2017 tax year
You will not have to file any US returns for the 2017 tax year. You should file US taxes in April 2019 for all worldwide income earned in 2018. This includes any income you earned January-April 2018 while you lived in the UK. You will be able to claim a tax credit for the amount of tax you paid on this 2018 UK income on your US return to avoid be taxed twice.
For any UK income in future years (i.e. interest, dividends, or capital gains and rental income from real estate), you must pay UK tax. Again, this income should be reported on your US return and then you may take the credit for the amount of tax paid.
Be sure to fill out form P85 and send it to HMRC before you depart the UK. This will let them know that you are leaving the country. Additionally do not forget to include your income from 5 April 2018-3 May 2018, as it must be include on your 2018-2019 return.
When filing your US return in 2019, you automatically get a 2 month extension until 15 June to allow time to gather any UK tax documents you may need. If this is not enough time, make sure to file for an another extension before 15 June. This will give you until 15 October to submit your US tax return.
In California, you will owe state tax in addition to federal (US) tax. This tax is quite high, with the maximum rate being 12.3% for the top income bracket. However, you may deduct this tax payment from your gross income on your federal return.
-Decide if you want to itemize your deductions (figure out which expenses during the year are deductible from gross income) or take the standard deduction (a flat, simple reduction of GI based on filing status). Be sure to do this at both the federal and state levels and figure out which option will leave you with the lowest adjusted gross income (AGI).
As a US citizen living and working outside of the US, it is often possible to exclude part- or even all of your foreign income and self-employment income from federal tax through the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE).
As an American living abroad, US taxes can be complex. We have had a brief look at some of our US expatriate tax cases to identify common US tax mistakes and make recommendation on how to avoid them.
A deduction/exclusion that is massively under claimed amongst US expatriates is the Foreign Housing Exclusion/deduction. The exclusion/deduction works in conjunction with the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE) and is an allowance that includes some of your housing expenses from your gross income on your US tax return.
The allowance is deductible at different thresholds depending on where you live and how many days you have lived outside of the US.
The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE) is a deduction that the IRS allows to certain US citizens and resident aliens living and earning income abroad on a consistent basis.
What is foreign earned income?
Foreign earned income is classed as income from either employed or self-employed work. It does not include passive income from investments such as interest, dividends, IRA distributions or rental income.
A few examples that the IRS (taxpayers) have given includes on what doesn’t qualify as foreign income includes:
As an expert in tax for US expats we are expert in identifying US expats tax filing obligations, reliefs, deductions and exclusions. This article is aimed at helping US expats identify whether their income is taxable in a foreign country.
Over the years, we have come across thousands of US expat who are behind on their taxes. This article focuses on US expats who have either missed the June 15th tax deadline over a month ago or perhaps are years behind.
As a US tax accountant based in Covent Garden and New York we make it our business to keep all of our clients informed and up to date on how the latest US tax changes will affect them.
The U.S. has entered into a number of agreements with countries worldwide named ‘Totalization Agreements’. The agreements aim to serve the purpose of avoiding double taxation on income in respects to social security taxes.
As an accountant for US expats, we have come across many self-employed expats that don’t know where their US tax obligations start and finish.
If you are a US Expat entrepreneur thinking of starting a business or going self-employed your expat taxes will be more complex than the average expat. Below is our guide on the tax implications of going self-employed or starting up a business as a US expat.
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As an accountant with over 10 years experiences accounting for US Expats and non-resident aliens based in the UK, we are expert in advising about all matters surrounding US tax.
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