DiSanto, Priest & Co. is the EB-5 industry’s leading accounting and advisory firm comprised of a dedicated team of professionals with extensive experience and deep credentials in all aspects of the EB-5 program. DiSanto, Priest & Co. provides audit, review, tax and consulting services to many of the Country’s premier EB-5 Funds and Regional Centers. Our EB-5 Practice Group has prepared over 7,000 investor packages for EB-5 investors throughout the world branding DiSanto, Priest & Co. as one of the top EB-5 accounting firms.
In today’s challenging economic times when traditional forms of capital are coming up short in providing the necessary funds for growing businesses, many entrepreneurs are looking for other sources of capital that can close the gap between the requirements for either growth or development capital and the available sources of funds. One source that has gained more favor over the past few years is the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as EB-5. The program’s requirements are described in Section 203(b)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and is a highly beneficial permanent residency option for a wealthy foreign national investor. The program enables a foreign national to obtain permanent residence status more expeditiously than would most other options and it provides much needed investment capital to projects that otherwise lack capital sufficient for completion or expansion.
In general, the program is a federal government program that allows foreign nationals to invest capital in the United States through designated investment funds. These designated investment funds are created through regional centers that are approved by the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS). Regional centers are geographical areas for which the USCIS has determined that investments will create the necessary 10 jobs per investor, whether directly or indirectly, in that geographical area. These regional centers will provide capital to projects with the intent of creating jobs. In turn, the investors who invest in funds created by these regional centers will receive permanent United States residency status if the investment creates the required number of jobs.
DiSanto, Priest & Co. provides industry leading tax consulting and compliance services to EB-5 Funds and Regional Centers across the Country. We continually leverage our resources and unique EB-5 industry experience and communicate issues and tax planning opportunities for our clients. Through our compliance work, we will collaborate with your EB-5 organization to ensure you are fully meeting your reporting requirements. DiSanto, Priest & Co.’s team of tax professionals, with its knowledge of international tax law and experience in effective international tax planning, is well equipped to assist EB-5 firms and their presence overseas.
Our comprehensive EB-5 tax services include:
Tax preparation, compliance and reporting for EB-5 Funds, Regional Centers and related organizations
International tax services
State and local tax planning and compliance
Transactional analysis and merger and acquisition taxation
Foreign disclosure reporting for foreign investors
Partnership taxation and Schedule K-1 preparation for EB-5 investors
Determining and assisting with the U.S. withholding requirements for EB-5 investors
Within any EB-5 organization, it is critical that assurance and accounting services are performed by qualified, credentialed, objective professionals. You can rely on DiSanto, Priest & Co. to deliver high quality services with careful attention to your needs. Our senior audit professionals assigned to each engagement possess years of experience and in-depth training in attestation, tax, and general business matters. This allows us to deliver timely and quality financial statements to meet your reporting obligations.
Financial statement audits, compilations and reviews
Forecast and projection preparation and review
Accounting system design and implementation
Due diligence procedures on strategic acquisitions
Forensic accounting services
Agreed upon procedures
Employee benefit plan audits
International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
The I-829 petition is the concluding step for immigrant investors of the EB-5 visa process to become permanent United States residents. The I-829 petition documents that the EB-5 investor successfully met all of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requirements of the EB-5 program. The I-829 petition is one of the most significant and sensitive reporting components of the immigrant investor’s path to citizenship.
Through our unique industry experience, DiSanto, Priest & Co. has developed specific proprietary procedures that can be performed to document that the investor has met the USCIS financial tracking requirements of the EB-5 program. These procedures are documented in an agreed upon procedures report issued by DiSanto, Priest & Co. and attached to the immigrant investor’s I-829 petition. Our I-829 agreed upon procedure report provides transparency and supporting documentation showing the path of qualified funds from investor, through the new commercial enterprise bank accounts, and into the approved project as required by the I-829 petition.
DiSanto, Priest & Co.’s extensive industry experience has allowed our firm to expand our role as “EB-5 Accountants” to EB-5 Advisors. Many of the country’s premier EB-5 organizations rely on us as their “go-to” consultants. Our experienced professionals can assist your management team in navigating the challenging financial, economic and business complexities associated with the EB-5 industry.
EB-5 organizational structure design and review
EB-5 and USCIS compliance
“Use of funds” compliance
EB-5 deal structuring and review of terms
Accounting systems evaluation, design and installation
Financing and funding strategies
Choice of entity analysis
EB-5 fund private placement memorandum and operating agreement compliance
DiSanto, Priest & Co.’s role in the EB-5 industry does not stop at the Fund and Regional Center level. We represent EB-5 investors before, during and after their transition to the United States and path to full-time residency. We assist and educate the investor on the tax and financial obligations associated with citizenship and residing in the United States.