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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!

 

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.

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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.

 

We Educate American Expatriates 

When you become an expat and move outside of the United States for your new job in another country, you will have many questions about your expatriate status. No matter how much research you did as you prepared to move to Dubai, Shanghai, London, Paris, Tel Aviv or Sydney, you’ll still not be totally prepared for this new phase in your personal and professional life.

The staff of Expatriate Tax Returns considers ourselves to be educators. We see our role to not only prepare expat tax returns for our clients, but to also educate our clients about what it means to be an American expatriate. There are many benefits, but also several responsibilities for American citizens who are living and working abroad. It’s a wonderful experience to be an expat, but there are certain things you must remember to do each year.

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Filing your expatriate tax return is one of the key tasks each expat must remember and ExpatriateTaxReturns.com is here to ensure your tax return filing is exactly as it must be. Our tax experts don’t just prepare your return; we educate you to understand your tax return as it’s different than the annual tax returns you filed while living in the U.S.

Call ExpatriateTaxReturns.com today for an efficient, professional tax return experience. As a bonus, we’ll educate you on the ins and outs of being an American expat. We are available at (877) ETAX-123 or (877)-382-9123.

 

Our Company’s Reputation is Everything

Reputation is everything and at ExpatriateTaxReturns.com, we value our strong reputation as the #1 trusted expatriate tax prep firm in the world. We are well aware that we are in the business of helping Americans around the globe do something that would rather not be bothered with. Expat taxes are tricky, cumbersome and a hassle. We feel privileged to take care of expatriate tax returns because it gives our clients piece of mind and also frees them up to do other things — whether that is dedicating more time to their professional pursuits, spending time with family, or enjoying everything their country has to offer.

 

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Whether you’re an American expatriate in Singapore, Sydney, Dubai or London, there are so many exciting cultural opportunities to explore. Our team at Expatriate Tax Returns doesn’t want you to miss any opportunities because you’re bogged down trying to get your financial affairs in order to prepare your complicated expat tax returns. We want to remove that inconvenience from your life. Our top-to-bottom tax preparation for expatriates means you can enjoy doing the things you love while our dedicated tax professionals prepare your expat tax returns for you. It’s a small price to pay for being able to get the most out of your stay in an interesting country away from home.

 

Call us today toll free at 877-382-9123 to talk to one of our talented tax pros and begin freeing up your time while we prepare your expatriate tax returns.

 

Challenges Are Good… Sometimes

Ask any business consultant or personal coach and they’ll tell you that it’s important to take risks and meet challenges head on. In fact, most people asked about their New Year’s resolutions (lose weight or quit smoking) or summer plans (hike a mountain or run a marathon) will include challenges that they hope to overcome.

As an expatriate, you have already accomplished a challenge that many others will never even attempt. You have relocated from your home and adapted to a new country. That’s very impressive and commendable.

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At Expatriate Tax Returns, we also think it’s important to take on challenges and emerge successful. However, when it comes to preparing and filing expat taxes, we think that’s a challenge you just don’t need. The IRS has made tax returns for American expatriates very difficult and quite challenging. Rather than trying to take on this headache, why not let the tax professionals at Expatriate Tax Returns handle this hassle for you?

So, continue to make lofty resolutions and set the bar high for your summer plans. Let us take care of this one challenge you don’t need to worry about. The anxiety just isn’t worth it.

Call us today at (877) 382-9123 or fill out the easy form on our website at www.expatriatetaxreturns.com.

 

Don’t Go the DIY Route with Expat Taxes

DIY stands for Do It Yourself and just about everything these days has become a DIY activity. Thanks to the Internet and YouTube videos that have experts explaining how to handle tasks yourself, more people are resorting to DIY. When it comes to changing the oil in your car or videotaping your own wedding with a GoPro, you might be happy and save a lot of money by going the DIY route. When it comes to preparing your own taxes, this is something best left to the professionals.

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Surveys conducted by research firms that study the IRS and U.S. tax trends show that more Americans are preparing their taxes on their own these days without the help of a CPA firm. In fact the number of Americans who handled their own tax prep increases by about 5% annually. When it comes to expatriate tax returns, however, mostly all American expatriates hire professional accounting firms to prepare their taxes. This is because expatriate tax returns are very confusing and complicated. This is why most expats turn to professional tax firms, like Expatriate Tax Returns. Our firm strictly specializes in expatriate taxes.

There are many opportunities for you to do things yourself, but when it comes to the confusing and anxiety-ridden task of preparing and filing your expatriate tax returns, we encourage you to turn to an accounting firm like ours with decades of highly specialized experience in expat taxes.

Let the tax professionals at expatriatetaxreturns.com handle everything for you. We’re only a toll-free phone call away. Call us today at our 24-hour Support Hotline: (877) 382-9123 or use the simple form on our website.

 

Tax Time is Time to Reset

As we approach mid-April, we can choose to think of it as tax time or we can use this as an opportunity to reset. In the United States, tax time corresponds to the first weeks of spring. This time of year is meant as a financial, as well as a personal, recharge.
Use Tax Time as Time to Reset
For many Americans, including American expats, the spring season is a chance to take stock of our lives and become determined to be more organized and responsible when it comes to our financial well-being. At Expatriate Tax Returns, we help you sort through the typical headaches of expat tax preparation and share ways of making your financial life more organized and efficient.
As an expatriate, we would rather see you enjoy your time overseas. Rather than spending the precious time dealing with expatriate taxes, the tax experts at ExpatriateTaxReturns.com allow you to remove this burden from your to-do list. Let us take care of your expat tax preparation and you’ll be headache free during tax time.
At Expatriate Tax Returns, we hope you’ll look at tax season more as an opportunity than a chore. Our goal is to make this a less complicated endeavor for you by helping to prepare your expatriate tax returns in the most professional, organized and sensible fashion. Contact us today by calling 877-382-9123 or fill out our simple form on the ExpatriateTaxReturns.com website.
 
 

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