US Tax Income Return
The US Expat Obligation
Every person that is either a citizen of the United States by way of birth or naturalization or is a holder of a valid Green Card that has not been given up must file an annual US tax returns. It does not matter that the person is an expat living abroad in France or any other country. Even if the person has tax requirements to the country that they are living in, they must still file a US tax return. The federal tax return must state all sources of income whether the income is generated in the United States or abroad. Furthermore, an expat living abroad will generally hold a foreign bank account and can be obligated to file an FBAR or FATCA report in addition to the tax return. There are additional filing obligations for an expat who has control over a foreign corporation. Failure to file these reports can be severe and can generate fines of many tens of thousands of dollars.
A non US citizen who has US source income must also file a US tax return.
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