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Taxes for American citizens moving back to the US.

Moving back to the US after your adventure abroad? If you’re not careful, repatriating can leave loose ends with regard to your tax situation. We’ll help you figure out what returning home means for your US taxes.

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Learn how to simplify your US expat taxes before going home.

Everything American citizens need to know before moving back to the US—from selling foreign property to overseas investments to tax deductions.

  1. Selling foreign property before moving back to the US? Keep in mind that you’ll pay taxes on gains from the sale. If you choose to keep your property, you’ll need to pay US taxes on foreign real estate income.

  2. If you are moving back to the US for work or to retire, you’ll be able to deduct common moving expenses.

  3. Keep in mind that, when you return to the United States, you’ll still need to report foreign investments and financial assets to the IRS. Returning expats also have to pay taxes on foreign income from interest and dividends.

  4. When moving back to the US, you can deduct contributions you made to Social Security in your former host country. In some cases, repatriating American citizens can get a refund for payments they made to foreign Social Security.

Curious how moving back to the US will impact your American expat taxes? Greenback has you covered!

Let us handle your US expat taxes while you transition back to life in America.

Most expats moving back to the US will need to provide the tax documents below. Of course, your situation may vary so we’ll review all your tax needs to make sure your filing is complete.

Federal Tax Return

All Americans living abroad need to file a federal tax return each year, if they make over the minimum filing thresholds (12,000 for filing single, 24,000 for married filing jointly). This is true even if you are filing in the country in which you reside.


State Tax Return

This varies on the last state you lived in in the US. Some states like California or Virginia require you to file a tax return, others like Washington or Texas do not. We can advise you based on your specific situation.


FBAR Reporting

If you have a financial interest in one or more overseas financial accounts and the total value of all of the financial accounts combined was $10,000 or more during any point during the tax year.

$100 per 5 accounts

The Greenback Difference

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    Whether it is finding every possible deduction to reduce your tax liability, or providing a timely answer to a question, all Greenback accountants go above and beyond to take care of our clients all around the world.

  • Messy calculations no more.

    Our accountants do all the heavy lifting when it comes to your tax return. We don’t have you do any of the financial calculations, as many firms do.

  • No tax jargon. Just clear communication.

    We take great care to explain taxes in simple terms that you can understand. Our accountants are excellent communicators who truly want you to understand what they are doing and why.

  • Ensuring your privacy with banking-grade security.

    Your privacy is always paramount. We use 256-bit data encryption, which is the same as most banks use, to ensure the highest level of security. Each client is given a personal, password-protected online folder where they upload their tax documents. Only you and your accountant will access to the files, so your private information stays just that – private.

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