Tax Deadlines for Expats

Just like most taxpayers in the United States are required to file U.S. tax returns and pay any taxes due by April 15 (Note: for 2017 tax returns, the due date is April 17), expats living and working in another country as a U.S. citizen are also required to file.

However, if you're living abroad, the rules for expat tax filing deadlines are a little different.

2017 Tax Year

Filing deadline April 17, 2018
Filing deadline for expats June 15, 2018
Filing deadline by requesting extension October 15, 2018
Deadline to pay tax due April 17, 2018

Here's what you need to know:

  • Most expats qualify for an automatic two-month filing extension. This means your 2017 tax return is due by June 15, 2018.
  • You must pay any taxes due by April 17, 2018, even if you're an expat filing your return by June 15, 2018.
  • If you don't pay the taxes due by April 17, 2018, the IRS will not assess a Failure to Pay Penalty provided you file and pay by June 15, 2018. You will, however, be charged interest on the unpaid amount.

Tax Benefits for Expats

Expats are required to file U.S. tax returns each year, but sometimes tax benefits available to them result in no U.S. taxes owed. However, if any of the following situations apply to you, it's possible that you may still owe U.S. taxes.

  • You live and work in a country with lower tax rates than the U.S.
  • You're not taxed on your foreign investments, or
  • You still receive income from U.S. sources

Estimated Tax Payments

If you're living outside the U.S. and usually owe U.S. taxes, you may need to make quarterly estimated tax payments to the IRS. An expat tax expert can help you figure those quarterly payments so you can avoid end-of-year penalties.

Six-month Extensions

Your U.S. tax information is still reported on a calendar-year basis even if you are living in a country that taxes on a fiscal year rather than a calendar year basis (the United Kingdom and Australia, for example).

Requesting an extension can give you more time to gather information before the end of the tax year of the country where you live.

FBAR Filing Deadline

The FBAR filing deadline coincides with the U.S. tax deadline of April 15, but an automatic six-month extension is available. Visit the FBAR & FATCA Information page to learn more.

Last but not least, we'll file your completed return with the IRS. In the rare case of IRS questions or an audit, we'll help provide answers and support. After filing, your tax return will be stored in H&R Block's secure tax portal, where it will be safe and easy to access, whenever you need.

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