Do You Need To File a US Tax Return Abroad? (Probably) | File US Taxes From Abroad


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Most expats do not pay US expat taxes because of the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and Foreign Tax Credit benefits. However, expats still need to file taxes annually if their gross worldwide income is over the filing threshold. So even if you do not owe any taxes to the IRS, you still may need to file.

🗂The Filing Thresholds (2021):
Single → $12,400
Married Filing Jointly → $24,800
Married Filing Separately* → $5
Head of Household → $18,650
Qualifying Widower → $24,800

Note: If another taxpayer claims your spouse as a dependent, or your spouse has filed a separate return, you will need to file as ‘’Married Filing Separately.’’ Again if you are married with a US-spouse or your spouse has an ITIN, you can file ‘’Married Filing Jointly.’’ *The Married Filing Separately status also applies if you are not living with your spouse at the end of the year (example: separated, in process of divorce.)

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