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August 31, 2011

2011 Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Increases

For 2011, the foreign earned income exclusion for wages earned while working  and living abroad will be $92,900.  That is a $1,400 increase from that allowed for 2010.  If both spouses work abroad, each can exclude their earned income from US taxes up to that amount.  One spouse cannot use the other spouses unused portion of that exclusion.

If your are married and live abroad with your spouse, consider making her an employee or starting her own business since she will also receive a foreign earned income exclusion for 2011 of of $92,900 to be applied against her taxable income on her US income tax return.

You can also claim a deduction for foreign rental expenses, utilities and maintenance above a certain amount up to a maximum amount which varies per the country you in which you are living and working.

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