Maria helps domestic and foreign privately-held companies, closely-held businesses and high-net worth individuals navigate the tax compliance experience as they conduct business and acquire real estate in the U.S.
A leader of the firm’s offshore voluntary disclosure and streamlined procedures program, Maria has counseled more than 100 clients with undisclosed income from offshore accounts to minimize their tax and reduce penalties. She also provides international tax planning and structuring services to foreign clients interested in U.S. real estate. Maria helps them comply with the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) and obtain withholding certificates.
Maria has worked with international tax clients, including multi-national corporations, foreign nationals and expatriates, for more than 18 years. When foreigners are interested in establishing businesses in the U.S., Maria works with their attorneys to obtain tax ID numbers and assists clients with pre-immigration tax planning. She also develops accounting strategies for their U.S. business plans and helps them comply with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.
She is a member of the Financial & International Business Association (FIBA) Women’s Leadership Committee and is director of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ Miami branch (STEP Miami). She serves as the Chair of the firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion council, including Kaufman Rossin Empowering Women, dedicated to fostering an inclusive culture and advancing employees’ leadership skills.
Maria is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Florida International University
Master of Science, Tax, Florida International University