Internal Revenue Service (U.S. Taxes)

Tax Filing Information for U.S. Taxpayers Abroad

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides the following tax filing guidance for U.S. taxpayers living abroad.  Links to further IRS guidance are available on the Federal Benefits and Obligations page on

Taxpayers may call to the International Taxpayer Service Call Center at 267-941-1000 (not toll-free).  Note that U.S. embassies and consulates cannot mail tax returns on behalf of U.S. taxpayers.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided the following guidance for U.S. citizens abroad preparing for the 2015 tax filing season.  This IRS guidance is posted under Federal Benefits and Obligations on

Who Must File?

All U.S. citizens and resident aliens must file a U.S. individual income tax return, even if they permanently live outside the United States and may not owe any tax because of income exclusion or tax credit.

Can I Mail My Return and Payment?

You can mail your tax return and payment using the postal service or approved private delivery services.  A list of approved delivery services is available on  If you mail a return from outside the United States, the date of filing is the postmark date.  However, if you mail a payment, separately or with your return, your payment is not considered received until the date of actual receipt.

Can I Electronically File My Return?

You can prepare and e-file your income tax return, in many cases for free.  Participating software companies make their products available through the IRS.  E-File options are listed on