A UNITED APPROACH EPISODE 4: INVESTING IN FINANCIAL MARKETS

25.07.2019
BY ROBERT PAUL

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Robert Paul, Partner in the US Family Office spoke to Pau Morilla-Giner, CIO and Tahir Mahmood, Tax Specialist at London & Capital about the tax implications of an American buying a property in the UK, we have summarised their discussion below.

Building an investment portfolio in the UK isn’t a straightforward process for American expats. Despite the principles of investing being the same in both countries, the different fund structures available and tax rules applied throw up all manner of obstacles. Indeed, the real complication is how the Internal Revenue Service views UK fund structures and tax wrappers such as Individual Savings Accounts.

Under the US tax system, Americans are taxed on worldwide basis regardless of where they live. Even though the UK and US have tax treaties in place to prevent double taxation, matters are rather different when it comes to investment vehicles because many of the products used in the UK are not compatible with American tax rules.


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