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 (unless an extension applies), 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.
2019 Tax Year
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|Filing deadline||July 15, 2020|
|Filing deadline for expats||July 15, 2020|
|Filing deadline by requesting extension||October 15, 2020|
|Deadline to pay tax due||July 15, 2020|
|FBAR deadline||December 31, 2020|
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.
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
Your FBAR deadline is usually the same as the deadline for your tax return. For example, if you’re living abroad, then your deadline to file your return is typically June 15, which is also your FBAR deadline. For 2019, it was July 15, 2020. While your FBAR deadline is the same as the deadline for your tax return, the Treasury automatically files extensions for all filers so you have until October 15 to file without penalties. For 2019, the FBAR deadline is extended to December 31, 2020.
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.
Taxes for expats have never been easier. Have more questions about how to file? Contact one of our Client Relationship Professionals now and we’ll help you get started. If you’re ready to file with our experts online, start the process with virtual Expat Tax Preparation from H&R Block today!