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 U.S. expat easy. Read our blog for useful expat tax tips and advice.

MyExpatTaxes Wins Best Expat Tax Management Platform of 2019

April 12, 2019

We at MyExpatTaxes are proud to announce that we have been awarded as the Best Expat Tax Management Platform of 2019 within the category Corporate Immigration & Relocation from Acquisition International. About Acquisition International Acquisition International (or AI), is known as the ”voice of modern business since 2010,’’ and is an international, monthly digital business magazine committed to bringing its readers up to the minute news, comment and analysis. AI’S monthly magazine informs, entertains, influences, and shape the global corporate conversation. Anyone who wins the prestigious award through Acquisition International marks hard work and stellar efforts of those who have helped shape the unique and dynamic industry of business. AI’s comprehensive selection and judging process singles out the true market leaders of 2019.

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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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Taxes for a Short-Term U.S. Americans Abroad

March 1, 2019
Expat woman filing U.S. taxes

Are you living and working abroad on a short-term assignment (i.e. less than 1 year)? If yes, you are still held responsible for handling taxes in both the USA and the foreign country.  In fact, it’s good to also check to see what tax rate bracket you fall in. This assures you pay the appropriate taxes (however, you can also just come to us and we’ll do it for you). The U.S. tax system is a progressive one, as income rises, increasingly higher taxes are imposed. And yes, your income earned abroad will be included in your U.S. taxable income as well!

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

February 19, 2019
American Freelancer Abroad

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

December 12, 2018
U.S. Expats and Double-Taxation

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
Self-Employment Tax Abroad

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
Married Filing Jointly American Abroad

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
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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