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Im new in Switzerland, not even a year yet and hold a B license. My wife is German and my son is too, im looking to file U.S taxes. Tax season is almost here and would like to get this thing done asap. I got married this past summer as well. Do I need to tell the US about my marital status now and my Son? Dont know how to go about doing this. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: US American looking to file taxes

I recommend our tax preparer, AIT Services. http://www.americanincometax.com/

IRS publication 54 has lots of information about filing taxes abroad: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p54.pdf
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I recommend our tax preparer, AIT Services. http://www.americanincometax.com/

IRS publication 54 has lots of information about filing taxes abroad: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p54.pdf
Thanks much for this! This will be my first year to file after coming over...

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Hello,

Im new in Switzerland, not even a year yet and hold a B license. My wife is German and my son is too, im looking to file U.S taxes. Tax season is almost here and would like to get this thing done asap. I got married this past summer as well. Do I need to tell the US about my marital status now and my Son? Dont know how to go about doing this. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
It's not so much that you "need" to tell the US about your wife & son, but that you may want to claim one or both as deductions and lower your taxes. If you're not already used to doing your own taxes, you should definitely seek professional help.
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Re: US American looking to file taxes

I checked out the site and Ill probably use the service. Thanks for the help. Its pretty expensive but I have no choice. Any way to do it by yourself?
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Re: US American looking to file taxes

You can do them yourself with TurboTax, but I would recommend using a tax service for the first year if you are not very tax-savvy.

Also, as recommended above, invest some time in reading pub 54 on IRS.gov.

You should file an extension which will give you until October to file yourreturn, as this will likely be needed to meet the requirements for the ForeignIncome and the Housing exclusions.
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Re: US American looking to file taxes

I may be late to this, but you mentioned if you needed to tell the government anything about being married. I am recently married to a swiss lady and called the american embassy and asked about my marital status. They said i dont have to tell them anything and everything is already taken care of without any other things from me. So i hope that helps, and i hope this isnt a few years too late! But whether it is or not, i figure, this will help someone out there!
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Re: US American looking to file taxes

also you need to file Swiss taxes first and then those taxes are deducted from your U.S. returns. Another reason to file an extension.

and you need to think about what U.S. state residency you declare. If you have a choice you should study the options because it can make a difference.
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