Living Abroad - the Ultimate Adventure

At Bright!Tax, we believe that expats are the new American Pioneers, exploring opportunities beyond the world they grew up in. American expats are still required to file US taxes though, reporting their worldwide income.

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Our mission is to take the burden of US tax compliance off your shoulders so you can focus on enjoying the experience of living abroad. Keep up with expat news with the articles below.

How to Choose an Expat Tax Accountant

How to Choose an Expat Tax Accountant

With just two weeks to go until the first expat tax deadline in 2018, it’s a timely moment to look at the most important factors expats should consider when choosing an expat tax accountant. US Taxes for Expats All Americans abroad who earn over $10,000 (or just $400 of self-employment income) are required to file […]

Top 5 US Expat Blogs in 2018

Top 5 US Expat Blogs in 2018

Living abroad is an incredible and often life-changing experience. Americans living abroad are the new pioneers, venturing beyond the frontiers of the familiar to explore the wider world. At Bright!Tax, we talk to expats around the world every day, hearing their more often than not incredible stories of what they’re doing and how they came […]

American Expats See Wide Range of Benefits from Moving Abroad

American Expats See Wide Range of Benefits from Moving Abroad

Before last year’s presidential election, it was widely reported that the number of Google searches about moving abroad had skyrocketed, caused by fear on both sides of the political debate of the opposition candidate winning. To an extent this happens before every election, although the phenomenon may have been exaggerated this time. In fact, while […]

Top Tips for American Expats Celebrating Thanksgiving Abroad

Top Tips for American Expats Celebrating Thanksgiving Abroad

Celebrating Thanksgiving abroad is an altogether different prospect, without the wider cultural participation, and potentially being unable to get hold of many of the most important Thanksgiving ingredients. Most Americans living abroad soldier on though, so to help all those resolute souls out there, here are our top 5 tips for American expats celebrating Thanksgiving […]

2016 US Election – What Expats Need to Know

2016 US Election – What Expats Need to Know

Americans living abroad have been able to vote in absentia since 1975. Expats vote in the State where they last lived, but they do still have to register in good time to receive a ballot. According to a Pew Research Centre survey in July, the two most important election issues for Americans living stateside this […]

Top 5 Expat Annoyances

Top 5 Expat Annoyances

1 – ‘Different’ attitudes towards customer service In the States, the customer is King (or Queen). And that’s how it should be of course. If someone wants your business, they should be very nice to you, otherwise you’ll take your business elsewhere. For some reason though, in many other countries shopkeepers and customer service representatives […]

Top 5 Expat Dilemmas

Top 5 Expat Dilemmas

1. Should I stay or should I go? The first dilemma all aspiring expats face is whether to move abroad at all. It’s easier not to of course, and from the comfort of our home country the risks can seem to outweigh the benefits. In practice though, the benefits will almost certainly provide overwhelming justification […]

2016 US Presidential Election – Do Expat Votes Matter?

2016 US Presidential Election – Do Expat Votes Matter?

An estimated nine millions Americans live abroad, including military personnel and federal employees, making US expats theoretically the eleventh largest State by population.   Turnout among expats for the 2012 presidential election was incredibly low though. With expats very much on the front line in terms of shaping and experiencing foreign perceptions of the US […]

Top 5 Expat Joys

Top 5 Expat Joys

Living abroad is the adventure of a lifetime. It enriches our lives and expands our horizons in ways we couldn’t previously have imagined. Read on for a run-down of our top five joys of being an expat. 1 – Experiencing another culture We grow up seeing the world through the lens of our country’s culture […]