foreign countries in which they are investing and/or considering as a future immigration destination.] In the early 1990s, when LatourLaw began working with high net worth clients planning for U.S.

Part 3: Offshore Trusts- An Alternative to Liquidation

Pre-Immigration Tax Planning Via Offshore Trusts [IMPORTANT NOTE: The subject of global taxation is immensely complex and varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  The scope of this article is broad and does not constitute legal advice.  Any individual concerned about global tax implications needs to discuss the subject in detail with qualified tax advisors in both their home country and in the foreign countries in which they are investing and/or considering as a future immigration destination.] For many investors, the idea of liquidating their assets to avoid future immigration-triggered taxation is unpalatable.   In such cases, especially when the investor has extensive holdings abroad and is unable/unwilling to liquidate them, a properly structured offshore trust can provide the necessary legal insulation against future immigration-triggered taxation on global assets.