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International Filers

This page is for Free File Fillable Forms Taxpayers

Tips to Avoid Problems

Account Creation - When creating an account or entering information on a form, do not enter any foreign characters in names, addresses, User ID’s, Passwords, etc. (e.g. ñ, ü, ó,). Do not hyphenate or leave spaces in first or last names. Failure to follow these rules may cause return transmission errors or result in a rejected return.

Foreign banks - You cannot direct deposit a refund into a foreign bank account. Direct deposit is available for bank accounts located in the United States only IRS Direct Pay requires a U.S. bank routing number (ABA). This nine-digit number is generally printed on checks or is available from your bank. If you have an account with an international bank that has a U.S. affiliate, the bank may be able to provide the routing number.

Foreign Phone Numbers - The Electronic Withdrawal of Tax Due (STEP 2 , Section 5 and Form 4868, Section 3 Payment Options) will only accept a ten-digit number. If you have more than ten digits, enter the first ten numbers.

Forms May Preclude E-filing - Familiarize yourself the forms you need before you start your return and view our Available Forms and Limitations page for information on forms that may prevent you from filing electronically. Here are two commonly filed forms that contain limitations. Most limitations involve the inability to attach required statements to the form.

  • Form 1116 – Foreign Tax Credit
  • Form 2555 – Foreign Earned Income
  • See Foreign Addresses below

Specific Unsupported Forms

  • Form 4868 (Extension of Time to File): The program does not support Form 4868 for foreign addresses. See Form 4868 on the Forms and Limitations page for a work-around
  • Form 2350, Application for Extension of Time to File U.S. Income Tax Return: The program does not support this form. Review the Forms and Limitations page for the complete list of supported forms
  • Foreign Employee Compensation (FEC) form- The Free File Fillable Forms program does not support the (FEC) form. The only income document forms that you can transcribe and enter into the program are Form W-2, Form W2-G and Form 1099-R.

Foreign Addresses – Many forms require you to complete a domestic address. (Form 8863, Form 2441 and Schedule C.) Entering a foreign address may not be an option and cause the return to reject. Unfortunately, we do not have a universal work-around solution for this issue.

  • Form 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ
    • Enter the city name on the appropriate line. Do not enter any other information in the city area
    • Leave the state area blank
    • Use pick-list to select the country
    • Follow the country’s practice for entering the foreign province/county. The foreign province/county can contain no more than 17 characters
    • In the Foreign Postal Code (FPC) area, enter five zeros. Your actual FPC will cause a transmission error
  • W-2, W2-G and 1099-R:
    • Enter the street address on the “Street” line
    • Enter the two-letter foreign country code in the Foreign Country box
    • The city, province or county and foreign postal code are entered on the “City” line
      • This information is separated by a comma and space
      • You have space for 35 characters, including commas and spaces on this line on the “city” line
      • Enter five zeros in the U.S. zip code area
      • Enter the Foreign Country Code, not the foreign country name
  • Military Addresses (APO, DPO and FPO) Form 1040, 1040A and 10490EZ and Form 4868 (Extension)
    • Do not fill in any information in the bottom address area for "Foreign Country Name," “Foreign Province/Country" and “Foreign Postal Code"
    • In the “City” area, input APO, DPO or FPO, whichever is appropriate
    • The state abbreviation must be AA, AE or AP, whichever is appropriate. If the state abbreviation is:
      • AA – The first three digits of the zip code must begin with 340
      • AE – The first three digits of the zip code must be in the range 090 – 098
      • AP – The first three digits of the zip code must be in the range 962 – 966

 

 

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 07-Nov-2016