In additional to the foreign earned income exclusion an expat can exclude their housing costs so long as they exceeed a minimum amount (see publication 54) and up to a maximum amount which may vary by country (see publication 54).
You also get a standard deduction of $24,400 if you file a joint return or $12,200 if you file as single. An additional $1,300 is added if you are aged.
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