American Freelancers or Sole Proprietors Abroad and U.S. Taxes

February 19, 2019

You are a U.S. American living abroad, and officially a freelancer or sole proprietor working primarily from overseas. Sole proprietors have exclusive control over management decisions and operations, reports all profits and losses on their personal income tax return, and are personally liable for business debts and obligations.  Most self-employed folks abroad tend to be freelancers or sole proprietors per this definition – especially digital nomads!

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3 Things U.S. Americans Abroad Should Know about Taxes in 2019

January 26, 2019

For some, getting tax compliant and picking up the pieces on old forms that have been neglected is a new years resolution. For us over at MyExpatTaxes, making sure people get their tax reports on time in a fun and easy way is a part of our mission.

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What Tax Forms Should a U.S. American Abroad Prepare for in 2019?

January 4, 2019

If you are already filing your U.S. taxes, and sending off the correct paperwork for the last years – way to go! For those who are lost or need some help, we’ll cover the kinds of tax forms you need to prepare for this year of 2019 expat taxes – especially with the new tax reform in full effect! It’s a new year, so that means a new you, right? Maybe not! For many, it’s the time of year to create and follow through with new resolutions. So why not make getting tax compliant one of them? Just like how brushing your teeth is a habit to form, reporting your worldwide income as a U.S. American abroad is one as well.

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Why Does the U.S. have a Double Taxation Policy?

December 12, 2018
Why Does the U.S. have a Double Taxation Policy?

We get this questions sometimes… why does the U.S. have a double taxation policy?! Double taxation is when you have to pay taxes twice on the same bucket of income. The U.S. and Eritrea are the only two countries in the world that enforce a citizen-based taxation system. This can result in the double taxation of U.S. citizens abroad since their host country also taxes them. 

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Self-Employment Tax & Social Security Benefits Abroad

December 4, 2018

So you are one of the courageous people to venture out and be self-employed, whether this came from necessity (it’s not easy to find a job in a different country!) or desire. Congrats! Being self-employed is no easy task – the co-founders at MyExpatTaxes can attest to that. Aside from ensuring you’re getting enough sales to cover costs and provide you with a good living, you also have way more complicated taxation laws.

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Married Filing Jointly or Separately as an American Abroad?

November 28, 2018

A popular reason why U.S. citizens are living abroad is ‘’because of love.” An example can be meeting someone from another corner in the U.S., then deciding to move and live with them in their home country. Other times it’s meeting someone online, visiting them abroad and eventually marrying them. While falling in love may happen by chance, staying in love and living together is a fruitful choice. But when tax season hits, and you’re a U.S. expat married to a Non-U.S. Citizen Spouse – what do you need to do?

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What U.S. Taxes Apply to People Who Have Left the U.S.?

November 13, 2018

As a U.S. expat (assuming you are a citizen/green card holder), you are required to file an annual tax return to the IRS – reporting worldwide income. Don’t believe us? Look at the U.S. passport, Page 52, Section D. You might even be liable for filing the FBAR to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

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MyExpatTaxes at the FEM Summit

November 9, 2018

Co-founders Nathalie Goldstein, Markus Finster, and Joachim Niederreiter are currently in London, England this week for the Expatriate Mobility Awards (the EMMAs). Hosted by the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM), MyExpatTaxes has made it onto the shortlist for the Provider of the Year and Most Innovative Use of Technology in the Global Mobility awards. As we mentioned in a recent post, this will be the second big event for the team to attend within their first year of launching.

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Getting a Social Security Number to File Taxes as a U.S. Expat

November 2, 2018

Getting tax compliant as a US expat is super important, but what happens if you don’t have a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN)? It can really be a chicken and egg scenario because you need to get tax compliant as a U.S. expat but you can’t file taxes without a proper SSN. So folks, just remember – it is an absolute necessity to get an SSN to file your taxes as a U.S. expat. If you don’t have a SSN as a U.S. expat, no worries – we outlined the whole process here in some easy steps. If you follow the steps correctly, it should be a rather smooth process!

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What Specific Taxes Does a U.S. Digital Nomad Have To Pay?

October 25, 2018

We met an individual recently who wanted to know what specific taxes a US digital nomad needs to pay while living abroad. Digital nomads are individuals who typically fund their travels and livelihood through the help of a laptop and wifi (ie: Freelancing, YouTuber, Blogger, Online Shop Owner). Digital nomads live abroad, and if you ’re a U.S. digital nomad, you’re still tied to tax filing obligations for the IRS.

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