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Hello and thank you for using Just Answer,Your time in another country for 2012 would satisfy the 12 month period (this was done from feb 6 2011 to Aug 31, 2012). The Form 2555 would be used for the 2012 return also but you will need to prorate the amount you can claim based on the actual days in 2012 that you were in another country. You will do that in part VII of the 2555.
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Right. I just noticed that the card number on my original submission weas in error. Can you answer the question please.
I did above but here is a copy again:Your time in another country for 2012 would satisfy the 12 month period (this was done from feb 6 2011 to Aug 31, 2012). The Form 2555 would be used for the 2012 return also but you will need to prorate the amount you can claim based on the actual days in 2012 that you were in another country. You will do that in part VII of the 2555.
The 12-month period on which the physical presence test is based must include 365 or 366 days, part of which must be in 2012. The dates may begin or end in a calendar year other than 2012.
You meet the test for 2012
OK. One follow up please. I believe that for 2011 the 12 month perion for eligability was calculated as 2/6/11i2/6/12. Do I claim for the period 2/7/12-8/31/12? Or can I use 1/1/12-8/31/12?
You will use the Aug 30 2011 - Aug 31 2012 dates
That is your 12 month period
OK, thank you very much.
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Robin, please indulge me two more questions. I'm getting conflicting info from other sources.
Is it fair to sum up my situation thusly?
1, The same period of eligability (in my case 2/6/11-8/31/12) can be used
to cover income accrued overseas in both tax years even if they overlap. True?
2, How do I calculate the prorata deduction for 2012? I believe the max deduction is $91,500 for a full year. Given the 8 months I was away in 2012, Do I deduct 2/3rds of the maxon all 2012 income or can I take the max on all income earned during the 8 months I was over seas?
Probably an easy one for you. Hard for me to understand.
Perfect. That was my understanding, Thanks for the comfirming.
Robin, here we go again. You were right on with your advice regarding the Foreign Earned Income determination. Now here's another wrinkle. Do I qualify as a non resident under the California Safe Harbor Rule? I claimed it in 2011. The qualifying period is 546 consecutive days outside the country (with a 45 day visit exemption). My entire time overseas (2/6/11-8/31/12) was 574 days. Am I eligable for Safe Harbor in both years?