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April 1, 2016

US Expats - Filing Too Late Can Cause you to Lose the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

The foreign earned income exclusion is not automatic. US expats must file returns to claim it. If you file your return for any year late (more than 18 months), the IRS can deny the exclusion (and you would have to pay tax on your entire income--- but could still take foreign tax credits) if you owe taxes with the return. If your never file a return the statute of limitations for the IRS to assess taxes or require a return never expires!

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