Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers below deal with the basics of filing for US taxpayers overseas. Due to the complexity and frequency of changes to the tax code, these questions should serve as guidelines. We have made every effort to ensure that the information provided is accurate and up-to-date; however please drop us a note or consult your tax preparer if you need information confirmed or if you have questions.

What do I need to know if this is my first time overseas?

Please review the FAQS below. More detailed information is contained in the questions below.

Do I have to file a tax return?
Are state tax filings required?
Is it true that I don't have to pay any taxes if I live overseas?
When do I need to file my tax return?
How is my overseas income documented if my employer does not issue a W-2?
What do I do if my employer overseas is a US company?
What if I am self-employed?
What if I have not filed a return in many years?
How do I qualify for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion?
What does earned income include?
What is the Foreign Tax Credit?
Do I need to report money I have in a foreign bank or financial account?