If you’re a U.S. citizen or resident alien living abroad, you’re generally required to file a U.S. tax return. You may not end up paying taxes because of special exclusions like the Federal Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE), but you need to file your federal tax return to take advantage of those potential exclusions. If you have a complicated tax situation (e.g., you have complex holdings in foreign companies), you may want to work with an accountant.
However, for expatriates who earn regular employment income or are self-employed, it can be easy to file your taxes while living abroad using tax software. We considered a dozen providers to find the best tax software for expatriates. In our search, we looked for the tax forms supported by each program, the support you can receive from a tax expert, and how much it costs. Read on to learn about your options.