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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:46 pm 
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Hello fellow expat Americans!

I will be filing as an expat in Turkey first time this year.
How do you do your taxes? Self? Online? Agent?
Let's share some knowledge....

Nick
(aka "AlexFu - The banner")


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 Post subject: Re: US Tax
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:05 pm 
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Ha! just as I suspected... you don't file at all!!!


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 Post subject: Re: US Tax
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:05 am 
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hiya

If you work in Turkey as a foreigner you will have to pay tax on earnings. If you are retired you dont have to pay tax on that.

ex-pat from USA


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 Post subject: Re: US Tax
PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:14 am 
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I've just moved to Turkey, but filed US taxes for several years in Japan. Once you meet the residency requirement, you should be able to qualify for the "Foreign Earned Income Exclusion" which means you don't pay tax on a certain amount earned overseas. http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers/Foreign-Earned-Income-Exclusion Back in the late 90's it was anything less than $75,000 and you had to have been living abroad for something like 300 days. I arrived in late June, so for that first tax year, I applied for an extension in April so that I would meet the number of days and qualify for the exclusion. I never used anyone else and filed everything myself, but in those days my life was fairly simple. Now I own property and my legal residence in the states is in a state with state income tax which does not allow you to exclude foreign income. However, a quick conversation with a tax accountant in the states confirmed that you can count anything you pay in Turkish tax against the federal tax you would be required to pay on foreign income. At this point, I'll be using him to file this year considering moving expenses, property management costs, and the state income tax issue. It's complicated enough to make his fee worthwhile!

Amy


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