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Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in ‘regular Joes’ offering services typically held by big businesses. One of the originals, Airbnb, allows anyone to open up their home to strangers anywhere in the world looking for a place to lay their head at night while traveling. A role traditionally held by hotels, Airbnb has reinvented hospitality – and a host’s tax situation! Non-traditional economic activities may mean non-traditional tax requirements, and since this is such a new avenue for many, having a go-to resource is essential.
For US expats, having a non-traditional career or way of earning an income isn’t unusual. In fact, many expats are probably familiar with the sharing economy to some degree, whether they are offering services or utilizing services provided by someone else. From travel to transportation, technology and more, it’s extremely common – and useful – to take part in the sharing economy while living abroad as US expats. Check out our tax guide for Americans working overseas for tax tips and money-saving ideas.
If you are providing goods or assets via the sharing economy, you should be aware of your tax reporting requirements – such as self-employment taxes or reporting rental income. Because this is such a relevant topic, it’s become a focal point for tax professionals. There are certain factors you’ll want to be sure you think about if you’re a participant in these economic activities:
If you participate in the sharing economy by offering services or assets, understanding how your US taxes will be affected is very important. Check out the IRS’ Sharing Economy Resource Center for details that will help you with your tax situation. Working with a tax professional is also a great way to ensure you’re taking the correct steps to filing your US taxes each year!
Greenback can help. Our team of dedicated CPAs and IRS Enrolled Agents are here to help US expats navigate the often-confusing world of US expat taxes for a more hassle-free process – get started with us today!