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Category: Taxes

13 Jan
Adobe Stock/Yurii Kibalnik

The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Explained

How To Earn $224,000 Tax Free In 2022 The most important tool in the U.S. expat's tax toolbox is the foreign-earned income exclusion (referred to in tax-planning circles as the FEIE or "the exclusion"). If you qualify, it allows you to exclude up to US$112,000 in 2022 foreign-earned income from U.S. federal income tax. All [...]
06 Jan
Traditional half-timbered houses on a canal in France

You May Be Surprised At How Low Taxes In Europe Can Be

People often take Europe off the list of possibilities for where to move or invest overseas because they assume the residency options are too limited or the tax implications too onerous. The truth is that residency can be easier to obtain in some European countries than it is in some Latin American countries… and the […]

06 Dec
'Tax time' memo on 1040 individual tax form

Understanding U.S. Taxes When Living Abroad

Double Taxation And Other Offshore Tax Myths The United States and Eritrea, a small African nation, are the only two countries in the world to tax citizens on their worldwide income no matter where they live. Other countries tax their citizens only if they reside or earn money in the country. Americans living abroad have [...]
26 Aug
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia skyline at dusk over the park.

Take Your Business Offshore To Operate Tax-Free

Exploring opportunities overseas is not only a strategy for diversifying your investment portfolio… but it’s also the best way I know to diversify your life—both your personal life and your professional one. That is, in today’s world, you can realize many benefits by taking your business offshore along with your investments and yourself—either your existing […]

26 Jul
Cork City view from St. Patrick's Hill.

Could Ireland’s Status As A Tax Haven Be Ending?

I’m not sure how Ireland ended up the target. This country’s approach to taxation was the reason Kathleen and I moved to the Emerald Isle some 23 years ago. Now that tax position has her under fire… but, again, I can’t figure out why. Ireland imposes corporate tax at a rate of 12.5%. So does […]

17 May
View of a boat house on the famous Lake Braies with emerald water in Italy

Don’t Buy Real Estate Overseas Until You Understand These Taxes

Before making an investment in real estate overseas, it’s important to understand what the total cost of the purchase will be, both immediately and long term, including your tax obligation. Transfer taxes, for example, can be considerably higher than in the United States. On the other hand, one big benefit of diversifying into property markets […]

06 May
Sunrise on Lamai Beach on Koh Samui in Thailand.

Taxes For The Global Citizen

A reader wrote this week to tell me why he’s not on board with our recommendation of Colombia as a top lifestyle choice in the Americas. His beef is taxes. Someone told the guy that Colombia taxes anyone who is in the country for more than six months on his worldwide income… and, further, that