With over 35 years of US tax and international experience, Virginia has been a member of the NYS Bar since 1984. Practicing US tax overseas since 1986, Virginia’s practice has focused on clients in Asia and the Middle East. She provides expert insight into tax planning and compliance for American expats and foreign persons having any US connections.
Virginia has an expertise in cross-border transactions and structuring, FATCA, regaining US tax compliance with previously unreported foreign income, assets or accounts, expatriation tax planning, and providing specialist advice for international families in numerous areas of US international tax. Working with tax and attorney colleagues across the globe, Virginia excels in solving cross-border and multi-jurisdictional tax matters and has developed a unique and sought-after specialty in analyzing the US tax consequences of transactions involving Sharia law and the use of UAE “foundations” in US tax planning.
Virginia’s tax advice is highly knowledgeable, reliable and solution-focused. Having assisted Asian and Middle Eastern families for decades, she appreciates the sensitive and special situations involved in multi-national families. Virginia has worked with international law and accounting firms (Deloitte), major banks (including HSBC), and trust companies. Early in her career she worked with the top-tier NY law firm, Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
Virginia is a Bloomberg tax author and an avid tax blogger for many years; her work is highly regarded and recognized internationally. Her Twitter Account @VLJeker has been listed in Forbes, Top 100 Must-Follow Tax Twitter Accounts and she is named by Bloomberg as a tax professional to follow on LinkedIn. Tax Notes International recognized Virginia as a preeminent US tax professional, profiling her international tax practice (here). Listen to a short podcast posted in Forbes to hear Virginia discuss how she established her tax practice abroad, the challenge of balancing family life with career, and recent international tax issues.
Virginia has been quoted in the New York Times, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal and is
regularly quoted in local news and publications. Virginia has a passion for US international tax and her
contributions to the field are prolific: interviewed by CNN, local television appearances, regularly speaking at
conferences and seminars, and publishing a vast array of scholarly works on US tax issues, some of which
have been referenced by other attorneys or organizations both to the US courts and US Congress