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I spent 2013-2014 as a Fulbright Fellow in Poland, lecturing

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I spent 2013-2014 as a Fulbright Fellow in Poland, lecturing at the university, teaching four courses. The total time spent there was 340 days. I am trying to figure out how to report my income, which was paid to me by the Polish Fulbright Commission, and whether I can deduct a per diem. Alternatively, it may be possible for me to claim Poland as my tax home since I was there for more than 330 consecutive days. All of the official documentation from IRS is not that helpful.
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Tax Professional: Mark Taylor, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 1 year ago

Are you preparing your 2013 and 2014 tax returns? When were you in Poland (what month to month)?

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https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/tip-recordkeeping-and-reporting

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Tax Professional: Mark Taylor, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 1 year ago

Essentially you need to keep a log of your daily tips and report the tips you receive to your employer each month (if greater than $20).

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Sorry the computer switched questions. Please disregard the prior two comments.

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Tax Professional: Mark Taylor, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 1 year ago

The rules for the foreign income exclusion are a little confusion (to say the least). If you are residing in the foreign country for 330 days out of a 12 month period you would meet the physical presence test. If you meet this text you would be able to exclude $99,200 for 2013 and $100,800 for 2014.

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Tax Professional: Mark Taylor, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 1 year ago

You would document your eligibility for the physical presence test on form 2555. Since the time spreads over two years you could use the same time period for each Form 2555.

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