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As a US expat, you may be required to file a State Tax Return even after moving overseas. This will depend on where you lived before moving and whether you still have ties to that state. If you do have to file state taxes, you may be able to change your state residency to remove that requirement.
At Greenback Expat Tax Services, we have years of experience helping Americans around the world manage their US taxes. Our team of CPAs and IRS Enrolled Agents can:
Don’t hesitate to reach out! The sooner we can get started, the easier it will be to optimize your expat tax strategies.
You work directly with a knowledgeable CPA or IRS Enrolled Agent on your Federal Tax Return. Our entire team specializes in expat tax preparation.
We have clients in 217 countries and territories, so we are very familiar with US expat taxes across the globe.
Your data will always be secure — we use 256-bit encrypted security, which is the same as most banks use
We make it easy to work with us. We share documents online, communicate via email/Skype/phone and don’t expect you to do all the financial calculations — that’s our job!
Tax assistance, advice and services are available to you year-round, not just at tax time.
Our customers love working with us because we’re easy to work with and explain taxes to you in everyday language, not in tax speak!
State Tax Return Prep Cost: $155 USD
As an American expat, do I need to file a US state tax return?
When it comes to US state tax returns, every state is different. Some states are more favorable for expats, since they have no income taxes. These states include:
New Hampshire and Tennessee are also favorable states because they only collect taxes on dividend and interest income.
Unfavorable states, on the other hand, see their taxpayers as assets and will leave the burden of proof on you to prove you are no longer a resident. These states include:
You may be required to file a state return if you are tied to one of these states in the following ways:
As an American expat, if you have some of the above ties in one of the states that have income taxes, you may be required to submit a state return until you prove residency in another state. Once you’ve shared details on your tax situation, one of our CPAs or IRS Enrolled Agents can advise you if you need to file a state tax return.
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.
Read more on your state’s income tax requirements on their official government website – click here to view the state government site list.
Who will actually prepare my US expat tax return?
When you work with Greenback, you will be paired with a qualified accountant—either a CPA or an IRS Enrolled Agent—with expertise in your tax needs.
Your accountant will bring years of expertise and experience in expatriate taxation to your tax preparation. Our tax professionals boast some of the most impressive credentials in the accounting industry. Plus, they’re friendly, helpful, and committed to getting your taxes done right!
How much experience will my accountant have?
Your accountant will have:
Will my accountant be friendly and responsive to my questions?
In addition to tax expertise, your accountant will be friendly, helpful, and answer all of your questions promptly. Your dedicated accountant will take time to get to know you and your specific situation. Understanding your unique needs will help your accountant secure the biggest savings and best tax outcome for you.
Many of our accountants previously worked for Big Four accounting firms—which are the largest professional services companies in the world. Now, they’ve chosen to focus their talents on helping expats like you because they enjoy giving clients personalized attention and being a part of your adventure abroad.
Will my tax prep ever be outsourced?
No, we will never outsource your expat tax return preparation to anyone outside of our team. You will always be paired with one of Greenback’s accountants, all of whom have been hand-selected to represent the best the accounting industry has to offer.
In fact, if you choose to work with Greenback year-after-year (and we hope you do!), you’ll typically have the option to work with the same tax professional next year.
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