Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

IRS reminds expat taxpayers of June 15 deadline

The authority said that just as most taxpayers in the United States are ‘required to timely file their tax returns with the IRS’, those living and working in another country are also required to file

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding taxpayers living and working outside of the United States that they must file their 2020 federal income tax return by Tuesday, June 15. 

This deadline applies to both US citizens and resident aliens abroad, including those with dual citizenship.

The authority said that just as most taxpayers in the United States are “required to timely file their tax returns with the IRS”, those living and working in another country are also required to file. 

An automatic two-month deadline extension is normally granted for those overseas and in 2021 that date is still June 15 even though the normal income tax filing deadline was extended a month from April 15 to May 17.

The IRS said: “An income tax filing requirement generally applies even if a taxpayer qualifies for tax benefits, such as the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion or the Foreign Tax Credit, which substantially reduce or eliminate U.S. tax liability. These tax benefits are only available if an eligible taxpayer files a U.S. income tax return.

“A taxpayer qualifies for the special June 15 filing deadline if both their tax home and abode are outside the United States and Puerto Rico. Those serving in the military outside the U.S. and Puerto Rico on the regular due date of their tax return also qualify for the extension to June 15. IRS recommends attaching a statement if one of these two situations apply.”

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