We offer different, customized solutions that are based on your specific needs. We focus on delivering high-quality service that solves simple to complex U.S. expat taxes cases and guide you through the complicated tax process. Our team of professional accountants will work to relieve your tax load by minimizing your tax liability and maximizing the available deductions.
Federal tax return preparation and filing
Our main service is the preparation and filing of individual’s U.S. federal income tax returns. This is the annual return and it’s required for all U.S. citizens, green card holders, regardless of your current residence.
Schedule A: Itemized deduction
Schedule B: Interest and ordinary dividends
Schedule C: Sole proprietorship
Schedule D: Capital gains and losses
Schedule E: Rental property
Form 1116: Foreign Tax credit
Form 2555: Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
Form 8965: Exemption from Healthcare coverage
Form 8938: Foreign Bank accounts and Financial Assets
5471: Controlled Foreign Corporation (CFC)
Form 3520: Foreign Trusts
State tax return preparation and filing
After assessing your situation, our CPAs and IRS Enrolled Agents can tell if you need to file a state tax return, depending on which state you lived in before you move abroad, and whether you are still considered a resident there for tax purposes. We can help you to determine your residency status and file your state income tax return.
Some general rules:
The States of California, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia all try to tax U.S. citizens who have moved abroad by making it both complicated for them to break their ties with the state and to find out who they are most likely to file a state tax return with.
The States of Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington or Wyoming do not impose an income tax on individuals.
Late tax returns from prior years
Don’t worry if you haven’t filed returns for previous years because we can help you to go through late tax returns. Throughout the years, we have helped expats to become compliant with the government and will introduce you to the most appropriate ways to navigate this process.
There are particular IRS amnesty programs, such as Streamlined Procedures, which are for those who didn’t know about U.S. tax obligation and are, thus, considered to be non-willful. This usually leads to lower penalties, or no penalty all, and is done by filing six years of FBARs and three years of tax returns. 1040 Abroad’s expert teams will help to you find the correct solution.
Free extension filing
The deadlines for filing tax returns are a little different for U.S. persons abroad.
Note these following dates for 2017:
- April 18 is the filing deadline for most taxpayers.
- June 15 is the filing deadline for expats.
- October 16 is the filing deadline for requesting an extension.
- April 18 is the deadline to pay a tax due.
You must pay any taxes due by April 18, 2017, even if you’re an expat filing your return by June 15, 2017.
Most Americans abroad qualify for an automatic two-month filing extension, so your return is due by June 15, 2017.
If you don’t pay the tax due by April 18, 2017, the IRS will not assess a Failure to Pay Penalty if you file and pay by June 15, 2017. You will, however, be charged interest on the unpaid amount.
If you live in a country that follows a non-calendar tax year, such as the UK or Australia, your U.S. tax information is still reported on a calendar-year basis. But, in this case, you can request an automatic six-month extension to file. This gives you more time to gather information before the end of the tax year of the country where you are currently living.
The expat tax filing deadline with an extension is October 16, 2017. However, you must request this extension by filing a form with the IRS by the original due date of your return.
FBAR Filing Deadline
From 2017, this now coincides with the U.S. tax deadline of April 18, but an automatic six-month extension is available.
Free of charge
FBAR filing (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts)
This is to be filed if a bank account, mutual fund, trust, brokerage account or other types of foreign financial account, and the total value of all of the financial accounts combined, was $10,000 at any time during the calendar year reported.
* A United States person includes U.S. citizens; U.S. residents (green card holders); entities – including, but not limited to, corporations, partnerships, or limited liability companies, created or organized in the United States or under U.S. laws – and trusts or estates formed under the laws of the United States.
Note: For the 2016 calendar year and beyond, the due date for U.S. citizens is April 18th, and there is an automatic extension of two months for U.S. expats, but the taxes owed should be paid by this date even with the automatic extension. An extension is available, which extends the due date to October 16th.
As an American abroad, you will need to complete Form 8938 of FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) if the defined foreign assets exceed the specified value. Thresholds are different for married and single taxpayers and are generally higher for individuals who live outside the United States. You are required to complete the form if:
- You are filing a single return and the total value of your specified foreign assets exceeds $200,000 on the last day of the tax year or more than $300,000 at any point during the year
- You are filing a joint return and the value of your specified foreign asset exceeds $400,000 on the last day of the tax year or more than $600,000 at any point during the year
Filling the FBAR doesn’t exempt you from FATCA reporting because the FBAR is filed with the U.S. Treasury, whereas Form 8938 is filed with the IRS. It is important to know that failure to file Form 8938 will result in a penalty of $10,000 per form for more than 90 days after the IRS mails you a notice of your failure to file. This will be increased by $10,000 for each 30-day period that the failure continues.
Included in standard
Tax return package
Streamlined Compliance package
A U.S. citizen abroad can keep nothing hidden by using Streamlined Procedures. There are potentially no penalties if you file late tax returns with all of the required information for the last three years, and any delinquent FBARs for the previous six years. To qualify for the Streamlined Procedures, you will need to demonstrate in a written form that your previous non-compliance was not willful. We will provide you with a certification statement. 1040 Abroad’s tax experts have dealt with numerous clients through this process and will ensure that you have the best option to qualify for this.
$1800 for the last three years’ return
$2600 for the last five years’ return
Tax consulting and advice
Throughout the years, we have gathered the best tax experts at 1040 Abroad and we are willing to help you with the correct tax planning, assessments, and reviews. Our CPAs and EA have extensive experience of guiding each of our customers through complicated tax procedures and helping them to meet their requirements so that they are tax compliant. Moreover, we can advise you about moving abroad, assess your current situation and provide customized solutions for you. You can book your appointment now by contacting us by using a contact form.
$200 for one hour
Canadian tax return
If you are a U.S. person who is living and working in Canada, we can help you to prepare your Canadian Tax return. We have wide experience of dealing with clients in Canada and, therefore, can make all of the calculations and share our expertise in working with expats who currently reside in Canada. Our tax teams know how to use the available options to maximize tax savings and ensure the best outcome for you.
Immigration to the U.S. and emigration from the U.S.
Our company was founded by a naturalized U.S. citizen, who went through the immigration process by himself when he moved there from France. This real-life experience helped him to acquire knowledge that can help you to immigrate to the U.S. legally, safely and hassle-free.
If you are looking for ways to emigrate from the U.S., we can provide you with a wide range of consultations, including ways to safely go through this process, choose the best destination to start your expat life and stay tax compliant while enjoying your new experience abroad.
$100 for one hour
Renouncing U.S. citizenship
You may be an American by birth without ties to the U.S. anymore or an Accidental American. You’ve lived most of your life abroad, building your career there, and have family and friends there, but you are still carrying the tax burden of being a U.S. citizen. We will help you to take that last step to renounce your U.S. citizenship and move forward without being burdened with tax responsibilities. It may be a complicated and complex thing to do, but we have dealt with such cases before and will guide you through the entire process.
Note: A person’s renunciation affects only the person. None of their family members lose U.S. citizenship or are otherwise treated any differently for any U.S. legal purpose.
$700 (dual status + Form 8854)