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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Minimum Income Required for Expats to File US Taxes

Minimum Income Required for Expats to File US Taxes

The underlying principle of the US tax system is that US citizens and Green Card holders are required to file and report their worldwide income, whether they live in the US or abroad. This means that many expats have to file two tax returns, to Uncle Sam as well as in the country where they […]

What Expats Who Owe US Taxes Need to Know

What Expats Who Owe US Taxes Need to Know

Because the US tax system is based on citizenship (rather than residence), expat American citizens (and Green Card holders) are required to file US taxes, just the same as if they were living in the States. When expats file, they can claim one or more IRS provisions (such as the Foreign Tax Credit on Form […]

IRS Estimated Tax Payments for US Expats

IRS Estimated Tax Payments for US Expats

Americans living abroad are required to file US taxes, reporting their worldwide income. America is the only developed country that requires expats to file. Expats often also have to report their foreign bank accounts, investments, and businesses. For many years, the IRS couldn’t enforce these requirements, and many expats chose to ignore them, however over […]

PFICs and US Tax for Expats

PFICs and US Tax for Expats

Americans living abroad are required to file US taxes, reporting their worldwide income. This is because (unlike most countries) the US taxes based on citizenship, meaning that where in the world you happen to be living doesn’t matter. Unfortunately, tax treaties don’t protect American expats from double taxation (i.e. from filing both US taxes and […]

5 Reasons Why Expats Should File US Taxes Now!

5 Reasons Why Expats Should File US Taxes Now!

Americans move abroad for a variety of reasons, perhaps for work, to be with someone, or due to a sense of adventure, however hardly any of them are thinking much about filing US taxes when they move. The US requires all Americans to file though, reporting their worldwide income, even if they live abroad. It’s […]

Do Astronauts Have to File US Taxes from Space?

Do Astronauts Have to File US Taxes from Space?

What do astronauts and American expats have in common? American expats and astronauts both need the ability, courage and conviction to not just venture out into the unknown, but to succeed and thrive there. Unfortunately, they also share an inability to escape the requirement to file US taxes. The US taxes based on citizenship, meaning […]

IRS Continues Trend of Auditing More Expats in 2018

IRS Continues Trend of Auditing More Expats in 2018

The new 2018 IRS Tax Book has confirmed that the IRS continued the trend of auditing a much higher proportion of international tax returns then domestic ones in 2018. While a total of 0.6% of all individual federal income tax returns were audited during the year, the figure for international returns is nearly six times the […]