As a U.S. citizen who lives abroad during the tax year, you’ll need to file a U.S. return reporting all sources of income, whether it was earned in the U.S. or abroad. You may qualify for a foreign income tax exclusion up to the IRS limitation. However, income earned abroad may also be subject to self-employment tax.
The United States has social security agreements with many countries to eliminate dual taxes under two social security systems. Under these agreements, you must generally pay social security and Medicare taxes to only the country in which you live. The United States now has social security agreements with the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Slovak Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
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