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Does being self-employed change US expat taxes?

If you are self-employed and you live overseas, you may still be required to pay self-employment taxes in the US, including Social Security. This would need to be paid before the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, so it is an actual out-of-pocket expense, not something that would be offset on your expat tax return. The rules are different for each country, so it is best to visit the Social Security website to see how this will work in your exact host country. Some countries, such as the UK, require that you either opt out of US Social Security or you may need to pay both in the US and UK. This form of double taxation can add up quickly, so don’t ignore it!

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