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What is an expat?


In our Tax Tip Tuesday posts, we'll be expanding on tax topics that relate to a certain population of taxpayers: expatriates or "expats." We thought it was a good idea to start by defining what an expat is.

The word expat is short for expatriate. In simple words, an expat is a person residing and/or working in a country other than their native country. An expat can live in another country permanently or for a certain period of time.


For tax purposes, if you are a U.S. citizen, resident, or Green Card holder, the rules for filing income, estate, and gift tax returns and paying estimated tax in the United States are generally the same whether you are in the United States or abroad. Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside.

Tax regulations and foreign financial disclosures around expatriates can be complex. Holly has over twelve years of experience preparing US tax returns for this population of taxpayers as well as advising their employers on international tax topics.


We'll begin exploring some of the complexities facing this population of taxpayers in our Tax Tip Tuesday posts. Have something you want to hear about? Let us know.

This post may not contain a complete analysis of the tax issues discussed herein and does not represent official conclusions or advice regarding the matter.

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