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The Importance of Tax Specialization

 

There are a lot of tax firms that are good at a lot of different areas when it comes to tax preparation. And then there is Expatriate Tax Returns. We’re very good at one area… expat taxes. That is what we focus on. Nothing else.

With so many tax preparers out there, you need to be sure of the type of firm you are hiring. Many tax firms are not accustomed to dealing with the complexities of expatriate tax returns for Americans living abroad and that may mean less money refunded on your tax return, or more tax you will have to pay that you actually should not.

 

 

We specialize in expat taxes and we have the years of experience that give us a considerable edge in this category of tax preparation. You can see from the client testimonials on our website that our clients recognize we are in our own category when it comes to preparing tax returns for American expatriates. We truly understand all of the deductions and credits that you, our expat client, may be eligible for. We will not allow you to pay one cent more than you owe.

At Expatriate Tax Returns, we are efficient, quick and honest. We will work with you either via video chat, email or the phone. This high level of communication allows you the flexibility and convenience of filing your taxes securely from anywhere in the world. Contact us today to see why we’re the #1 expat tax firm.

 

Expatriate Tax Returns Only Has One Client

Our company, Expatriate Tax Returns, believes that we only have one client. This belief allows us to completely focus on each client as if they are our only reason for existing. Why do we do this?

We know that we have a niche in the tax preparation industry. Working exclusively with expatriates means we understand our clients and their needs better than any other CPA firm. Being an expat is a unique experience — you’re away from home for several years and trying to accommodate your family abroad. The specific tax returns American expats have to prepare are very challenging and time-consuming. Our goal is to alleviate the stress that often comes with expat tax preparation.

 

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While we actually have thousands of expats as our clients and have helped countless American expatriates with their tax returns over the years, it’s our mantra to say that we only have one client. And that client is YOU! Our emphasis on making each client feel special is what has led us to become one of the country’s top expat tax preparation firms. Each of our clients is unique and has a tax return that demands our focus. We work diligently to understand each of our client’s situation before delving into the expat tax return. You have our pledge that you will always feel like you are our only client.

When you pay for tax preparation at Expatriate Tax Returns you are automatically covered under our “etax” guarantee which entitles you to reimbursement for penalties charged by a taxing authority if our tax specialist makes an error on your tax return. We are here to help you — American expats who live and work abroad but are still responsible to pay U.S. taxes. We are dedicated to this mission and we love what we do. Call 877-382-9123 today and become our only client!

 

The Importance of Taking Risks to Experience Life

 

Taking risks is never the easy route to go. This is especially true when the risk is taking a journey that will change your life and your family’s lives. Becoming an expatriate and moving overseas for a year or two is certainly a risky decision. However, it is a decision that will allow you to reap the benefits of being an expat – living in a new part of the world and contributing to your company on a global scale.

Studies have shown that risk-taking is essential to business people’s success. In fact, American expats have written about how taking the risk and spending time overseas with their family has been one of the most beneficial moments of their professional journey.

 

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Human beings naturally tend to view risk-taking negatively, often regarding it as dangerous and even unwise. Some risks don’t pay off, but those are usually the uncalculated ones. When you choose to become an expatriate, you’ll do it in a very calculated and intelligent way. This is called a calculated risk and it will pay off for you both personally and professionally. Taking a risk and becoming an expat will also help you stand out and present yourself as a leader and smart risk taker among your colleagues.

When you choose to become an American expatriate and travel overseas for your job, one of the most important things to remember during this calculated risk journey is to select the right accounting firm to handle your expatriate tax returns. ExpatriateTaxReturns.com is the industry leader for preparing the often-complicated tax returns of American expats. Fill out the simple form on our website or call us today at 877-382-9123 to get started.

 

What’s In a Name?

 

You’ve probably noticed that the majority of CPA firms out there do not have very interesting names. In fact, like law firms, they’re often just named using the last names of a few of the most senior partners. Our accounting firm doesn’t have a typical name like that and it’s because we aren’t a typical accounting firm. We determined many years ago that our firm would only focus on expatriate taxes and we would use the Internet to connect with American expats who needed expert support with their unique, specific tax returns. That’s why we chose the name ExpatriateTaxReturns.com.

At ExpatriateTaxReturns.com, we value the relationships we’ve developed over the years with thousands of American expats, and dozens of the largest companies that send employees overseas for a limited engagement. It has been through these relationships that we have become America’s #1 most trusted expatriate tax prep firm. We are honored to take care of American expatriates and we understand that you are sacrificing much as you move your family out of the country for an extended time.

 

 

We are keenly aware that there are many challenges that come with becoming an expat and we seek to provide our many clients with the peace of mind of knowing their tax returns are prepared quickly and expertly.

Whether you’re an American expatriate in Singapore, Sydney, Dubai or London, you can trust ExpatriateTaxReturns.com with your U.S. tax returns. Call us today toll-free at 877-382-9123 to talk to one of our talented tax professionals and begin freeing up your time while we prepare your expatriate tax returns.

 

Summer is a Time of Transitions

In the 1998 business bestseller, “Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life,” by Spencer Johnson, we learned important advice on how to handle change in our business and personal lives through a motivational business fable based on a mouse who freaks out when his cheese is moved from its usual location one day.

This fable reminds us all that transitions are difficult. When we have been driving the same way to work at the same time each morning and then arrive at the same office or cubicle, it can be a harrowing experience when that all changes. Such is the case for American expats.

Summer is a time of transitions for many in the business community. Those becoming expatriates this fall know that the summer is the most common time to make the move abroad. The kids will be leaving their school and friends, which can make for a traumatic experience. For adults, it’s not much easier as there are many important things to plan and think about. Heading overseas can be an exciting experience, but it certainly isn’t hassle-free. Whether you are married, have a family, or are single, there are a lot of important elements that go into preparing for a move abroad.

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After accepting a new job overseas or a job transfer to a country outside the United States, it’s important to create a long “To Do List” with critical items like finding a place to live, forwarding mail, and finding a physician in your new country (here’s a full planning checklist). One often overlooked item on the “To Do List” is informing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you are moving abroad.

It’s important to update your address information with the IRS so they can properly send your refund or any correspondence. You can update your address with the IRS by completing Form 8822, Change of Address at any time during the year. Failure to notify the IRS of an address change can be costly. For example, it can keep you from contesting a lien for unpaid taxes. At Expatriate Tax Returns, we understand that planning for the big move abroad is challenging and there are already so many things to think about. We can help you alleviate the stress by walking you through this journey hand-in-hand. We’ve helped thousands of U.S. expatriates successfully transition to their new country and we’ll help you too.

No matter where you are in the process of your preparation for becoming an expat, call on us for trusted, professional assistance. We’ll be with you every step of the way. Call us today at 877-382-9123 or fill out the form on our website: www.expatriatetaxreturns.com.

 

The World’s Only Getting More Hectic

If you have been feeling like you’re head’s been spinning out of control because of the daily news cycle, you’re not alone. Each day there are new shocking revelations in the world news, and as the world appears to be getting smaller thanks to globalization, these news items affect us no matter where we are living and working. An American expat living in London, Sydney or Tel Aviv is certainly affected by news that President Trump has signed a bill changing U.S. tax laws that might affect expatriates.

You might choose to not follow the 24-hour news cycle so closely in order to preserve your sanity. However, our company, Expatriate Tax Returns, sees it as part of our mission to follow how world politics, American tax law, and other issues affect our clients financially. Our only clients are American expats and we make it our top priority to ensure that our team of accountants stays up-to-date on all changes in the tax code.

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You don’t have to follow the news because we do. That’s our job. You can focus on work, family, hobbies and everything else that’s important to you. Let us worry about how the world is changing and how those changes will affect your expatriate taxes. At Expatriate Tax Returns, we know that American expats have enough to worry about without trying to figure out expat tax preparation.

We’re here for you… our clients. Call us today at 877-382-9123.

 

Why Expatriate Tax Returns Exists

 

Watch just one episode of Shark Tank, featuring entrepreneur Sharks like Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, and Kevin O’Leary, and you’ll immediately understand that every company has a reason for existing. In fact, one of the first questions the Sharks ask contestants on the hit reality TV show is for them to ask their mission and vision. This is a question that our company, Expatriate Tax Returns, takes very seriously.

We are a purpose-driven company. That means that our reason for existing is based on what we see as our purpose. Our mission as an online tax consultancy is to specifically assist the segment of the population known as American expatriates. We do this by preparing the U.S. tax returns of expats in a highly skilled and professional way. At Expatriate Tax Returns, we believe that the specific tax returns that American expats have to prepare are very challenging and time-consuming. Our goal is to alleviate the stress that often comes with expat tax preparation.

 

Diane Siriani, Founder of Expatriate Tax Returns

Diane Siriani, Founder of Expatriate Tax Returns

 

How did we come to understand our mission? We believe that there was a missing piece in tax prep in our country. Private CPA firms and large accounting companies were not focusing any attention on the expat population. We saw that missing piece as an opportunity. We believe we’re solving a problem and, in doing so, we found our niche. Expatriate Tax Returns has created a solution to the problem of challenging expatriate taxes.

Our mission is the reason we exist. We are here to help you — American expats who live and work abroad but are still responsible to pay U.S. taxes. We are dedicated to this mission and we love what we do. Call us today at 877-382-9123. We want to serve you.

 

 

More Expats as the World Gets Smaller

 

Globalization is defined as “the process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence or start operating on an international scale.” Globalization has made the borders between countries virtually disappear, causing the world to feel like a much smaller place. This undoubtedly has contributed to a rise in workers choosing to move abroad and become expatriates.

The vast increase in expatriates, however, hasn’t led to it being any easier to become an expat. In addition to the typical demands placed on you as you plan to relocate to a foreign country, there is a host of challenging decisions to make and financial responsibilities.

United States tax laws have long been a burden on American expats. For this reason, Expatriate Tax Returns was launched. Our team of CPAs recognized that focusing on expatriate tax returns was necessary as this had quickly become its own field of accounting. Expat taxes are confusing and preparing them is a frustration that expatriates do not want to have to burden amidst the many other challenges facing them as expatriates.

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With the growth of globalization has come the surge in technological advances. While this technological innovation has made so many things easier (like finding our company on the web!), it hasn’t caused expatriate tax return filing to be any easier or less of a hassle. Americans living abroad must file their United States tax returns in an exacting way and this can be terribly complicated (especially for a new American expat). To make this process easier and to save you precious time, the tax experts at Expatriate Tax Returns are here to handle that responsibility on your behalf.

Contact our team of expat CPAs today and then you can trust us to take care of everything. Simply fill out the form on our homepage or call us at 877-382-9123 and we’ll get the process started for you. We have your best interests in mind. The world may be getting smaller and becoming an expat may be more common, but expatriate tax returns will always be a reality.

 

How the Trump Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Will Affect American Expats

Just before Christmas, President Donald Trump signed the 1,100-page Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or TCJA, into law. This reform of the tax code won’t affect your 2017 expatriate filings, but it will have an effect on your 2018 tax returns. This is meant as a general guide; you should always consult with a professional at Expatriate Tax Returns before filing.

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Let’s start with some acronyms:

CBT – Citizenship-Based Taxation – a country, like the United States, taxes you based on the citizenship you hold.

RBT – Residence-Based Taxation – a practice employed by many other countries, taxing you based on where you live.

FEIE – Foreign Earned Income Exclusion – This is a dollar for dollar deduction on foreign-earned money that you’ve already paid foreign taxes on, currently limited at $104,100 annually. This is calculated every year but will no longer increase as quickly. Going forward, it will no longer be calculated on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), but rather on the slower moving Chained Consumer Price Index.

FATCA – Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act – This law was enacted in 2010 and increased the US government’s authority to come after expatriate taxes.

NIIT – Net Investment Income Tax – This is a 3.8% tax that is exempt from the FEIE and often results in double taxation.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act won’t necessarily have a large impact on American expatriates, but you can always contact us at Expatriate Tax Returns for detailed information and consultation. In conclusion, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act won’t have significant impacts on American expats working overseas, but expatriate owners of small businesses will definitely feel the pinch.

Tax returns are always a complicated endeavor for expats, and that will be true for this year’s returns, next year’s and beyond. Every individual situation is different, and our certified expatriate tax consultants are here for you. The 2017 tax filing deadline is June 15th – let us help you get started today!

 

The Big Move Means Big Decisions

Now is the time of year that many big corporations are discussing HR changes for the fall. If you’re involved in these discussions, you could soon be contemplating a big move overseas.

If you plan to move abroad this year, it will be an exciting and challenging time. There are many factors to consider like what your spouse will do overseas and where your kids will go to school. There are also a plethora of opportunities and experiences to look forward to as an American expatriate. After accepting a new job overseas or a job transfer to a country outside the United States, it’s important to create a long “To Do List” with critical items like finding a place to live, forwarding mail, and finding a physician in your new country. Selecting a trustworthy and dependable CPA firm with experience working with expats is also essential.

Expatriate Tax Returns has many years of tax planning and preparation experience, specifically for expats. We put that knowledge to work for you — our clients. It’s critical to inform the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you are moving abroad and to call our accounting team to make sure you’re prepared before you make the big move.

A few things to remember before you become an expat: update your contact information with the IRS so they can properly send your refund or any future correspondence. You can update your address with the IRS by completing Form 8822, Change of Address at any time during the year. Failure to notify the IRS of an address change can be costly. For example, it can keep you from contesting a lien for unpaid taxes. At Expatriate Tax Returns, we understand that planning for the big move abroad is challenging and there are already so many things to think about. We can help you alleviate the stress by walking you through this journey hand-in-hand. We’ve helped thousands of U.S. expatriates successfully transition to their new country and we’ll help you too.

No matter where you are in the process of your preparation for becoming an expat, call us for trusted, professional assistance. There are some many wonderful advantages to being an expatriate, but it’s also a time full of important decisions to make. Here’s an easy one: Call ExpatriateTaxReturns.com today at 877-382-9123 or fill out the form on our Website. We’ll be with you every step of the way.

 
 

Deanna B.

Expatriate Tax Returns offered me great advice and had my tax return ready to file within hours. Great service!! Thanks! I’m not stressing out about my taxes this year thanks to Expatriate Tax Returns!!! ???? Thanks Expatriate Tax Returns for getting my taxes done so quickly! Great service and advice!!!
2016-07-21T16:51:56+00:00
Expatriate Tax Returns offered me great advice and had my tax return ready to file within hours. Great service!! Thanks! I’m not stressing out about my taxes this year thanks to Expatriate Tax Returns!!! ???? Thanks Expatriate Tax Returns for getting my taxes done so quickly! Great service and advice!!!

Jeremy N

My sister recommended Lauren to me and I’m very glad she did! Lauren was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Filing taxes from abroad is new to me and so I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her help! Thanks so much Lauren for always being willing to help and make it work!
2018-05-17T01:51:16+00:00
My sister recommended Lauren to me and I’m very glad she did! Lauren was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Filing taxes from abroad is new to me and so I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her help! Thanks so much Lauren for always being willing to help and make it work!

Jason A. Miller

Expatriate Tax Returns is the #1 source for filing U.S. taxes for people living outside the U.S. Diane and her staff are easy to work with, dedicated and highly competent. I will be recommending them to all my friends currently living abroad.
2016-08-10T02:14:36+00:00
Expatriate Tax Returns is the #1 source for filing U.S. taxes for people living outside the U.S. Diane and her staff are easy to work with, dedicated and highly competent. I will be recommending them to all my friends currently living abroad.

Dennis Kopitz

All I can say is WOW! These guys had my taxes done, filed, and my larger than expected refund on the way to my bank account in less than 24 hours! Just plain amazing service. And a bargain to boot.
2016-08-10T02:14:13+00:00
All I can say is WOW! These guys had my taxes done, filed, and my larger than expected refund on the way to my bank account in less than 24 hours! Just plain amazing service. And a bargain to boot.

Laura Folts Field

The last two years Diane and Lauren have been helpful in our transition back to the US. Lauren got our taxes done within 24-48 hours both years which is impressive! I highly recommend them!
2016-08-10T02:13:57+00:00
The last two years Diane and Lauren have been helpful in our transition back to the US. Lauren got our taxes done within 24-48 hours both years which is impressive! I highly recommend them!

Jan A.

I was SO impressed by the extremely helpful assistance and warmth of the people I spoke with that I wanted to write in about it. You have some really professional and talented staff on board who know the importance of treating customers well and graciously. Thank you from Belgium!
2016-07-21T16:54:55+00:00
I was SO impressed by the extremely helpful assistance and warmth of the people I spoke with that I wanted to write in about it. You have some really professional and talented staff on board who know the importance of treating customers well and graciously. Thank you from Belgium!

Rosemary E.

Thank you so much for assisting way beyond our expectations. I reviewed the documents and they look accurate. Salem will be in on Thursday evening from Cairo. We will sign them and overnight the returns. You can bet we will be calling you for 2012.
2016-07-21T16:54:31+00:00
Thank you so much for assisting way beyond our expectations. I reviewed the documents and they look accurate. Salem will be in on Thursday evening from Cairo. We will sign them and overnight the returns. You can bet we will be calling you for 2012.

Brad B.

Thanks. Your firm has the best people I ever seen.
2016-07-21T16:54:11+00:00
Thanks. Your firm has the best people I ever seen.

Richard T.

I would like to give praise for the best tax woman I have ever had a chance to work with. My tax preparer, is a true professional in the sense of the words. She has done my taxes for two years now and I would not let any other person attempt to complete them. I want to thank the Expat tax company for caring for us the way they do.
2016-07-21T16:53:50+00:00
I would like to give praise for the best tax woman I have ever had a chance to work with. My tax preparer, is a true professional in the sense of the words. She has done my taxes for two years now and I would not let any other person attempt to complete them. I want to thank the Expat tax company for caring for us the way they do.

Christian T.

A big thank you to ExpatriateTaxReturns.com!!!! Shout out to my tax preparer who helped turn a very complicated process to a simple one!! I highly recommend you to all my fellow expats out here in Shanghai!! See you again next year!!
2016-07-21T16:53:28+00:00
A big thank you to ExpatriateTaxReturns.com!!!! Shout out to my tax preparer who helped turn a very complicated process to a simple one!! I highly recommend you to all my fellow expats out here in Shanghai!! See you again next year!!

Laurie P.

Reliable, timely and accurate!
2016-07-21T16:53:08+00:00
Reliable, timely and accurate!

Carl V.

Fortunately for me Expatriate Tax Returns can handle all my tax filing needs via email. Easy friendly and prompt. This was my first year using Expat and I was blown away by the service, speed and accuracy of my State and Federal returns. I submitted my W2 and 1099s and everything else to Diane on Saturday and by Monday I had my returns along with detailed instructions for submitting them.
2016-07-21T16:52:38+00:00
Fortunately for me Expatriate Tax Returns can handle all my tax filing needs via email. Easy friendly and prompt. This was my first year using Expat and I was blown away by the service, speed and accuracy of my State and Federal returns. I submitted my W2 and 1099s and everything else to Diane on Saturday and by Monday I had my returns along with detailed instructions for submitting them.

Claudia R.

My tax preparer is very helpful. Wonderful and timely service! Thanks!
2016-07-21T16:52:17+00:00
My tax preparer is very helpful. Wonderful and timely service! Thanks!

Rudy Patros

Diane Siriani at Expatriate Tax Returns not only took the time to prepare my expat taxes, but she answered all my questions quickly. She treated me like a professional and I have now referred many colleagues to her. Thank you so much.
2018-05-17T01:53:32+00:00
Diane Siriani at Expatriate Tax Returns not only took the time to prepare my expat taxes, but she answered all my questions quickly. She treated me like a professional and I have now referred many colleagues to her. Thank you so much.

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