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Can I efile My Income Tax Return If I Work And/Or Live Abroad?

Absolutely! The IRS highly recommends efiling because it's easier, faster, and more secure than filing on paper.

What Federal Tax Forms Can I efile If I Live And/Or Work Abroad?

If you are an American citizen or U.S. resident alien living and/or working overseas, you can prepare and efile the following federal tax forms on efile.com:

Form/Schedule Description
Form 1040A U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
Form 1040-ES Estimated Tax for Individuals
Form 1099-DIV Dividends and Distributions
Form 1099-INT Interest Income
Form 1116 Foreign Tax Credit
Form 2555 Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
Form 3903 Moving Expenses
Form 4868 Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
Form 8621 Passive Foreign Investment Company
Form 8938 Statement of Foreign Financial Assets
Form 8839 Qualified Adoption Expenses
Schedule A Itemized Deductions
Schedule B Foreign Account Questions
Schedule C Profit or Loss From Business (Sole Proprietorship)
Schedule SE Self-Employment Tax
Wages Foreign Employer Compensation

You can find these 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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Why Should I efile My Tax Return?

There are many advantages of efiling 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 (efile early or on time to avoid late fees, and pay later even if you can't afford it right away!)

Discover more reasons why electronic filing is so popular.

I'm Not Interested in efiling. Where Can I Find The Federal Tax Forms?

If you don't want to or cannot efile 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, download, and complete federal income tax forms on efile.com.

Where Should I Mail My Income Tax Return If I 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
USA

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

How Can I Receive My 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

Where Should I Mail My Estimated Income Tax Payments?

You should mail your estimated tax payments, along with Form 1040-ES, to the following address:

Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 1300
Charlotte, NC 28201-1300
USA

Where Can I Find More Information About U.S. Income Taxes for U.S. Citizens Living and Working Overseas?

Read the IRS Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad.

Related Foreign Income Information

Foreign Earned Income and Foreign Income Tax Exclusion

Foreign Financial Accounts and Foreign Bank Assets

Qualify for Bona Fide Residence Status or Physical Presence Status

Tax Deductions and Credits for American Citizens Living Overseas

File Your U.S. Tax Returns for Past Years If You Live or Work Abroad