A deceptively simple prospect in tax reporting is a US citizen working abroad. There are many pervasive misundertandings in this area of US tax law. Generally speaking, gross income, for US tax purposes, does not include the foreign earned income and a “housing cost amount” of a qualified individual who makes the appropriate exclusion election. A “qualified individual” has a “tax home” in a foreign country and meets one of two tests. Under the first test, the person must be a U.S. citizen who establishes that he has been a bona fide resident of a foreign country or countries for an continuous period within an entire taxable year. Under the second test a person must be a U.S. citizen or resident who, during any period of 12 consecutive months, is present in a foreign country or countries during at least 330 full days in that period. The election is made by completing Form 2555, “Foreign Earned Income.” There are a great many nuances and circumstances to be considered in this area as well. If you need assistance in this area or help in preparing your tax return that deals with Foreign Earned Income, please contact Paul for assistance by clicking here.