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Taxes and working overseas

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I was offered a job in Ahfganistan working for a support company for the U.S. military the company is based in Asia i was told that if I should choose to accept the position that my earnings would be tax free. The position is for 1 yr. I have looked on the I.R.S. web site for tax help on this subject and came away confused.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Paul Taliefero replied 11 years ago.

Up to $80000 of your income is eligible for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. This exclusion is combined with a Foreign Housing Exclusion.


These exclusions are calculated on Form 2555, which is attached to form 1040.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Paul Taliefero's Post: The position pays 87,000 so i will be responsible to pay taxes on the balance over 80,000.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Do you have to be out of the country for 1 full tax yr. Because the position starts in July 05 and ends in July 06.
Expert:  Paul Taliefero replied 11 years ago.

As for your first question: yes. The exclusions only protect 80000 of your income.


As for your second question: your being out of the country for one year is an issue. This is why you have to use Form 2555, and claim the exclusions. Otherwise, you would be claiming travel expenses on different forms, with different limitations.

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