Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion is an IRS exemption that expats can claim when they file their federal tax return that allows them to exclude the first around $107,000 of their earned income from US taxation.

Foreign Earned Income Exclusion News

The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion can only be used to exclude earned income. Expats must also meet IRS criteria to prove that they live abroad. Whether it’s the best exemption to claim depends on each expat’s circumstances. Find out more here.

What Is the Bona Fide Residence Test for US Expats? 

Bona Fide Residence Test

Let’s face it, Americans don’t have the best relationship with taxes and the IRS. According to a CBS News/YouGov survey, over 60% of Americans believe they’re paying more than their fair share on their US tax return.  Taxes are a particularly annoying issue as Americans still have to declare their income to the IRS wherever […]

The FEIE Bona Fide Residence Test For Expats

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The Bona Fide Residence Test allows Americans living abroad to claim the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, as well as the Foreign Housing Exclusion or Deduction. Americans living abroad are still liable to file and pay US taxes, and the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion provides a way for Americans to exclude income earned while living abroad […]

The FEIE Physical Presence Test For US Expats

expats physical presence test

Americans living abroad have to file a US federal tax return and declare their worldwide income, and they may also be liable to pay US income tax. One of the primary provisions that expats can use to exclude their income earned abroad from US tax liability is the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. This lets Americans […]

The Foreign Housing Exclusion: A Brief Guide for US Expats

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The Foreign Housing Exclusion allows American expats to deduct reasonable housing expenses from their taxable earned income. The Foreign Housing Exclusion is granted in conjunction with the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, but neither are granted automatically: you have to apply for them and file form 2555 with your annual return. The Foreign Housing Exclusion is […]

FEIE vs FTC – Which is Best? A Guide for Expats

FEIE vs FTC - A Guide for Expats

American tax rules require all US citizens and green card holders, including expats, to file US taxes on their global income. It’s unusual for expats to have to file: most countries just require residents to file, or just tax income arising in the country. As a result, American expats often have to file two tax […]