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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.

Tax Filing for US Expats

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Webinar, April 7 – Taxes and Investing as a U.S. Expat in 2021, in Partnership with Dunhill Financial

Taxes and Investing as a US Expat in 2021 Webinar

Bright!Tax Partner Katelynn Minott will be joining Brian Dunhill, founder of Dunhill Financial, to provide advice for U.S. expats filing, investing, and retirement planning in 2021. The agenda will include guidance for filling taxes from abroad this year, investment considerations, IRAs, pensions and more. Brian Dunhill is a Financial Planner with a core emphasis on […]

Dual Citizen Needing US Tax Help? Here’s a Guide

Dual Citizen Needing US Tax Help Guide

Dual citizens, or dual nationals, are citizens of two different countries. Dual citizenship was prohibited in most countries in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, however the United States has allowed Americans to be dual citizens since 1967. Dual nationality is most often acquired either through parentage, or through naturalization (obtaining a second citizenship through […]

Filing American Taxes While Living Abroad

Filing American Taxes While Living Abroad

The two most common reasons why Americans move abroad are for a career opportunity, or for romance. Moving abroad doesn’t mean stopping filing US taxes though, as the American tax system requires all Americans citizens and Green Card holders to report their worldwide income every year, whether they live in the States or overseas. Historically, […]

US Tax Guide for Americans Gifting to a Foreign Spouse

US Tax Guide for Americans Gifting to a Foreign Spouse

A gift to a foreign spouse (a Nonresident Alien or NRA spouse in IRS speak), can be an effective strategy for Americans living abroad to reduce their US tax bill. Americans living abroad married to a foreign spouse are required to file US taxes on their global income every year. This is true of all […]

Tax Considerations for American Citizens Moving Back to the US

Tax Considerations for American Citizens Moving Back to the US

Over 9 million Americans live overseas, and every year the number is growing. Every year however, many Americans move back to the US, too. All American citizens are required to file US taxes, reporting their global income, including Americans living overseas. What happens when Americans move back to the US mid-year though? In this article we […]

2021 Tax Season Starts! What US Expats Need to Know

2021 Tax Season Starts! What US Expats Need to Know

The 2021 tax season opens on February 12, allowing Americans both in the States and abroad to start filing their year 2020 tax returns with the IRS. In this article we look at what Americans living abroad need to know ahead of filing their US taxes in 2021. Why do Americans abroad need to file […]

2021 US Tax Calendar for Expats

2021 US Tax Calendar for Expats

With 2021 tax season starting this week, Bright!Tax has created a tax calendar for American expats filing US taxes from abroad this year. All Americans are required to file US taxes, including those living abroad, if their global income exceeds IRS minimums. IRS minimums start at $5 for Americans married filing separately to a foreign […]

What is the Relief Procedures for Certain Former Citizens?

Relief Procedures for Certain Former Citizens

The IRS Relief Procedures for Certain Former Citizens was introduced in September 2019 to allow certain Americans to renounce their US citizenship without facing back taxes and penalties. The particular group the program was aimed at is known as ‘Accidental Americans’, meaning people who have the right to US citizenship through birth but who have […]

2021 Tax Filing Opens on February 12

2021 Tax Filing Opens on February 12

The IRS has announced that the date it will start accepting tax returns this year will be February 12. Tax season normally starts the second half of January, and February 12 will be the latest date that a tax season has started yet. The IRS said in a statement on January 15 that the late start […]