The U.S. Presidential election is underway and some U.S. expats are wondering if their vote from abroad will affect their tax status. Voting is a U.S. citizen’s constitutional right and is not conditional on having filed or paid income taxes, so it will not increase your federal or state income tax liability.
Expats have a voice in U.S. policy, and the best way to express your opinion is by voting. A record-breaking over 5 million expats are expected to vote this year, and their votes could have a significant impact on the 2020 election. The most pressing topics for expats when choosing a candidate this year are taxes and COVID-19 response. Traditionally expats have had a meager voter turnout at less than 10%, but this year it is expected to be over 75%.