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How to File Expat Taxes Late (Without the Expensive Penalties!)

What It's About

If you missed the US tax deadline for Americans abroad—this year or any year before—don't worry! You're not alone. Many US expats are unaware of their tax filing requirements. And even if you know you need to file, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the complex US tax system while juggling life abroad. Before you know it, the deadline has passed, leaving you in the scary situation of having to file late expat taxes...

But the good news is that filing late doesn't necessarily mean you'll have to pay hefty IRS penalties. By becoming tax compliant as soon as possible, you'll be able to keep costs down and avoid further contact from the IRS. While being behind on your expat tax returns can feel stressful, knowing your options will give you the confidence you need to take the next step toward compliance. Filing taxes may not be fun, but we can help you make it as pain-free as possible!

What You Will Learn

  • What to do if you missed this year's tax deadline
  • How to minimize penalties, fees, and further action by the IRS
  • The best way to handle incomplete or incorrect expat tax returns
  • How to get caught up penalty-free if you've missed multiple years of tax returns while abroad

Meet Your Hosts

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Anoop, EA

Anoop is an IRS Enrolled Agent with over 13 years of experience in US individual income tax. Working around the world in places such as the US, Middle East, UK, and Canada has helped him to gain considerable tax and cultural exposure. He enjoys serving all of his clients ranging from high net worth private clients to employees of multi-national companies.

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Stuart, EA

In addition to expatriate income taxes, Stuart has expertise on key topics for professionals living abroad, including relocation, immigration, and benefits. For over 15 years, he coordinated international assignments for Big Four accounting firms and a mobility consulting group. Throughout these experiences, Stuart built partnerships with his clients to help them successfully navigate the murky waters of tax compliance in the US and their foreign host countries.

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Tabitha, Customer Champion

Having been an expat herself, Tabitha knows full well all the joys and headaches that can come with living abroad! As an IRS Enrolled Agent, Tabitha helps simplify the tax prep process for our clients by providing clear guidance and answering expat tax questions. More than anything, she's loves sharing "aha!" moments with expats who've found the clarity they need to file with confidence!

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