March 30, 2015
Click here to see retirement costs you may not have considered in your retirement plan If you plan to retire abroad, planning will help since every year various foreign locations become more expensive and the cost to retire may increase. Let help with your estate or retirement plan abroad (taking into account US tax and estate law) call us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 26, 2015
The International Tax Topic Index is a gateway into IRS Tax Map specifically designed for taxpayers with international filing requirements. IRS Tax Map gathers all information about a topic in one place and contains topics from across the IRS.
You can find international topics using search or the link below below. Use the search box on the left navigation bar to search all topics in Tax Map including international topics.
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March 23, 2015
Are you a U.S. citizen or resident who worked abroad last year? Did you receive income from a foreign source in 2014? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of those questions here are six tax tips you should know about foreign income:
Additional IRS Resources:
1. Report Worldwide Income. By law, U.S. citizens and residents must report their worldwide income. This includes income from foreign trusts, and foreign bank and securities accounts.
2. File Required Tax Forms. You may need to fileSchedule B, Interest and Ordinary Dividends, with your U.S. tax return. You may also need to file Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets. In some cases, you may need to file FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. See IRS.gov for more information.
3. Review the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. If you live and work abroad, you may be able to claim the foreign earned income exclusion. If you qualify, you won’t pay tax on up to $99,200 of your wages and other foreign earned income in 2014. See Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income, or Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, for more details. On top of that amount you may also be eligible for the foreign housing exclusion or deduction if you earn in excess of the foreign earned income exclusion.
4. Don’t Overlook Credits and Deductions. You may be able to take a tax credit or a deduction for income taxes you paid to a foreign country. These benefits can reduce your taxes if both countries tax the same income.
5. Tax Filing Extension is Available. If you live outside the U.S. and can’t file your tax return by April 15, you may qualify for an automatic two-month extension of time to file. That will give you until June 16, 2015, to file your U.S. tax return. This extension also applies to those serving in the military outside the U.S. You will need to attach a statement to your return explaining why you qualify for the extension.
6. Get Tax Help. Check the international services Web page for the types of help the IRS provides.
For more on this topic refer to Publication 54, Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad.
If you are preparing your own return and have questions, we can provide you with the answers in a mini consultation. Or if you want your return reviewed prior to filing with the IRS, we can do that too. And of course, we also prepare expatriate, nonresident and international tax returns. We have over 30 years experience preparing expatriate and nonresident tax returns. We are the experts you need.
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Additional IRS Resources:
- Taxation of U.S. Resident Aliens
- Publication 514, Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals
- International Taxpayers
March 15, 2015
March 9, 2015
Read this link to see the best and worst states to live in as a taxpayer. As an expat there is not law that says you must have a state of residency or file state tax returns. However, some states including California, Virginia, Alabama, New Mexico and others have state laws that make it very difficult to give up your state tax domicile even if you move abroad permanently. We can help with this process of abandoning tax domicile in those states.