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Living Expat-Tax Free as an American in Saudi Arabia

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While all US citizens must file a tax return to the IRS every year, expats in Saudi Arabia get to bypass that annual chore. Watch this short video to find out the top 7 things you need to know about expat taxes as an American in Saudi Arabia! VIDEO TRANSCRIPT For Americans who chose to… Read more

Seven Expatriate Tax Tips When Moving Back to the US

Seven Expatriate Tax Tips for Someone Moving Back to the United States
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When planning a move back home after an assignment abroad, there are many things to consider–and your US expatriate tax return is a big one! Here are seven important expatriate tax issues to consider when planning and coordinating your move back home. #1 Foreign Social Security System Many countries require those residing and working within… Read more

Boris Johnson Stands Up to US Tax System

Johnson Refuses to Pay US Tax
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Boris Johnson, mayor of London, is refusing to comply with US demands to pay capital gains taxes owed on his first property in the UK, which he claims wasn’t taxable in the UK. Johnson was born in New York and holds a US passport, but hasn’t lived in the States since he was 5 years old…. Read more

How Totalization Agreements Impact Your US Taxes

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If you are living abroad, you have may have heard the term ‘totalization agreements’ before. Basically, a totalization agreement is a US International Social Security agreement. Doesn’t ring a bell? Well, it’s very important as a US expat to understand what these agreements are and whether or not the US has one with your host country. Without such… Read more

8 Things to Know About Filing US Taxes Abroad While Living in Ecuador

Ecuador Expat Taxes
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Ecuador is land of rich cultural and historic attractions, nestled amongst a backdrop of natural wonders. From the tropical rainforests to whitewater rafting down the Amazon, Ecuador has become a popular destination for American expats. But what are the impacts on filing US taxes abroad when living in Ecuador? We have all top tips you… Read more

Top News for US Expats this Week

World News for US Expats
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Who has time to surf the net for the latest expat tax news that may impact you? We do! Here’s a quick look at the global expat tax news of the last week! UK expats can avoid fines by filing online before the deadline If you were one of the UK expats who filed their… Read more

Uncovering the Mystery of OVDP

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There is much talk in the media about the IRS’ programs, the Streamlined Procedures and the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). OVDP seems to be the program expats know least about–and with good reason. Most expats who haven’t been filing US taxes did so innocently. They didn’t know they needed to file. But for some,… Read more

Vacation Rental Properties and Your US Income Tax

Vacation Rental Properties and Your US Income Tax
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Investing in a vacation home can be an enticing offer. What better way to ensure you can continually visit a place you love, while earning a little income as well? However, the tax implications of owning a vacation home will vary depending upon the owner’s usage and how often the property is rented out. Let’s… Read more

Miserable Tax Year Ahead For Expats Filing Taxes Abroad?

IRS Delays 2015
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Tax season is not like the Christmas season—no one looks forward to it with anticipation! But in 2015, taxpayers looking for help in filing their 2014 taxes may be extraordinarily frustrated. Long wait times on the phone and an overall lack of availability of IRS employees will make things very challenging for taxpayers seeking assistance… Read more

Top Tips for Filing Expat Taxes as an American in Uruguay

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Nestled between Argentina and Brazil, two very popular spots for US expats, is lesser-known Uruguay. But for those who have discovered this South American gem, expat life is grand! However, it’s important not to forget about your US and Uruguay tax requirements! We have outlined the 7 most important things you need to know. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT… Read more