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Late Tax Return Preparation

Included in our flat fee:

  • Late tax filing for 1 year
  • All standard expat forms: Forms 1040, 1116, 2555
  • All standard schedules: Schedules A, B, C, D, E (one rental property), up to three Schedule K-1′s, and up to 20 bank and brokerage transactions are all included.

Why choose Greenback to help you get back on track with the IRS and US Treasury Department?

  • Expertise. True experts who have extensive experience in filing late tax returns. We file 100s of late tax returns each year.
  • Security. You upload your tax documents to a personal, secure data folder. We use 256-bit encrypted security, the same as most banks.
  • Dependability. Late filers often file at times other than tax time, and we are here for you year-round, whenever you need us.
  • Simplified. We don’t leave any financial calculations up to you — we do all the heavy lifting.
  • Sincerity. We pride ourselves on not just being tax experts, but easy to work with too! We know being behind with the IRS on your taxes can be daunting, and we try to allay your fears by explaining complex tax matters in layman’s terms (not jargon) so you understand your choices.

Are you behind on 3+ years of taxes? Check out our Streamlined Filing Package to save money.

Cost: $485 USD
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Late Tax Return FAQ

  • What services do you provide for filing late tax returns?

    If you are filing taxes 1 year late, we recommend filing as soon as possible as penalties have been accruing. If you need tax assistance, learn more about our flat-fee late tax return preparation. If you were unaware that you needed to file and require several years of tax filing, you may qualify for the Streamlined Filing Procedures. If you need tax assistance, learn more about our flat-fee Streamlined Filing Package designed to save you money.

  • Who are your accountants?

    The Greenback team works virtually across the US and around the world.

    This flexible structure allows us to find the most experienced accountants and professionals, regardless of where they live and also helps us to better serve Americans living abroad around the world.

    We hand select only the most experienced, knowledgeable and friendly professionals for our team. Our accountants specialize in handling international tax matters and bring with them a wealth of expat accounting expertise.

    Check out our team of US CPAs and IRS Enrolled Agents!

  • What are the important US tax deadlines?

    April 15th, June 15th, and October 15th

    *If the 15th falls on a weekend, then the due date becomes the first business day of the following week.

    Expatriates must be aware of the following deadlines for their US expat tax return.

     

    April 15th*:

    US filing deadline and the date that tax payments are due, even for expats.

    *Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS has extended the normal April 15th deadline to May 17th, 2021.

     

    June 15th:

    US expats receive an automatic extension until June 15th to file their US taxes; note that taxes are due on April 17th, and interest (but no penalties) will be applied if taxes are not paid by April 17th. Penalties will apply if taxes are not paid by June 15th. The 15th is also the FBAR deadline for US expats; however, there is an automatic extension until the October 15th deadline.

     

    October 15th:

    Final deadline for expat tax returns for those who have filed for an extension. This is also the final deadline for filing an FBAR.

    Please Note: The US Federal tax return extension is an extension of time to file and not an extension of time to pay any tax due to the IRS. If you owe tax to the US, your interest will start accruing from the first tax deadline – April 15th. Additionally, if you do not request an extension and do not file, a late payment penalty of 5% may be assessed each month until the tax is paid.

    Learn more about deadlines and extensions in our blog.

     

    If you are a resident alien, generally you will have the same filing requirements as a US citizen within the US.

    If you are living in the US, you will have the same filing deadline as other residents and citizens: April 15th.

    However, if your main place of residence is still outside the US, you will have an automatic extension until June 15th (please note that all taxes owed will still be due by April 15th) for your tax return filing.

  • How do I file for an extension on a US expat tax return?

    The IRS gives taxpayers living abroad an automatic extension beyond the US tax deadline of April 15th to file their US expat tax returns. The automatic extension runs through June 15th. If you need additional time to file your tax return, you can request an extension by filing Form 4868 and submitting it to the IRS. This will provide you with an extension until October 15th.*

    If you still need more time, you must write the IRS directly and request an extension until December 15th. Additionally, if you need an extension to meet the criteria of the Physical Presence Test or the Bona Fide Residence Test, you can file Form 2350 to request the additional time you need.

    Please note: The US Federal Tax Return extension is an extension of time to file and not an extension of time to pay any tax due to the IRS. If you owe tax to the US, your interest will start accruing from the first tax deadline, which is April 15th.* Additionally, if you do not request an extension and do not file, a late payment penalty of 5% may be assessed each month until the tax is paid.

    If you’d like your accountant to file your extension for you, log into your account and select “Extensions” under “My Account.”

    *If the 15th falls on a weekend, then the due date becomes the first business day of the following week.

  • Will I need to file state or local taxes?

    States can continue to assess income tax on your worldwide income if they determine you are still a resident. Also, select states will require a tax or fees paid for certain businesses established within the state or if properties are held in an LLC or similar structure. It is best to speak with a tax advisor before buying a property to ensure you fully understand all the state tax requirements if you plan to move abroad or live abroad currently.

  • What is included in the Streamlined Filing package and how much does it cost?

    Our Streamlined Filing package includes everything you will need to get caught up on your expat taxes penalty-free through this special IRS program. This package will help you become compliant quickly and painlessly as your accountant will handle the preparation of all 3 years of delinquent Federal Tax Returns, 6 years of FBARs, and a custom statement of explanation to the IRS for a flat fee of $1450.

    Included in our flat fee:

    • 3 years of delinquent Federal Tax Returns
    • 6 years of FBARS (up to 5 accounts per FBAR form and $50 for each additional 5 accounts)
    • Help with Form 14653 to certify tax delinquency was non-willful