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Americans Abroad: Passive Foreign Investment Companies (Form 8621) (4173010A)

Date:Thursday, February 8, 2018
Time:1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
(Registration at 1:00 PM)
Facility:Webcast or Webinar, Online
CPE Credit:1.0 Technical Business
Instructor: Debra Rudd
Vendor:California CPA Education Foundation
Course Level:Overview
Early Bird Price:$30.00 FICPA Members, $45.00 Non-Members


Tax and reporting rules for Passive Foreign Investment Company can be complicated and confusing. This course reviews how you can determine whether you have a PFIC by applying the PFIC definition, look-through rules and the attribution rules as well as look at the different ways in which PFICs can be taxed, whether under the default rules of IRC Sec. 1291, the Mark-to-Market election or the QEF rules. You will go through some examples of how to perform the calculations and prepare the forms under each of the three methods of taxation and, lastly, you will learn the 'once a PFIC, always a PFIC' rule and the purging elections that may be available if a PFIC is discovered too late.


  • Identify a Passive Foreign Investment Company.
  • Recognize Form 8621 and PFIC taxation and reporting requirements.
  • Identify the three different methods of PFIC taxation.
  • Determine how to perform the PFIC tax calculations.
  • Recognize when purging elections can be applied and how to use them.

Major Topics:
  • Passive Foreign Investment Companies (PFICs) 
  • Income Tax Consequences 
  • Form 8621 preparation

Who Should Attend:

Tax practitioners advising U.S. taxpayers on foreign tax issues or preparing income tax returns for Americans abroad.


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Registration Status: CLOSED - Online registration for this course is now closed. Please contact the Member Service Center at (800) 342-3197 if you wish to inquire about registering.