These days nearly everyone seems to have found a way to tap into the collective power of the crowd, a practice known as crowdsourcing. The idea behind crowdsourcing is that hundreds, even thousands of individuals can work together to solve a problem, complete a project, and generate new ideas. Crowdfunding — Kickstarter is a good example — is a growing trend among foreign investors, says Ann Irons, a Bellingham, Mass. CPA who prepares taxes for foreign investors in the US, shares the details.
How can foreign investors benefit from crowdfunding?
Many foreign investors lack the resources and access to pursue some of the more costly opportunities, especially large commercial real estate properties. Enter crowdfunding, which aligns various investors to capitalize on lower minimum investments as a group, giving them the ability to invest in these previously inaccessible opportunities. Realty Mogul is currently one of the most popular crowdfunding platforms, but several other options are available; the number of similar services is expected to increase.