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Nick Wee

Tax Director

IRS qualified Enrolled Agent
Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Monash University Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Meet Nick…

Nick began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2007 as a graduate in the Global Mobility tax compliance and consulting practice which subsequently became Vialto Partners in 2023. During his time as Director at PwC/Vialto, Nick worked on a variety of clients ranging from large multinationals, middle market private companies as well as high net wealth individuals on various areas of global mobility, cross border equity plans, payroll, social security and personal taxes. Nick has also spent time on secondment to both the Stamford CT and Houston TX offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Being qualified as an Enrolled Agent with the IRS as well as an active member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Expat US Tax team.

Nick has a wide breadth of experience with both individuals and corporates that employ individuals with cross-border tax issues with a focus between Australia and the US. Contact Nick if you need assistance with the following:

  • US individual tax returns for expatriates, foreign nationals moving to the US and non-resident individuals.
  • Australia individual tax returns for individuals relocating into or out of Australia.
  • US and Australia individual tax residency planning US tax reporting for specified foreign financial assets, foreign bank accounts, foreign trust, passive foreign investment companies, offshore funds and foreign corporations.
  • Voluntary disclosures for non-compliant individuals and advice regarding the various options available.
  • Renunciation of US Citizenship and surrender of Green Cards Tax planning for Americans married to non-Americans.
  • Double Tax Treaty application and relief .
  • Hypothetical tax, tax equalization, tax protection, and tax reconciliation calculations.
  • US Tax considerations for estate planning.
  • International mobility policy design for companies with expatriate employees US and Australia payroll issues with the delivery of pay in each country.
  • Specialist advice for using Employer of Record services for global expansion.
  • Specialist advice for startup founders expanding into the US.

What should Australian tech founders know before expanding to the US?

Australian tech founders wanting to expand to the US will experience plenty of complex tax regulations and business structuring challenges. This is why understanding the US tax system and its impact on both your business and personal financial situation is crucial. Here are some tips to consider:

  • Look After Yourself: Founders often immerse themselves in planning for their business’ US entry, neglecting personal tax implications. It’s vital to balance focus between business setup and personal tax obligations in the US.
  • Protect Your Shareholdings: Australian founders should be cautious about their shareholding percentages. Owning more than 50% of shares in a non-US company can lead to complex tax situations under US Controlled Foreign Corporation (CFC) rules, potentially resulting in double taxation.

Read more here.

What Australians moving to the US need to know when leaving property and Superannuation behind

When Australians decide to move to the US, one of the first considerations is what to do with their property back home. The decision to sell or rent out property in Australia can have significant tax implications in both countries.

For instance, the timing of a property sale is critical due to the differing tax event recognition dates between Australia and the US. Australians must be mindful of capital gains tax rules and the potential for tax mismatches, which could lead to unexpected tax liabilities.

Read more here.