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Paying US taxes while in Sweden

Well that time is nearly upon us...

stephanie921
post 5.Jan.2013, 05:45 PM
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Joined: 1.Sep.2009

Well that time is nearly upon us and i have many questions so i apologize in advance and say thanks to all who will advice me...

Heres my situation... I moved to sweden march 2012 so i worked inthe us for 3months... my husband who was a permanent resident moved dec 2011 and i filed 2011 taxes jointly toaccount for his income... Here in sweden i am not working and do not recieve any sort of bidrag...I do not have any exemptions on stuff from the us except fortax i paid on student loans.. i will be getting the info from thew2s fromfamily...so here are myquestions...

1. Do i need to file for my husband as well even tho he did not work in the us in 2012 and did not live there?
2.Do i file married filling seperate and just not file for him, or married jointly?
3. How do i let them know that im no longer living and working in the us..yea i was suppose to tell the secretary of state and didnt so i will take care of that next time im there... but for tax purposes???
4. can i file using the simple turbo tax type program or do i need to do an advanced??
5.Any additional forms i need to do?
6.ANy other advice or info????

Thanks!
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Monark540
post 20.Feb.2013, 04:50 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 20.Mar.2009

Just got an e-mail today from a company in the States and thought that it might be of interest to some of the readers here. I've not used their services but note that they have a practice emphasis on working with American expats.

Dear American Abroad,

As part of Thun Financial Advisors’ ongoing commitment to provide timely financial planning and investment management guidance for Americans abroad, we are distributing a new, comprehensive update on 2013 U.S. tax changes and their investment implications for Americans abroad. Please click on the link below to go to the research (or go directly to our website: www.thunfinancial.com to view and read).

Thun Financial
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Monark540
post 24.Feb.2013, 11:49 AM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 20.Mar.2009

Just received this message from the U.S. Embassy here in Stockholm:

IRS Tax Attaché to Stockholm March 19-20, 2013

We are pleased to announce that the IRS Tax Attaché will be at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm March 19-20 to provide general tax information and to meet with U.S. taxpayers on a one-on-one basis. If you would like to schedule an individual appointment with the tax attaché, please send an e-mail, including your preferred date, to stkacsinfo@state.gov with the subject line “IRS visit”. Appointment preferences will be granted in the order in which they are received. Please check our website at http://sweden.usembassy.gov/service.html for further details.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Sweden to enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website at http://travel.state.gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, (including the Travel Warning for Sweden if appropriate), Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Sweden at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html.

For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website .

Contact the U.S. Embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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The U.S. Embassy in Stockholm is located at Dag Hammarskjoldsvag 31, Stockholm and is open, Monday through Friday from 9 - 11AM, except for Swedish and American holidays, email stkacsinfo@state.gov, phone number +46 (0)8 783 5375. Our regular telephone hours are between 1 PM and 2 PM, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +46(0)8 783 5300.
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oluies
post 25.Feb.2013, 09:29 AM
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Joined: 8.Aug.2012

>1. Do i need to file for my husband as well even tho he did not work in the us in 2012 and did not live there?
What is best for you?

>2.Do i file married filling seperate and just not file for him, or married jointly?
Wgat is best for you?

>3. How do i let them know that im no longer living and working in the us..yea i was suppose to tell the secretary of state >and didnt so i will take care of that next time im there... but for tax purposes???
You always have to file the taxes unless you are giving up your US citizenship. However you get a deduction of $80k and exclusion of taxes already paid in Sweden see for 2555 instructions

>4. can i file using the simple turbo tax type program or do i need to do an advanced??
check if it works with the 2555 forms

6.ANy other advice or info????
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wabasha
post 25.Feb.2013, 12:58 PM
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Joined: 16.Feb.2008

don't forget to send that paper in if your Swedish bank account goes over $10,000. and as for taxes, if you must pay in they can really crush you so do your taxes. I skipped a couple years myself and later did them, but since I didn't owe anything my tax man said I shouldn't have any problems. A couple years have past so I might be ok.

Inform the Secretary of State? what? first I've heard that one. glad I have Hil-dog on speed dial.
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snarky
post 25.Feb.2013, 05:18 PM
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Joined: 22.Jan.2013

I have had some trouble with this as well, anyway I contacted that Thun company someone linked above and they are only financial planners. However, he was able to recommend this company (below). I am going to give them a try, because I have not found any other company that helps individuals, only ones that help companies. And in the past every time I call the IRS they refer to the German US embassy, as they have some type of tax specialist there. I have called there, but I can never get through. Anyway, I am going to try this companny and hope it goes well!

Tax911.com
Call, Skype or e-mail us
taxman1040 Skype
855-5-tax911 Call Toll Free from US
913-712-8539 Call from outside the US
855-829-0911 Fax toll free from US
608-662-1041 Fax from Outside the US
info@tax911.com
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nickoledlaird
post 25.Feb.2013, 08:00 PM
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Joined: 14.May.2011

Someone will be at the Stockholm US Embassy in March. I received an email but here's the info on the website:

http://sweden.usembassy.gov/consulate/acs6.html
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Monark540
post 28.Feb.2013, 12:55 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 20.Mar.2009

I just saw that a friend of mine posted a link on another site to this firm that specializes in doing taxes for U.S.expats:

Taxes for Expats
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mj46
post 7.Mar.2013, 07:43 AM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 7.Mar.2013

I got the name of this company Artio Partners from a friend of mine. He mentioned that he worked with a CPA.
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