Post # 1
I need to find a tax attorney who can help me get up to date on my tax situation as an expatriate. I’m not a big earner, but I can’t just file for foreign earned income exclusion either because I’m married to a non-American who doesn’t have a ssn and I have two children who haven’t yet been registered as foreign-born citizens (need my passport to do it, and that’s been stuck with UK immigration for months (various immigration things that need to be done).
Post # 3
@Twiglets: Where do you live? I might find someone local.
Post # 4
@Twiglets: why can’t you just file as married , filing separately if your spouse has no tax obligations? I leave my husbands income off of my return since I don’t need his deductions. It’s a relatively straightforward process if you don’t earn over 95k USD a year.
Post # 5
you dont need a tax attorney, you need an accountant. I explained my situation (ex pat, not domiciled in a state, foreign spouse w/no ssn) and she worked it out lickety split.
Post # 6
Really? That would be amazing. How much did she charge you?
Haven’t filed in about 2 years because I’ve been so confused and I’m not making any notable money anyway! Need to rip the bandaid off… Do you still think an accountant would do the job?
Post # 7
That would be great, but I couldn’t seem to file even separately without putting in DH’s ssn.
Post # 8
yes, she charged the normal $140 that she charged before I moved abroad. As for the SSN thing, your accountant will have to file that part on paper. But she filed me as single first electronically (so I could get my refund) then we’ll do the the paper part as an amendment.
Post # 9
I’ve been using taxslayer’s to do my taxes. I file married, put my spouses info in there and random numbers for the ssn. When I print it out, I white out the ssn. I always include a letter about my spouse and no ssn to the effects he’s a foreign citizen and does not have any us income so no need to get him a tin.
I haven’t had issues the last 3 years doing this.