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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The IRS Standard Deduction in 2021 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 […]

What is a US Person For US Tax Purposes?

What is a US Person For US Tax Purposes

In this article, we’ll look at what is meant by a US Person for US tax purposes. Many US tax rules are applied to all ‘US Persons’, so it’s an important concept to grasp, however the definition is wider than many people assume. US persons can be divided into several categories, covering different types of […]

2020 Year-End Tax Planning for Expats

2020 Year-End Tax Planning for Expats

It’s an unusual year in multiple ways, and this is also true when it comes to 2020 year-end tax planning. Both the Coronavirus pandemic and the presidential election will affect year-end tax planning for some expats this year. While the pandemic has affected the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion rules, tax changes next year due to […]

Renouncing US Citizenship and Taxes – A Guide

Renouncing US Citizenship and Taxes - A Guide

It has been widely reported recently that a record number of Americans have renounced their US citizenship this year. Other publications have pointed out that the renunciation process involves an interview at a consulate or embassy, and that most have been closed this year due to Covid, so that the record numbers must represent the clearing of […]

When are Taxes Due for Expats?

When are Taxes Due for Expats

American citizens (and Green Card holders) who live abroad are required to file US taxes annually, reporting their worldwide income. This requirement to file from abroad is because the US taxes based on citizenship, rather than on residence like the majority of other countries. Expats also often have other filing requirements that Americans living in […]

The Best Expat Tax Attorneys in 2020

The Best Expat Tax Attorneys

Americans living abroad are required to file a US tax return every year, reporting all of their global income. No other developed nation requires expats to file in this way. American expats often have to file a foreign return too, and understand how the two different tax systems converge. Furthermore, expats are subject to additional […]

US Expatriate Tax Laws Explained

US Expatriate Tax Laws Explained

American expatriate tax laws are unusual, in that they apply to all Americans citizens around the world, rather than just US residents. US expatriate tax laws can be divided into two categories: laws relating to tax filing and financial reporting requirements for Americans living abroad, and laws relating to Americans renouncing their US citizenship. US […]