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Welcome!  I follow American legal issues, international law issues, English language points, and international business and audit concerns.  I'm usually responding to news, either with opinion or information, for Americans overseas and those interested in law, audit, or language concerns. These are filtered through my residence, in Norway. 

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(Disclaimer: My blog is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.)

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Blogging in 2017?

Posted on January 9, 2017 at 7:05 AM

It's been a long hard slog to get through 2016 and not fall behind in my work. Actually impossible:  as it stands, I'm still working on new catch-up tax return sets for Americans overseas who became aware of their filing obligations to the IRS last year - and those are soon completed!

You are welcome to contact me if you need to file US tax returns and are an American overseas. I continue to do this work and plan to work with another PTIN-registered preparer to take on new clients...

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Congress? Give Republicans What They Deserve

Posted on October 9, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Congress: Give Republicans What They Deserve


The NPR commentator says, “Why?” Why have Republicans suddenly decided to abandon their support of Trump? Especially noting that those in ‘battleground states’ who are running for Congress as Republicans are taking a very active role in that abandonment.


Journalist 2 replies, saying, “That’s a real good question!”


Really? You think so?


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Greetings from Norway: Follow the Money, Panama Papers

Posted on April 16, 2016 at 7:20 AM

 

Greetings from Norway: Follow the Money, Panama Papers


The Panama Papers are a real hit in the Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten. Each day, new revelations follow, along with the obfuscations and changing explanations of DNB Bank’s President, Rune Bjerke. I have to admit I found him a jerk when I called him accidentally some years ago. (There is another Rune Bjerke in the Oslo area who should not be confused with this man.) DNB’s president kept me on ...

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John Kristoffer Larsgard - Part 7 - Sabotage

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 5:40 PM

John Kristoffer Larsgard – Consistent Sabotage


Dear Reader,


At the risk of putting this Norwegian citizen at greater risk of harm than he already is exposed to in Arizona state prison, let us look more closely at what we know since his prison sentence began. I would like to tie this to what is happening now, however, in part due to its urgency. See, “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate,” as Paul Newman put it in the film,...

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John Kristoffer Larsgard - Part 6

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 4:35 AM

John Kristoffer Larsgard – Part 6


I decided recently to discover, if I could, the general life status of John Kristoffer Larsgard, the Norwegian who was imprisoned in the state of Arizona after having been caught in Winslow after a car accident with his mother. If you are not familiar with this story, you will find details of that online at various news articles in Norwegian and English, and also at my five previous blog posts entitled with his name. These are posted a...

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Police Behavior on the Lovely Gulf Coast - May, 2015

Posted on May 29, 2015 at 1:05 AM

Police behavior on the lovely Gulf Coast: May, 2015

 

While Americans were cursing the grand jury’s announcement not to prosecute police officers from Ferguson, Missouri after Michael Brown’s police-caused death – and then exploding in Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s police-caused death, I was, I thought, basking in the sunshine of the Gulf coast. I was also working, but in any case, I felt removed from the violence, despite the strong notion that the n...

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Olympics stand-off in Norway bodes change

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Many real experts and political ploy-boys have been weighing in on suggested plans for a Winter Olympics in Norway. It's been going on for over a year already and the suggested date of execution was to be 2022.  Now, instead of experts being ignored, we are seeing movement at the top. Norway's main newspaper is taking on the hot potato. Here are some comments on my part, and a translation of the editorial, published Sept. 6, 2014.  First my remarks.


The Olympics ar...

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Get Out. Get the Hell Out: Musings on the Summer News in Norway

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Get out. Get the hell out:

Musings on the Summer News


Nice to be globalized, isn’t it? Didn’t we look forward to this for like, well, perhaps the last 10 or 20 years? After all, we are most of what we know exists in the universe that is alive. (By ‘we,’ I mean everything on the Earth that can think and that is alive including whales.) Most of what we know is happening on this planet. But, what? Have to live together in the same space? Forget i...

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E-Filing FBAR: Practicalities, Part 2

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:50 AM

E-filing your FBAR

Well, it's easy - you just go online and fill in the form and file it.

Right?

Not exactly.


I decided it was time to get graphically clear about this 'online filing' of the FBAR form - after hearing from a client today that he was having great luck with it, but it was rather odd that it did not ask for the bank names or account numbers.  Well, who knows where he was, but he was not doing the work of e-filing his FBAR form.

Since...

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E-File your FBAR Report forms

Posted on January 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM

E-file your FBAR Forms


Too many topics, too little time. Sorry for the long blog-silence.


I may not be writing here as much, but I am 'sharing' - at my Facebook company page. If you’re interested, you’ll find some of my shared news clippings on Facebook at “EdvensonConsulting.” Welcome to my Facebook page! And please, if you visit, ‘Like’ me! Follow me! You’ll enjoy it! And if you don’t, you can always un...

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FBAR Reporting & the 4th of July

Posted on June 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM

It was time to come up with a topic for my next blog, but as summer crept into our lives here, in Norway, it was easier to wish the rain would go away, and wistfully recall good times with old friends. That must explain why I woke up this morning humming the words of Simon & Garfunkel’s Scarborough Fair, and not the Stars & Stripes Forever.

 

The sense of loss brought on by living in what is still, ultimately, a foreign culture, combined with both the isolation...

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Norwegian Mountain Rules

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 5:55 AM

Norwegians are out in force this year over Easter break, pounding and skiing the mountain trails, and so, as usual, the media are warning everyone to be careful on their hikes and trips and come home safely.


Norway has rules for how to do that. The Norwegian Touring Association, DNT (Det Norsk Turistforening) publishes the ‘Mountain Rules’ you should know at their website, in Norwegian at:

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Define Sequestration. I'm glad you asked.

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

In Norway, the old snow is starting to lay on the hills like wrinkles in a white sheet. My husband and I are sitting at our kitchen table, reading news and, well, we’re sequestered. We’re sick. The kids can’t visit and we can’t visit. It’s a little like sequestration, actually. It feels like a punishment, for what, maybe living the good life, which we also do.

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Tax Seminar for Americans Overseas

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 12:20 PM

The U.S. Embassy in Oslo - Norway recently held a tax information seminar for American citizens here on January 31, 2013. The special guest was tax attaché at the Internal Revenue Service’s London office, who answered questions as well as presenting key points of interest at this time.

I was glad to have been able to attend. I was also glad to see our American Ambassador to Norway, Barry White, in attendance. Ambassador White expressed his interest and thanks to those who ...

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Romney & the Foreign Tax Credit

Posted on September 30, 2012 at 3:55 AM

Context!

 

This article is about context. First, we always look at things from where we stand. In my case, that is as an American living and working overseas and doing U.S. tax forms for Americans overseas. As a consequence of that work, I am regularly completing the foreign tax credit forms for Americans overseas. Why? Because their income is overseas, they are taxed in their ‘tax home’ country which is overseas, and that credit demonstrates to the IRS that they ...

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Financial & tax reporting of Americans Abroad

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Subject: Financial & tax reporting to the IRS and U.S. - for Americans Abroad

Take: This is an update of my discussion of several tax and foreign bank related issues that are particularly noteworthy for Americans living and working overseas. It has to do with the need to report to the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury Department.

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John Kristoffer Larsgard - Part 5

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Seven days of trial. About events that occurred in approximately 6 ½ minutes.

 

In this section, I will discuss the contents of John’s attorney’s Motion for a Directed Verdict and Motion for a New Trial, as well as the prosecutor’s response in opposition to some points. I also comment on some of the prosecutor’s closing statements and discuss the context of the case generally.

 

The Motion for New Trial, and response papers were ...

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John Kristoffer Larsgard - Part 4

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Here, I continue my translation of VG’s coverage of the events surrounding John Kristoffer Larsgard, and my comment.

 

Wednesday, April 25th:

 

Larsgard can appeal.

If he is judged and receives a sentence, he can go to the Arizona Court of Appeals. Here, the accused can present legal objections, the method the court case would be carried out. The sentencing and clear constitutional questions, explained criminal law attorney, Mi...

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John Kristoffer Larsgard - Part 3

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 3:50 AM

I am commenting on recent news in the John Kristoffer Larsgard case, held in Arizona, involving a Norwegian young man and his mother, Liv Larsgard. In this blog entry, I am reviewing VG’s coverage of the Larsgard case published in their Norwegian edition of April 25, 2012. I am also introducing information not included in the paper. The VG translation into English is mine, and I take the liberty of commenting where I find it appropriate.  I apologize for any embarrassment my c...

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John Kristoffer Larsgard - Part 2

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM

I am commenting on the recent news in the John Kristoffer Larsgard case, held in Arizona, involving a Norwegian young man and his mother, Liv Larsgard.

 

In this blog entry, I am reviewing VG’s coverage of the Larsgard case published in their Norwegian edition of Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The cover is, in my translation, “Today he can get 35 years in prison” and “Now his mother beseeches Norway to help.” I shall start with the general spread. Liv...

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