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Higher Court Decision Confirms – FATCA Is Here To Stay

The linchpin legislation of the U.S. government in its effort to combat tax evasion abroad over recent years has been the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Last week, the latest legal challenge to FATCA was thwarted when the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss the case against FATCA.

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FEIE For U.S. Expats With Student Loans

Moving abroad is the adventure of a lifetime, but if you have student loans it’s important to understand the consequences for expats.

For example, it’s a good idea to set up autopay (some loan servicers even offer a small discount for this) to ensure that you don’t miss any payments, and also to ensure that if your salary will be paid into a foreign bank once you move abroad you can easily transfer payments to your U.S. bank so that you don’t miss any payments. Read more

Getting An ITIN Abroad – What American Expats Need To Know

Hugo Lesser

ITIN, Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, is a 9 digit number that is issued by the IRS that allows individuals who are not eligible for or who don’t have a social security number to file a U.S. tax return. Before such individuals can file their U.S. tax return though, they need to apply for an ITIN.

It’s important to note though that ITINs don’t qualify their holders to work in the U.S. or claim U.S. Social Security benefits; they are simply used to file U.S. taxes. Read more