You may wonder if there are exceptions for US expats regarding having to file a US tax return.
First off, the following individuals need to file US taxes:
- US citizens (living in the US or abroad)
- Accidental Americans
- Green card holders
- Permanent Resident / Resident Aliens of the USA
- Non Resident Aliens who have US income
You are allowed to not file a US tax return if you made minimal or no income over the past year. However, we suggest to be safe and file a return anyway to be in good standing with the IRS.
However, if you are a US citizen living abroad and have had $10,000 or more total from all foreign financial accounts at any one time during the year, you’ll need to file a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR). This is even if you have signature authority over a financial account abroad, like sharing a bank account with your Non-US spouse.