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US taxes: is the foreign earned income exclusion per person or per couple?

Does anybody know that the 95K exmption from US applied to individuals or family? In another words, if both husband and wife work, is the exmption 95k or 95K x 2?

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Re: USforengn tax credit

I believe it is applied to working individuals.
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Re: USforengn tax credit

95K * 2 if your spouse is working.
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Re: USforengn tax credit

It's per working individual. If you're new to this make sure you will be passing all of the criteria before depending on getting the exemption. What I thought was a no-brainer didn't turn out to be.
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Re: USforengn tax credit

What you are describing is an "earned income exclusion", not a blanket exemption; it does not apply to all income.

See here for an explanation or do a Google search for IRS publication 54.
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Re: US taxes: is the foreign earned income exclusion per person or per couple?

Didnt see this posted anywhere, but I got this from the IRS. They (finally) announced the exclusion for 2012. It will be $97,600.


  • The annual exclusion for gifts rises to $14,000 for 2013, up from $13,000 for 2012.
  • The amount used to reduce the net unearned income reported on a child’s tax return subject to the “kiddie tax,” is $1,000, up from $950 for 2012.
  • The foreign earned income exclusion rises to $97,600, up from $95,100 in 2012.


http://www.irs.gov/uac/2013-Inflatio...s-Tax-Benefits
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Re: US taxes: is the foreign earned income exclusion per person or per couple?

For US citizens married to foreign citizens with no ties to the US (basically, if your spouse would have no reason to file US taxes were he or she not married to you), remember that you can also file as unmarried for the purposes of US taxes and exclude your spouse's entire income.
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Re: US taxes: is the foreign earned income exclusion per person or per couple?

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For US citizens married to foreign citizens with no ties to the US (basically, if your spouse would have no reason to file US taxes were he or she not married to you), remember that you can also file as unmarried for the purposes of US taxes and exclude your spouse's entire income.

Wouldnt you just file as married filing seperately??
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For US citizens married to foreign citizens with no ties to the US (basically, if your spouse would have no reason to file US taxes were he or she not married to you), remember that you can also file as unmarried for the purposes of US taxes and exclude your spouse's entire income.
Not legally.

The correct filing in this case is "head of household", which allows you even more deductions than single, and allows you to claim your spouse as a dependent.

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Not legally.

The correct filing in this case is "head of household", which allows you even more deductions than single, and allows you to claim your spouse as a dependent.

Tom

Sorry, you're right. You must both be considered "single" for the purposes of filing taxes and claim "head of household."

I actually did it wrong last year, filing as "married, filing separately" and "head of household." I paid and filed a revised tax form and just got my refund last week!
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Re: US taxes: is the foreign earned income exclusion per person or per couple?

Also, you can only file married filing separately or jointly if your spouse has a US SS number, otherwise "head of household" with NRA spouse is the only option.

Actually, looking through some old returns, I see that originally I was filing as married, filing separately for some years before switching to "head of household", so if you don't meet the requirements for "head of household" (such as no kids), then filing separately is the one. Also, I see that while it asks for name and SS of spouse, I only entered name as she had no SS.

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