If you have recently become a U.S. expat in Colombia, it’s not unusual for you to be wondering, “Why would I file taxes in the U.S.? I don’t even live there!”
About 9 million American citizens are living abroad and the United States is one of the few countries that require its citizen to report worldwide income. In fact, if you look inside your U.S. passport, you will see the tax requirement outlined.
Whether you’re living, working, or doing both, it more likely than not you’ll need to file a tax return. This is required for:
More recently, the IRS has dramatically increased enforcement efforts. For example, delinquent tax debt may now prevent someone from renewing their passport or having it revoked.
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Form 1040 | U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
The most common tax filing form is Form 1040. Many taxpayers are already familiar with this form. We will use the 1040 as a summary page of your entire tax picture, and all required forms and schedules will flow into your 1040.
The vast majority of U.S. taxpayers abroad still need to complete 1040, even when the tax calculated equals zero. Due to certain exemptions or credits, it’s not uncommon for Americans abroad to not owe any federal tax.
Plus, even if you fall into the tiny minority of expats who aren’t required to file 1040, a good strategy is to still file because there is no statute of limitations for unfiled tax returns that were required. This is known as a “protective return”. It starts the clock, forcing the IRS to request documentation or ask questions within the three years statute of limitations instead of a surprise request a decade into the future.
There are variations of the 1040 form, including: