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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.

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How to Prepare to File Your US Taxes as an Expat

Getting ready to file US taxes from abroad

If you’re like many American expats, filing your US tax return from abroad may seem like a daunting task, however it doesn’t have to be that way.  When filing from abroad, being prepared and understanding which documents to gather is important to ensure a smooth, stress-free filing process. Once you reach out to an expat […]

What is Citizenship Based Taxation?

citizenship based taxation for Americans abroad

Expats are America’s unofficial envoys, shaping the world’s perception of the United States and of Americans at large. It has been estimated that there are around 10 million Americans living abroad creating new lives and opportunities. Yet despite living a great distance from the US, many expatriates find themselves in the precarious position of having […]

US Taxes for Expats in 2022 – A 12 Step Guide to Success

US Taxes for Expats - A Complete Guide - Everything You Need To Know

Many Americans living abroad in 2022 are unaware or confused about their US tax filing obligations. The US tax system is unusual, as it taxes based on citizenship. Almost every other country either taxes based on residence (so only people living in that country have to file taxes there), or taxes based on income arising […]

US Tax on Foreign Property for American Expats in 2022

Foreign Property American Expats

The purchase or sale of a home stateside can be challenging enough. Abroad, you also have to navigate the US expat tax reporting requirements, which can be a little confusing to say the least.  As a US expat, you may already know that your worldwide income must be reported on your American tax return and […]

A Guide to Dual Status Tax Returns for Expats

A Guide to Dual Status Tax Returns for Expats

The US is one of only two countries that uses a citizenship-based tax system rather than a territorial one. This means that the IRS taxes all US citizens, including dual citizens and Americans who live in other countries. So even if you already paid taxes in the country where you live abroad, if you are a […]

What American Expats Need to Know About Totalization Agreements

expat with totalization agreement

Americans who move abroad are required to keep filing US taxes, reporting their worldwide income. They may also have to continue paying US social security contributions, including self-employed expats who earn as little as $400 a year. Expats who meet tax residency criteria in a foreign country may also have to pay foreign taxes and […]

State Taxes for US Expats – What You Need to Know

expat filing state taxes

Moving abroad to a foreign country is the adventure of a lifetime, but in the midst of all the excitement and change it’s important not to forget about US taxes. All US citizens and green card holders have to file a federal income tax return declaring their worldwide income wherever in the world they live. […]

IRS Taxes For US Citizens Living Abroad – A Guide

IRS Taxes For US Citizens Living Abroad

US citizens are required to file US taxes if they’re living abroad, despite often having to file foreign income taxes as well. International tax treaties don’t prevent US citizens resident overseas from having to file US taxes, however they do stipulate how to avoid double taxation, most often by claiming tax credits when you file. […]

The IRS Standard Deduction in 2022 for Expats

The IRS Standard Deduction in 2021 for Expats

The IRS Standard Deduction allows Americans to deduct a fixed amount of their income from US tax when they file their federal return. The Standard Deduction lets Americans avoid the hassle of itemizing their actual deductions when they file. The amount of the Standard Deduction was very low before the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs […]

Tax Calendar for US Expats Filing in 2022

2022 Expat Tax Calendar

We’ve created a tax calendar for Americans filing from overseas this year. Americans living abroad are required to file US taxes, as US law states that all American citizens and Green Card holders have to report their worldwide income every year on Form 1040. Most other countries only tax residents. When you file your US […]