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Whether you’re in a classroom or teaching online, American teachers abroad have to worry about paying taxes in two countries—double the stress! Thankfully, taxes aren’t something you have to tackle alone.
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Did you know that many American teachers abroad can eliminate their US taxes entirely? If you have been overseas long enough, you can use the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion to wipe out part or all of your US tax liability. But keep in mind—you always need to file a tax return, even if you don’t need to pay taxes!
Tax deductions for teachers abroad can include work-related expenses if you are self-employed. This might mean you can write off costs for phone and internet services needed for online teaching.
While teaching abroad, you may need to pay taxes to your host country. If you do, the IRS allows you to use foreign tax credits to reduce your US tax bill.
Paying for your own housing abroad? Teachers can use the foreign housing exclusion to deduct expenses for rent, utilities, and housing insurance from their US taxes.
Tax professionals know the best savings opportunities for teachers abroad. That’s where Greenback comes in!
Wondering what you’ll need for your US tax return while teaching abroad? Most international teachers need to provide the documents below. Of course, your tax needs may vary so we’ll review your situation together to make sure your filing is accurate and you’ve applied every possible savings!
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
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.
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.