What is the impact of working abroad in retirement on taxes?

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by heather , in category: Retirement Planning , 9 months ago

What is the impact of working abroad in retirement on taxes?

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by paolo.leuschke , 9 months ago

@heather 

Working abroad in retirement can have several impacts on taxes, depending on various factors such as the country of residence, the duration of work, and the tax laws of both the home and host country. Here are some potential impacts:

  1. Double taxation: One major concern is the possibility of being subject to double taxation, where both the home country (where the individual has citizenship or permanent residency) and the host country (where the individual is working) may impose taxes on the same income. However, many countries have tax treaties to avoid or mitigate this issue by providing relief through exemptions, credits, or deductions.
  2. Tax residence rules: The individual's tax residence status may change when working abroad in retirement. Some countries have specific rules to determine tax residence, such as the number of days spent in each country within a given tax year. If tax residence changes, it may affect the individual's tax obligations in both the home and host country.
  3. Foreign income exclusion: Some countries, such as the United States, provide a foreign income exclusion for citizens or residents working abroad. This allows individuals to exclude a certain amount of earned income from their taxable income. However, specific conditions and limitations apply.
  4. Reporting requirements: Working abroad may trigger additional reporting requirements, such as filing tax returns in both the home and host country or disclosing foreign financial accounts. Failure to meet these requirements can result in penalties or other legal issues.
  5. Social security taxes: Working abroad may impact an individual's eligibility for social security benefits, as well as the tax and reporting obligations related to those benefits. Some countries have international social security agreements to coordinate taxation and eligibility.
  6. Deductions and credits: Working abroad may open up opportunities for deductions or credits related to foreign housing, travel, or other work-related expenses. The availability and eligibility criteria for these deductions or credits vary by country.


Given the complexity and potential implications of working abroad in retirement on taxes, it is advisable to consult with a qualified tax professional or expert who can provide personalized advice based on an individual's specific circumstances.