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HMRC Targeting British Expats

HMRC, the UK tax authority, is working to ensure British expat taxpayers continue to pay tax on their UK affairs. It recently released new figures that demonstrate its increased co-operation with foreign authorities overseas, leading to a considerable rise in levels of expat tax collected.   In 2017 HMRC made 1,006 requests to overseas tax aut ...

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Greenback Tax Webinar:  Expat Tax Fact Check – Facts and Fiction

Greenback Expat Tax Services is hosting their latest webinar on July 24th   This is a FREE, live, interactive webinar for US expats who may have missed the June 15th deadline! Join host David McKeegan, Co-Founder of Greenback and one of Greenback’s expat–specialist accountants to learn about: The who, what, when, where, and how of expat tax filing Late filer information IRS amnesty program up ...

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US Expats Resent Continuing US Tax Requirement

Greenback Expat Tax Services’ 2018 US Expat Opinion Survey,based on input from over 3,800 expats, highlights the unpopularity of the requirement for US expats to file US taxes while living abroad as well as concerns about their representation in the politics back at home. Greenback report that 67% of US expats do not believe there should be a requirement for filing US taxes marginally up from last ...

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Meeting The June Deadline: A Guide For Expats Who Have Never Filed

The United States is one of just a few countries that employ lifelong tax reporting requirements for its citizens. So, many US expats are stunned when they find out that they are required to file annual US tax returns – regardless of how long they have lived abroad. Below is a quick reference guide to what expats need to know to become compliant by the June 15th deadline. This article has been wri ...

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US Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program To Close

The US IRS has announced that the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) will close in September 2018.  The OVDP was set up to allow US expats with potentially serious offshore compliance issues to avoid criminal prosecution and cap any exposure to penalties.  The IRS indicated that the reason was the ‘significant decline in the number of taxpayers participating’. There has been a decline fr ...

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4 Ways US Expat Taxes Have Changed, And How To Prepare

US Expat Taxes have been affected by significant changes to the American tax system between 2017 and 2018. Some of the changes are made annually, like alterations to tax brackets, deductions, and personal exemptions, though others were distinctive, like the sweeping tax reform that was passed at the end of the year. This article has been written exclusively for Expat Network by Greenback Expat Tax ...

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5 Tips For US Expats: How To Maximize Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

A US citizen living and working abroad can use the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion as a shield against US taxes. Here is how to maximize the value of the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE) in 2018. This article has been written exclusively for Expat Network by American Expatriate Tax Consultants Qualifying for FEIE An individual able to establish that his or her “tax home” is outside of the U. ...

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Saudi Arabia And UAE Introduce 5% VAT

The Middle East has long been associated with tax-free living, but from January 1st United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia 5% VAT on most goods and services. The introduction of VAT follows the recommendation from the IMF that oil-exporting countries in the Gulf introduce taxes as one way to raise non-oil revenue.  Forbes reports that although it threatens to slow economic growth at a time when it ...

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British Expats And The Statutory Residence Test

Tax residence is not an issue that most of give much thought to.  As a British taxpayer you are subject to tax on your worldwide income and any capital gains unless you are not UK resident.  So when you spend all or part of the year abroad the issue comes in to sharp relief as it can be fundamental to whether we are liable to UK tax or not.  The Statutory Residence Test (“SRT”) determines whether ...

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