Expat Tax Information

All American citizens and green card holders who earn over $12,000 (or just $400 of self-employment income are required to file a US tax return every year, reporting their worldwide income, wherever in the world they live.

Tax Filing for US Expats

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Reporting Foreign Real Estate and Rental Income to the IRS

Reporting Foreign Real Estate and Rental Income to the IRS

Many of the 9 million Americans who live overseas have settled abroad permanently, perhaps having retired abroad, or because they married a foreigner, or because they fell in love with a particular place. Many of these long term expats purchase foreign real estate, either to live in, or as an investment to provide them with […]

US Expat Sues IRS Over New Transition Tax

US Expat Sues IRS Over New Transition Tax

All Americans, including expats, have been required to file US taxes, reporting their worldwide income, since the nineteenth century. It’s only over the last few years though that, due to foreign banks and governments now sharing expats’ financial data with the IRS the federal government has been able to enforce the requirement for expats to […]

New Form 1040 in 2019 – Everything Expats Need to Know

New Form 1040 in 2019 – Everything Expats Need to Know

Living abroad is the opportunity of a lifetime, however it can be slightly marred for American expats because they are required to continue filing a US tax return from overseas, reporting their worldwide income. Expats filing in 2019 however will find that form 1040 is new, for the first time in decades. Will new form 1040 […]

US Tax Filing in 2019 – Everything US Expats Need To Know

US Tax Filing in 2019 – Everything US Expats Need To Know

With 2019 US tax filing season here again, in this article we take a look at everything that US expats need to know, including requirements, deadlines, rules changes, and the new form 1040. When can expats start filing? All American citizens, along with green card holders, are required to file US taxes every year, reporting […]

Taxes for US Expats – How Many Days Can I Spend in the US?

Taxes for US Expats – How Many Days Can I Spend in the US?

Because all American citizens and green card holders are required to file a US tax return, reporting their worldwide income, the IRS provides a number of exemptions that can be claimed that help expats minimize (and most often eliminate entirely) their US tax liability. These exemptions must be claimed when expats file their federal return […]

I’m an expat and I’ve never filed taxes, what should I do?

I’m an expat and I’ve never filed taxes, what should I do?

All Americans (including green card holders) are required to file a federal tax return each year, reporting their worldwide income, irrespective of where in the world they live. This requirement is almost unique to America (most countries tax based on whether you live or have income or assets in the country), and as it’s perhaps […]