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.

2016 Presidential Elections Set to Cause Expat Surge

2016 Presidential Elections Set to Cause Expat Surge

When contemplating this year’s Presidential election, wherever you stand on the political spectrum, looking at the field of candidates there are one or two possible outcomes that might just make you flinch a little. For many people, if what they consider their worst case scenario actually happens though, their flinch could translate into a move […]

Expat Stories – Caroline Calloway, Cambridge, England

Expat Stories – Caroline Calloway, Cambridge, England

American expats can live incredible lives, and often have incredible stories to tell. New Yorker Caroline Calloway is a mature student studying History of Art at Cambridge, one of the UK’s (and world’s) oldest Universities. Her Instagram posts about her adventures in the bizarre “Harry Potter-esque”¬†world of the university’s antiquated traditions and rituals have gained […]

5 of the Best American Expat Blogs

5 of the Best American Expat Blogs

Here’s our rundown of 5 of the best US expat blogs in 2015. Do you agree? One – Banker in the Sun After being robbed at gunpoint outside his home in Florida, Banker in the Sun re-evaluated his priorities in life and decided to pack in the bank job and follow his childhood dream of […]

The Top 5 Reasons Why Americans Move Abroad

The Top 5 Reasons Why Americans Move Abroad

Everyone sometimes dreams of a better life in a more exotic place, but relatively few of us actually pack up our things, sell our cars, lock up or let our homes perhaps, and take the plunge. Often moving abroad requires a particular catalyst or trigger. Below are our top 5 reasons why Americans move abroad. […]

Expat Focus – Lauren Cleaver, Iguana Lodge, Costa Rica

Expat Focus – Lauren Cleaver, Iguana Lodge, Costa Rica

Lauren and her husband both worked as criminal defense lawyers in Colorado before they decided to move abroad. In 1999, they loaded up their truck and drove south to their new home, Iguana Lodge in Costa Rica, which they have turned into an eco friendly, beach-side, tropical paradise, complete with two restaurants, yoga classes, a […]

The Top 5 Expat Resources Online

The Top 5 Expat Resources Online

Moving abroad is a leap at least into the semi-unknown, however it’s much easier than it used to be. The vast amount of expat related info available online, along with the ability to find and connect with fellow expats, means that moving abroad is easier than ever before. But what are the best online resources […]

Top Expat Destinations in 2015

Top Expat Destinations in 2015

Internations.org has carried out an extensive survey of expat satisfaction levels for the second year running, and the results are in. The online expat resource questioned more than 14,000 expats in over 195 different countries to find out how they felt about the country that they were living in. It’s the biggest survey of this […]

Top Low Tax US Expat Destinations

Top Low Tax US Expat Destinations

As US expats, we are obliged to file annual returns and pay taxes to the IRS wherever we live in the world. So it would make sense in a way, given the choice, to live somewhere with very low or even no domestic tax rates. Of course most of us don’t have the choice of […]

Living as an US expat in a country in crisis

Living as an US expat in a country in crisis

Marissa Tejada debuts novel ‘Chasing Athens Expats typically move abroad or a better life, perhaps for love, adventure, work, or retirement. We hope for an enriching experience in another culture, and an improved quality of life. What happens though when our host country experiences a full blown crisis? Journalist, Author and Bright!Tax client Marissa Tejada […]