Exit Tax – A Comment on Richardson / Zelinsky Debate on Citizenship Based Taxation

Recently, a debate took place on the merits of the United States' income tax regime which is based on "citizenship".  This lively debate was between the esteemed John Richardson (a US and Canadian attorney) and Professor Edward Zelinsky (a tax scholar and professor at Cardozo Law School in New York City).  You can watch the … Continue reading Exit Tax – A Comment on Richardson / Zelinsky Debate on Citizenship Based Taxation

Outrunning (and Outwitting) the IRS Using the Statute of Limitations

With tax returns either filed, in progress for Americans abroad, put on extension... (or late because an extension was not properly filed), now is a good time to look at the various statutes of limitations (SOL) applicable to US tax matters. What is a tax SOL?  Simply, the SOL prescribes the length of time permitted … Continue reading Outrunning (and Outwitting) the IRS Using the Statute of Limitations

Should A Green Card Holder Use the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion?

This is actually a difficult question to answer, despite the fact that many green card holders give little thought to the issue and willy-nilly claim the exclusion.  Let's look at some background.  Americans working abroad may be eligible to exclude from US taxable income certain foreign earned income (wages, compensation for services) under the rules … Continue reading Should A Green Card Holder Use the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion?

What is a “Bona Fide Resident” for FEIE?

The case of Hudson v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2017-221 provides a valuable lesson from the US Tax Court on what it means to be a "bona fide resident" for purposes of the Section 911 foreign earned income exclusion (“FEIE”).  The court in Hudson held that a pilot working for Korean Air and living in a … Continue reading What is a “Bona Fide Resident” for FEIE?

Foreign Earned Income Exclusion: What is “Earned Income”?

Americans working abroad may be eligible to exclude certain foreign earned income (wages, compensation for services) from US taxable income under the rules governing the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE).  The FEIE amount is adjusted annually for inflation. The amount for 2018 is US$104,100 per individual; for 2019 the amount is US$105,900 per individual.  In … Continue reading Foreign Earned Income Exclusion: What is “Earned Income”?

Overseas Home? Mortgage Interest, Foreign Real Property Taxes & New US Tax Law – Any Workaround?

Sweeping tax reform was signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017.  Now that tax returns are being prepared for the 2018 year, individuals are more keenly feeling the impact of the “Tax Cuts and Job Act” (“TCJA”). I’ve had numerous calls on two questions by Americans overseas who own a foreign residence.  … Continue reading Overseas Home? Mortgage Interest, Foreign Real Property Taxes & New US Tax Law – Any Workaround?

JUST ANNOUNCED! Foreign Related Tax Inflation Adjustments for Tax Year 2019

The Internal Revenue Service today announced the tax year 2019 annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2018-57 provides details about these annual adjustments. The tax year 2019 adjustments generally are used on tax returns filed in 2020. For those of you … Continue reading JUST ANNOUNCED! Foreign Related Tax Inflation Adjustments for Tax Year 2019

Americans Abroad: October 15 Tax Filing Deadline – Not Ready? Don’t Panic

US persons living and working overseas often find it more difficult to meet the deadlines for their tax returns. This is so because they may have foreign financial assets that require a more extensive tax analysis to prepare the return. Just think about the work required to figure out the “transition tax” or “deemed repatriation … Continue reading Americans Abroad: October 15 Tax Filing Deadline – Not Ready? Don’t Panic

Tax Primer: US Expats & Foreigners

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Everything you need to know about US tax is right here at your fingertips!  My primer provides information for overseas Americans and green card holders on US tax obligations including Income Tax, Estate Tax and Gift Tax as well as IRS reporting requirements and State income tax. It also provides detailed information for foreign individuals … Continue reading Tax Primer: US Expats & Foreigners

Flying Under the Radar: Personal Use of “Business” Frequent Flyer Miles  

Do I have to pay tax on that? Get the full scoop in today's post! “Expat” taxpayers living abroad are often given certain perks from their employers that would not be provided if the individual remained State-side.  For example, provision by the employer for airline tickets home for the taxpayer and his/her family; or payment … Continue reading Flying Under the Radar: Personal Use of “Business” Frequent Flyer Miles