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Easy US taxes for military contractors overseas.

While military contractors overseas don’t receive the same tax breaks as armed forces personnel, there are still plenty of ways to save on your US expat taxes!

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We know the best tax-saving strategies for military contractors.

Find out how to file taxes efficiently with maximum savings.

  1. The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE) offers significant tax savings to military contractors abroad. But to be eligible, you must establish a tax home outside the United States by spending a certain amount of time in a foreign country.

  2. Does the US have a Status of Forces Agreement with your host country? Some agreements exempt military contractors from paying taxes overseas, but also prevent you from qualifying for savings with the FEIE.

  3. According to IRS rules, enlisted military personnel can exclude income earned in a designated combat zone—but this exclusion does not apply to private military contractors.

  4. Working as an independent military contractor? The FEIE cannot be used to reduce self-employment tax, so make sure to deduct eligible business expenses from your 1099 income.

Deciphering complex tax laws for military contractors overseas is no easy task. Greenback makes it simple!

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Employed by a civilian business with a military contract? Self-employed? No matter what your situation is, we’ll make sure your tax return is accurate and complete. In general, most military contractors overseas will need to file the following for their US expat taxes:

Federal Tax Return

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.


State Tax Return

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.


FBAR Reporting

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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    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.

  • Messy calculations no more.

    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.

  • No tax jargon. Just clear communication.

    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.

  • Ensuring your privacy with banking-grade security.

    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.

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