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The adventurous lifestyle of digital nomads creates a unique—and confusing—tax situation. We help get your US expat taxes done quickly so you can get back to exploring.
Learn how to qualify for tax credits, which forms are required, and when to file.
Digital nomads can use the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion to reduce their US taxes. But first, you’ll need to qualify using the Physical Presence Test or the Bona Fide Residence Test—each of which requires you to spend a certain amount of time in a foreign country.
With each tax return, American digital nomads are required to report on foreign financial accounts that exceed certain thresholds. Make sure to disclose both personal and business accounts to avoid penalties.
Even though digital nomads travel frequently, you’ll need to establish a tax home. Otherwise, the IRS may decide that you no longer qualify for expat tax credits, eliminating your biggest opportunity for savings!
Self-employed digital nomads will need to pay Social Security taxes and Medicare taxes. In addition, you may be required to make quarterly estimated payments to avoid the year-end penalty for underpayment.
Understanding taxation for digital nomads is the easiest way to save time and keep more money in the bank. That’s where Greenback comes in!
To make your life easy, a dedicated tax expert will review your situation with you. Be sure to let us know if you have any specific needs, including if you’re behind on your US taxes or own a business. Typically, taxes for digital nomads will include the documents listed below:
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.