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Income Tax Returns If You Work, Live Abroad

Work, Live
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Generally, U.S. Citizens get taxed on their worldwide income regardless where they reside. You can claim foreign tax credits on your 2020 IRS Income Tax Return here on eFile.com. The eFile App will do the work for you; simply answer a number of tax-related questions and it will generate the correct forms to file your return. With a free eFile.com account, you will be able to claim these foreign tax credits or determine if you qualify for Foreign Income Tax Exclusion. Additional information regarding foreign income taxes can be found here. Tax returns for Tax Year 2020 are due April 15, 2021.

You can prepare and e-File your tax return if you work and/or live abroad. The IRS highly recommends e-filing because it's easier, faster, and more secure than filing on paper. If you are an American citizen or U.S. resident alien living and/or working overseas, you can prepare and e-File the following federal tax forms on eFile.com:

1040 Individual Income Tax Return
Form 1040-ES
Estimated Tax for Individuals
Form 1099-DIV
Dividends and Distributions
Form 1099-INT
Interest Income for Schedule B
Form 1116
Foreign Tax Credit
Form 2555
Foreign Earned Income
Form 3903
Moving Expenses
Form 4868
Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
Form 8938
Statement of Foreign Financial Assets
Form 8839
Qualified Adoption Expenses
Schedule A
Itemized Deductions
Schedule B
Interest and Ordinary Dividends
Schedule C
Profit or Loss From Business (Sole Proprietorship)
Schedule SE
Self-Employment Tax


If you have wages or compensation from a foreign employer, you can enter your information on the eFile App's Foreign Employer Compensation screen. The App will enter your income on the appropriate line of your 1040 form once you complete your 2020 Tax Return. 

You can find the forms above, the Foreign Employer Compensation eFile App screen, and other foreign income tax forms on eFile.com by clicking Review on the left side menu of your account and entering "foreign" in the "Find a federal form" search box.

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There are many advantages of e-Filing that traditional paper tax return filing doesn't have, which include:

  • Having a more accurate return (1% error rate with electronic tax returns vs. 20% error rate with paper tax returns)
  • Receiving your tax refund faster (if you choose direct bank deposit, you can receive yours in as few as 8 days!)
  • Getting instant notification when your return is received and is accepted by the IRS (you can also check your tax return status and refund status anytime, anywhere!)
  • Knowing your return is submitted securely (your personal information is kept private)
  • Avoiding IRS penalties (e-File early or on time to avoid late fees, and pay later even if you can't afford it right away!)

Here are more reasons why electronic filing is so popular.

If you don't want to or cannot e-File your tax return, you can prepare any of the tax forms above on eFile.com, print them out, and mail them to the IRS. Find and complete federal income tax forms on eFile.com.

Where to Mail Your Tax Return If You Live and/or Work Overseas

If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien from the United States, you lived in a foreign country during the Tax Year, and you meet any of these situations:

  • You claim the foreign housing deduction or exclusion,
  • You claim the foreign earned income exclusion, OR
  • You live in a foreign country or are a resident of a foreign country (for tax purposes),

Mail your return to the following address:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215

Please follow the instructions on your 1040 Form if none of the situations above apply to you.

If you are expecting a tax refund, you can request to have your refund directly deposited into a U.S. bank account or have the IRS send a check to the mailing address on your tax return. Learn more on how to receive a tax refund from a foreign country

If you are including an estimated tax payment with your mailed tax return, you should mail your estimated tax payments, along with Form 1040-ES, to the following address:

Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 1303
Charlotte, NC 28201-1303

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