Taxpayers abroad can now use IRS Free File to prepare and electronically file their returns for free. This means both U.S. citizens and resident aliens living abroad with adjusted gross incomes (AGI) of $58,000 or less can use brand-name software to prepare their returns and then e-file them for free. A second option, Free File Fillable Forms the electronic version of IRS paper forms, has no income limit and is best suited to people who are comfortable preparing their own tax return. Check out the e-file link on IRS.gov for details on the various electronic filing options.
Who Must File An FBAR?
United States persons are required to file an FBAR if:
- The United States person had a financial interest in or signature authority over at least one financial account located outside of the United States; and
- The aggregate value of all foreign financial accounts exceeded $10,000 at any time during the calendar year to be reported.
United States person includes U.S. citizens; U.S. residents; entities, including but not limited to, corporations, partnerships, or limited liability companies, created or organized in the United States or under the laws of the United States; and trusts or estates formed under the laws of the United States.
Find additional information at the IRS or download your FBAR reporting forms. The filing deadline is June 30, 2014 and remember you can not get an extension.
June 15 Filing Deadline
Expatriate Tax Deadlines
June 15 – Tax filing deadline (for tax year 2013, the deadline is June 16, 2014). If you cannot file by then, an extension can be filed to extend the filing deadline to October 15. Penalties can be assessed after this date on any tax due.
U.S. Citizens Living Abroad – Filing Requirements
U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad – Filing Requirements
If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien living or traveling outside the United States, you generally are required to file income tax returns, estate tax returns, and gift tax returns and pay estimated tax in the same way as those residing in the United States. Your income, filing status, and age generally determine whether you must file a return. Generally, you must file a return if your gross income from worldwide sources is at least the amount shown for your filing status in the Filing Requirements table in Chapter 1 of Publication 54, Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad.
U.S. Citizens and Green Card Holders Abroad
If you are a U.S. citizen or green card holder, the rules for filing income, estate, and gift tax returns and paying estimated tax are generally the same whether you are in the United States or abroad. Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside.
When to File
If you are a U.S. citizen or green card holder residing overseas, or are in the military on duty outside the U.S., on the regular due date of your return, you are allowed an automatic 2-month extension to file your return and pay any amount due without requesting an extension. For a calendar year return, the automatic 2-month extension is to June 15. If you are unable to file your return by the automatic 2-month extension date, you can request an additional extension to October 15 by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, before the automatic 2-month extension date. However, any tax due payments made after June 15 will be subject to both interest charges and failure to pay penalties.
Where to File
If you are a U.S. citizen or (Green Card Holder) and you live in a foreign country, mail your U.S. tax return to:
Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Center Austin, TX 73301-0215 USA
Estimated tax payments should be mailed with form 1040-ES to:
Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 1300 Charlotte, NC 28201-1300 USA