The current news points to Joe Biden winning the United States Presidency. We won’t get into the details here and will just await the official Inauguration Date and update this post if needed. So will US citizens living on land and abroad feel a tax impact once Biden takes the official seat? And what effect will Biden’s tax plans on US expats have once he’s in charge of the White House? We’ll take a closer look at that today.
Every American’s Responsibility
Every American, both living in the United States and abroad, must file US taxes every year and report their worldwide income once they reach the tax filing threshold.
Additionally, expats can use IRS tax provisions such as the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and Foreign Tax Credit to prevent getting double-taxed.
Then if you have over $10,000 in all your foreign financial accounts at any one time of the year, you’ll need to file the FBAR. You can do this easily when filing taxes through our software.
The deadline to file your US taxes as an American expat is June 15. However, you can file for a free extension through our software for the October 15 deadline.
It’s expected to do your part as an American abroad and file the necessary US taxes every year. Otherwise, penalties can be accrued, and no one wants to pay more than they need to! That’s why we’re here. Our DIY expat tax software and professional tax support team do their best to make you save money and become tax compliant.
Biden’s Individual Tax Plans
How will Biden’s tax plans affect Americans living abroad? Will tax laws change? Several of Biden’s tax plans include reversing the Trump tax reform – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
- Biden wants to raise the income tax from 37% to 39.6%. Due to this change, return to the highest income tax rate, payroll tax, and long-term capital gains for high earners will also increase.
- A change in estate and gift taxes – going up from 40% to 45%.
- The untaxed exemption limit will be reduced from $11.58 million to $3.5million.
To note, the above changes affect more high earners. Why?
- For tax year 2021, the top tax rate remains 37% for individual single taxpayers with incomes greater than $523,600 ($628,300 for married couples filing jointly). So yes, if you are in this income bracket, the 37% might increase to 39.6%.
- Estate and gift taxes normally don’t apply until a taxpayer goes over their untaxed exemption limit. So you would need to giving more than $3.5M to be subject to these fees.
What Affects Expats
Biden wants to increase the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 to $3,000 and make the entire amount refundable for families. This is different from the currently refundable $1,400 tax credit.
This means that American expat parents that use the Foreign Tax Credit and pay foreign taxes can receive up to $3,000 per child every year.
If there are other qualifying childcare costs, the family can receive an even bigger refund. This would be a huge win for expat families living abroad. Especially since MyExpatTaxes specializes in getting these refunds for all qualifying expat families.
Taxes for Corporations and GILTI Tax
The corporation tax will be rising if Biden takes the Presidential seat. However, this tax will not be like pre-2017. In fact, Biden plans to raise it to just 28%, as opposed to 5% in 2017. This is a 7% increase from Trump’s 21%.
If you are an American abroad with a foreign-registered business, you will be subject to the GILTI tax under Biden’s Presidency. GILTI stands for Global Intangible Low Tax Income.
According to our How the US Election Will Impact Expats and Taxes:
Biden wants to double the GILTI tax rate from 10.5% to 21% if expats want to register a foreign business with a US parent company. GILTI is Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income, a concept from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This makes corporate taxable income gets added from foreign income. This will be tough for expat entrepreneurs who own a foreign limited liability company incorporated outside the US, especially if it is 100% American owned.
FATCA and Citizenship-Based Taxation
Joe Biden reached out to Democrats Abroad this year. He said he will work with Americans overseas and address expatriate taxation issues once he’s elected.
Plus, his Democratic political party also spoke out against revoking citizenship-based taxation and the FATCA. Biden was Vice-President when The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act – or FATCA – was enacted into law in 2010.
This law was founded and authorized by the US Treasury Department. It was made to track potential illegal tax activity and monitor American taxpayers and business folks earning income abroad. This is through tracking income or investments deposited into foreign bank accounts.
Through FATCA, the US government has the power to withhold payments from being deposited into certain foreign financial institutions and entities. US citizens and Green Card Holders living abroad will need to report their foreign assets if they exceed certain monetary thresholds under this FATCA law. Plus, foreign institutions (like banks) are also involved and need to report to the IRS the American clients’ assets.
Biden has no intention to change the FATCA. Plus, provide relief for US expats to report their foreign bank accounts and file US taxes.
Tax Changes Depend on the Senate
According to an article by Fortune, Biden’s corporate tax plans depend on Georgia’s Senate results.
Two Georgia runoff elections for senators will be held in January. The voters are the ones who determine which party controls the Senate. Whether Republicans or Democrats rule the senate will impact President-elect Biden’s business tax laws.
The stakes are high, considering Biden wants to make several tax increases. Plus, if the Democrats do not have a senate majority for the coming year, they have another shot in 2022.
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