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Our mission is to help you file your tax return. We are located in Germany and our services are aimed mainly, but not only, at U.S. citizens and residents living abroad.

The most common question is "Do I have to file?"
If you are a U.S. citizen or green card holder even living abroad you are still required to file a tax return and report on your WORLDWIDE INCOME, unless your gross income is less than the limit defined by the filing requirements. Please see the information under "Filing requirements" on the left.
Worldwide income includes:
- Earned income: salaries and wages, commissions, bonuses, professional fees, non-cash payments, allowances and reimbursements.
- Unearned Income: Dividends, capital gains, gambling winnings and alimony.
- Other Income: Business profits, pensions, annuities, rents and royalties.

Income must be reported even if it is earned or received in a foreign country, paid in foreign currency or subject to foreign tax.
In 2020 because of the Covid-19 filing deadline has been moved to July 15. Another option is filing an extension that will be valid until middle of October but all due taxes must be paid until middle of July.

Generally speaking the tax regulations are the same whether you live in USA or outside. However, you may qualify to exclude from your foreign earned income a certain amount. ($105,900 for tax year 2019) and you can exclude or deduct certain foreign housing expenses. To take advantage of the exclusion your tax home must be a foreign country, you must have a foreign earned income and you must qualify for a bona fide residency or be physically present in a foreign country for at least 330 days during any period of 12 consecutive months.

Please note that any other income that is not an earned income, the so called passive income, for example from interest, dividends, stocks, rental property etc. is taxable. However if you have paid taxes in the country where you live you can claim foreign tax credit and reduce or eliminate your tax liability.

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Important notes

 

The filing end date in 2020 is July 15. You have the option of extending the deadline until October 15, but all due taxes must be paid until the middle of July.