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

Bright!Tax is the recognized leader in US tax preparation for Americans living abroad. We take the hassle out of staying compliant, while you enjoy the incredible adventure of being an expat.

US Expat Income Tax Filing Requirements

US Expat Income Tax Filing Requirements

Over nine million Americans reside abroad, a greater number than the residents of all but ten US states. Due to a quirk in America’s tax system dating back to the Civil War, American expats are still subject to US income tax filing requirements on their worldwide income. US income tax filing from abroad is different […]

Do Expats Pay US Taxes?

Do Expats Pay US Taxes?

The question is simple, the answer less so. As so often with tax questions, the devil is in the detail. The US introduced a citizenship based tax system during the Civil War, and it’s never been repealed. This means that the US taxes based on citizenship, so all US citizens have to pay US taxes […]

The Best Tax Software for US Expats

The Best Tax Software for US Expats

The majority of Americans use tax software to file their US taxes. In the light of this, it’s strange that the IRS has been changing Form 1040 over the last couple of years, as very few people use it. Instead, the majority either employ a tax preparer, who uses software, or they input their information […]

Top 5 US Tax Tips for Expats Investing Abroad

Top 5 US Tax Tips for Expats Investing Abroad

There are an estimated nine million Americans living overseas, and all of them who earn over $12,200 (in 2019, globally), or just $400 of self-employment income, are required to file a US federal tax return. When they file, expats have to file additional IRS forms to reduce their US tax bill, such as Form 2555 […]

How Technology is Helping American Expats File U.S. Taxes

How Technology is Helping American Expats File U.S. Taxes

(Contributed by Emmy Carson.) Tax season doesn’t come easy to the regular American — but even more so for American expats. With CNBC revealing that over 9 million U.S. citizens live overseas, these expats have to go through a lot of additional reporting and filing of documents that their domestic counterparts get to skip. This is […]

Choosing an Expat Tax CPA – Everything You Need to Know

Choosing an Expat Tax CPA – Everything You Need to Know

Americans living abroad are still required to file a US tax return, reporting their worldwide income. This is true for expats who file foreign taxes too, and regardless of whether there’s a Tax Treaty between the US and the country of residence. Filing a US tax return as an expat from abroad is more complex […]

What’s New With US Expat Taxes in 2020?

What’s New With US Expat Taxes in 2020?

2019 was another year of innovation and expansion for Bright!Tax, as we continue to evolve to ensure that our clients find filing US taxes from overseas as easy and intuitive an experience as possible. So, what’s new with US taxes for expats in 2020? Deadlines and extensions IRS deadlines in 2020 are the same as […]