I did some research and here are the best US ETFs I found so far for a non-American based in Taiwan. They are all Irish domiciled and have 0% US estate tax. I invest through IB and pay $4 per buy order. Transfer from HSBC TW to HSBC US via global transfer for free, then do free ACH transfer to IB.
Accumulating - automatically re-invest dividends back into the ETF. You still pay 15% dividend withholding taxes. But you don’t have to pay transaction fees for re-invested dividends
Synthetic - uses swaps method with large banks which has more risk, but 0% dividend withholding tax
CSPX - Accumulating, 15% dividend tax, most trading volume
SPXS - Synthetic, 0% dividend tax, some risk due to swaps
Other SPY500 options:
VUAA - Accumulating, 15% dividend tax, from Vanguard but newer/lower volume
VUSD - Distributes dividends, 15% dividend tax
World ETF (similar to VT):
VWRA - Accumulating, 15% dividend tax
For tech sector (similar to QQQ):
IUIT - Accumulating, 15% dividend tax
Personally I’ll go mix of CSPX, SPXS, VWRA, and IUIT. SPXS has the best performance for SPY500 ETFs due to no dividend withholding tax
See screenshot for adjusted returns with dividends re-investment included. SPXS beats SPY slightly after re-investment of dividends, and has 0% tax for Taiwan residents
Did anyone confirm if this also applies for foreign brokers/securities? With Taiwanese tax consultant or CPAs.
Because, no capital gains tax for stocks is usually the rule in Asian countries. But only when you use the local stock market. When you touch foreign stocks, usually different rules apply, for example, the progressive income tax or something worse.
Won’t capital gains with foreign brokers fall under foreign-sourced income with the 6.7 mil NTD AMT rule? Or possibly normal progressive income tax, because you after all click “buy” and “sell” in taiwan, so not really foreign income.
Imo, the rule has been misinterpreted optimistically. And people got away with it, because of ingrained tax evasion culture. The guy on my first reddit link actually asked the tax bureau and consultants, and the responses were basically they don’t care.
With IBKR, do they automatically report any tax related data to the Taiwan government if you sign up with your Taiwan details? Or do you have to manually supply the data to the Taiwan tax authorities come tax season? I already have an account with IBKR, just never funded it
You already have several cards, and a local bank account, so no need for IB statements. they have enough materials to decide if you are credit worthy.
The cost savings of trading with IB is the main reason to switch, if you already have a good deal with your current broker then no need to over complicate life.