Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
If you meet certain requirements, you may qualify for the foreign earned income and foreign housing exclusions and the foreign housing deduction.
If you are a U.S. citizen or a resident alien of the United States and you live abroad, you are taxed on your worldwide income. However, you may qualify to exclude from income up to an amount of your foreign earnings that is adjusted annually for inflation ($92,900 for 2011, $95,100 for 2012, $97,600 for 2013, $99,200 for 2014 and $100,800 for 2015). In addition, you can exclude or deduct certain foreign housing amounts.
You may also be entitled to exclude from income the value of meals and lodging provided to you by your employer. Refer to Exclusion of Meals and Lodging in Publication 54, Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad, and Publication 15-B, Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits for more information.
For purposes of the foreign earned income exclusion, the foreign housing exclusion, and the foreign housing deduction, foreign earned income does not include any amounts paid by the United States or any of its agencies to its employees. This includes amounts paid from both appropriated and nonappropriated funds. Also, if you are a U.S. Government employee paid by a U.S. agency that assigned you to a foreign government to perform specific services for which the agency is reimbursed by the foreign government, your pay is from the U.S. Government and does not qualify for exclusion or deduction.
- Can I Claim the Exclusion or Deduction?
- Tax Home In A Foreign Country
- Bona Fide Resident test
- Physical Presence Test
- Exceptions to Tests
- Figuring The Exclusion
- Choosing The Exclusion
- Which Form to File
- Foreign Housing Exclusion or Deduction
- Individual Retirement Arrangements
- Extension to Claim Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
- Application of Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and the Combat Zone Exclusion to Civilian Contractors Working in Combat Zones (PDF)
- Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income
- Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
- Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
- Form 2350, Application for Extension of Time to File U.S. Income Tax Return
- Publication 54, Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad
- U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad