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About US expats filing US taxes

by Tom Gerlacher
(Atlanta, GA USA)

I am interested in finding out about the current state of services that are in Anguilla for US expats filing their US taxes.

Do they use on-island tax/accounting services, or do the US expats generally use overseas accountants?

If you know of an US expat that I could ask how they go about filing their taxes, please let me know.

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Jun 22, 2017
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About US expats filing US taxes
by: Nori

Hi Tom,

The best folks to get in touch with would be Counsel Limited. I know them well and they have experience in this area.

Thank you, Tom & wishing you all the best!
Nori

Jun 18, 2017
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by: Tom Gerlacher

Nori:

Thanks for your reply.

If appropriate, can you share two or three names of the better known local tax preparers/firms on the island who have experience with ex-pats (particularly US residents)?

I understand that you would not be recommending these individuals or firms - just providing information.

Tom

Jun 16, 2017
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by: Nori

A good question, Tom. I'll add a bit of background for those who may not know why you are asking

The U.S. is the only country that taxes you based on your citizenship, not your actual primary place of residence. Most countries (ex., our original home, Canada) don't do that - you only have to pay the income tax of your country of residence (0% in theory, but 3% including the so-called "Temporary" Stabilization Levy).

Americans do get a $100,000 exemption on income, so if you are married, that's $200,000 that you can earn and not pay taxes on. You pay American taxes at the usual rate on anything over that.

That means you have to file a return. I was going to answer that you should probably keep using your local accountant or tax lawyer, but there are some pretty sophisticated people in Anguilla's financial services industry, and quite a few American ex-pats here. It would make sense to just get it done locally if the expertise exists.

I'm not sure how to advise you, so II'll send a note to the head of Anguilla Finance and ask him to reply to this.

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