Federal Tax Information for U.S. Taxpayers Living Abroad
All U.S. citizens or resident aliens must report and pay tax on their worldwide income, even if they live abroad.
Social Security Number – You must list the Social Security Number (SSN) of any person for whom you claim an exemption on your individual income tax return. If your dependent or spouse is not eligible to have an SSN, you must list an Individual Taxpayer Identification number (ITIN) instead. You can apply for an SSN for a dependent at a Social Security office or a U.S. consulate. To apply, you must provide original or certified copies of documents to verify the dependent’s age, identity, and citizenship.
Individual Taxpayer Identification Number – To apply for an ITIN, file Form W-7 and supporting documentation with the IRS.
Exchange Rates – You must report all income in U.S. Dollar equivalents. Exchange rates can be found on the “Foreign Currency and Currency Exchange Rates” page at www.irs.gov; keyword search term “exchange rates”.
International Tax Assistance: You can email your question from the bottom of the “Help with Tax Questions – International Taxpayers” web page.
Call: (267) 941-1000 ( note: not “toll-free” )
6:00 am to 11:00 pm (EST) M – F
Fax: (267) 941-1055
Write: Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 920
Bensalem, PA 19020
IRS.gov has online information on many topics concerning your income tax return:
- General Individual and Business Tax Information: Read the Frequently Asked Questions, browse the Main Index of Tax Topic Categories or use the Tax Trails – Main Menu information tool.
- File Your Tax Return Electronically: Many taxpayers abroad can use e-file. It’s quick, easy, and secure.
- Where to Send Paper Tax Returns: To find out where to send your payments and returns:
- Refund Information: Want to find out where your tax refund is?
- Do You Have a Foreign Financial Account? You may be required to report activity from foreign bank accounts, brokerage accounts, mutual funds, trusts, or other foreign financial accounts for tax purposes. You may also be required to report foreign accounts on Form TD F 90-22.1 with the U.S. Treasury Department.
- Need Tax Forms and Publications: Find them on www.irs.gov.
The U.S. Embassy in Yaounde has no IRS Representatives. Questions concerning individual federal income taxes may be addressed either to:
IRS International Customer Service Site
Tel.: 1-215-516-2000 (6:00 am-11:00 am (EST) Mon-Fri)
(Topics’ Directory: 123) – (not toll free outside the U.S.)
Inquiries may be mailed to:
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 929, Bensalem, PA 19020 (USA)
RS forms & publications are available at: http://www.irs.gov/
Internal Revenue Service
Mailing address: United States Embassy
Box E-414, 2 Avenue Gabriel (E-414),
75382 Paris Cedex 08 (France)
Tel. 33-1-4312-2555 (9:00-12:00 & 13:00-3:30 Mon-Fri)
DISCLAIMER: For those desiring a tax consulting firm you may choose to use the one listed here or any other that you desire. The U.S. Embassy Yaounde, Cameroon assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following firms. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy.
Tax Consulting Firms in New York
I.J. Zemelman, EA
Taxes for Expats
115 E34th Street
NY NY 10036 USA
Tel: +1 646 EXPAT-US (397-2887)
Web site: http://www.taxesforexpats.com/
Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers” on June 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
To register and attend this webinar, use the Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers or https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/445/15416 webinar link. Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time. The session will be recorded and made available at a later time on http://www.irsvideos.gov/.
The webinar will cover:
- Requirements for claiming the foreign income exclusion
- Identifying which form to use: Form 2555 or 2555-EZ
- Specifying information to include on Form 2555 or 2555-EZ
- Live Q&A with IRS subject matter experts.