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U.S. Shareholders Of A Passive Foreign Investment Company

OLIVIER WAGNER - US Expats With Passive Foreign Investment Company

The IRS found the way to congratulate U.S.expats who are shareholders of a Passive Foreign Investment Company(PFIC) by adding one additional form you need to file. Together with your tax return, you need to file Form 8621.

This applies for each separate PFIC you are a shareholder if you:

-Receive direct or indirect distributions from a PFIC.
-Recognize a gain on a direct or indirect disposition of PFIC stock.
-Report information with respect to a QEF or section 1296 mark-to-market election.
-Make an election reportable in Part II of the form.
-File an annual report pursuant to section 1298(f).

Who must file Form 8621?
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Tax Deductions And Credits Available For U.S. Expats

Olivier Wagner, Virtual Tax Advisor, Expatriate Tax Expert

There are a few deductions and exemptions available to a U.S. person who lives and works overseas. These will help you to lower your expat taxes and might even get you a refund.

If you meet certain requirements, you may qualify for the foreign earned income and foreign housing exclusions and the foreign housing deduction. The most common deduction is the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, which is calculated on Form 2555. If you qualify for this you may exclude up to $101,300 of your foreign earned income. To qualify, you will need to meet either the Physical Present Test or Bona Fide Resident Test for living outside of the U.S.

Foreign Housing Exclusion or Deduction is another option that can save you some money on your taxable income. You need to be either a salaried employee, a wage earner or a self-employed individual to qualify for this deduction. It’s in an addition to FEIE and increases the exempted income by the amount of your qualified housing expenses. Depending on the country of your residence, the allowable deductions for the foreign housing will vary and are subject to limitations.

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