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1040ez irs gov 4. 1040ez irs gov   Foreign Earned Income and Housing: Exclusion – Deduction Table of Contents Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Who Qualifies for the Exclusions and the Deduction? RequirementsTax Home in Foreign Country Bona Fide Residence Test Physical Presence Test Waiver of Time Requirements U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Travel Restrictions Foreign Earned Income Foreign Earned Income ExclusionLimit on Excludable Amount Choosing the Exclusion Foreign Housing Exclusion and DeductionHousing Amount Foreign Housing Exclusion Foreign Housing Deduction Married Couples Form 2555 and Form 2555-EZForm 2555-EZ Form 2555 Topics - This chapter discusses: Who qualifies for the foreign earned income exclusion, the foreign housing exclusion, and the foreign housing deduction, The requirements that must be met to claim either exclusion or the deduction, How to figure the foreign earned income exclusion, and How to figure the foreign housing exclusion and the foreign housing deduction. 1040ez irs gov Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 519 U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Tax Guide for Aliens 570 Tax Guide for Individuals With Income from U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Possessions 596 Earned Income Credit (EIC) Form (and Instructions) 1040X Amended U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Individual Income Tax Return 2555 Foreign Earned Income 2555-EZ Foreign Earned Income Exclusion See chapter 7 for information about getting these publications and forms. 1040ez irs gov Who Qualifies for the Exclusions and the Deduction? If you meet certain requirements, you may qualify for the foreign earned income and foreign housing exclusions and the foreign housing deduction. 1040ez irs gov If you are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen or a resident alien of the United States and you live abroad, you are taxed on your worldwide income. 1040ez irs gov However, you may qualify to exclude from income up to $97,600 of your foreign earnings. 1040ez irs gov In addition, you can exclude or deduct certain foreign housing amounts. 1040ez irs gov See Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and Foreign Housing Exclusion and Deduction, later. 1040ez irs gov You also may be entitled to exclude from income the value of meals and lodging provided to you by your employer. 1040ez irs gov See Exclusion of Meals and Lodging, later. 1040ez irs gov Requirements To claim the foreign earned income exclusion, the foreign housing exclusion, or the foreign housing deduction, you must meet all three of the following requirements. 1040ez irs gov Your tax home must be in a foreign country. 1040ez irs gov You must have foreign earned income. 1040ez irs gov You must be one of the following. 1040ez irs gov A U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen who is a bona fide resident of a foreign country or countries for an uninterrupted period that includes an entire tax year. 1040ez irs gov A U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov resident alien who is a citizen or national of a country with which the United States has an income tax treaty in effect and who is a bona fide resident of a foreign country or countries for an uninterrupted period that includes an entire tax year. 1040ez irs gov A U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen or a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov resident alien who is physically present in a foreign country or countries for at least 330 full days during any period of 12 consecutive months. 1040ez irs gov See Publication 519 to find out if you are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov resident alien for tax purposes and whether you keep that alien status when you temporarily work abroad. 1040ez irs gov If you are a nonresident alien married to a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen or resident alien, and both you and your spouse choose to treat you as a resident alien, you are a resident alien for tax purposes. 1040ez irs gov For information on making the choice, see the discussion in chapter 1 under Nonresident Alien Spouse Treated as a Resident . 1040ez irs gov Waiver of minimum time requirements. 1040ez irs gov   The minimum time requirements for bona fide residence and physical presence can be waived if you must leave a foreign country because of war, civil unrest, or similar adverse conditions in that country. 1040ez irs gov This is fully explained under Waiver of Time Requirements , later. 1040ez irs gov   See Figure 4-A and information in this chapter to determine if you are eligible to claim either exclusion or the deduction. 1040ez irs gov Tax Home in Foreign Country To qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion, the foreign housing exclusion, or the foreign housing deduction, your tax home must be in a foreign country throughout your period of bona fide residence or physical presence abroad. 1040ez irs gov Bona fide residence and physical presence are explained later. 1040ez irs gov Tax Home Your tax home is the general area of your main place of business, employment, or post of duty, regardless of where you maintain your family home. 1040ez irs gov Your tax home is the place where you are permanently or indefinitely engaged to work as an employee or self-employed individual. 1040ez irs gov Having a “tax home” in a given location does not necessarily mean that the given location is your residence or domicile for tax purposes. 1040ez irs gov If you do not have a regular or main place of business because of the nature of your work, your tax home may be the place where you regularly live. 1040ez irs gov If you have neither a regular or main place of business nor a place where you regularly live, you are considered an itinerant and your tax home is wherever you work. 1040ez irs gov You are not considered to have a tax home in a foreign country for any period in which your abode is in the United States. 1040ez irs gov However, your abode is not necessarily in the United States while you are temporarily in the United States. 1040ez irs gov Your abode is also not necessarily in the United States merely because you maintain a dwelling in the United States, whether or not your spouse or dependents use the dwelling. 1040ez irs gov “Abode” has been variously defined as one's home, habitation, residence, domicile, or place of dwelling. 1040ez irs gov It does not mean your principal place of business. 1040ez irs gov “Abode” has a domestic rather than a vocational meaning and does not mean the same as “tax home. 1040ez irs gov ” The location of your abode often will depend on where you maintain your economic, family, and personal ties. 1040ez irs gov Example 1. 1040ez irs gov You are employed on an offshore oil rig in the territorial waters of a foreign country and work a 28-day on/28-day off schedule. 1040ez irs gov You return to your family residence in the United States during your off periods. 1040ez irs gov You are considered to have an abode in the United States and do not satisfy the tax home test in the foreign country. 1040ez irs gov You cannot claim either of the exclusions or the housing deduction. 1040ez irs gov Example 2. 1040ez irs gov For several years, you were a marketing executive with a producer of machine tools in Toledo, Ohio. 1040ez irs gov In November of last year, your employer transferred you to London, England, for a minimum of 18 months to set up a sales operation for Europe. 1040ez irs gov Before you left, you distributed business cards showing your business and home addresses in London. 1040ez irs gov You kept ownership of your home in Toledo but rented it to another family. 1040ez irs gov You placed your car in storage. 1040ez irs gov In November of last year, you moved your spouse, children, furniture, and family pets to a home your employer rented for you in London. 1040ez irs gov Shortly after moving, you leased a car and you and your spouse got British driving licenses. 1040ez irs gov Your entire family got library cards for the local public library. 1040ez irs gov You and your spouse opened bank accounts with a London bank and secured consumer credit. 1040ez irs gov You joined a local business league and both you and your spouse became active in the neighborhood civic association and worked with a local charity. 1040ez irs gov Your abode is in London for the time you live there. 1040ez irs gov You satisfy the tax home test in the foreign country. 1040ez irs gov Please click here for the text description of the image. 1040ez irs gov Figure 4–A Can I Claim the Exclusion or Deduction? Temporary or Indefinite Assignment The location of your tax home often depends on whether your assignment is temporary or indefinite. 1040ez irs gov If you are temporarily absent from your tax home in the United States on business, you may be able to deduct your away-from-home expenses (for travel, meals, and lodging), but you would not qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion. 1040ez irs gov If your new work assignment is for an indefinite period, your new place of employment becomes your tax home and you would not be able to deduct any of the related expenses that you have in the general area of this new work assignment. 1040ez irs gov If your new tax home is in a foreign country and you meet the other requirements, your earnings may qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion. 1040ez irs gov If you expect your employment away from home in a single location to last, and it does last, for 1 year or less, it is temporary unless facts and circumstances indicate otherwise. 1040ez irs gov If you expect it to last for more than 1 year, it is indefinite. 1040ez irs gov If you expect it to last for 1 year or less, but at some later date you expect it to last longer than 1 year, it is temporary (in the absence of facts and circumstances indicating otherwise) until your expectation changes. 1040ez irs gov Once your expectation changes, it is indefinite. 1040ez irs gov Foreign Country To meet the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test, you must live in or be present in a foreign country. 1040ez irs gov A foreign country includes any territory under the sovereignty of a government other than that of the United States. 1040ez irs gov The term “foreign country” includes the country's airspace and territorial waters, but not international waters and the airspace above them. 1040ez irs gov It also includes the seabed and subsoil of those submarine areas adjacent to the country's territorial waters over which it has exclusive rights under international law to explore and exploit the natural resources. 1040ez irs gov The term “foreign country” does not include Antarctica or U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov possessions such as Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Virgin Islands, and Johnston Island. 1040ez irs gov For purposes of the foreign earned income exclusion, the foreign housing exclusion, and the foreign housing deduction, the terms “foreign,” “abroad,” and “overseas” refer to areas outside the United States and those areas listed or described in the previous sentence. 1040ez irs gov American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Residence or presence in a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov possession does not qualify you for the foreign earned income exclusion. 1040ez irs gov You may, however, qualify for an exclusion of your possession income on your U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov return. 1040ez irs gov American Samoa. 1040ez irs gov   There is a possession exclusion available to individuals who are bona fide residents of American Samoa for the entire tax year. 1040ez irs gov Gross income from sources within American Samoa may be eligible for this exclusion. 1040ez irs gov Income that is effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business within American Samoa also may be eligible for this exclusion. 1040ez irs gov Use Form 4563, Exclusion of Income for Bona Fide Residents of American Samoa, to figure the exclusion. 1040ez irs gov Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 1040ez irs gov   An exclusion will be available to residents of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands if, and when, new implementation agreements take effect between the United States and those possessions. 1040ez irs gov   For more information, see Publication 570. 1040ez irs gov Puerto Rico and U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Virgin Islands Residents of Puerto Rico and the U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Virgin Islands cannot claim the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion. 1040ez irs gov Puerto Rico. 1040ez irs gov   Generally, if you are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen who is a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico for the entire tax year, you are not subject to U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov tax on income from Puerto Rican sources. 1040ez irs gov This does not include amounts paid for services performed as an employee of the United States. 1040ez irs gov However, you are subject to U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov tax on your income from sources outside Puerto Rico. 1040ez irs gov In figuring your U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov tax, you cannot deduct expenses allocable to income not subject to tax. 1040ez irs gov Bona Fide Residence Test You meet the bona fide residence test if you are a bona fide resident of a foreign country or countries for an uninterrupted period that includes an entire tax year. 1040ez irs gov You can use the bona fide residence test to qualify for the exclusions and the deduction only if you are either: A U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen, or A U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov resident alien who is a citizen or national of a country with which the United States has an income tax treaty in effect. 1040ez irs gov You do not automatically acquire bona fide resident status merely by living in a foreign country or countries for 1 year. 1040ez irs gov If you go to a foreign country to work on a particular job for a specified period of time, you ordinarily will not be regarded as a bona fide resident of that country even though you work there for 1 tax year or longer. 1040ez irs gov The length of your stay and the nature of your job are only two of the factors to be considered in determining whether you meet the bona fide residence test. 1040ez irs gov Bona fide residence. 1040ez irs gov   To meet the bona fide residence test, you must have established a bona fide residence in a foreign country. 1040ez irs gov   Your bona fide residence is not necessarily the same as your domicile. 1040ez irs gov Your domicile is your permanent home, the place to which you always return or intend to return. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov You could have your domicile in Cleveland, Ohio, and a bona fide residence in Edinburgh, Scotland, if you intend to return eventually to Cleveland. 1040ez irs gov The fact that you go to Scotland does not automatically make Scotland your bona fide residence. 1040ez irs gov If you go there as a tourist, or on a short business trip, and return to the United States, you have not established bona fide residence in Scotland. 1040ez irs gov But if you go to Scotland to work for an indefinite or extended period and you set up permanent quarters there for yourself and your family, you probably have established a bona fide residence in a foreign country, even though you intend to return eventually to the United States. 1040ez irs gov You are clearly not a resident of Scotland in the first instance. 1040ez irs gov However, in the second, you are a resident because your stay in Scotland appears to be permanent. 1040ez irs gov If your residency is not as clearly defined as either of these illustrations, it may be more difficult to decide whether you have established a bona fide residence. 1040ez irs gov Determination. 1040ez irs gov   Questions of bona fide residence are determined according to each individual case, taking into account factors such as your intention, the purpose of your trip, and the nature and length of your stay abroad. 1040ez irs gov   To meet the bona fide residence test, you must show the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you have been a bona fide resident of a foreign country or countries for an uninterrupted period that includes an entire tax year. 1040ez irs gov The IRS decides whether you are a bona fide resident of a foreign country largely on the basis of facts you report on Form 2555. 1040ez irs gov IRS cannot make this determination until you file Form 2555. 1040ez irs gov Statement to foreign authorities. 1040ez irs gov   You are not considered a bona fide resident of a foreign country if you make a statement to the authorities of that country that you are not a resident of that country, and the authorities: Hold that you are not subject to their income tax laws as a resident, or Have not made a final decision on your status. 1040ez irs gov Special agreements and treaties. 1040ez irs gov   An income tax exemption provided in a treaty or other international agreement will not in itself prevent you from being a bona fide resident of a foreign country. 1040ez irs gov Whether a treaty prevents you from becoming a bona fide resident of a foreign country is determined under all provisions of the treaty, including specific provisions relating to residence or privileges and immunities. 1040ez irs gov Example 1. 1040ez irs gov You are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen employed in the United Kingdom by a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov employer under contract with the U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Armed Forces. 1040ez irs gov You are not subject to the North Atlantic Treaty Status of Forces Agreement. 1040ez irs gov You may be a bona fide resident of the United Kingdom. 1040ez irs gov Example 2. 1040ez irs gov You are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen in the United Kingdom who qualifies as an “employee” of an armed service or as a member of a “civilian component” under the North Atlantic Treaty Status of Forces Agreement. 1040ez irs gov You are not a bona fide resident of the United Kingdom. 1040ez irs gov Example 3. 1040ez irs gov You are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen employed in Japan by a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov employer under contract with the U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Armed Forces. 1040ez irs gov You are subject to the agreement of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan. 1040ez irs gov Being subject to the agreement does not make you a bona fide resident of Japan. 1040ez irs gov Example 4. 1040ez irs gov You are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen employed as an “official” by the United Nations in Switzerland. 1040ez irs gov You are exempt from Swiss taxation on the salary or wages paid to you by the United Nations. 1040ez irs gov This does not prevent you from being a bona fide resident of Switzerland. 1040ez irs gov Effect of voting by absentee ballot. 1040ez irs gov   If you are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen living abroad, you can vote by absentee ballot in any election held in the United States without risking your status as a bona fide resident of a foreign country. 1040ez irs gov   However, if you give information to the local election officials about the nature and length of your stay abroad that does not match the information you give for the bona fide residence test, the information given in connection with absentee voting will be considered in determining your status, but will not necessarily be conclusive. 1040ez irs gov Uninterrupted period including entire tax year. 1040ez irs gov   To meet the bona fide residence test, you must reside in a foreign country or countries for an uninterrupted period that includes an entire tax year. 1040ez irs gov An entire tax year is from January 1 through December 31 for taxpayers who file their income tax returns on a calendar year basis. 1040ez irs gov   During the period of bona fide residence in a foreign country, you can leave the country for brief or temporary trips back to the United States or elsewhere for vacation or business. 1040ez irs gov To keep your status as a bona fide resident of a foreign country, you must have a clear intention of returning from such trips, without unreasonable delay, to your foreign residence or to a new bona fide residence in another foreign country. 1040ez irs gov Example 1. 1040ez irs gov You arrived with your family in Lisbon, Portugal, on November 1, 2011. 1040ez irs gov Your assignment is indefinite, and you intend to live there with your family until your company sends you to a new post. 1040ez irs gov You immediately established residence there. 1040ez irs gov You spent April of 2012 at a business conference in the United States. 1040ez irs gov Your family stayed in Lisbon. 1040ez irs gov Immediately following the conference, you returned to Lisbon and continued living there. 1040ez irs gov On January 1, 2013, you completed an uninterrupted period of residence for a full tax year (2012), and you meet the bona fide residence test. 1040ez irs gov Example 2. 1040ez irs gov Assume the same facts as in Example 1, except that you transferred back to the United States on December 13, 2012. 1040ez irs gov You would not meet the bona fide residence test because your bona fide residence in the foreign country, although it lasted more than a year, did not include a full tax year. 1040ez irs gov You may, however, qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion or the housing exclusion or deduction under the physical presence test (discussed later). 1040ez irs gov Bona fide resident for part of a year. 1040ez irs gov   Once you have established bona fide residence in a foreign country for an uninterrupted period that includes an entire tax year, you are a bona fide resident of that country for the period starting with the date you actually began the residence and ending with the date you abandon the foreign residence. 1040ez irs gov Your period of bona fide residence can include an entire tax year plus parts of 2 other tax years. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov You were a bona fide resident of Singapore from March 1, 2011, through September 14, 2013. 1040ez irs gov On September 15, 2013, you returned to the United States. 1040ez irs gov Since you were a bona fide resident of a foreign country for all of 2012, you were also a bona fide resident of a foreign country from March 1, 2011, through the end of 2011 and from January 1, 2013, through September 14, 2013. 1040ez irs gov Reassignment. 1040ez irs gov   If you are assigned from one foreign post to another, you may or may not have a break in foreign residence between your assignments, depending on the circumstances. 1040ez irs gov Example 1. 1040ez irs gov You were a resident of Pakistan from October 1, 2012, through November 30, 2013. 1040ez irs gov On December 1, 2013, you and your family returned to the United States to wait for an assignment to another foreign country. 1040ez irs gov Your household goods also were returned to the United States. 1040ez irs gov Your foreign residence ended on November 30, 2013, and did not begin again until after you were assigned to another foreign country and physically entered that country. 1040ez irs gov Since you were not a bona fide resident of a foreign country for the entire tax year of 2012 or 2013 you do not meet the bona fide residence test in either year. 1040ez irs gov You may, however, qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion or the housing exclusion or deduction under the physical presence test, discussed later. 1040ez irs gov Example 2. 1040ez irs gov Assume the same facts as in Example 1, except that upon completion of your assignment in Pakistan you were given a new assignment to Turkey. 1040ez irs gov On December 1, 2013, you and your family returned to the United States for a month's vacation. 1040ez irs gov On January 2, 2014, you arrived in Turkey for your new assignment. 1040ez irs gov Because you did not interrupt your bona fide residence abroad, you meet the bona fide residence test. 1040ez irs gov Physical Presence Test You meet the physical presence test if you are physically present in a foreign country or countries 330 full days during a period of 12 consecutive months. 1040ez irs gov The 330 days do not have to be consecutive. 1040ez irs gov Any U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen or resident alien can use the physical presence test to qualify for the exclusions and the deduction. 1040ez irs gov The physical presence test is based only on how long you stay in a foreign country or countries. 1040ez irs gov This test does not depend on the kind of residence you establish, your intentions about returning, or the nature and purpose of your stay abroad. 1040ez irs gov 330 full days. 1040ez irs gov   Generally, to meet the physical presence test, you must be physically present in a foreign country or countries for at least 330 full days during a 12-month period. 1040ez irs gov You can count days you spent abroad for any reason. 1040ez irs gov You do not have to be in a foreign country only for employment purposes. 1040ez irs gov You can be on vacation. 1040ez irs gov   You do not meet the physical presence test if illness, family problems, a vacation, or your employer's orders cause you to be present for less than the required amount of time. 1040ez irs gov Exception. 1040ez irs gov   You can be physically present in a foreign country or countries for less than 330 full days and still meet the physical presence test if you are required to leave a country because of war or civil unrest. 1040ez irs gov See Waiver of Time Requirements, later. 1040ez irs gov Full day. 1040ez irs gov   A full day is a period of 24 consecutive hours, beginning at midnight. 1040ez irs gov Travel. 1040ez irs gov    When you leave the United States to go directly to a foreign country or when you return directly to the United States from a foreign country, the time you spend on or over international waters does not count toward the 330-day total. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov You leave the United States for France by air on June 10. 1040ez irs gov You arrive in France at 9:00 a. 1040ez irs gov m. 1040ez irs gov on June 11. 1040ez irs gov Your first full day of physical presence in France is June 12. 1040ez irs gov Passing over foreign country. 1040ez irs gov   If, in traveling from the United States to a foreign country, you pass over a foreign country before midnight of the day you leave, the first day you can count toward the 330-day total is the day following the day you leave the United States. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov You leave the United States by air at 9:30 a. 1040ez irs gov m. 1040ez irs gov on June 10 to travel to Kenya. 1040ez irs gov You pass over western Africa at 11:00 p. 1040ez irs gov m. 1040ez irs gov on June 10 and arrive in Kenya at 12:30 a. 1040ez irs gov m. 1040ez irs gov on June 11. 1040ez irs gov Your first full day in a foreign country is June 11. 1040ez irs gov Change of location. 1040ez irs gov   You can move about from one place to another in a foreign country or to another foreign country without losing full days. 1040ez irs gov If any part of your travel is not within any foreign country and takes less than 24 hours, you are considered to be in a foreign country during that part of travel. 1040ez irs gov Example 1. 1040ez irs gov You leave Ireland by air at 11:00 p. 1040ez irs gov m. 1040ez irs gov on July 6 and arrive in Sweden at 5:00 a. 1040ez irs gov m. 1040ez irs gov on July 7. 1040ez irs gov Your trip takes less than 24 hours and you lose no full days. 1040ez irs gov Example 2. 1040ez irs gov You leave Norway by ship at 10:00 p. 1040ez irs gov m. 1040ez irs gov on July 6 and arrive in Portugal at 6:00 a. 1040ez irs gov m. 1040ez irs gov on July 8. 1040ez irs gov Since your travel is not within a foreign country or countries and the trip takes more than 24 hours, you lose as full days July 6, 7, and 8. 1040ez irs gov If you remain in Portugal, your next full day in a foreign country is July 9. 1040ez irs gov In United States while in transit. 1040ez irs gov   If you are in transit between two points outside the United States and are physically present in the United States for less than 24 hours, you are not treated as present in the United States during the transit. 1040ez irs gov You are treated as traveling over areas not within any foreign country. 1040ez irs gov    Please click here for the text description of the image. 1040ez irs gov Figure 4-B How to figure the 12-month period. 1040ez irs gov   There are four rules you should know when figuring the 12-month period. 1040ez irs gov Your 12-month period can begin with any day of the month. 1040ez irs gov It ends the day before the same calendar day, 12 months later. 1040ez irs gov Your 12-month period must be made up of consecutive months. 1040ez irs gov Any 12-month period can be used if the 330 days in a foreign country fall within that period. 1040ez irs gov You do not have to begin your 12-month period with your first full day in a foreign country or end it with the day you leave. 1040ez irs gov You can choose the 12-month period that gives you the greatest exclusion. 1040ez irs gov In determining whether the 12-month period falls within a longer stay in the foreign country, 12-month periods can overlap one another. 1040ez irs gov Example 1. 1040ez irs gov You are a construction worker who works on and off in a foreign country over a 20-month period. 1040ez irs gov You might pick up the 330 full days in a 12-month period only during the middle months of the time you work in the foreign country because the first few and last few months of the 20-month period are broken up by long visits to the United States. 1040ez irs gov Example 2. 1040ez irs gov You work in New Zealand for a 20-month period from January 1, 2012, through August 31, 2013, except that you spend 28 days in February 2012 and 28 days in February 2013 on vacation in the United States. 1040ez irs gov You are present in New Zealand for at least 330 full days during each of the following two 12-month periods: January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012 and September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013. 1040ez irs gov By overlapping the 12-month periods in this way, you meet the physical presence test for the whole 20-month period. 1040ez irs gov See Figure 4-B, on the previous page. 1040ez irs gov Waiver of Time Requirements Both the bona fide residence test and the physical presence test contain minimum time requirements. 1040ez irs gov The minimum time requirements can be waived, however, if you must leave a foreign country because of war, civil unrest, or similar adverse conditions in that country. 1040ez irs gov You must be able to show that you reasonably could have expected to meet the minimum time requirements if not for the adverse conditions. 1040ez irs gov To qualify for the waiver, you must actually have your tax home in the foreign country and be a bona fide resident of, or be physically present in, the foreign country on or before the beginning date of the waiver. 1040ez irs gov Early in 2014, the IRS will publish in the Internal Revenue Bulletin a list of the only countries that qualify for the waiver for 2013 and the effective dates. 1040ez irs gov If you left one of the countries on or after the date listed for each country, you can meet the bona fide residence test or physical presence test for 2013 without meeting the minimum time requirement. 1040ez irs gov However, in figuring your exclusion, the number of your qualifying days of bona fide residence or physical presence includes only days of actual residence or presence within the country. 1040ez irs gov U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Travel Restrictions If you are present in a foreign country in violation of U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov law, you will not be treated as a bona fide resident of a foreign country or as physically present in a foreign country while you are in violation of the law. 1040ez irs gov Income that you earn from sources within such a country for services performed during a period of violation does not qualify as foreign earned income. 1040ez irs gov Your housing expenses within that country (or outside that country for housing your spouse or dependents) while you are in violation of the law cannot be included in figuring your foreign housing amount. 1040ez irs gov For 2013, the only country to which travel restrictions applied was Cuba. 1040ez irs gov The restrictions applied for the entire year. 1040ez irs gov However, individuals working at the U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba are not in violation of U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov law. 1040ez irs gov Personal service income earned by individuals at the base is eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion provided the other requirements are met. 1040ez irs gov Foreign Earned Income To claim the foreign earned income exclusion, the foreign housing exclusion, or the foreign housing deduction, you must have foreign earned income. 1040ez irs gov Foreign earned income generally is income you receive for services you perform during a period in which you meet both of the following requirements. 1040ez irs gov Your tax home is in a foreign country. 1040ez irs gov You meet either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test. 1040ez irs gov To determine whether your tax home is in a foreign country, see Tax Home in Foreign Country, earlier. 1040ez irs gov To determine whether you meet either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test, see Bona Fide Residence Test and Physical Presence Test, earlier. 1040ez irs gov Foreign earned income does not include the following amounts. 1040ez irs gov The value of meals and lodging that you exclude from your income because the meals and lodging were furnished for the convenience of your employer. 1040ez irs gov Pension or annuity payments you receive, including social security benefits (see Pensions and annuities, later). 1040ez irs gov Pay you receive as an employee of the U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Government. 1040ez irs gov (See U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Government Employees, later. 1040ez irs gov ) Amounts you include in your income because of your employer's contributions to a nonexempt employee trust or to a nonqualified annuity contract. 1040ez irs gov Any unallowable moving expense deduction that you choose to recapture as explained under Moving Expense Attributable to Foreign Earnings in 2 Years in chapter 5. 1040ez irs gov Payments you receive after the end of the tax year following the tax year in which you performed the services that earned the income. 1040ez irs gov Earned income. 1040ez irs gov   This is pay for personal services performed, such as wages, salaries, or professional fees. 1040ez irs gov The list that follows classifies many types of income into three categories. 1040ez irs gov The column headed Variable Income lists income that may fall into either the earned income category, the unearned income category, or partly into both. 1040ez irs gov For more information on earned and unearned income, see Earned and Unearned Income, later. 1040ez irs gov Earned Income Unearned Income Variable Income Salaries and wages Dividends Business profits Commissions Interest Royalties Bonuses Capital gains Rents Professional fees Gambling winnings Scholarships and fellowships Tips Alimony     Social security benefits     Pensions     Annuities     In addition to the types of earned income listed, certain noncash income and allowances or reimbursements are considered earned income. 1040ez irs gov Noncash income. 1040ez irs gov   The fair market value of property or facilities provided to you by your employer in the form of lodging, meals, or use of a car is earned income. 1040ez irs gov Allowances or reimbursements. 1040ez irs gov   Earned income includes allowances or reimbursements you receive, such as the following amounts. 1040ez irs gov    Cost-of-living allowances. 1040ez irs gov Overseas differential. 1040ez irs gov Family allowance. 1040ez irs gov Reimbursement for education or education allowance. 1040ez irs gov Home leave allowance. 1040ez irs gov Quarters allowance. 1040ez irs gov Reimbursement for moving or moving allowance (unless excluded from income as discussed later in Reimbursement of employee expenses under Earned and Unearned Income). 1040ez irs gov Source of Earned Income The source of your earned income is the place where you perform the services for which you received the income. 1040ez irs gov Foreign earned income is income you receive for working in a foreign country. 1040ez irs gov Where or how you are paid has no effect on the source of the income. 1040ez irs gov For example, income you receive for work done in Austria is income from a foreign source even if the income is paid directly to your bank account in the United States and your employer is located in New York City. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov You are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen, a bona fide resident of Canada, and working as a mining engineer. 1040ez irs gov Your salary is $76,800 per year. 1040ez irs gov You also receive a $6,000 cost-of-living allowance, and a $6,000 education allowance. 1040ez irs gov Your employment contract did not indicate that you were entitled to these allowances only while outside the United States. 1040ez irs gov Your total income is $88,800. 1040ez irs gov You work a 5-day week, Monday through Friday. 1040ez irs gov After subtracting your vacation, you have a total of 240 workdays in the year. 1040ez irs gov You worked in the United States during the year for 6 weeks (30 workdays). 1040ez irs gov The following shows how to figure the part of your income that is for work done in Canada during the year. 1040ez irs gov   Number of days worked in Canada during the year (210) × Total income ($88,800) = $77,700     Number of days of work during the year for which payment was made (240)   Your foreign source earned income is $77,700. 1040ez irs gov Earned and Unearned Income Earned income was defined earlier as pay for personal services performed. 1040ez irs gov Some types of income are not easily identified as earned or unearned income. 1040ez irs gov Some of these types of income are further explained here. 1040ez irs gov Income from a sole proprietorship or partnership. 1040ez irs gov   Income from a business in which capital investment is an important part of producing the income may be unearned income. 1040ez irs gov If you are a sole proprietor or partner and your personal services are also an important part of producing the income, the part of the income that represents the value of your personal services will be treated as earned income. 1040ez irs gov Capital a factor. 1040ez irs gov   If capital investment is an important part of producing income, no more than 30% of your share of the net profits of the business is earned income. 1040ez irs gov   If you have no net profits, the part of your gross profit that represents a reasonable allowance for personal services actually performed is considered earned income. 1040ez irs gov Because you do not have a net profit, the 30% limit does not apply. 1040ez irs gov Example 1. 1040ez irs gov You are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen and meet the bona fide residence test. 1040ez irs gov You invest in a partnership based in Cameroon that is engaged solely in selling merchandise outside the United States. 1040ez irs gov You perform no services for the partnership. 1040ez irs gov At the end of the tax year, your share of the net profits is $80,000. 1040ez irs gov The entire $80,000 is unearned income. 1040ez irs gov Example 2. 1040ez irs gov Assume that in Example 1 you spend time operating the business. 1040ez irs gov Your share of the net profits is $80,000; 30% of your share of the profits is $24,000. 1040ez irs gov If the value of your services for the year is $15,000, your earned income is limited to the value of your services, $15,000. 1040ez irs gov Capital not a factor. 1040ez irs gov   If capital is not an income-producing factor and personal services produce the business income, the 30% rule does not apply. 1040ez irs gov The entire amount of business income is earned income. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov You and Lou Green are management consultants and operate as equal partners in performing services outside the United States. 1040ez irs gov Because capital is not an income- producing factor, all the income from the partnership is considered earned income. 1040ez irs gov Income from a corporation. 1040ez irs gov   The salary you receive from a corporation is earned income only if it represents a reasonable allowance as compensation for work you do for the corporation. 1040ez irs gov Any amount over what is considered a reasonable salary is unearned income. 1040ez irs gov Example 1. 1040ez irs gov You are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen and an officer and stockholder of a corporation in Honduras. 1040ez irs gov You perform no work or service of any kind for the corporation. 1040ez irs gov During the tax year you receive a $10,000 “salary” from the corporation. 1040ez irs gov The $10,000 clearly is not for personal services and is unearned income. 1040ez irs gov Example 2. 1040ez irs gov You are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen and work full time as secretary-treasurer of your corporation. 1040ez irs gov During the tax year you receive $100,000 as salary from the corporation. 1040ez irs gov If $80,000 is a reasonable allowance as pay for the work you did, then $80,000 is earned income. 1040ez irs gov Stock options. 1040ez irs gov   You may have earned income if you disposed of stock that you got by exercising a stock option granted to you under an employee stock purchase plan. 1040ez irs gov   If your gain on the disposition of stock you got by exercising an option is treated as capital gain, your gain is unearned income. 1040ez irs gov   However, if you disposed of the stock less than 2 years after you were granted the option or less than 1 year after you got the stock, part of the gain on the disposition may be earned income. 1040ez irs gov It is considered received in the year you disposed of the stock and earned in the year you performed the services for which you were granted the option. 1040ez irs gov Any part of the earned income that is due to work you did outside the United States is foreign earned income. 1040ez irs gov   See Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, for a discussion of the treatment of stock options. 1040ez irs gov Pensions and annuities. 1040ez irs gov    For purposes of the foreign earned income exclusion, the foreign housing exclusion, and the foreign housing deduction, amounts received as pensions or annuities are unearned income. 1040ez irs gov Royalties. 1040ez irs gov   Royalties from the leasing of oil and mineral lands and patents generally are a form of rent or dividends and are unearned income. 1040ez irs gov   Royalties received by a writer are earned income if they are received: For the transfer of property rights of the writer in the writer's product, or Under a contract to write a book or series of articles. 1040ez irs gov Rental income. 1040ez irs gov   Generally, rental income is unearned income. 1040ez irs gov If you perform personal services in connection with the production of rent, up to 30% of your net rental income can be considered earned income. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov Larry Smith, a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen living in Australia, owns and operates a rooming house in Sydney. 1040ez irs gov If he is operating the rooming house as a business that requires capital and personal services, he can consider up to 30% of net rental income as earned income. 1040ez irs gov On the other hand, if he just owns the rooming house and performs no personal services connected with its operation, except perhaps making minor repairs and collecting rents, none of his net income from the house is considered earned income. 1040ez irs gov It is all unearned income. 1040ez irs gov Professional fees. 1040ez irs gov   If you are engaged in a professional occupation (such as a doctor or lawyer), all fees received in the performance of these services are earned income. 1040ez irs gov Income of an artist. 1040ez irs gov   Income you receive from the sale of paintings you created is earned income. 1040ez irs gov Scholarships and fellowships. 1040ez irs gov   Any portion of a scholarship or fellowship grant that is paid to you for teaching, research or other services is considered earned income if you must include it in your gross income. 1040ez irs gov If the payer of the grant is required to provide you with a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, these amounts will be listed as wages. 1040ez irs gov    Certain scholarship and fellowship income may be exempt under other provisions. 1040ez irs gov See Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, chapter 1. 1040ez irs gov Use of employer's property or facilities. 1040ez irs gov   If you receive fringe benefits in the form of the right to use your employer's property or facilities, the fair market value of that right is earned income. 1040ez irs gov Fair market value is the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being required to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the necessary facts. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov You are privately employed and live in Japan all year. 1040ez irs gov You are paid a salary of $6,000 a month. 1040ez irs gov You live rent-free in a house provided by your employer that has a fair rental value of $3,000 a month. 1040ez irs gov The house is not provided for your employer's convenience. 1040ez irs gov You report on the calendar-year, cash basis. 1040ez irs gov You received $72,000 salary from foreign sources plus $36,000 fair rental value of the house, or a total of $108,000 of earned income. 1040ez irs gov Reimbursement of employee expenses. 1040ez irs gov   If you are reimbursed under an accountable plan (defined below) for expenses you incur on your employer's behalf and you have adequately accounted to your employer for the expenses, do not include the reimbursement for those expenses in your earned income. 1040ez irs gov   The expenses for which you are reimbursed are not considered allocable (related) to your earned income. 1040ez irs gov If expenses and reimbursement are equal, there is nothing to allocate to excluded income. 1040ez irs gov If expenses are more than the reimbursement, the unreimbursed expenses are considered to have been incurred in producing earned income and must be divided between your excluded and included income in determining the amount of unreimbursed expenses you can deduct. 1040ez irs gov (See chapter 5. 1040ez irs gov ) If the reimbursement is more than the expenses, no expenses remain to be divided between excluded and included income and the excess reimbursement must be included in earned income. 1040ez irs gov   These rules do not apply to the following individuals. 1040ez irs gov Straight-commission salespersons. 1040ez irs gov Employees who have arrangements with their employers under which taxes are not withheld on a percentage of the commissions because the employers consider that percentage to be attributable to the employees' expenses. 1040ez irs gov Accountable plan. 1040ez irs gov   An accountable plan is a reimbursement or allowance arrangement that includes all three of the following rules. 1040ez irs gov The expenses covered under the plan must have a business connection. 1040ez irs gov The employee must adequately account to the employer for these expenses within a reasonable period of time. 1040ez irs gov The employee must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. 1040ez irs gov Reimbursement of moving expenses. 1040ez irs gov   Reimbursement of moving expenses may be earned income. 1040ez irs gov You must include as earned income: Any reimbursements of, or payments for, nondeductible moving expenses, Reimbursements that are more than your deductible expenses and that you do not return to your employer, Any reimbursements made (or treated as made) under a nonaccountable plan (any plan that does not meet the rules listed above for an accountable plan), even if they are for deductible expenses, and Any reimbursement of moving expenses you deducted in an earlier year. 1040ez irs gov This section discusses reimbursements that must be included in earned income. 1040ez irs gov Publication 521, Moving Expenses, discusses additional rules that apply to moving expense deductions and reimbursements. 1040ez irs gov   The rules for determining when the reimbursement is considered earned or where the reimbursement is considered earned may differ somewhat from the general rules previously discussed. 1040ez irs gov   Although you receive the reimbursement in one tax year, it may be considered earned for services performed, or to be performed, in another tax year. 1040ez irs gov You must report the reimbursement as income on your return in the year you receive it, even if it is considered earned during a different year. 1040ez irs gov Move from U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov to foreign country. 1040ez irs gov   If you move from the United States to a foreign country, your moving expense reimbursement is generally considered pay for future services to be performed at the new location. 1040ez irs gov The reimbursement is considered earned solely in the year of the move if you qualify for the exclusion for a period that includes at least 120 days during that tax year. 1040ez irs gov   If you are neither a bona fide resident of nor physically present in a foreign country or countries for a period that includes 120 days during the year of the move, a portion of the reimbursement is considered earned in the year of the move and a portion is considered earned in the year following the year of the move. 1040ez irs gov To figure the amount earned in the year of the move, multiply the reimbursement by a fraction. 1040ez irs gov The numerator (top number) is the number of days in your qualifying period that fall within the year of the move, and the denominator (bottom number) is the total number of days in the year of the move. 1040ez irs gov   The difference between the total reimbursement and the amount considered earned in the year of the move is the amount considered earned in the year following the year of the move. 1040ez irs gov The part earned in each year is figured as shown in the following example. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov You are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen working in the United States. 1040ez irs gov You were told in October 2012 that you were being transferred to a foreign country. 1040ez irs gov You arrived in the foreign country on December 15, 2012, and you are a bona fide resident for the remainder of 2012 and all of 2013. 1040ez irs gov Your employer reimbursed you $2,000 in January 2013 for the part of the moving expense that you were not allowed to deduct. 1040ez irs gov Because you did not qualify for the exclusion under the bona fide residence test for at least 120 days in 2012 (the year of the move), the reimbursement is considered pay for services performed in the foreign country for both 2012 and 2013. 1040ez irs gov You figure the part of the reimbursement for services performed in the foreign country in 2012 by multiplying the total reimbursement by a fraction. 1040ez irs gov The fraction is the number of days during which you were a bona fide resident in 2012 (the year of the move) divided by 366. 1040ez irs gov The remaining part of the reimbursement is for services performed in the foreign country in 2013. 1040ez irs gov This computation is used only to determine when the reimbursement is considered earned. 1040ez irs gov You would include the amount of the reimbursement in income in 2013, the year you received it. 1040ez irs gov Move between foreign countries. 1040ez irs gov   If you move between foreign countries, any moving expense reimbursement that you must include in income will be considered earned in the year of the move if you qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion for a period that includes at least 120 days in the year of the move. 1040ez irs gov Move to U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov   If you move to the United States, the moving expense reimbursement that you must include in income is generally considered to be U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov source income. 1040ez irs gov   However, if under either an agreement between you and your employer or a statement of company policy that is reduced to writing before your move to the foreign country, your employer will reimburse you for your move back to the United States regardless of whether you continue to work for the employer, the includible reimbursement is considered compensation for past services performed in the foreign country. 1040ez irs gov The includible reimbursement is considered earned in the year of the move if you qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion for a period that includes at least 120 days during that year. 1040ez irs gov Otherwise, you treat the includible reimbursement as received for services performed in the foreign country in the year of the move and the year immediately before the year of the move. 1040ez irs gov   See the discussion under Move from U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov to foreign country , earlier, to figure the amount of the includible reimbursement considered earned in the year of the move. 1040ez irs gov The amount earned in the year before the year of the move is the difference between the total includible reimbursement and the amount earned in the year of the move. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov You are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov citizen employed in a foreign country. 1040ez irs gov You retired from employment with your employer on March 31, 2013, and returned to the United States after having been a bona fide resident of the foreign country for several years. 1040ez irs gov A written agreement with your employer entered into before you went abroad provided that you would be reimbursed for your move back to the United States. 1040ez irs gov In April 2013, your former employer reimbursed you $4,000 for the part of the cost of your move back to the United States that you were not allowed to deduct. 1040ez irs gov Because you were not a bona fide resident of a foreign country or countries for a period that included at least 120 days in 2013 (the year of the move), the includible reimbursement is considered pay for services performed in the foreign country for both 2013 and 2012. 1040ez irs gov You figure the part of the moving expense reimbursement for services performed in the foreign country for 2013 by multiplying the total includible reimbursement by a fraction. 1040ez irs gov The fraction is the number of days of foreign residence during the year (90) divided by the number of days in the year (365). 1040ez irs gov The remaining part of the includible reimbursement is for services performed in the foreign country in 2012. 1040ez irs gov You report the amount of the includible reimbursement in 2013, the year you received it. 1040ez irs gov    In this example, if you met the physical presence test for a period that included at least 120 days in 2013, the moving expense reimbursement would be considered earned entirely in the year of the move. 1040ez irs gov Storage expense reimbursements. 1040ez irs gov   If you are reimbursed for storage expenses, the reimbursement is for services you perform during the period of time for which the storage expenses are incurred. 1040ez irs gov U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Government Employees For purposes of the foreign earned income exclusion, the foreign housing exclusion, and the foreign housing deduction, foreign earned income does not include any amounts paid by the United States or any of its agencies to its employees. 1040ez irs gov This includes amounts paid from both appropriated and nonappropriated funds. 1040ez irs gov The following organizations (and other organizations similarly organized and operated under United States Army, Navy, or Air Force regulations) are integral parts of the Armed Forces, agencies, or instrumentalities of the United States. 1040ez irs gov United States Armed Forces exchanges. 1040ez irs gov Commissioned and noncommissioned officers' messes. 1040ez irs gov Armed Forces motion picture services. 1040ez irs gov Kindergartens on foreign Armed Forces installations. 1040ez irs gov Amounts paid by the United States or its agencies to persons who are not their employees may qualify for exclusion or deduction. 1040ez irs gov If you are a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Government employee paid by a U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov agency that assigned you to a foreign government to perform specific services for which the agency is reimbursed by the foreign government, your pay is from the U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Government and does not qualify for exclusion or deduction. 1040ez irs gov If you have questions about whether you are an employee or an independent contractor, get Publication 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide. 1040ez irs gov American Institute in Taiwan. 1040ez irs gov   Amounts paid by the American Institute in Taiwan are not foreign earned income for purposes of the foreign earned income exclusion, the foreign housing exclusion, or the foreign housing deduction. 1040ez irs gov If you are an employee of the American Institute in Taiwan, allowances you receive are exempt from U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov tax up to the amount that equals tax-exempt allowances received by civilian employees of the U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Government. 1040ez irs gov Allowances. 1040ez irs gov   Cost-of-living and foreign-area allowances paid under certain acts of Congress to U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov civilian officers and employees stationed in Alaska and Hawaii or elsewhere outside the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia can be excluded from gross income. 1040ez irs gov Post differentials are wages that must be included in gross income, regardless of the act of Congress under which they are paid. 1040ez irs gov More information. 1040ez irs gov   Publication 516, U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Government Civilian Employees Stationed Abroad, has more information for U. 1040ez irs gov S. 1040ez irs gov Government employees abroad. 1040ez irs gov Exclusion of Meals and Lodging You do not include in your income the value of meals and lodging provided to you and your family by your employer at no charge if the following conditions are met. 1040ez irs gov The meals are furnished: On the business premises of your employer, and For the convenience of your employer. 1040ez irs gov The lodging is furnished: On the business premises of your employer, For the convenience of your employer, and As a condition of your employment. 1040ez irs gov If these conditions are met, do not include the value of the meals or lodging in your income, even if a law or your employment contract says that they are provided as compensation. 1040ez irs gov Amounts you do not include in income because of these rules are not foreign earned income. 1040ez irs gov If you receive a Form W-2, excludable amounts should not be included in the total reported in box 1 as wages. 1040ez irs gov Family. 1040ez irs gov   Your family, for this purpose, includes only your spouse and your dependents. 1040ez irs gov Lodging. 1040ez irs gov   The value of lodging includes the cost of heat, electricity, gas, water, sewer service, and similar items needed to make the lodging fit to live in. 1040ez irs gov Business premises of employer. 1040ez irs gov   Generally, the business premises of your employer is wherever you work. 1040ez irs gov For example, if you work as a housekeeper, meals and lodging provided in your employer's home are provided on the business premises of your employer. 1040ez irs gov Similarly, meals provided to cowhands while herding cattle on land leased or owned by their employer are considered provided on the premises of their employer. 1040ez irs gov Convenience of employer. 1040ez irs gov   Whether meals or lodging are provided for your employer's convenience must be determined from all the facts and circumstances. 1040ez irs gov Meals furnished at no charge are considered provided for your employer's convenience if there is a good business reason for providing them, other than to give you more pay. 1040ez irs gov   On the other hand, if your employer provides meals to you or your family as a means of giving you more pay, and there is no other business reason for providing them, their value is extra income to you because they are not furnished for the convenience of your employer. 1040ez irs gov Condition of employment. 1040ez irs gov   Lodging is provided as a condition of employment if you must accept the lodging to properly carry out the duties of your job. 1040ez irs gov You must accept lodging to properly carry out your duties if, for example, you must be available for duty at all times or you could not perform your duties if the lodging was not furnished. 1040ez irs gov Foreign camps. 1040ez irs gov   If the lodging is in a camp located in a foreign country, the camp is considered part of your employer's business premises. 1040ez irs gov The camp must be: Provided for your employer's convenience because the place where you work is in a remote area where satisfactory housing is not available to you on the open market within a reasonable commuting distance, Located as close as reasonably possible in the area where you work, and Provided in a common area or enclave that is not available to the general public for lodging or accommodations and that normally houses at least ten employees. 1040ez irs gov Foreign Earned Income Exclusion If your tax home is in a foreign country and you meet the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test, you can choose to exclude from your income a limited amount of your foreign earned income. 1040ez irs gov Foreign earned income was defined earlier in this chapter. 1040ez irs gov You also can choose to exclude from your income a foreign housing amount. 1040ez irs gov This is explained later under Foreign Housing Exclusion. 1040ez irs gov If you choose to exclude a foreign housing amount, you must figure the foreign housing exclusion before you figure the foreign earned income exclusion. 1040ez irs gov Your foreign earned income exclusion is limited to your foreign earned income minus your foreign housing exclusion. 1040ez irs gov If you choose to exclude foreign earned income, you cannot deduct, exclude, or claim a credit for any item that can be allocated to or charged against the excluded amounts. 1040ez irs gov This includes any expenses, losses, and other normally deductible items allocable to the excluded income. 1040ez irs gov For more information about deductions and credits, see chapter 5 . 1040ez irs gov Limit on Excludable Amount You may be able to exclude up to $97,600 of your foreign earned income in 2013. 1040ez irs gov You cannot exclude more than the smaller of: $97,600, or Your foreign earned income (discussed earlier) for the tax year minus your foreign housing exclusion (discussed later). 1040ez irs gov If both you and your spouse work abroad and each of you meets either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test, you can each choose the foreign earned income exclusion. 1040ez irs gov You do not both need to meet the same test. 1040ez irs gov Together, you and your spouse can exclude as much as $195,200. 1040ez irs gov Paid in year following work. 1040ez irs gov   Generally, you are considered to have earned income in the year in which you do the work for which you receive the income, even if you work in one year but are not paid until the following year. 1040ez irs gov If you report your income on a cash basis, you report the income on your return for the year you receive it. 1040ez irs gov If you work one year, but are not paid for that work until the next year, the amount you can exclude in the year you are paid is the amount you could have excluded in the year you did the work if you had been paid in that year. 1040ez irs gov For an exception to this general rule, see Year-end payroll period, later. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov You were a bona fide resident of Brazil for all of 2012 and 2013. 1040ez irs gov You report your income on the cash basis. 1040ez irs gov In 2012, you were paid $84,200 for work you did in Brazil during that year. 1040ez irs gov You excluded all of the $84,200 from your income in 2012. 1040ez irs gov In 2013, you were paid $117,300 for your work in Brazil. 1040ez irs gov $18,800 was for work you did in 2012 and $98,500 was for work you did in 2013. 1040ez irs gov You can exclude $10,900 of the $18,800 from your income in 2013. 1040ez irs gov This is the $95,100 maximum exclusion in 2012 minus the $84,200 actually excluded that year. 1040ez irs gov You must include the remaining $7,900 in income in 2013 because you could not have excluded that income in 2012 if you had received it that year. 1040ez irs gov You can exclude $97,600 of the $98,500 you were paid for work you did in 2013 from your 2013 income. 1040ez irs gov Your total foreign earned income exclusion for 2013 is $108,500 ($10,900 for work you did in 2012 and $97,600 for work you did in 2013). 1040ez irs gov You would include in your 2013 income $8,800 ($7,900 for the work you did in 2012 and $900 for the work you did in 2013). 1040ez irs gov Year-end payroll period. 1040ez irs gov   There is an exception to the general rule that income is considered earned in the year you do the work for which you receive the income. 1040ez irs gov If you are a cash-basis taxpayer, any salary or wage payment you receive after the end of the year in which you do the work for which you receive the pay is considered earned entirely in the year you receive it if all four of the following apply. 1040ez irs gov The period for which the payment is made is a normal payroll period of your employer that regularly applies to you. 1040ez irs gov The payroll period includes the last day of your tax year (December 31 if you figure your taxes on a calendar-year basis). 1040ez irs gov The payroll period is not longer than 16 days. 1040ez irs gov The payday comes at the same time in relation to the payroll period that it would normally come and it comes before the end of the next payroll period. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov You are paid twice a month. 1040ez irs gov For the normal payroll period that begins on the first of the month and ends on the fifteenth of the month, you are paid on the sixteenth day of the month. 1040ez irs gov For the normal payroll period that begins on the sixteenth of the month and ends on the last day of the month, you are paid on the first day of the following month. 1040ez irs gov Because all of the above conditions are met, the pay you received on January 1, 2013, is considered earned in 2013. 1040ez irs gov Income earned over more than 1 year. 1040ez irs gov   Regardless of when you actually receive income, you must apply it to the year in which you earned it in figuring your excludable amount for that year. 1040ez irs gov For example, a bonus may be based on work you did over several years. 1040ez irs gov You determine the amount of the bonus that is considered earned in a particular year in two steps. 1040ez irs gov Divide the bonus by the number of calendar months in the period when you did the work that resulted in the bonus. 1040ez irs gov Multiply the result of (1) by the number of months you did the work during the year. 1040ez irs gov This is the amount that is subject to the exclusion limit for that tax year. 1040ez irs gov Income received more than 1 year after it was earned. 1040ez irs gov   You cannot exclude income you receive after the end of the year following the year you do the work to earn it. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov   You were a bona fide resident of Sweden for 2011, 2012, and 2013. 1040ez irs gov You report your income on the cash basis. 1040ez irs gov In 2011, you were paid $69,000 for work you did in Sweden that year and in 2012 you were paid $74,000 for that year's work in Sweden. 1040ez irs gov You excluded all the income on your 2011 and 2012 returns. 1040ez irs gov   In 2013, you were paid $92,000; $82,000 for your work in Sweden during 2013, and $10,000 for work you did in Sweden in 2011. 1040ez irs gov You cannot exclude any of the $10,000 for work done in 2011 because you received it after the end of the year following the year in which you earned it. 1040ez irs gov You must include the $10,000 in income. 1040ez irs gov You can exclude all of the $82,000 received for work you did in 2013. 1040ez irs gov Community income. 1040ez irs gov   The maximum exclusion applies separately to the earnings of spouses. 1040ez irs gov Ignore any community property laws when you figure your limit on the foreign earned income exclusion. 1040ez irs gov Part-year exclusion. 1040ez irs gov   If the period for which you qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion includes only part of the year, you must adjust the maximum limit based on the number of qualifying days in the year. 1040ez irs gov The number of qualifying days is the number of days in the year within the period on which you both: Have your tax home in a foreign country, and Meet either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test. 1040ez irs gov   For this purpose, you can count as qualifying days all days within a period of 12 consecutive months once you are physically present and have your tax home in a foreign country for 330 full days. 1040ez irs gov To figure your maximum exclusion, multiply the maximum excludable amount for the year by the number of your qualifying days in the year, and then divide the result by the number of days in the year. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov You report your income on the calendar-year basis and you qualified for the foreign earned income exclusion under the bona fide residence test for 75 days in 2013. 1040ez irs gov You can exclude a maximum of 75/365 of $97,600, or $20,055, of your foreign earned income for 2013. 1040ez irs gov If you qualify under the bona fide residence test for all of 2014, you can exclude your foreign earned income up to the 2014 limit. 1040ez irs gov Physical presence test. 1040ez irs gov   Under the physical presence test, a 12-month period can be any period of 12 consecutive months that includes 330 full days. 1040ez irs gov If you qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion under the physical presence test for part of a year, it is important to carefully choose the 12-month period that will allow the maximum exclusion for that year. 1040ez irs gov Example. 1040ez irs gov You are physically present and have your tax home in a foreign country for a 16-month period from June 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013, except for 16 days in December 2012 when you were on vacation in the United States. 1040ez irs gov You figure the maximum exclusion for 2012 as follows. 1040ez irs gov Beginning with June 1, 2012, count forward 330 full days. 1040ez irs gov Do not count the 16 days you spent in the United States. 1040ez irs gov The 330th day, May 12, 2013, is the last day of a 12-month period. 1040ez irs gov Count backward 12 months from May 11, 2013, to find the first day of this 12-month period, May 12, 2012. 1040ez irs gov This 12-month period runs from May 12, 2012, through May 11, 2013. 1040ez irs gov Count the total days during 2012 that fall within this 12-month period. 1040ez irs gov This is 234 days (May 12, 2012 – December 31, 2012). 1040ez irs gov Multiply $95,100 (the maximum exclusion for 2012) by the fraction 234/366 to find your maximum exclusion for 2012 ($60,802). 1040ez irs gov You figure the maximum exclusion for 2013 in the opposite manner. 1040ez irs gov Beginning with your last full day, September 30, 2013, count backward 330 full days. 1040ez irs gov Do not count the 16 days you spent in the United States. 1040ez irs gov That day, October 20, 2012, is the first day of a 12-month period. 1040ez irs gov Count forward 12 months from October 20, 2012, to find the last day of this 12-month period, October 19, 2013. 1040ez irs gov This 12-month period runs from October 20, 2012, through October 19, 2013. 1040ez irs gov Count the total days during 2013 that fall within this 12-month period. 1040ez irs gov This is 292 days (January 1, 2013 – October 19, 2013). 1040ez irs gov Multiply $97,600, the maximum limit, by the fraction 292/365 to find your maximum exclusion for 2013 ($78,080). 1040ez irs gov Choosing the Exclusion The foreign earned income exclusion is voluntary. 1040ez irs gov You can choose the exclusion by completing the appropriate parts of Form 2555. 1040ez irs gov When You Can Choose the Exclusion Your initial choice of the exclusion on Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ generally must be made with one of the following returns. 1040ez irs gov A return filed by the due date (including any extensions). 1040ez irs gov A return amending a timely-filed return. 1040ez irs gov Amended returns generally must be filed by the later of 3 years after the filing date of the original return or 2 years after the tax is paid. 1040ez irs gov A return filed within 1 year from the original due date of the return (determined without regard to any extensions). 1040ez irs gov Filing after the above periods. 1040ez irs gov   You can choose the exclusion on a return filed after the periods described above if you owe no federal income tax after taking into account the exclusion. 1040ez irs gov If you owe federal income tax after taking into account the exclusion, you can choose the exclusion on a return filed after the periods described earlier if you file before the IRS discovers that you failed to choose the exclusion. 1040ez irs gov Whether or not you owe federal income tax after taking the exclusion into account, if you file your return after the periods described earlier, you must type or legibly print at the top of the first page of the Form 1040 “Filed pursuant to section 1. 1040ez irs gov 911-7(a)(2)(i)(D). 1040ez irs gov ” If you owe federal income tax after taking into account the foreign earned income exclusion and the IRS discovered that you failed to choose the exclusion, you may still be able to choose the exclusion. 1040ez irs gov You must request a private letter ruling under Income Tax Regulation 301. 1040ez irs gov 9100-3 and Revenue Procedure 2013-1, 2013-1 I. 1040ez irs gov R. 1040ez irs gov B. 1040ez irs gov 1, available at www. 1040ez irs gov irs. 1040ez irs gov gov/irb/2013-01_IRB/ar06. 1040ez irs gov html. 1040ez irs gov Effect of Choosing the Exclusion Once you choose to exclude your foreign earned income, that choice remains in effect for that year and all later years unless you revoke it. 1040ez irs gov Foreign tax credit or deduction. 1040ez irs gov  
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Consumer Protection Offices

City, county, regional, and state consumer offices offer a variety of important services. They might mediate complaints, conduct investigations, prosecute offenders of consumer laws, license and regulate professional service providers, provide educational materials and advocate for consumer rights. To save time, call before sending a written complaint. Ask if the office handles the type of complaint you have and if complaint forms are provided.

State Consumer Protection Offices

Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Wailuku

Website: Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Wailuku

Address: Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Wailuku
Office of Consumer Protection
1063 Lower Main St., Suite C-216
Wailuku, HI 96793

Phone Number: 808-243-4648 808-587-3222 (Consumer Resource Center)

Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs- Hilo

Website: Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs- Hilo

Address: Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs- Hilo
Office of Consumer Protection
345 Kekuanaoa St., Suite 12
Hilo, HI 96720

Phone Number: 808-933-0910 808-587-3222 (Consumer Resource Center)

Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Honolulu (Main Location)

Website: Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Honolulu (Main Location)

Address: Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Honolulu (Main Location)
Office of Consumer Protection
Leiopapa A Kamehameha Building
235 S. Beretania St., Suite 801

Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone Number: 808-586-2630 808-587-3222 (Consumer Resource Center)

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Banking Authorities

The officials listed in this section regulate and supervise state-chartered banks. Many of them handle or refer problems and complaints about other types of financial institutions as well. Some also answer general questions about banking and consumer credit. If you are dealing with a federally chartered bank, check Federal Agencies.

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Website: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Address: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Division of Financial Institutions
PO Box 2054
Honolulu, HI 96805

Phone Number: 808-586-2820
808-274-3141 (Kauai) 808-984-2400 (Maui) 808-974-4000 (Hawaii)

Toll-free: 1-800-468-4644

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Insurance Regulators

Each state has its own laws and regulations for each type of insurance. The officials listed in this section enforce these laws. Many of these offices can also provide you with information to help you make informed insurance buying decisions.

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Website: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Address: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Insurance Division
PO Box 3614
Honolulu, HI 96811

Phone Number: 808-586-2790

Toll-free: 1-800-468-4644 (Lanai and Molokai)

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Securities Administrators

Each state has its own laws and regulations for securities brokers and securities - including stocks, mutual funds, commodities, real estate, etc. The officials and agencies listed in this section enforce these laws and regulations. Many of these offices can also provide information to help you make informed investment decisions.

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Website: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Address: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Business Registration Division
Securities Enforcement Branch

PO Box 40
Honolulu, HI 96810

Phone Number: 808-586-2744

Toll-free: 1-877-447-2267

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Utility Commissions

State Utility Commissions regulate services and rates for gas, electricity and telephones within your state. In some states, the utility commissions regulate other services such as water, transportation, and the moving of household goods. Many utility commissions handle consumer complaints. Sometimes, if a number of complaints are received about the same utility matter, they will conduct investigations.

Public Utilities Commission

Website: Public Utilities Commission

Address: Public Utilities Commission
465 S. King St., Room 103
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone Number: 808-586-2020

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