Passive Foreign Investment Company


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Passive Foreign Investment Company

A company based in a foreign country where either at least 75% of its income comes from passive sources, such as rent or dividend, or at least 50% of its assets carry dividends or interest. PFICs are subject to strict tax guidelines in the United States that intend to discourage investment by Americans. See also: Income test, Asset test.
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