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Fast, easy taxes for US citizens working in China.

With one of the most complicated tax systems in the world, it’s not unusual for US citizens living in China to feel confused about how and when to file. Thankfully, you don’t have to do it by yourself!

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Find out how Americans in China can save on US taxes.

Keep more money in the bank while hitting tax deadlines in the US and China.

  1. Chinese tax deadlines differ from US due dates—and expatriates will need to complete their filing in China before doing their US expat taxes.

  2. If you qualify as a Chinese resident, you’ll need to pay taxes on employment income and investment income (including royalties, rent, dividends, interest, and capital gains) to China’s State Administration of Taxation. Fortunately, you can use foreign tax credits to reduce your US tax bill based on the Chinese taxes you’ve already paid.

  3. US expats in China have additional obligations for Social Security taxes because the countries do not have an agreement that prevents double taxation on social insurance.

  4. Americans working in China can exclude an amount of their foreign earned income as well as certain housing expenses to increase their tax savings.

Fully understanding the tax rules for US expats in China can help you save time and money. Greenback makes it easy!

Get your US expat tax return completed stress-free.

Most Americans living and working in China will need to provide the documents below to fulfill their US tax obligations. Of course, your needs may vary, for instance, if you are self-employed. But most expats in China will file the following:

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.

$485

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.

$155

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

The Greenback Difference

  • We go the extra - few thousand - miles.

    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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