What is the taxation of foreign income for U.S. citizens?

by jaylin.bartell , in category: Taxation and Accounting , a year ago

What is the taxation of foreign income for U.S. citizens?

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by lucienne , 10 months ago

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The taxation of foreign income for U.S. citizens is determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and can be quite complex. Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Worldwide Income: U.S. citizens and resident aliens are generally required to report their worldwide income on their U.S. tax returns, regardless of where the income was earned.
  2. Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE): The FEIE allows certain U.S. citizens who live and work abroad to exclude a certain amount of their foreign earned income from U.S. taxation. For tax year 2021, the maximum exclusion amount is $108,700. However, certain conditions must be met to qualify for this exclusion.
  3. Foreign Tax Credit (FTC): The FTC allows U.S. citizens to claim a credit for taxes paid to a foreign country on their foreign income. This credit helps to offset the U.S. tax liability on the foreign income, avoiding double taxation. The FTC can be claimed even if the foreign income is fully or partially excluded through the FEIE.
  4. Reporting Requirements: In addition to filing a regular U.S. tax return, U.S. citizens may also need to comply with additional reporting requirements, such as filing the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) if they have financial accounts in a foreign country with an aggregate value over a certain threshold.
  5. Tax Treaties: The United States has tax treaties with many countries to avoid double taxation and certain specific rules may apply as per the provisions of the treaty.


It is recommended to consult a tax professional or refer to the IRS publications (such as Publication 54, Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad) for detailed guidance on the taxation of foreign income for U.S. citizens, as individual circumstances can vary.

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by alan , 5 months ago

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The taxation of foreign income for U.S. citizens is determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and can be quite complex. Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Worldwide Income: U.S. citizens and resident aliens are generally required to report their worldwide income on their U.S. tax returns, regardless of where the income was earned.
  2. Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE): The FEIE allows certain U.S. citizens who meet specific requirements, such as establishing a foreign tax home and passing either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test, to exclude a certain amount of their foreign earned income from U.S. taxation. The exclusion amount is adjusted annually for inflation. For tax year 2021, the maximum exclusion amount is $108,700.
  3. Foreign Tax Credit (FTC): The FTC allows U.S. citizens to claim a credit for taxes paid or accrued to a foreign country (or U.S. possession) on their foreign income. This credit helps to offset the U.S. tax liability on the foreign income, avoiding double taxation. The credit is generally limited to the amount of U.S. tax attributable to the foreign income.
  4. Reporting Requirements: In addition to filing a regular U.S. tax return, U.S. citizens may also need to comply with additional reporting requirements, such as filing the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) if they have financial accounts in a foreign country with an aggregate value over a certain threshold. Other reporting requirements may apply depending on the taxpayer's specific circumstances.
  5. Tax Treaties: The United States has tax treaties with many countries to avoid double taxation and provide relief from certain tax provisions. The provisions of these tax treaties may override the default U.S. tax rules and provide specific guidance on how foreign income should be taxed.


It is important for U.S. citizens with foreign income to consult with a tax professional or refer to the IRS publications (such as Publication 54, Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad) for detailed guidance and to ensure compliance with all applicable tax laws and regulations. Individual circumstances can vary, and it is essential to consider the specific details and requirements that may apply to each taxpayer.