Instructions for Form 2555 (2017)

Foreign Earned Income

Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code unless otherwise noted.

2017


Instructions for Form 2555 - Introductory Material

Future Developments

For the latest information about developments related to Form 2555 and its instructions, such as legislation enacted after they were published, go to www.IRS.gov/Form2555.

What's New

Exclusion amount.

For 2017, the maximum exclusion has increased to $102,100.

General Instructions

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Don't include on Form 1040, line 64 (federal income tax withheld), any taxes an employer withheld from your pay and paid to the foreign country's tax authority instead of to the U.S. Treasury.

Purpose of Form

If you qualify, you can use Form 2555 to figure your foreign earned income exclusion and your housing exclusion or deduction. You cannot exclude or deduct more than your foreign earned income for the year.

You may be able to use Form 2555-EZ if you didn't have any self-employment income for the year, your total foreign earned income did not exceed $102,100, you don't have any business or moving expenses, and you don't claim the housing exclusion or deduction. For more details, see Form 2555-EZ and its separate instructions.

General Information

If you are a U.S. citizen or a U.S. resident alien living in a foreign country, you are subject to the same U.S. income tax laws that apply to citizens and resident aliens living in the United States.

Note.

Specific rules apply to determine if you are a resident or nonresident alien of the United States. See Pub. 519.

Foreign country.

A foreign country is any territory under the sovereignty of a government other than that of the United States.

The term "foreign country" includes the country's territorial waters and airspace, but not international waters and the airspace above them. It also includes the seabed and subsoil of those submarine areas adjacent to the country's territorial waters over which it has exclusive rights under international law to explore and exploit the natural resources.

The term "foreign country" doesn't include U.S. possessions or territories. It doesn't include the Antarctic region.

Who Qualifies

You qualify for the tax benefits available to taxpayers who have foreign earned income if both of the following apply.

  • You meet the tax home test (discussed later).

  • You meet either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test, discussed later.

 

Note.

Income from working abroad as an employee of the U.S. Government does not qualify for either of the exclusions or the housing deduction. Don't file Form 2555.

Tax home test.

To meet this test, your tax home must be in a foreign country, or countries (see Foreign country, earlier), throughout your period of bona fide residence or physical presence, whichever applies. For this purpose, your period of physical presence is the 330 full days during which you were present in a foreign country, not the 12 consecutive months during which those days occurred.

Your tax home is your regular or principal place of business, employment, or post of duty, regardless of where you maintain your family residence. If you don't have a regular or principal place of business because of the nature of your trade or business, your tax home is your regular place of abode (the place where you regularly live).

You aren't considered to have a tax home in a foreign country for any period during which your abode is in the United States. However, if you are temporarily present in the United States, or you maintain a dwelling in the United States (whether or not that dwelling is used by your spouse and dependents), it doesn't necessarily mean that your abode is in the United States during that time.

Example.

You are employed on an offshore oil rig in the territorial waters of a foreign country and work a 28-day on/28-day off schedule. You return to your family residence in the United States during your off periods. You are considered to have an abode in the United States and don't meet the tax home test. You can't claim either of the exclusions or the housing deduction.

Travel to Cuba

Generally, if you were in Cuba in violation of U.S. travel restrictions, the following rules apply.

  • Any time spent in Cuba can't be counted in determining if you qualify under the bona fide residence or physical presence test.

  • Any income earned in Cuba isn't considered foreign earned income.

  • Any housing expenses in Cuba (or housing expenses for your spouse or dependents in another country while you were in Cuba) aren't considered qualified housing expenses.

 

Note.

If you performed services at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, you were not in violation of U.S. travel restrictions.

Waiver of Time Requirements

If your tax home was in a foreign country and you were a bona fide resident of, or physically present in, a foreign country and had to leave because of war, civil unrest, or similar adverse conditions, the minimum time requirements specified under the bona fide residence and physical presence tests may be waived. You must be able to show that you reasonably could have expected to meet the minimum time requirements if you hadn't been required to leave. Each year the IRS will publish in the Internal Revenue Bulletin a list of the only countries that qualify for the waiver for the previous year and the dates they qualify. If you left one of the countries during the period indicated, you can claim the tax benefits on Form 2555, but only for the number of days you were a bona fide resident of, or physically present in, the foreign country.

If you can claim either of the exclusions or the housing deduction because of the waiver of time requirements, attach a statement to your return explaining that you expected to meet the applicable time requirement, but the conditions in the foreign country prevented you from the normal conduct of business. Also, enter "Claiming Waiver" in the top margin on page 1 of Form 2555.

Additional Information

Pub. 54 has more information about the bona fide residence test, the physical presence test, the foreign earned income exclusion, and the housing exclusion and deduction. You can download this publication (as well as other forms and publications) at IRS.gov. You can also get this publication by writing to: National Distribution Center, 1201 N. Mitsubishi Motorway, Bloomington, IL 61705-6613.

When To File

A 2017 calendar year Form 1040 is generally due April 17, 2018.

However, you are automatically granted a 2-month extension of time to file (to June 15, 2018, for a 2017 calendar year return) if, on the due date of your return, you live outside the United States and Puerto Rico and your tax home (defined earlier) is outside the United States and Puerto Rico. If you take this extension, you must attach a statement to your return explaining that you meet these two conditions.

The automatic 2-month extension also applies to paying the tax. However, you will owe interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date of your return.

When to claim the exclusion(s).

The first year you plan to take the foreign earned income exclusion and/or the housing exclusion or deduction, you may not yet have met either the physical presence test or the bona fide residence test by the due date of your return (including the automatic 2-month extension, discussed earlier). If this occurs, you can either:

  1. Apply for a special extension to a date after you expect to qualify, or

  2. File your return timely without claiming the exclusion and then file an amended return after you qualify.

 

Special extension of time.

To apply for this extension, complete and file Form 2350 with the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service Center, Austin, TX 73301-0045, before the due date of your return. Interest is charged on the tax not paid by the regular due date as explained earlier.

Amended return.

File Form 1040X to change a return you already filed. Generally, Form 1040X must be filed within 3 years after the date the original return was filed or within 2 years after the date the tax was paid, whichever is later.

Where To File

Attach Form 2555 to Form 1040 when filed. Mail your Form 1040 to one of the special addresses designated for those filing Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ. Do not mail your Form 1040 to the addresses associated with your state of residence if Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ is attached. See the Instructions for Form 1040. The filing addresses are also available at IRS.gov/filing/international-where-to-file-form-1040-1040a-and-1040ez-addresses-for-taxpayers-and-tax-professionals.

Choosing the Exclusion(s)

To choose either of the exclusions, complete the appropriate parts of Form 2555 and file it with your Form 1040 or Form 1040X. Your initial choice to claim the exclusion must usually be made on a timely filed return (including extensions) or on a return amending a timely filed return. However, there are exceptions. See Pub. 54 for details.

Once you choose to claim an exclusion, that choice remains in effect for that year and all future years unless it is revoked. To revoke your choice, you must attach a statement to your return for the first year you don't wish to claim the exclusion(s). If you revoke your choice, you can't claim the exclusion(s) for your next 5 tax years without the approval of the Internal Revenue Service. See Pub. 54 for more information.

Additional child tax credit.

You can't take the additional child tax credit if you claim either of the exclusions or the housing deduction.

Earned income credit.

You can't take the earned income credit if you claim either of the exclusions or the housing deduction.

Foreign tax credit or deduction.

You can't take a credit or deduction for foreign income taxes paid or accrued on income that is excluded under either of the exclusions. If all of your foreign earned income is excluded, you can't claim a credit or deduction for the foreign taxes paid or accrued on that income. If only part of your income is excluded, you can't claim a credit or deduction for the foreign taxes allocable to the excluded income. See Pub. 514 for details on how to figure the amount allocable to the excluded income.

IRA deduction.

If you claim either of the exclusions, special rules apply in figuring the amount of your IRA deduction. For details, see Pub. 590.

Figuring Tax on Income Not Excluded

If you claim either of the exclusions or the housing deduction, you must figure the tax on your nonexcluded income using the tax rates that would have applied had you not claimed the exclusions. See the Instructions for Form 1040 and complete the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet to figure the amount of tax to enter on Form 1040, line 44. When figuring your alternative minimum tax on Form 6251, you must use the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet in the instructions for Form 6251.

Specific Instructions

Part I

Line 1.

Enter entire address including city or town, state or province, country, and ZIP or foreign postal code. If using a military or diplomatic address, include the country in which you are living or stationed.

Line 9.

Enter your tax home(s) and date(s) established. See Tax home test under Who Qualifies, earlier.

Part II

Bona Fide Residence Test

To meet this test, you must be one of the following.

  • A U.S. citizen who is a bona fide resident of a foreign country, or countries, for an uninterrupted period that includes an entire tax year (January 1–December 31, if you file a calendar year return), or

  • A U.S. resident alien who is a citizen or national of a country with which the United States has an income tax treaty in effect and who is a bona fide resident of a foreign country, or countries, for an uninterrupted period that includes an entire tax year (January 1–December 31, if you file a calendar year return). See Table 3 at IRS.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/tax-treaty-tables for a list of countries with which the United States has an income tax treaty in effect.

 

Whether you are a bona fide resident of a foreign country depends on your intention about the length and nature of your stay. Evidence of your intention may be your words and acts. If these conflict, your acts carry more weight than your words. Generally, if you go to a foreign country for a definite, temporary purpose and return to the United States after you accomplish it, you aren't a bona fide resident of the foreign country. If accomplishing the purpose requires an extended, indefinite stay, and you make your home in the foreign country, you may be a bona fide resident. See Pub. 54 for more information and examples.

Line 10.

Enter the dates your bona fide residence began and ended. If you are still a bona fide resident, enter "Continues" in the space for the date your bona fide residence ended.

Lines 12a and 12b.

If you check "Yes" on line 12a, enter the type(s) of family member(s) and the date(s) they lived with you on line 12b. Acceptable entries for family members on line 12b include child, foster child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece, son, daughter, spouse, or other. If you check "No" on line 12a, leave line 12b blank or enter "None."

Lines 13a and 13b.

If you submitted a statement of nonresidence to the authorities of a foreign country in which you earned income and the authorities hold that you aren't subject to their income tax laws by reason of nonresidency in the foreign country, you aren't considered a bona fide resident of that country.

If you submitted such a statement and the authorities haven't made an adverse determination of your nonresident status, you aren't considered a bona fide resident of that country.

Part III

Physical Presence Test

To meet this test, you must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien who is physically present in a foreign country, or countries, for at least 330 full days during any period of 12 months in a row. A full day means the 24-hour period that starts at midnight.

To figure 330 full days, add all separate periods you were present in a foreign country during the 12-month period shown on line 16. The 330 full days can be interrupted by periods when you are traveling over international waters or are otherwise not in a foreign country. See Pub. 54 for more information and examples.

Note.

A nonresident alien who, with a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien spouse, chooses to be taxed as a resident of the United States can qualify under this test if the time requirements are met. See Pub. 54 for details on how to make this choice.

Line 16.

The 12-month period on which the physical presence test is based must include 365 days, part of which must be in 2017. The dates may begin or end in a calendar year other than 2017.

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You must enter dates in both spaces provided on line 16. Don't enter "Continues" in the space for the ending date.

Part IV

Foreign Earned Income

Enter in this part the total foreign earned income you earned and received (including income constructively received) during the tax year. If you are a cash basis taxpayer, include in income on Form 1040, the foreign earned income you received during the tax year regardless of when you earned it. (For example, include wages on Form 1040, line 7.)

Income is earned in the tax year you perform the services for which you receive the pay. But if you are a cash basis taxpayer and, because of your employer's payroll periods, you received your last salary payment for 2016 in 2017, that income may be treated as earned in 2017. If you cannot treat that salary payment as income earned in 2017, the rules explained under Income earned in prior year, discussed later, apply. See Pub. 54 for more details.

Foreign earned income for this purpose means wages, salaries, professional fees, and other compensation received for personal services you performed in a foreign country during the period for which you meet the tax home test and either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test. It also includes noncash income (such as a home or car) and allowances or reimbursements.

Foreign earned income doesn't include amounts that are actually a distribution of corporate earnings or profits rather than a reasonable allowance as compensation for your personal services. It also doesn't include the following types of income.

  • Pension and annuity income (including social security benefits and railroad retirement benefits treated as social security).

  • Interest, ordinary dividends, capital gains, alimony, etc.

  • Portion of 2016 moving expense deduction allocable to 2017 that is included in your 2017 gross income. For details, see Moving Expense Attributable to Foreign Earnings in 2 Years under Moving Expenses in Pub. 54.

  • Amounts paid to you by the U.S. Government or any of its agencies if you were an employee of the U.S. Government or any of its agencies.

  • Amounts received after the end of the tax year following the tax year in which you performed the services.

  • Amounts you must include in gross income because of your employer's contributions to a nonexempt employees' trust or to a nonqualified annuity contract.

 

Income received in prior year.

Foreign earned income received in 2016 for services you performed in 2017 can be excluded from your 2016 gross income if, and to the extent, the income would have been excludable if you had received it in 2017. To claim the additional exclusion, you must amend your 2016 tax return. To do this, file Form 1040X.

Income earned in prior year.

Foreign earned income received in 2017 for services you performed in 2016 can be excluded from your 2017 gross income if, and to the extent, the income would have been excludable if you had received it in 2016.

If you are excluding income under this rule, do not include this income in Part IV. Instead, attach a statement to Form 2555 showing how you figured the exclusion. Enter the amount that would have been excludable in 2016 on Form 2555 to the left of line 45. Next to the amount enter "Exclusion of Income Earned in 2016." Include it in the total reported on line 45.

Note.

If you claimed any deduction, credit, or exclusion on your 2016 return that is definitely related to the 2016 foreign earned income you are excluding under this rule, you may have to amend your 2016 income tax return to adjust the amount you claimed. To do this, file Form 1040X.

Line 20.

If you engaged in an unincorporated trade or business in which both personal services and capital were material income-producing factors, a reasonable amount of compensation for your personal services will be considered earned income. The amount treated as earned income, however, can't be more than 30% of your share of the net profits from the trade or business after subtracting the deduction for the employer-equivalent portion of self-employment tax.

If capital is not an income-producing factor and personal services produced the business income, the 30% rule does not apply. Your entire gross income is earned income.

Line 23.

List other foreign earned income not included on lines 19-22. You can write "Various" on the dotted lines to the left of the entry space if you have other foreign earned income from multiple sources.

Line 25.

Enter the value of meals and/or lodging provided by, or on behalf of, your employer that is excludable from your income under section 119. To be excludable, the meals and lodging must have been provided for your employer's convenience and on your employer's business premises. In addition, you must have been required to accept the lodging as a condition of your employment. If you lived in a camp provided by, or on behalf of, your employer, the camp may be considered part of your employer's business premises. See Exclusion of Meals and Lodging in Pub. 54 for details.

Part VI

Line 28.

Enter the total reasonable expenses paid or incurred during the tax year by you, or on your behalf, for your foreign housing and the housing of your spouse and dependents if they lived with you. You can also include the reasonable expenses of a second foreign household (defined later). Housing expenses are considered reasonable to the extent they aren't lavish or extravagant under the circumstances.

Housing expenses include rent, utilities (other than telephone charges), real and personal property insurance, nonrefundable fees paid to obtain a lease, rental of furniture and accessories, residential parking, and household repairs. You can also include the fair rental value of housing provided by, or on behalf of, your employer if you haven't excluded it on line 25.

Don't include deductible interest and taxes, any amount deductible by a tenant-stockholder in connection with cooperative housing, the cost of buying or improving a house, principal payments on a mortgage, or depreciation on the house. Also, don't include the cost of domestic labor, pay television, or the cost of buying furniture or accessories.

Include expenses for housing only during periods for which:

  • The value of your housing isn't excluded from gross income under section 119 (unless you maintained a second foreign household as defined later), and

  • You meet the tax home test and either the bona fide residence or physical presence test.

 

Second foreign household.

If you maintained a separate foreign household for your spouse and dependents at a place other than your tax home because the living conditions at your tax home were dangerous, unhealthful, or otherwise adverse, you can include the expenses of the second household on line 28.

Married couples.

The following rules apply if both you and your spouse qualify for the tax benefits of Form 2555.

Same foreign household.

If you and your spouse lived in the same foreign household and file a joint return, you must figure your housing amounts (line 33) jointly. If you file separate returns, only one spouse can claim the housing exclusion or deduction.

In figuring your housing amount jointly, either spouse (but not both) can claim the housing exclusion or housing deduction. However, if you and your spouse have different periods of residence or presence, and the one with the shorter period of residence or presence claims the exclusion or deduction, you can claim as housing expenses only the expenses for that shorter period. The spouse claiming the exclusion or deduction can aggregate the housing expenses of both spouses, subject to the limit on housing expenses (line 29b), and subtract his or her base housing amount.

Separate foreign households.

If you and your spouse lived in separate foreign households, you each can claim qualified expenses for your own household only if:

  • Your tax homes weren't within a reasonable commuting distance of each other, and

  • Each spouse's household wasn't within a reasonable commuting distance of the other spouse's tax home.

 

Otherwise, only one spouse can claim his or her housing exclusion or deduction. This is true even if you and your spouse file separate returns.

See Pub. 54 for additional information.

Line 29a.

Enter the city or other location (if applicable) and the country where you incurred foreign housing expenses during the tax year only if your location is listed in the table at the end of the instructions; otherwise, leave this line blank.

Line 29b.

Your housing expenses may not exceed a certain limit. The limit on housing expenses varies depending upon the location in which you incur housing expenses. In 2017, for most locations, this limit is $30,630 (30 percent of $102,100) if your qualifying period includes all of 2017 (or $83.92 per day if the number of days in your qualifying period that fall within your 2017 tax year is less than 365).

The table at the end of the instructions lists the housing expense limits based on geographic differences in foreign housing costs relative to housing costs in the United States. If the location in which you incurred housing expenses is listed in the table, or the number of days in your qualifying period that fall within the 2017 tax year is less than 365, use the Limit on Housing Expenses Worksheet, on this page, to figure the amount to enter on line 29b. If the location in which you incurred housing expenses is not listed in the table, and the number of days in your qualifying period is 365, enter $30,630 on line 29b.

Limit on Housing Expenses Worksheet—Line 29b

Note. If the location in which you incurred housing expenses isn't listed in the table at the end of the instructions, and the number of days in your qualifying period that fall within the 2017 tax year is 365, DO NOT complete this worksheet. Instead, enter $30,630 on line 29b.
1. Enter the number of days in your qualifying period that fall within the 2017 tax year (see the instructions for line 31)   1.  
2. Did you enter 365 on line 1?      
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No. If the amount on line 1 is less than 365, skip line 2 and go to line 3.
     
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Yes. Locate the amount under the column Limit on Housing Expenses (full year) from the table at the end of the instructions for the location in which you incurred housing expenses. This is your limit on housing expenses. Enter the amount here and on line 29b. Also, see Election to apply higher limit on housing expenses, later.
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Do not complete the rest of this worksheet
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3. Enter the amount under the column Limit on Housing Expenses (daily) from the table at the end of the instructions for the location in which you incurred housing expenses. If the location isn't listed in the table, enter $83.92. Also, see Election to apply higher limit on housing expenses, later.   3.  
4. Multiply line 1 by line 3. This is your limit on housing expenses. Enter the result here and on line 29b   4.  

Example.

For 2017, because your location is not listed in the table at the end of the instructions, your limit on housing expenses is $83.92 per day. If you file a calendar year return and your qualifying period is January 1, 2017, to October 3, 2017 (276 days), you would enter $23,162 on line 29b ($83.92 multiplied by 276 days).

Election to apply higher limit on housing expenses.

For 2016 you could elect to apply the 2017 limits on housing expenses as discussed in section 4 of Notice 2017-21 available at IRS.gov/irb/2017-13_IRB/ar05.html.

The IRS and Treasury Department anticipate that you will also be allowed to make an election to apply the 2018 limits to figure your 2017 limit on housing expenses. The authorization to make the election will be provided in a future annual notice published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin.

More than one foreign location.

If you moved during the 2017 tax year and incurred housing expenses in more than one foreign location as a result, complete the Limit on Housing Expenses Worksheet, earlier, for each location in which you incurred housing expenses, entering the number of qualifying days during which you lived in the applicable location on line 1. Add the results shown on line 4 of each worksheet, and enter the total on line 29b.

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If you moved during the 2017 tax year and are completing more than one Limit on Housing Expenses Worksheet, the total number of days entered on line 1 of your worksheets may not exceed the total number of days in your qualifying period that fall within the 2017 tax year (that is, the number of days entered on Form 2555, line 31).

Line 31.

Enter the number of days in your qualifying period that fall within your 2017 tax year. Your qualifying period is the period during which you meet the tax home test and either the bona fide residence or the physical presence test.

Example.

You establish a tax home and bona fide residence in a foreign country on August 14, 2017. You maintain the tax home and residence until January 31, 2019. You are a calendar year taxpayer. The number of days in your qualifying period that fall within your 2017 tax year is 140 (August 14 through December 31, 2017).

Nontaxable U.S. government allowances.

If you or your spouse received a nontaxable housing allowance as a military or civilian employee of the U.S. government, see Pub. 54 for information on how that allowance may affect your housing exclusion or deduction.

Line 34.

Enter any amount your employer paid or incurred on your behalf that is foreign earned income included in your gross income for the tax year (without regard to section 911).

Examples of employer-provided amounts are:

  • Wages and salaries received from your employer.

  • The fair market value of compensation provided in kind (such as the fair rental value of lodging provided by your employer as long as it isn't excluded on line 25).

  • Rent paid by your employer directly to your landlord.

  • Amounts paid by your employer to reimburse you for housing expenses, educational expenses of your dependents, or as part of a tax equalization plan.

 

Self-employed individuals.

If all of your foreign earned income (Part IV) is self-employment income, skip lines 34 and 35 and enter -0- on line 36. If you qualify for the housing deduction, be sure to complete Part IX.

Part VII

Married couples.

If both you and your spouse qualify for, and choose to claim, the foreign earned income exclusion, figure the amount of the exclusion separately for each of you. You each must complete Part VII of your separate Forms 2555.

Community income.

The amount of the exclusion is not affected by the income-splitting provisions of community property laws. The sum of the amounts figured separately for each of you is the total amount excluded on a joint return.

Part VIII

If you claim either of the exclusions, you can't claim any deduction (including moving expenses), credit, or exclusion that is definitely related to the excluded income. If only part of your foreign earned income is excluded, you must prorate such items based on the ratio that your excludable earned income bears to your total foreign earned income. See Pub. 54 for details on how to figure the amount allocable to the excluded income.

The exclusion under section 119 and the housing deduction are not considered definitely related to the excluded income.

Line 44.

Report in full on Form 1040 and related forms and schedules all deductions allowed in figuring your adjusted gross income (Form 1040, line 37). Enter on line 44 the total amount of those deductions (such as the deduction for moving expenses, the deductible part of self-employment tax, and the expenses claimed on Schedule C or C-EZ (Form 1040)) that aren't allowed because they are allocable to the excluded income. This applies only to deductions definitely related to the excluded earned income. See Pub. 54 for details on how to report your itemized deductions (such as unreimbursed employee business expenses) that are allocable to the excluded income.

Housing Deduction Carryover Worksheet—Line 49

1. Enter the amount from your 2016 Form 2555, line 46   1.  
2. Enter the amount from your 2016 Form 2555, line 48   2.  
3. Subtract line 2 from line 1. If the result is zero, stop; enter -0- on line 49 of your 2017 Form 2555. You do not have any housing deduction carryover from 2016   3.  
4. Enter the amount from your 2017 Form 2555, line 47   4.  
5. Enter the amount from your 2017 Form 2555, line 48   5.  
6. Subtract line 5 from line 4   6.  
7. Enter the smaller of line 3 or line 6 here and on line 49 of your 2017 Form 2555. If line 3 is more than line 6, you cannot carry the difference over to any future tax year   7.  

Part IX

If line 33 is more than line 36 and line 27 is more than line 43, complete this part to figure your housing deduction.

Line 49.

Use the housing deduction carryover worksheet on this page to figure your carryover from 2016.

One-year carryover.

If the amount on line 46 is more than the amount on line 47, you can carry the difference over to your 2018 tax year. If you cannot deduct the excess in 2018 because of the 2018 limit, you cannot carry it over to any future tax year.

       
2017 LIMITS ON HOUSING EXPENSES
       
Country City or Other Location Limit on Housing
Expenses (daily)
Limit on Housing
Expenses (full year)
Angola Luanda 230.14 84,000
Argentina Buenos Aires 154.79 56,500
Australia Melbourne 86.58 31,600
  Perth 92.60 33,800
  Sydney 174.52 63,700
Austria Vienna 96.99 35,400
Bahamas, The Grand Bahama Island 84.66 30,900
  Nassau 136.16 49,700
Bahrain   132.33 48,300
Barbados   103.29 37,700
Belgium Brussels 106.03 38,700
  Gosselies 92.60 33,800
  Mons 92.60 33,800
  SHAPE/Chievres 92.60 33,800
Bermuda   246.58 90,000
Brazil Rio de Janeiro 96.16 35,100
  Sao Paulo 155.07 56,600
Canada Calgary 105.48 38,500
  Montreal 140.55 51,300
  Ottawa 119.45 43,600
  Quebec 95.62 34,900
  Toronto 124.93 45,600
  Vancouver 119.73 43,700
Cayman Islands Grand Cayman 131.51 48,000
Chile Santiago 111.23 40,600
China Beijing 195.07 71,200
  Hong Kong 313.15 114,300
  Shanghai 156.17 57,001
Colombia Bogota 160.82 58,700
  All cities other than Bogota 135.34 49,400
Costa Rica San Jose 87.67 32,000
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa 115.07 42,000
Denmark Copenhagen 119.74 43,704
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo 124.66 45,500
Ecuador Guayaquil 84.38 30,800
  Quito 104.66 38,200
El Salvador San Salvador 87.67 32,000
Estonia Tallinn 127.67 46,600
France Garches 181.92 66,400
  Lyon 100.55 36,700
  Marseille 98.08 35,800
  Paris 181.92 66,400
  Sevres 181.92 66,400
  Suresnes 181.92 66,400
  Versailles 181.92 66,400
  All cities other than Garches, Le Havre, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Paris, Sevres, Suresnes, and Versailles 87.40 31,900
Germany Babenhausen 89.32 32,600
  Baumholder 88.49 32,300
  Berlin 109.04 39,800
  Birkenfeld 88.49 32,300
  Boeblingen 108.22 39,500
  Bonn 115.07 42,000
  Cologne 153.97 56,200
Germany (continued) Darmstadt 89.32 32,600
  Frankfurt am Main 93.15 34,000
  Gelnhausen 112.33 41,000
  Giessen 98.63 36,000
  Grafenwoehr 90.14 32,900
  Hanau 112.33 41,000
  Idar-Oberstein 88.49 32,300
  Ingolstadt 127.40 46,500
  Kaiserslautern, Landkreis 109.04 39,800
  Karlsruhe 86.03 31,400
  Koblenz 87.67 32,000
  Ludwigsburg 108.22 39,500
  Mainz 118.90 43,400
  Munich 127.40 46,500
  Nellingen 108.22 39,500
  Neubruecke 88.49 32,300
  Ober Ramstadt 89.32 32,600
  Pfullendorf 87.67 32,000
  Pirmasens 109.04 39,800
  Sembach 109.04 39,800
  Stuttgart 108.22 39,500
  Vilseck 90.14 32,900
  Wahn 115.07 42,000
  Wiesbaden 118.90 43,400
  Zweibruecken 109.04 39,800
  All cities other than Augsburg, Babenhausen, Bad Aibling, Bad Kreuznach, Bad Nauheim, Baumholder, Berchtesgaden, Berlin, Birkenfeld, Boeblingen, Bonn, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Butzbach, Cologne, Darmstadt, Delmenhorst, Duesseldorf, Erlangen, Flensburg, Frankfurt am Main, Friedberg, Fuerth, Garlstedt, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Geilenkirchen, Gelnhausen, Germersheim, Giebelstadt, Grafenwoehr, Grefrath, Greven, Gruenstadt, Hamburg, Hanau, Handorf, Hannover, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Herongen, Idar-Oberstein, Ingolstadt, Kaiserslautern, Landkreis, Kalkar, Karlsruhe, Kerpen, Kitzingen, Koblenz, Leimen, Leipzig, Ludwigsburg, Mainz, Mannheim, Mayen, Moenchen-Gladbach, Muenster, Munich, Nellingen, Neubruecke, Noervenich, Nuernberg, Ober Ramstadt, Oberammergau, Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Pirmasens, Rheinau, Rheinberg, Schwabach, Schwetzingen, Seckenheim, Sembach, Stuttgart, Twisteden, Vilseck, Wahn, Wertheim, Wiesbaden, Worms, Wuerzburg, Zirndorf, and Zweibruecken 87.67 32,000
Ghana Accra 98.63 36,000
Greece Athens 89.04 32,500
  Elefsis 89.04 32,500
  Ellinikon 89.04 32,500
  Mt. Parnis 89.04 32,500
  Mt. Pateras 89.04 32,500
  Nea Makri 89.04 32,500
  Piraeus 89.04 32,500
  Tanagra 89.04 32,500
Guatemala Guatemala City 114.52 41,800
Guinea Conakry 140.55 51,300
Guyana Georgetown 95.89 35,000
Holy See, The Holy See, The 121.10 44,200
Hungary Budapest 89.04 32,500
  Papa 121.92 44,500
India Mumbai 186.08 67,920
  New Delhi 153.76 56,124
Indonesia Jakarta 103.50 37,776
Ireland Dublin 105.21 38,400
Israel Tel Aviv 139.18 50,800
Italy Genoa 114.52 41,800
  Gioia Tauro 85.48 31,200
  La Spezia 110.68 40,400
  Milan 180.82 66,000
  Naples 121.37 44,300
  Parma 91.78 33,500
  Pordenone-Aviano 93.97 34,300
  Rome 121.10 44,200
  Turin 90.68 33,100
  Vicenza 98.63 36,000
Jamaica Kingston 112.88 41,200
Japan Atsugi 104.66 38,200
  Camp Zama 104.66 38,200
  Chiba-Ken 104.66 38,200
  Fussa 104.66 38,200
  Gifu 203.56 74,300
  Haneda 104.66 38,200
  Kanagawa-Ken 104.66 38,200
  Komaki 203.56 74,300
  Machida-Shi 104.66 38,200
  Nagoya 203.56 74,300
  Okinawa Prefecture 145.21 53,000
  Osaka-Kobe 248.39 90,664
  Sagamihara 104.66 38,200
  Saitama-Ken 104.66 38,200
  Sasebo 87.67 32,000
  Tachikawa 104.66 38,200
  Tokyo 234.79 85,700
  Tokyo-to 104.66 38,200
  Yokohama 128.77 47,000
  Yokosuka 123.01 44,900
  Yokota 100.00 36,500
Kazakhstan Almaty 131.51 48,000
Korea Camp Colbern 148.49 54,200
  Camp Market 150.41 54,900
  Camp Mercer 148.49 54,200
  K-16 150.41 54,900
  Kimpo Airfield 150.41 54,900
  Munsan 86.30 31,500
  Osan AB 93.97 34,300
  Pyongtaek 107.40 39,200
  Seoul 150.41 54,900
  Suwon 150.41 54,900
  Taegu 91.51 33,400
  Tongduchon 96.44 35,200
Kuwait Kuwait City 176.44 64,400
  All cities other than Kuwait City 158.08 57,700
Luxembourg   99.18 36,200
Macedonia Skopje 96.99 35,400
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 126.58 46,200
  All cities other than Kuala Lumpur 92.33 33,700
Malta   150.96 55,100
Mexico Mazatlan 84.93 31,000
  Merida 103.84 37,900
  Mexico City 131.23 47,900
  Monterrey 90.96 33,200
  All cities other than Ciudad Juarez, Cuernavaca, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Matamoros, Mazatlan, Merida, Metapa, Mexico City, Monterrey, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, Tapachula, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutierrez, and Veracruz 107.95 39,400
Mozambique Maputo 108.22 39,500
Namibia Windhoek 87.95 32,100
Netherlands Amsterdam 144.93 52,900
  Aruba 98.63 36,000
  Brunssum 88.77 32,400
  Eygelshoven 88.77 32,400
  Hague, The 144.38 52,700
  Heerlen 88.77 32,400
  Hoensbroek 88.77 32,400
  Hulsberg 88.77 32,400
  Kerkrade 88.77 32,400
  Landgraaf 88.77 32,400
  Maastricht 88.77 32,400
  Papendrecht 86.85 31,700
  Rotterdam 86.85 31,700
  Schaesburg 88.77 32,400
  Schinnen 88.77 32,400
  Schiphol 144.93 52,900
  Ypenburg 144.38 52,700
  All cities other than Amsterdam, Aruba, Brunssum, Coevorden, Eygelshoven, The Hague, Heerlen, Hoensbroek, Hulsberg, Kerkrade, Landgraaf, Maastricht, Margraten, Papendrecht, Rotterdam, Schaesburg, Schinnen, Schiphol, and Ypenburg 85.75 31,300
Netherlands Antilles Curacao 125.48 45,800
New Zealand Auckland 97.81 35,700
  Christchurch 87.95 32,100
  Wellington 92.60 33,800
Nicaragua Managua 87.12 31,800
Nigeria Abuja 98.63 36,000
Norway Oslo 96.44 35,200
Oman Muscat 113.15 41,300
Panama Panama City 97.26 35,500
Paraguay Asuncion 85.21 31,100
Peru Lima 107.12 39,100
Philippines Cavite 93.15 34,000
  Manila 102.41 37,380
Portugal Alverca 110.68 40,400
  Lisbon 110.68 40,400
Qatar Al Udeid (in all cities) 88.77 32,400
  Doha 117.11 42,744
  All cities other than Doha 88.77 32,400
Russia Moscow 295.89 108,000
  Saint Petersburg 164.38 60,000
  Sakhalin Island 212.33 77,500
  Vladivostok 212.33 77,500
  Yekaterinburg 129.86 47,400
Rwanda Kigali 86.30 31,500
Saudi Arabia Jeddah 84.02 30,667
  Riyadh 109.59 40,000
Singapore   207.95 75,900
Slovenia Ljubljana 127.12 46,400
South Africa Pretoria 107.67 39,300
Spain Barcelona 111.23 40,600
  Madrid 147.67 53,900
  Rota 90.14 32,900
  Valencia 84.93 31,000
Suriname Paramaribo 90.41 33,000
Switzerland Bern 172.60 63,000
  Geneva 248.22 90,600
  Zurich 107.45 39,219
  All cities other than Bern, Geneva, and Zurich 90.14 32,900
Taiwan Taipei 126.54 46,188
Tanzania Dar Es Salaam 120.55 44,000
Thailand Bangkok 161.64 59,000
Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain 149.32 54,500
Turkey Izmir-Cigli 86.58 31,600
  Yamanlar 86.58 31,600
Ukraine Kiev 197.26 72,000
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi 136.13 49,687
  Dubai 156.64 57,174
United Kingdom Basingstoke 112.60 41,099
  Bath 112.33 41,000
  Bracknell 170.14 62,100
  Bristol 85.75 31,300
  Brookwood 93.97 34,300
  Cambridge 111.51 40,700
  Caversham 202.19 73,800
  Cheltenham 135.89 49,600
  Croughton 95.89 35,000
  Fairford 93.15 34,000
  Farnborough 149.86 54,700
  Felixstowe 90.14 32,900
  Gibraltar 122.24 44,616
  Harrogate 100.82 36,800
  High Wycombe 170.14 62,100
  Huntingdon 93.97 34,300
  Kemble 93.15 34,000
  Lakenheath 120.27 43,900
  Liverpool 84.66 30,900
  London 188.22 68,700
  Loudwater 148.49 54,200
  Menwith Hill 100.82 36,800
  Mildenhall 120.27 43,900
United Kingdom (continued) Oxfordshire 94.52 34,500
  Plymouth 94.52 34,500
  Portsmouth 94.52 34,500
  Reading 170.14 62,100
  Rochester 96.99 35,400
  Samlesbury 93.97 34,300
  Southampton 121.10 44,200
  Surrey 132.61 48,402
  Waterbeach 96.71 35,300
  Wiltshire 89.86 32,800
  All cities other than Basingstoke, Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, Bracknell, Bristol, Brookwood, Brough, Cambridge, Caversham, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chicksands, Croughton, Dunstable, Edinburgh, Edzell, Fairford, Farnborough, Felixstowe, Ft. Halstead, Gibraltar, Glenrothes, Greenham Common, Harrogate, High Wycombe, Huntingdon, Hythe, Kemble, Lakenheath, Liverpool, London, Loudwater, Menwith Hill, Mildenhall, Nottingham, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Reading, Rochester, Samlesbury, Southampton, Surrey, Waterbeach, Welford, West Byfleet, and Wiltshire 93.97 34,300
Venezuela Caracas 156.16 57,000
Vietnam Hanoi 128.22 46,800
  Ho Chi Minh City 115.07 42,000