US taxes - turbotax driving me nuts
Hello, so I am trying to file my 2014 taxes using Turbotax which seems to usually work great but is proving to be annoying this time around. It is automatically filling in deductions that I know I cannot claim and some that I am not so sure about.
Standard deductions: I am 99.99% sure that I cannot claim the $6200 standard deduction as an expat claiming foreign earned income exclusion and instead I have to itemize it which in my case comes to zero. I finally managed to figure out how to remove that in Turbotax. Bit dissapointed that it could not figure it out itself based on my other information (??).
Personal exemption: This is the one I am not so sure about. My income after claiming the FEIE and housing credit is less than personal exemption ($3900 for 2014). So turbotax automatically applies the personal exemption and says I don't owe any taxes. However, it seems dodgy to claim an exemption which is in spirit meant for people who actually earned less than $3900 gross in 2014. Based on how smart it was with applying the standard deductions (or not), I am guessing personal exemption is a big no as well. If I am correct, does anyone know how to remove this exemption in Turbotax so that it will calculate the change that I owe to Uncle Sam?
I don't want to raise any flags and deal with an audit over chump change!
Thanks for the help. Happy tax season to rest of you.