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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Traditional and Roth IRAs and Taxes – What US Expats Need to Know

Traditional and Roth IRAs and Taxes – What US Expats Need to Know

American expats are required to file a US tax return each year, reporting their worldwide income. Expats may also have to report their foreign businesses, assets, and financial accounts, depending on factors including their types and values. When expats file, they can normally claim one or more IRS exemptions or tax credits that reduce their […]

US Taxes on Foreign Income for Expats

US Taxes on Foreign Income for Expats

The United States taxes based on citizenship. This means that all US citizens (and green card holders), including anyone with the right to US citizenship, are liable to pay US taxes, wherever in the world they live. This often leaves US expats having to file both a US tax return as well as a tax […]

US Expats Taxes – Best State Residency for Expats

US Expats Taxes – Best State Residency for Expats

Americans living abroad are required to file a US tax return, reporting their worldwide income, just as if they were living in the States. To avoid paying US taxes on their worldwide income as well as foreign taxes, the IRS has made a number of provisions available, such as the Foreign Tax Credit and the Foreign […]

IRS Taxes for US Citizens Married to a Non-Resident Alien

IRS Taxes for US Citizens Married to a Non-Resident Alien

‘Non-resident alien’ is the term that the IRS uses to describe foreigners who live abroad. Many Americans marry non-resident aliens, perhaps having met them while travelling or working abroad. Many of these Americans then live abroad as expats after having married them. American expats are still required to file US taxes every year, reporting their […]

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 […]