Typically, to meet the physical presence test, you must reside in a foreign country or countries for a minimum of 330 full days during a 12-month period. Days can be counted spent abroad for any reason, as long as your tax home is in a foreign country. The 12-month period can start any day of the month, so that it provides you the greatest exclusion. In IRS Revenue Procedure 2020-27, the IRS waived the time requirements outlined in the Bona Fide Residence and Physical Presence tests if you returned to the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. Need help filing? Contact Expatriate Tax Returns!
foreign tax credits
All U.S. Expats must file taxes annually. The United States government has established significant exclusions, deductions, and credits to make sure expats are not taxed twice on the same income. Even though most expats do not pay tax to the U.S. federal government because of the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion or Foreign Tax Credit benefits, they still have to file. NEED ASSISTANCE? GET IN TOUCH WITH EXPATRIATE TAX RETURNS!