Taxes for Expats – The US – China Tax Treaty

Taxes for Expats – The US – China Tax Treaty

The US-China tax treaty was signed in 1984 and came into affect in 1987. Unlike many other US tax treaties, it hasn’t been updated since or added to since.  The purpose of the treaty is to prevent double taxation for Americans living in China and Chinese citizens living in the US. The principle way it […]

IRS Taxes for US Citizens Married to a Non-Resident Alien

IRS Taxes for US Citizens Married to a Non-Resident Alien

‘Non-resident alien’ is the term that the IRS uses to describe foreigners who live abroad. Many Americans marry non-resident aliens, perhaps having met them while travelling or working abroad. Many of these Americans then live abroad as expats after having married them. American expats are still required to file US taxes every year, reporting their […]

Best Expat Digital Nomad Blogs in 2019

Best Expat Digital Nomad Blogs in 2019

The new generation of Digital Nomads are enjoying visiting and living in exotic locations around the world in 2019 while working remotely, often in a freelance or entrepreneurial capacity. American Digital Nomads however are still required to file US taxes on their worldwide income, wherever in the world they may reside. This is because the […]

US Tax Forms for Expats – Form 2555 or 2555-EZ?

US Tax Forms for Expats – Form 2555 or 2555-EZ?

All Americans (including green card holders) are required to file US taxes, reporting their worldwide income, including expats. Many expats mistakenly assume that they don’t have to file US taxes if they don’t have US sourced income, or due to a tax treaty, however all Americans who earn over $12,000 or just $400 of self-employment […]

Taxes for Expats – The US – Japan Tax Treaty

Taxes for Expats – The US – Japan Tax Treaty

The US-Japan tax treaty was one of the first international tax treaties that the US signed. The first version was signed in 1954, with later versions signed in 1972 and 2003, and a further update protocol covering software companies added in 2013. The purpose of the treaty is to prevent double taxation for Americans living […]

Treasury Eases GILTI Tax Burden for US Expat Small Business Owners

Treasury Eases GILTI Tax Burden for US Expat Small Business Owners

Breaking News: Expat small business owners were celebrating today as the Treasury announced relief for individual American owners of foreign registered corporations from the new GILTI tax introduced in the Trump Tax reform. Deep within 177 pages of Proposed Regulations released by the Treasury on March 4th 2019 dealing with the application of changes made under […]

Reporting Foreign Real Estate and Rental Income to the IRS

Reporting Foreign Real Estate and Rental Income to the IRS

Many of the 9 million Americans who live overseas have settled abroad permanently, perhaps having retired abroad, or because they married a foreigner, or because they fell in love with a particular place. Many of these long term expats purchase foreign real estate, either to live in, or as an investment to provide them with […]

Need to File US Taxes Late? What US Expats Need to Know

Need to File US Taxes Late? What US Expats Need to Know

Americans who move abroad are required to continue filing US taxes, reporting their worldwide income. This means that American citizens abroad often have to file two tax returns. The tax treaties that the US has with around 100 other countries don’t mitigate the risk of double taxation either, as they contain a ‘saving clause’ meaning […]