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A U.S. citizen or a U.S. resident alien who is physically present in a foreign country or countries for at least 330 full days during any period of 12 consecutive months can exclude their foreign earned income (up to a limit).
You can count days you spent abroad for any reason. You do not have to be in a foreign country only for employment purposes. You can be on vacation time.
There are four rules you should know when figuring the 12-month period:
If you expect to meet the time period in the next tax year then you can prorate your 2015 exclusion base don the actual days in 2015 that you were in another country.
Your passport records would be enough (if you were asked by the IRS to substantiate your being in another country).
You send only the form 2555 with your return though.
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