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Reaching Out to Americans Abroad

International Tax Gap Series

April 2009

Globalization continues to affect us all. Businesses are no longer defined by national borders. Individuals and capital move freely from one country to another. It is estimated that more than 7 million Americans reside outside of the United States (not including military personnel). The IRS recognizes that it must find innovative ways to meet the needs of the growing number of U.S. taxpayers who live in other countries, so a special tax page has been added to the IRS web site that specifically addresses the tax issues of U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad.

This new tax page contains a wealth of information on where and when to file, and how to get tax help. It also includes links to many more international tax topics, such as information on reporting foreign bank accounts and how to take advantage of tax provisions like the foreign tax credit and foreign earned income exclusion. The page will soon be linked to the 263 U.S. Embassy and Consulate homepages throughout the world.

Also, many Americans who live overseas are already familiar with Publication 54, Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad. But a more concise brochure has now been developed to help direct overseas citizens and residents to helpful tax resources, Publication 4732, Federal Tax Information for U.S. Taxpayers Living Abroad.

The IRS is eager to meet the needs of all of our customers, both domestically and in the international arena.  We continue to look for ways to make taxes less taxing.

References and Links
  U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad
  Publication 4732, Federal Tax Information for U.S. Taxpayers Living Abroad
  Publication 54, Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad

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