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Social Security: Will your Non-US Spouse Lose Out on Benefits?

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Many expats choose to retire abroad and enjoy an exciting, unique (and sometimes less expensive!) life abroad. But if you have chosen to marry a non-US spouse, it is important to consider how the US handles the distribution of Social Security benefits. Will he/she receive full survivor benefits? Dependent or spousal Social Security? In this brief… Read more

US Taxes Follow You Wherever You Go—Even as Far as China!

US Taxes in China
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Each year, thousands of Americans flock to the majestic country of China, many of them for employment opportunities. It certainly is a large change from life in the US, so much time and effort is spent integrating to the Chinese culture and busy lifestyle. But have you thought about your US tax obligations while living… Read more

How to Save Money on Your Expat Tax Return by Deducting Moving Costs and Expenses

How to Save Money on Your Expat Tax Return by Deducting Moving Costs and Expenses
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Most American expats return home to the US after a period of time abroad. Whether you have been gone six months or six years, you will incur the same types of expenses during your move. With an overseas move, these costs are significantly higher than costs when you are moving within the same country. Thankfully… Read more

Foreign Countries Luring US Expats to Retire Abroad

US Expat Retiring Abroad
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Many Americans choose to retire abroad—that’s old news! But what is ‘new’, are the foreign countries actually trying to attract retirees with special benefits and discounts, reserved for those age 65 or over. Retiring Abroad – is it for you? According to the Social Security Administration, nearly 50,000 retired workers and their spouses collected Social Security… Read more

Snow Birds and Other Non-US Citizens May Not Escape US Income Tax

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Every year, millions of people travel to the US, oftentimes for extended periods of time to escape cold, harsh winters in other countries. While it may be surprising, non-US citizens may be liable for US taxation for the time they are present in the US. Confused? We understand–let David McKeegan, Greenback’s Co-Founder, explain the ins and… Read more

Easy Steps to Filing US Expat Taxes Under the Streamlined Procedures

Filing for the Streamlined Procedures
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How to File for the Streamlined Filing Procedures The US is one of only two countries that taxes its citizens on their worldwide income, regardless of where they reside. This fact comes as a shock to many, including many of the estimated 7.6 million Americans living abroad. The IRS estimates that only half of all… Read more

Top 8 Things to Know About US Taxes Living Abroad in Indonesia

Top 8 Things to Know About US Taxes Living Abroad in Indonesia
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If you have ever seen pictures of Indonesia, you will no doubt understand why it is a popular expat destination. With crystal clear waters and pristine beaches, gorgeous mountains, rich culture and the reputation of a fabulous lifestyle in Bali, more expats around the world are calling Indonesia home. But how a move impact your… Read more

Moving Abroad For Work Appeals to Employees Worldwide

Moving Overseas for a Job
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The corporate world is changing. Or more accurately, adapting. Employees are no longer confined to the borders of their country for career opportunities, and according to a survey completed by The Boston Consulting Group and The Network (an online recruiting firm), of the 200,000+ respondents, 64% would be willing to pack up and move abroad… Read more

Top US Expat Tax Tips for Negotiating an Overseas Contract

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If your employer will be sending your overseas for a period of time, it is extremely important that you consider the impact of the contract structure on your US expat tax return. In this video, David McKeegan, Co-Founder of Greenback Expat Tax Services, explains exactly what you need to address in the contract negotiation to… Read more

Will FATCA Attack Your Foreign Pension?

FATCA Foreign Pension
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US taxpayers are most probably familiar with the FBAR filings that have been required for some time, which requires US persons to disclose their holdings in foreign financial institutions. Although some foreign pensions fall within this net, some did not (specifically, those accounts which the US persons did not retain control over). How does this… Read more