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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.

 

Meghan Markle, World-Famous American Expatriate Now

The month of December brings with it reflections on the past year and thoughts about the year to come. This is certainly true for actress Meghan Markle, known for her role as Rachel Zane on the TV series “Suits.” Markle recently announced her engagement to Prince Harry and the news broke the Internet. The couple will be married next spring in London in front of Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles and the whole world.

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The Los Angeles-born Meghan Markle has spent time living in Toronto while filming her television show “Suits.” This means that she already has some experience as an American expat, but her move to London and into the British Royal Family will certainly be a much larger change. As the actress Markle has announced she’ll maintain dual citizenship, she must continue to pay expatriate taxes. This soon-to-be British Royal is facing many of the same questions you will as an American expatriate.

There are many factors to consider when moving to another country outside of the U.S. There are different cultural norms, different financial statutes and often a language barrier. You must also remain responsible for any U.S. taxes owed. Expatriate tax returns are a complicated, specialized field of tax preparation.

All aspects of our tax system are currently being debated by Congress in Washington and there are no guarantees what your tax forms will look like in 2018 and beyond. For this reason, our online company, Expatriate Tax Returns, exists. You may not be a future princess of the British Royal Family, but our team of dedicated and talented CPAs will treat you like you are royalty.

 

Too Early To Tell How Tax Reform will affect Expats

As 2017 draws to a close, tax reform has become a priority for both the current administration and for Congress. Many of our clients are wondering, “How Will Tax Reform Affect Expatriates?”

We’ve heard a lot in the media about tax brackets for individuals and domestic corporations, but the truth is that we do not have much information yet about how the proposed tax reforms will impact the already complicated world of Expatriate Tax Returns.

Tax Reform 2017 for Expats

With tax reform, there are a number of variables in play for American expatriates. In September, Forbes speculated that corporations might only have to pay U.S. taxes on profits in the United States, but individuals might still be on the hook for their income worldwide.  Earlier this year, the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform called for the repeal of the FATCA, or Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, a 2010 statute.

The bottom line, however, is that tax reform will likely face many changes as it works its way through Congress. These tax reforms no doubt will affect Americans from Denmark to Dubai.  It’s simply too early to know if and how these changes, if signed into law, will affect you. What we can tell you is that Expatriate Tax Returns will continue to follow all tax changes to the letter, as we have since our inception. Filing a tax return as an American expatriate is not a simple process, and it’s best for you to consult with professionals like our team of skilled CPAs at Expatriate Tax Returns.  Please check back here on our Expat Tax blog for updates as the laws change and feel free to call our team with any questions at 877-382-9123.

 

 

Your Referrals Are Appreciated

A recent study by McKinsey showed how important it is for CPA firms to acquire new clients through the referrals of current clients. At Expatriate Tax Returns, this is something we’ve known since our inception. We rely on the referrals from our hundreds of satisfied clients. While we love receiving thank you notes and testimonials, we really appreciate getting referrals from our expat clients.

When we get a referral it shows how much our client recognizes our top notch service. We know that American expatriates depend on each other’s recommendations because it’s often confusing becoming an expatriate. When an American citizen and his/her family moves abroad for a period of time becoming an expat, they are looking for suggestions when it comes to everything from where to do grocery shopping to the best pediatrician. It’s also essential that expatriates know whom to trust for preparing their tax returns. This is why Expatriate Tax Returns is eager to receive more referrals from our current clients.

ExpatriateTaxReturns.com Expatriate Tax Returns Referral Program

Expatriate Tax Returns is excited to announce our new Referral Program. We will give current clients a 20% discount off their 2017 tax returns for each referral they send to us (new client must pay for tax return preparation). There is no limit to how many discounts you can receive!

We thank you in advance for your referrals and remind you that October 15 is the final day to file an extension. To refer a colleague or friend, please use the Contact form on our website.

Do not hesitate in calling Expatriate Tax Returns today to have us prepare your tax returns and to refer your colleagues and fellow expatriates: 877-382-9123

 

Our Expatriate Clients are First & Foremost

Have you noticed that in our society, taking responsibility isn’t what it used to be? Too many service related companies have made customer service a low priority. At Expatriate Tax Returns, we put our clients first and their tax needs are foremost for all of our tax professionals.

While some service related companies try to shift the blame, we take responsibility. When it comes to tax preparation, taking responsibility is the utmost principle. Our professionals take their responsibility to our clients, who are living abroad, very seriously and we understand the trust our clients place in us can never be taken lightly. As expats, your tax returns are your own responsibility, but you have placed the trust in us to prepare them efficiently and effectively.

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Our team of tax experts feels that sense of responsibility for your tax returns. We are cognizant that you have a responsibility to the U.S. government to file your expatriate tax returns in a timely manner. When we all place value on being responsible, we are all successful. Your tax returns to the U.S. are filed and paid on time, and we maintain the trust that you have placed in us.

It’s not easy for American citizens to relocate to another nation, far from home, and we understand this. We take it as our responsibility to ensure you understand the Foreign Tax Credit, your rights as an American expatriate, and that you are reminded of the IRS deadlines for tax filing.

No matter where in this world you currently live and work, the expatriate tax laws must be respected. It can certainly be a hassle to have to file these taxes each year, but we thank you for placing that trust in us and know that we will honor and respect your trust by serving you to the best of our ability at all times. This is the cornerstone of what we stand for at Expatriate Tax Returns — your expatriate tax professionals. Call us today at (877) 382-9123.

 
 

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2016-07-21T16:51:56+00:00
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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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