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The Advanced Child Tax Credit for American Expats

Millions of American families have received monthly advance Child Tax Credit payments...

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What is Adjusted Gross Income

In this short blog post I explain to you what is Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)...

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5 Tips to Help File Your Tax Return as an American Expat

Follow these tips to make things a little easier for your tax return as an expat...

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What is The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion?

This method allows US Expats to exclude more than $100,000 of income from being taxed

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What is the Foreign Tax Credit?

The Foreign Tax Credit is the primary provision that allows US citizens living abroad to avoid double taxation...

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Gross Income vs. Net Income

What are the main differences between Gross Income and Net Income

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What is Gross Income?

Learn about gross income and how it works...

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Tax Implications of Remote Work Arrangements in Puerto Rico

The most relevant tax considerations of a temporary or permanent transition to remote work from Puerto Rico...

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How the Rich Save on Taxes

Learn the Top 5 Strategies Successful People Use to Pay Less Taxes

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Foreign Earned Income Exclusion impact on your Student Loan Repayment

Understand how the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion might be a beneficial option for you as a U.S. expats who has student loans...

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What is FATCA?

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) forms an essential part of the U.S. efforts to combat tax evasion by U.S. persons ...

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Understanding Gift Taxes

Will I be taxed on the money or asset I receive as a gift? Will I be taxed for giving money or assets?

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Do You Have to Report Crypto Currencies on FBARs?

Investments in virtual currencies have become more popular, and now investors are dealing with the tax compliance aspects of this new type of investment...

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Filing a Tax Return After Using the Non-Filers Tool

If you sent the IRS your bank information using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here and now need to file a 2019 tax return, you must amend your submission.

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Q&A: All your questions answered about the stimulus payments

On this post you will get answers to the most asked questions about the stimulus payments to understand if you will receive or should have received any of these payments, guide you on what you should do to receive the funding you are eligible for.

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What You Want to Know About All the COVID-19 Stimulus Payments

This blog post will help you understand if you will receive or should have received any of the stimulus payments, and provide guidance on what you should do to receive the payments you are eligible for.

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Are Non U.S. Citizens Eligible for the Stimulus Payments?

Get to know everything about your eligibility to receive the Stimulus Checks based on your Immigration status in the U.S.

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Claiming a Dependent on your Tax Return as an Unmarried Couple

Things can get a bit more complicated when both you and your partner have similar roles on your dependent's life and support and you're not filing a joint return as a married couple... Learn your options!

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The IRS is done sending stimulus checks- Here's what you should do to get your money if you were eligible but missed out.

The IRS said that it has issued all Economic Impact Payments for now, so if you were eligible but missed out on getting your payments: Read this post to know what you should do to claim them...

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Do you have to file taxes from abroad this year in the U.S.?

Quickly learn through this post what are the tax filing thresholds for the 2020 tax year, and check whether you have to file U.S. taxes based on your worldwide income and filing status...

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2021 Tax Season Starts February 12: Here’s what to expect.

This is a late start to the tax season, and with stimulus payments that still need to be issued, and 2019 returns not yet processed, I want you to be ready to get bigger and quicker tax refunds this season...

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Claiming your Charity Tax Donations for Tax Year 2020

Donations are oftentimes tax deductible and I want to explain to you briefly how you can get the most taxes benefits for the donations you make...

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What reliefs are in the Second Stimulus Package?

Here's a list of the key provisions of the new stimulus package...

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Will American Expats living abroad qualify for the new stimulus check?

If you're an American living oversees, you need to comply with these simple requirements to get your stimulus payment...

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Everything you need to know about the SECOND Stimulus Payment

Congressional leaders on Sunday reached a deal on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package. Here’s everything you need to know...

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Legal Travel Tips for the Holidays

If you have made the decision to travel for the holidays make sure you follow these tips and prepare to travel legally covered...

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Easy Ways to Contact the IRS

How can you speak with a live person at the IRS? In this blog post I share 5 easy ways to get in contact with the IRS

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Yearly Tax Due Dates for American Expats

As an American living abroad, there may be more forms to file and more dates to remember than your tax teturn due date. To make sure you're right on track with your tax filing duties, be sure to add these US expat tax deadlines to your calendar every year!

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All you need to know about ITIN -Individual Taxpayer Identification Number

Non-U.S. citizens who don’t qualify for a SSN, can use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to file their tax returns...

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Filing Past Due Tax Returns

Why and when should you file your tax return once the deadline has passed...

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Limits to the Standard Deduction

Not all taxpayers qualify for the standard deduction...

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Standard Deduction vs. Itemized Deductions

In order to deduct the amount of income that will be subject to U.S. taxes, you are allowed to select one of two types of deductions...

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What is the Standard Deduction?

The amount of your standard deduction is based on three main factors...

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What happens if You Do Not Pay Your U.S. Taxes While Living Abroad

If you don't live in the United States, why do you have to file taxes there? There are two main reasons...

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Filing Taxes as an American Citizen Married to a Non- U.S.Citizen

When filing your U.S. taxes, you may be asking yourself: If my spouse doesn't have a Social Security Number, what should we do?...

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How to Know if You Need to Hire a Tax Attorney

If any of these situations sound like yours, it is best to immediately contact a tax attorney...

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Countries Where Americans Can Travel To Right Now

Some countries around the world are starting to welcome tourists back, Americans included...

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The European Union Officially Blocks U.S. Travelers Entry when Borders Reopen on July 1st

The member states of the European Union had drafted two lists: one for the countries that will be allowed to enter, and one for those that will not be allowed to enter...

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All You Need to Know About the Suspension of Workers' Visas in the United States

The Trump Administration is attempting to reform the immigration system to what they have called a Merit- Based Immigration System...

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USCIS Reopens & Restores Services

Some local Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) offices have reopened and restored some services to the public...

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U.S. Supreme Court Defeats Trump's Attempt to End DACA - This is its Trajectory

In September 2017 President Trump announced that under his administration he would terminate DACA, leaving something close to a million recipients of the program unprotected and vulnerable under the law...

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Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status

The I-20 Form is a mandatory document when applying for the F-1 and M-1 visas...

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United States' borders with Mexico and Canada to remain closed

United States' borders with Mexico and Canada will remain closed until further notice for non-essential travel...

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Travel Restrictions in the U.S. and your Immigration Rights

All you need to know about the immigration and travel restrictions that have been imposed due to Covid-19 in the United States and your solutions to avoid accumulating illegal presence...

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Facts About Immigration in the United States

5 things you probably didn't know about immigration in the United States...

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Travel Permit Extensions in the U.S.

The method you will be able to use to extend your stay, will depend...

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Digitalization of the Legal Field

In a major way, the stability of society and our economy depends on the functionality of the legal system. It is for this reason that it is imperative for the legal system to innovate...

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Student Visas to Study in the United States

Foreign citizens are not allowed to study for credit in the United States without a valid student visa, for this purpose it is important that you acquire the right student visa before you do anything else...

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Pros and Cons of Artificial Intelligence

What if Artificial Intelligence replaces human labor and actually improves our quality of life?...

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How to Become a Lawyer in the United States

Do you have a legal driven mindset and are interested in following the path to become a lawyer in the United States? These are the steps you must take...

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Germany has one the lowest death rates in the world from COVID-19

According to the experts, there are three main reasons for the country’s low fatality rate...

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Coronavirus Effects: CAN’T RETURN TO GERMANY?

If you're a foreigner with a residence permit currently out of Germany and cannot return within the six month period because of the travel restrictions, you have options...

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Coronavirus Effects: RESIDENCE PERMITS EXTENSIONS

Regardless of the situation you find yourself in right now, you may have a legal solution to extend your permit and stay legally in Germany...

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5 Ways You Can Help During a Pandemic

Even in a Pandemic crisis like this one, a helping hand can be extended (just not quite literally) and there’s more than one way in which you can help yourself by helping others...

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Coronavirus Effects: EU BLUE CARD EXTENSION

If you're the holder of an EU Blue Card that will soon expire, this is what you can do...

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