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Here you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions, including details on completing your American expat tax return, accessing and uploading documents into your secure data folder, filing other necessary reports (such as the FBAR) and more!

Please note: We have switched to a new file sharing system, and migrated all of your documents from our old system. You should have received an invitation to access your new secure folder. If not, we apologize for any inconvenience and please contact us so that we can resend your invitation immediately.

Dates to RememberDeadlines for 2016 Tax Year

April 18th - US Tax Deadline

US expats receive an automatic 2-month extension, but if you owe taxes to the US, you must pay by this date to avoid penalties and/or interest. Normally the deadline is April 15th, but due to the weekend and the “Emancipation Day” holiday, the tax deadline is extended.

April 18th - FBAR Filing Deadline

Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) must be filed electronically via FinCEN Form 114. This year, for the first time, you can also get an extension until October 16th.

June 15th - US Expat Tax Deadline

This is also the deadline to file an additional extension until October 16th.

October 16th - Final US Expat Tax and FBAR Deadline

If you filed an extension prior to June 15th, this is your final deadline. Normally the deadline is October 15th, but due to it falling on a Sunday, the tax deadline is extended. This is also the final deadline for filing your FBAR if you had an extension.

Documents to Gather

Below is a list of the most common documents we need to prepare your expat taxes. You can also find this information on the last page of your Questionnaire.

Copy of previous year’s tax return

If we prepared your return last year, then we will already have a copy.

Records of wages, compensation or tips

These are your pay slips from Jan. to Dec. of the tax year.

Record of business income and expenses for self-employed

This is likely to be your business P&L, Balance Sheet and Cashflow statement.

Record of interest and/or dividends

This is likely to be a Form 1099 from a US financial institution or your year-end interest statement from your local bank.

Record of any mortgage interest

If you own a property in another country and you have a mortgage on that property, you should receive a statement saying how much interest you pay annually; this is the statement we need.

Record of distribution from Pensions, Annuities, Profit Sharing, IRA or other retirement accounts

If you have withdrawn any money from any of these accounts, your employer or broker should have sent you a statement.

Record of any Social Security benefits

Any social security benefits that have been paid to you.

Record of any additional income

This could be rental income if you rent out a property, interest from bonds or savings accounts if they have not sent you a tax statement, etc.

Our Pricing

Federal Tax Return - $485

If you earned income while living abroad, you'll need to file a Federal Tax Return. Includes Schedule A, Schedule B, Schedule C (1), Schedule D, Schedule E (1)Schedule K-1 (Up to 3), Form 1040, Form 1116, and Form 2555.

State Tax Return - $155

Some states require tax returns even while you're living abroad. Filing will depend on the last state you resided in and your ongoing association with the state.

Foreign Bank Account Reporting - $95

You must file a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR or FinCEN Form 114) if you have $10,000 or more in foreign bank accounts at any point during the year. This includes up to 5 accounts ($50 for additional 5 accounts).

Streamlined Filing Package - $1450

This includes 3 years of Federal Tax Returns and 6 FBARs in order to meet the requirements to get caught up on your taxes. It includes up to 5 accounts per FBAR form ($50 for additional 5 accounts).

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