Question about US Expat taxes

According to the IRS, what is the definition of an expat?

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Apr 16, 2014
Ignorance is bliss... not!
by: Anonymous

My situation is different than most people´s: I´m an American with Bolivian citizenship by marrige, living in Bolivia, have $20,000 in a US bank and am not working in either country. What is my (responsibility to the IRS?)

Apr 14, 2014
IRS legal definition of expatriate
by: Anonymous

This article says "An expatriate is an employee working in a country other than their country of origin. An expatriate may also be referred to as a PCN or parent-country national. Long periods of assignment (perhaps 4 –5 years or more) may run the risk of “de facto” employee status in the host country, so that labor laws of the host country apply.

A U.S. expatriate residing abroad, still owes U.S. taxes each year on his or her worldwide income. The US has income tax treaties with over 35 other countries."

You can read the rest of the article here:

Apr 14, 2014
Don't confuse being an expatriate (expat) with expatriation
by: Anonymous

With the IRS you have to be careful with the use of the word (expat). An expatriate is basically someone who has chosen to live and apply for residency in a foreign country, but retains their citizenship in their native country.

US citizens who choose to live in another country but retain their US nationality/citizenship, have to file tax returns each year, regardless of whether or not they earned any income from a US source.

You might find this information helpful in terms of what US expats need to do to file their taxes:


The IRS also has something called the "expatriation tax" and that pertains only to the following (and this is taken from the IRS website):

"The expatriation tax provisions under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) sections 877 and 877A apply to US citizens who have renounced their citizenship and long-term residents (as defined in IRC 877(e)) who have ended their US resident status for federal tax purposes. Different rules apply according to the date upon which you expatriated."

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