Wednesday, August 31, 2011

2011 Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (Form 2555)

For 2011, the foreign earned income exclusion for wages earned while working  and living abroad will be $92,900.  That is a $1,400 increase from that allowed for 2010.  If both spouses work abroad, each can exclude their earned income from US taxes up to that amount.  One spouse cannot use the other spouses unused portion of that exclusion.

You can also claim a deduction for foreign rental expenses, utilities and maintenance above a certain amount up to a maximum amount which varies per the country you in which you are living and working.

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