Robert Kiggins

Partner at Culhane Meadows PLLC


Culhane Meadows
90 Park Avenue, 17th Floor
New York
United States

About Robert

Robert J. Kiggins is a member of Culhane Meadows' Corporate & General Business and Taxation groups. After 30 years of practice, he has gained extensive experience in corporate finance and tax matters, securities broker-dealers, investment advisors, investment companies, life insurance companies, hedge funds, medical practice purchases and sales, insurance agencies and bank expansion into insurance and securities fields. His focus is on helping organize startup companies. Robert also represents a number of closely held businesses in such industries as medicine, dentistry, hospitality, direct mail monitoring and list protection, computer software, insurance agency, securities brokerage, and investment management. He is especially familiar with the regulations and compliance imposed on securities broker-dealers, investment advisors, insurance companies and insurance agencies.

Robert's finance practice is international in scope and involves clients in such diverse countries as Ireland, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Taiwan. In addition to his contributions to Legal Notes, he has authored several articles on the Internet. Bob also serves as a director of a number of private companies.

He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and has served a number of Hispano-American business clients. He is also a member of the Japan Society, where he is currently studying intermediate level Japanese.



Corporate Tax Planning International Business Structures Trusts & Trusteeship Company Structuring International Taxation Wealth Management Real Estate Technology US compliant structuring

Robert's Articles

International Aspects of US Tax Law - February 2020

I hope 2020 is off to a good start for all readers of this Article. I wanted to give a very broad overview of some aspects of US international tax system as at early 2020. I have picked the following six broad topics to discuss:[...]
Date: 10 Feb 2020
Jurisdiction: United States of America
Subjects: TaxIncome Tax

Trump Estate Tax Plan

Under current US law, for 2017, the estate and gift tax exemption will be $5.49 million per individual, up from $5.45 million in 2016. That means an individual can pass $5.49 million to his or her heirs and pay no federal estate or gift tax. Surviving spouses can port over each[...]
Date: 14 Dec 2016
Jurisdiction: United States of America

The Lionel Messi “Image Rights” Case

Recently a Spanish Court found the famed Barcelona soccer (football to most of the world) striker, Lionel Messi, and his father, Jorge, guilty of criminal tax fraud. While the Court stopped short of sending either of them to jail, substantial monetary penalties were imposed on[...]
Date: 16 Aug 2016
Jurisdiction: United KingdomSpain

Obama Tax Proposals for US Multinationals - A Preliminary Analysis

Robert Kiggins examines President Obama's proposed changes to tax laws affecting US multinationals. [...]
Date: 20 Feb 2015
Jurisdiction: United States of America
Subjects: General principles

Inversion - American Style

Robert Kiggins discusses US corporate inversions and why there is a push by some politicians for a tightening up on the rules surrounding them. [...]
Date: 18 Jul 2014
Jurisdiction: United States of America

Limitation of Benefit: US Tax Treaties

Clients often ask about the application of US tax treaties to reduce or even eliminate taxation at source on US source income paid to non-US persons. Here is an overview of how the limitation of benefit applies when considering US tax treaties, using Ireland as an example.[...]
Date: 10 Dec 2013

The US Foreign Tax Credit and Double Taxation: An Introduction

Robert Kiggins and Howell Bramson of McCarthy Fingar LLP discuss the interaction between the US Foreign Tax Credit and Double Taxation measures.[...]
Date: 12 Nov 2013
Jurisdiction: United States of America

United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) Concepts and Deadlines

FATCA is aimed at addressing perceived tax abuse by US citizens and residents using accounts located outside the US to hide income from the US revenue authorities. Robert Kiggins and Howell Bramson outline the reasons behind FATCA and some of the practicalities affecting[...]
Date: 02 Aug 2013
Jurisdiction: United States of America

US Estate and Gift Planning for Non-US Persons : Use of Lifetime Gifts of Intangible Personal Property

Robert Kiggins and Howell Bramson of McCarthy Fingar LLP explain how intangible property is a valuable tool in estate planning for non-US persons.[...]
Date: 15 Jul 2013
Jurisdiction: United States of America