Where is Your Tax Home?

Where is Your Tax Home? A Guide for Expats

The US requires all American Citizens to file US taxes, reporting their global income, wherever in the world they live or receive income. Because many American expats have to file foreign taxes in another country too, the IRS has introduced some provisions that expats can claim when they file to avoid double taxation. The two […]

An American Expat Guide to Voting from Abroad in 2020

An American Expat Guide to Voting from Abroad in 2020

Election year! The US presidential election taking place on November 3rd 2020 may be the strangest election in living memory, happening against a backdrop of domestic social unrest and a global pandemic. Can Americans living abroad vote though? With over 9 million Americans living abroad, will expats’ votes make a difference? How can expats register […]

Republicans Overseas Requests Executive Order to Alleviate Expat Tax

Republicans Overseas Requests Executive Order to Alleviate Expat Tax

Republicans Overseas, a political organization representing the interests of Americans living abroad, has hand-delivered a letter to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows requesting that the President alleviate aspects of expat taxation by Executive Order. Republicans Overseas was founded in 2014 with one of its express aims being repealing the 2010 Foreign Account Tax […]

Taxes for Expats – How is Unearned Income Taxed?

Taxes for Expats - How is Unearned Income Taxed?

Americans living abroad have to file US taxes, reporting their total global income, wherever it may be sourced. They also often have to fulfil additional reporting requirements relating to any foreign registered bank accounts, investments, and businesses that they may have. Different types of income can be taxed in different ways though. In this article […]

US Taxes for Americans Working Abroad

US Taxes for Americans Working Abroad

Millions of Americans live and work abroad. They may have been posted abroad by a US firm or the US government, they may have moved abroad and found employment with a foreign firm, or they may be self-employed or own and run their own business. In every situation though, Americans working abroad are required to file […]

Taxes for Expats – The US – New Zealand Tax Treaty

Taxes for Expats - The US - New Zealand Tax Treaty

The US – New Zealand tax treaty was signed in 1982, with a protocol added in 2008. The purpose of the treaty is to prevent double taxation for Americans living in New Zealand and New Zealanders living in the US, however it doesn’t prevent US citizens living in New Zealand from having to file US taxes. US taxes […]

Election 2020: Democrat and Republican Tax Plans for Expats

Election 2020: Democrat and Republican Tax Plans for Expats

The 2020 US Presidential Election has been overshadowed by the Coronavirus Pandemic this year, with campaigning limited compared to normal, so far at least. Taxes form an important aspect of both the Republican and Democratic party policy platforms. This year, the Democrats’ tax plans are relatively radical. In this article we look at what changes […]

Filing IRS Form 2555 – A Guide for Expats

Filing IRS Form 2555 - A Guide for Expats

American expats are required to file US taxes every year by virtue of having US citizenship, even if they have to file foreign taxes in another country too. The international tax treaties that the US has signed with other countries don’t prevent expats from filing US taxes or protect them from double taxation. In fact, […]

Foreign Rental Property Depreciation Tax Guide for Expats

Foreign Rental Property Depreciation Tax Guide for Expats

All Americans have to file US taxes on their global income, wherever in the world they live. Many American expats own rental property, either in the US or overseas. The way foreign rental property is treated for US tax purposes is different compared to US rental property though. Rental Property Depreciation for Expats Rental Property […]