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US Tax Reform: 5 Things Americans Overseas Need To Know

What Are The Important Updates One Needs To Know About U.S. Tax Reform?

The New Tax Bill “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” presents the first major overhaul of the United States federal income tax system in more than three decades. The major benefits will be mostly felt by the large and small businesses. But what’s about tax reform’s impact on Americans overseas?

What Has NOT Changed For Americans Overseas?

  1. You can still use Foreign Earned Income Exclusion or Foreign Tax Credit to lower your tax bill. In 2018 a U.S. expat can exclude up to $104,100 of foreign earned income.
  2. The reporting requirements for FBAR stay in place: you need to file FinCEN Form 114 if you have an aggregate value of over $10,000 in any foreign financial accounts you own or have a signature over.
  3. FATCA and Form 8938 also didn’t have any changes (unfortunately).

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