Tax Tips for U.S. Americans Abroad

We scour and examine the complexities of IRS and state tax laws to make filing taxes as a US expat easy. Read our blog for useful expat tax tips and advice.

Top 5 Reasons Americans Abroad Should File Their Taxes Before April 15th

April 8, 2019

It’s that the of time of year that most likely causes a lot of stress for U.S. Americans abroad. We’re talking about tax season (what we at MyExpatTaxes was made for)! As we’ve explained in this blog post here, U.S. Americans abroad must report their worldwide income every year to the IRS – no matter where they live. In the USA, April 15th is the deadline to do this, but expats get an automatic extension to filing until June 15th. However, we suggest you get this obligatory tax work out of the way, before the extended deadline if possible. Thus, we’d like to present to you the top 5 reasons why U.S. Americans abroad should file their taxes before April 15th:

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

January 26, 2019
U.S. American Abroad

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
expat filing U.S. taxes

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

November 13, 2018
U.S. taxes for U.S. expats abroad

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

November 2, 2018
Filing Taxes with SSN as U.S. expat

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 are Expat Taxes for US Citizens Living Abroad?

September 24, 2018
Expat Taxes for US Citizens Living Abroad

The Topic of the Expat Taxes… Have you ever wondered what is the difference between US expats abroad and US citizens in the States when it comes to filing their US tax returns? The answer: Mostly everything. US citizens living in the states are generally looking to optimize their tax return (i.e. pay less US taxes). US Expats, on the other hand, are looking to complete their filing obligation and make sure they are not double taxed since they’re already paying taxes to their current host country.

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Your Passport Being Denied as a US Expat is Possible if You Don’t Pay your Taxes

September 5, 2018
Passport Denied US Expat

Storytime : James is a US expat living in Singapore who plans to see his family in the states. Since his passport is expiring he has to renew it before traveling. So upon giving his application at the US Consular in Singapore, James got troubling news: they have to hold his application for 90 days because he needs to sort out some serious tax debt – thus on the way of his passport being denied as a US expat. Sounds pretty daunting for James right? This can be a worst-case scenario for US expats who have a high outstanding tax debt (including interest and penalties).

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Missed Tax Deadlines as an Expat? Get the Help You Need!

August 20, 2018
us expat tax deadlines

You’re from the U.S. and living abroad, but missed filing your taxes before the deadlines as an expat…

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The US Tax Reform for Expats

May 8, 2018
US Tax Reform for Expats

Did you know that the tax reform bill changed last December (2017)? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was pulled apart and tweaked after being intact for 22 years! Taxes can be confusing and something you don’t want to bother with, but we want to let you know the TCJA bill has some changes that will be affecting you, as a U.S. citizen abroad in the 2018 tax season and beyond. So… how do things change with the US tax reform for expats?  Hang in there – we’ll try to explain it all as clearly as possible.

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Not filing taxes while living abroad?

April 26, 2018
myexpattaxes what happens if you dont file your taxes as an american abroad

“I am not filing taxes while living abroad… Am I in trouble?” ”The IRS will easily forget about me….’’  ‘’So what if I miss a year or two…or three of filing my taxes?’’ Are these questions haunting you at night? Not filing taxes while living abroad may seem a lot more innocent than Al Capone’s tax evasion conviction, however, you can still get in some serious problems.

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