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 […]

Planning for Americans Citizens in Canada with US IRAs

Planning for Americans Citizens in Canada with US IRAs

Whether it’s Americans who have moved up to Canada, or perhaps US/Canadian dual citizens living in Canada who have received inheritances from US relatives, many Canadian residents have US IRA investment accounts. Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) are US-based investment and retirement accounts similar to Canadian RRSPs. In this article, we will discuss what options Canadian tax residents have when considering […]

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 […]

The IRS Streamlined Procedure For American Expats in 2021

The IRS Streamlined Procedure For American Expats in 2021

Many of the nine million Americans who live abroad around the world are surprised to discover that they have to file US taxes to report their global income. By the time they realize this though, many are already behind with their US tax filing, often by several years. The reason that Americans abroad have to […]

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 […]

The IRS Standard Deduction in 2021 for Expats

The IRS Standard Deduction in 2021 for Expats

The IRS Standard Deduction allows Americans to deduct a fixed amount of their income from US tax when they file their federal return. The Standard Deduction lets Americans avoid the hassle of itemizing their actual deductions when they file. The amount of the Standard Deduction was very low before the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs […]

Katelynn Minott Featured at 2021 Expats Virtual Financial Summit

Katelynn Minott Featured at 2021 Expats Virtual Financial Summit

Bright!Tax Partner and Managing CPA Katelynn Minott will be speaking at the 2021 Expats Virtual Financial Summit. The 2021 Expats Virtual Financial Summit, which takes place over several days at the end of January, brings together some of the world’s leading experts on different aspects of finances for Americans living abroad. Katelynn is among the […]

IRS Announces Cryptocurrency Accounts to be Added to FBAR Reporting

Cryptocurrency Accounts to be Added to FBAR Reporting

On 31st December 2020, the IRS quietly dropped a Bitcoin bombshell as it released a statement saying that it intended to add virtual currency accounts as a reportable account under FBAR rules. The statement read: “FinCEN intends to propose to amend the regulations implementing the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regarding reports of foreign financial accounts […]