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ROC taxes, overseas payment of taxes, withholding rates, general tax liability issues, and other tax-related matters
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Re: US Tax Return

Postby bluefrog » 15 Feb 2012, 09:29

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Re: US Tax Return

Postby Indiana » 15 Feb 2012, 09:34

You don't need to send any documentation for income earned. Just filling out the forms are enough for some reason.

I believe that you can file back taxes through Turbo Tax, but possibly only for one or two years if I can remember correctly. Alternately, I believe that you can download older forms from the IRS website and file manually.
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Re: US Tax Return

Postby chalouie » 15 Feb 2012, 21:47

Would you only need to send in documentation of your offshore earnings if you had to pay US taxes for that income?
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Re: US Tax Return

Postby CraigTPE » 08 Mar 2012, 08:54

Just finished my US taxes this morning. Took less than 30 minutes. It gets easier once you know which forms and lines are needed for living overseas, and overseas earned income.

TurboTax is helpful because it asks you questions and determines what form you need. Now that I know, I just use the IRS Free File Fillable Forms. Either way, with a foreign address, you can't e-file, but it's still pretty convenient.

And sorry if this is obvious, but if you have a traditional IRA, it might be worth looking into converting it to a Roth IRA. Conversions are taxable events, but if you keep the combined amount of the conversion and any US income (interest or investment income) under the personal exemption and deduction, then it's all tax-free.
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Re: US Tax Return

Postby jdsmith » 20 Mar 2012, 12:03

bluefrog wrote:Has anyone used this tax service?:

http://www.taxesforexpats.com/taiwan/us ... aiwan.html

Good question. Can anyone vouch for these guys?
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Re: US Tax Return

Postby Rabidpie » 28 Mar 2012, 23:49

Speaking of which, do I have to fill out both forms 2555 and 2555 EZ?

For some reason I thought I only had to fill out form 2555 EZ and not form 2555, but that doesn't make much sense form 2555 is specifically for foreign earned income...
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Re: US Tax Return

Postby Rabidpie » 28 Mar 2012, 23:53

Rabidpie wrote:Speaking of which, do I have to fill out both forms 2555 and 2555 EZ?

For some reason I thought I only had to fill out form 2555 EZ and not form 2555, but that doesn't make much sense form 2555 is specifically for foreign earned income...


Oh wait, just read that you only need one. Ok I'm good.
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