What is the foreign earned income exclusion?

The foreign earned income exclusion is a tax benefit that allows U.S. citizens and residents working abroad to exclude up to $104,100 from their 2018 U.S. reported income.

The foreign earned income exclusion is applicable only to salary, wages, and other types of employer paid compensation. So, if you are a retired expat living off income from Social Security, pension income, interest or dividends, you most likely won't qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion.

There are some tests you must meet before you can claim the exclusion and that's where we come in. We can help you determine whether you qualify for foreign earned income exclusion or not.

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