All you need to know about the standard deduction

What is the Standard Deduction? The standard deduction is a specific dollar amount that reduces the amount of income on which you're taxed. Your standard deduction consists of the sum of the basic standard deduction and any additional standard deductions for age and/or blindness. In general, the standard deduction is adjusted each year for inflation [...]

2013 US Tax Changes

The IRS has recently implemented some changes with the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 that may affect taxpayers working and living in Hong Kong and abroad beginning in 2013. Some of these changes are:  2013 tax rates up to 39.6% for income over $400,000 single and $450,000 married filing jointly 2013 AGI above $250,000 [...]

What are the benefits of filing US taxes for expats?

Earnings thresholds US citizens living abroad can exclude up to $95,100 of foreign earned income for the 2012 tax year if certain requirements are met. Be careful as earned income does not include rental income, dividends, interest, capital gains etc. because they are not earned income and will be subject to taxation. This exclusion is [...]

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