Expat Tax Guides

Every expat has a unique situation and we understand that you don't have time to sift through information that isn't relevant to you. That’s why we created comprehensive free US expat tax guides that address your specific needs.

Each guide is jam-packed with helpful tips on saving money on your US taxes through deductions, exclusions and credits, how to qualify as a US expat, your filing requirements and a whole lot more!

(Update for 2020: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS has extended the normal April 15th and June 15th deadlines. All tax filings and payments are now due July 15, 2020. However, we recommend you file as early as possible.)

25 Things to Know About US Expat Taxes

As an expat it’s not always easy to know exactly how to follow the guidelines for filing your US expat taxes. This ebook will teach you 25 important expat tax fundamentals to increase your knowledge, and make you a tax savvy expat! There are also tips that will help you to save the most money using expat deductions, exclusions and credits. Rev up your tax season with this comprehensive guide, and let Greenback give you the knowledge you need to have a great tax season.

The Complete Guide to Getting Caught Up on Your Taxes

If you’re behind on your expat taxes, don’t panic! We have a guide just for you. Catching up on expat taxes can feel complicated and overwhelming, but our guide will help you determine the next steps you should take to become compliant.

The Expat’s Guide to US Tax Deadlines + Extensions

The April 15 deadline is infamous for American taxpayers, but keeping track of deadlines and extensions can be especially tricky for expats since you are typically dealing with two sets of deadlines, extensions, and tax-governing agencies. To help with keeping track of the American expat tax deadlines and extensions, we’ve compiled a guide with all the information you’ll need to ensure you stay on schedule.

Document Checklist Guide

Whether you already filed your US expat income tax return or are just getting started, keeping important tax documents in good order is always a good idea. We’ve created this guide to help introduce you to the specific documents needed to help you get started on this year’s filing. And of course, this checklist will be helpful as you put together your files in preparation for next year!

Complete Guide to Real Estate

The Complete Guide to Real Estate Investment For Expats

Moving abroad is a complicated endeavor and a hectic one at that. One of the more complicated aspects of moving abroad can be buying, selling, and investing in real estate while overseas. This guide helps you better understand the process and make sense of a nerve-wracking endeavor. Read it to learn about the tax implications of buying and selling foreign property, the ramifications of the associated gains and losses, tips for investors, and suggestions for foreigners interested in buying US property.

Expat Guide to Tax Fairness Act

The Expat Guide to the Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act

Getting the attention of lawmakers has long been a struggle for American expats. Though there are over nine million expats currently living abroad, their votes are dispersed across the US and their interests have not been prioritized, to say the least. And the proposed Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act is  huge news for the expat community and could have big implications. We’ve compiled the information you need to know about the bill and how it could impact you and other Americans abroad.

Everything Accidental Americans Need to Know About US Taxes in 2020

Accidental Americans are people who have lived abroad most or all of their lives but have American citizenship and are often surprised by the accompanying tax requirement. The result is an astoundingly high tax bill due to fees and interest, and a passport that could be revoked at any moment. Find out everything Accidental Americans need to know about taxes so that your tax situation doesn’t feel daunting.

Everything Americans Living in Afghanistan Need to Know About US Expat Taxes in 2020

Filing taxes in Afghanistan doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Our guide has the hard-to-find deadlines, forms, and regulations you’ll need to consider if you’re thinking about a move to Afghanistan. Find out what you need to know before you go in our handy guide.

Everything Americans Living in Canada Need to Know About US Expat Taxes in 2020

Moving to Canada is a popular choice for American expats—the draws include a short distance from home and the English-speaking population. Before you go, find out what your taxes will look like and what filing requirements you may face.

Everything Americans Living in China Need to Know About US Expat Taxes in 2020

China is one of the leading industrial nations of the world, so it’s no wonder many entrepreneurial expats choose to live there. And yet, China has one of the most intricate residence status structures in the world for foreign nationals. Read our guide that simplifies expat taxes for Americans living in China.

Everything Americans Living in Germany Need to Know About US Expat Taxes in 2020

Germany is a beautiful country and a well-liked spot for expats to choose to move. But navigating the German tax system is best done with some expert help, broken down into an easy-to-read guide. Our guide to taxes for expats in Germany can help you understand what lies in store for you tax-wise during your time in Germany.

Everything Americans Living in Japan Need to Know About US Expat Taxes in 2020

For many expats, living in Japan would be a dream come true. The taxation system is quite different from the American taxation system, and not understanding how they work together can cost you time and money. Check out our guide to expat taxes in Japan so you have the latest information you need.

Everything Americans Living in Singapore Need to Know About US Taxes in 2020

Accidental Americans are people who have lived abroad most or all of their lives but have American citizenship and are often surprised by the accompanying tax requirement. The result is an astoundingly high tax bill due to fees and interest, and a passport that could be revoked at any moment. Find out everything Accidental Americans need to know about taxes so that your tax situation doesn’t feel daunting.

Everything Americans Living in Sweden Need to Know About US Expat Taxes in 2020

Sweden has so many different forms, specific taxes, and tax regulations that it is hard to know exactly where to start. To help understand the nuances of Swedish tax law, our guide goes into depth about what you can expect as an expat in Sweden.

Everything Americans Living in Switzerland Need to Know About US Expat Taxes in 2020

Switzerland has 26 different cantons, and each of them has a taxation system that is different from the others. Deadlines, tax rates, and even extension options depend on the canton in which you reside. To help you understand the complex taxation in Switzerland, the Greenback experts have compiled a guide that simplifies the issues.

Everything Americans Working Abroad Need to Know About US Taxes in 2020

Working abroad is an amazing opportunity. But, doing some tax planning in advance can help make your transition quite a bit easier. Find out what taxes you can expect to face as an expat, and how to save money by using all the credits and exclusions available.

Everything Digital Nomads Need to Know About US Expat Taxes in 2020

Becoming a digital nomad is a dream of many Americans. But when traveling is a lifestyle rather than a hobby, your tax situation looks a little bit different than for most Americans who move abroad. Get the info you need in order to avoid tax troubles and stay compliant at the same time.

Everything Dual Citizens Abroad Need to Know About US Taxes in 2020

Whether you’re considering becoming a dual citizen or you currently have dual citizenship, we’ve compiled a guide to tax considerations specifically for you. Dual citizenship can be a worthwhile goal, depending on your situation. And since American citizenship means a tax-reporting obligation, you’re going to want to weigh the pros and cons carefully.

Everything Expats Moving Back to the US Need to Know About US Expat Taxes in 2020

Expats who are returning to the US need to do a little tax planning in order to have the easiest reintegration possible. If you are returning to the US in the foreseeable future, you’ll want to read our guide full of tax tips from the experts that can save you time, money, and stress.

Everything Freelancers and Entrepreneurs Abroad Need to Know About US Taxes in 2020

Freelancers and entrepreneurs who move abroad face a unique tax situation. With more reporting requirements and more on the line, freelancers and entrepreneurs need specific information on how to stay tax compliant without an accounting degree. Our guide covers both the basics and complex issues so that you’re fully informed.

Everything Retirees Abroad Need to Know About US Taxes in 2020

Many Americans dream of moving abroad when they retire, to somewhere with a lower cost of living, better climate, and perhaps lower taxes where their retirement dollars can go further. But, moving overseas is a complicated endeavor, and planning where to retire requires a heavy dose of research and preparation. Our guide has what you need to know about planning for retirement abroad.

Everything American Expats Need to Know About US State Taxes in 2020

Small business owners who live abroad have more reporting requirements each tax season. And, since small business owners tend to be busy, we’ve created a guide that simplifies that tax process to include only what they need to know, so they can get back to running their business abroad.

Everything Small Business Owners Living Abroad Need to Know About US Expat Taxes in 2020

Small business owners who live abroad have more reporting requirements each tax season. And, since small business owners tend to be busy, we’ve created a guide that simplifies that tax process to include only what they need to know, so they can get back to running their business abroad.

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The Go-To Tax Guide for Americans in France

Filing US taxes in a foreign country can get complicated quickly. Expats who reside in France may be due refunds from the IRS. And even those who aren’t may benefit from the Foreign Tax Credit carryover in the future! Greenback’s accountants have compiled the most up-to-date information, including all the latest changes to expat taxes in France.

Living in Australia: The Complete Guide to Taxes for US Expats

Moving to Australia is a popular choice for American expats—the draws include a warm climate, an English-speaking population, and the relative ease of becoming a citizen. Before you go, find out what your taxes will look like and what filing requirements you may face.

Living in the United Kingdom: Complete Guide to Taxes for US Expats

From deadlines to residency, life looks a little different in the UK. Find out everything from how residency is determined and exactly what domicile means, to whether or not a Qualifying Recognized Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) is a savvy pension choice for expats! Everything you need to know in order to navigate US and UK taxes is in this guide, including a handy income tax rate cheat sheet!