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April 15th is tax day.* If you owe tax, payment is due!
*Please note Maine & Massachusetts tax payment due date is April 17th.
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U.S. expats are still required to file their taxes. If you have fallen behind, don’t worry, we can help.
Know Your Obligations – There are income thresholds and other factors that apply to expats. Make sure you know what you are obligated to file to avoid an audit.
Note: Most U.S. expats owe no money, but all are obligated to file.
- Gather Your Documentation – Gather all your necessary documentation including prior tax returns, income records, interest records, benefits payments, and other tax materials. Having it all together will make it easier to prepare your taxes.
- Understand Your Tax Forms – Research the process and make sure you are aware of all forms that apply to your situation.
- Don’t Forget to File Your FBAR – If your aggregate account total is over $10,000 at any point, you will need to file Foreign Bank Account Reporting (FBAR), which is FinCEN Form 8938.
- Know FATCA Requirements – You may need to report additional foreign accounts using the FinCEN form 114. Individuals with $200,000 on the last day of the tax year or $300,000 at any point during the year are required. For married couples filing jointly, the threshold is $400,000 and $600,000 respectively.
- Catch Up with Streamlined Filing Procedures – Streamlined Filing Procedures are available to help those who failed to file their taxes for non-willful reasons.
- File Your PFICs – Passive Foreign Investment Corporations (PFICs) include money market accounts, insurance products, and mutual funds. These may need to be filed using a Form 8621.
- Avoid the Passport Revocation Law – If you owe over $50,000 to the IRS, you could be subject to the Passport Revocation Law.
- Longer Audit Periods – The IRS increased the audit period from three to six years. Failure to file will increase your chances of an audit during this time frame.
- Do Your State Tax Return – If you have connections to a U.S. state, know the filing requirements. You may have to file state taxes. Connections include possession of a mortgage, voter registration, or driver’s license.
If you have questions about filing your expat taxes, let us know. Expatriate Tax Returns provide solutions to help you stay legal, up-to-date, and make tax filing EASY for expats.
Expats should plan to file on time to avoid tax-related headaches. Knowing when documents are due ahead of time will help you prepare. Don’t wait any longer. Instead, get acquainted with the 2019 U.S. tax deadlines for expats listed below.
- Filing Deadline – Monday, April 15th, 2019
Most U.S. citizens recognize April 15th as Tax Day. This is the deadline for filing Federal Tax Returns. It’s also the deadline for filing your Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBAR). If you pay taxes in Maine or Massachusetts, then your filing deadline is April 17th because of the observation of Patriot’s Day and Emancipation Day.
- Expat Extension Deadline – Monday, June 17th, 2019
It’s always recommended to plan to meet the earliest deadlines. However, if you are running behind, you can take advantage of an automatic extension available to expats. The extended deadline is June 17th. Interest will begin to accrue on any amount owed starting April 15th, so it is best to file sooner rather than later.
- Final Expat Deadline – Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
If you filed for a final extension, then your expat taxes will be due by October 15th. You must have all forms including FATCA, FBAR, and other documents submitted by this date. You must submit your request by June 17th to utilize the final deadline.
With changes in tax law and a process that can be complicated, all expats are advised to prepare and file their taxes as early as possible. Don’t rely on extended deadlines. Expatriate Tax Services can help ensure that you file correctly and on time. Contact us today to learn more about filing your US taxes as an expat.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO FILE A US TAX RETURN BECAUSE YOU LIVE ABROAD
Not so! US citizens and permanent residents must file a tax return no matter where they live or earn money, unless they do not meet the standard filing requirements.
IF YOUR FOREIGN INCOME IS BELOW THE FOREIGN EARNED INCOME EXCLUSION, FILING IN THE US IS NOT REQUIRED.
Totally false! Although the FEIE (foreign earned income exclusion) allows expats to exclude $104,100 (2018) of their income, a return must be filed to claim this benefit. Often times this exclusion is disallowed by the IRS if you wait too long to claim the benefit, so it makes good sense to file your return on time.
INCOME EARNED OFFSHORE IS NOT REPORTED ON YOUR US TAX RETURN.
Wrong! US citizens and permanent residents must report their worldwide income on their annual filing which includes: compensation, business income, sale of assets, interest, dividends, and any other monies earned no matter how or where.
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