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Are Your Holiday Gifts Tax Deductible? Or Taxed?

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The holidays are upon us and if you are planning to give a sizable gift to a family member, you may be wondering about the expat tax implications of that. In this video, David McKeegan, co-founder of Greenback, explains when you need to file a gift tax and when you don’t! VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Hi, everybody…. Read more

Understanding Social Security Benefits for Americans Living Overseas

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Social Security plays a huge role in retirement planning. You’ve been paying into the system your entire career, and now that you’ve decided to retire in another country, you may be wondering what will happen to your benefits. Let’s take a closer look at how you qualify, what the impact may be on your US… Read more

Quick Hits in Expat Tax News

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Here are this week’s top stories from the world of expat taxes! Protect your US credit rating with these tips Maintaining a solid credit rating and history while living abroad is critical for those who may someday return to the US. But how do you do this while living overseas? Here are a few tips… Read more

What Happens to Your 401k If You Renounce Your Citizenship?

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If you are an American living abroad who is considering renouncing your US citizenship, you likely have many questions. One of the most common questions we are asked relates to what happens to US investments, specifically 401k’s, when you hand over your passport. David McKeegan, co-founder of Greenback Expat Tax Services, explains if there are… Read more

8 Things You Must Know About Expatriates Tax While Living in Greece

8 Things You Must Know about Expatriates Tax While Living in Greece
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Greece is an increasingly popular expat destination. And why not? With fabulous ski resorts, the beauty of the Greek Islands, the rich history exciting nightlife, Greece is a country not to be overlooked. If you move to Greece, however, there will be some financial impact to your expatriates tax. We have outlined the top 8… Read more

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

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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

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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