Surprise stimulus payment advantage for expats spotted, via Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

A little more than a month after Americans around the world have begun receiving “Economic Impact Payments” from the U.S. Treasury – as part of the government’s emergency US$2trn CARES Act stimulus package, unveiled in March – tax experts have begun to point out that some wealthy expatriates could potentially benefit from an apparently unforeseen quirk in the way these payments are being provided, that their Homeland counterparts could not.

Canada's Andrew Scheer not renouncing U.S. citizenship after all: reports

Last year, while campaigning as the Canadian Conservative Party's candidate to unseat Justin Trudeau as prime minister, Andrew Scheer was revealed to have dual U.S./Canadian citizenship that he'd acquired as a result of his father having been born in the United States, but he insisted that he was in the process of renouncing it.

Seven months on, having failed to win the election and having announced plans to step aside as his party's leader, the Canada-born Scheer disclosed over the weekend that he's changed his mind, and has decided to keep that U.S. citizenship.

Foreign Earned Income Exclusion podcast: Tax experts analyze the complex (and some say imperfect) FEIE

At first, the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion might seem a potentially useful tool indeed in the tax-paying toolbox of Americans who are resident overseas. After all, notes Toronto-based citizenship lawyer and American expat rights campaigner John Richardson, in his preface to a just-posted set of online podcasts on the FEIE, it "allows you to exclude – Exclude! Exclude! – US$102,000 a year of income from your tax return!"

In fact, though, the FEIE is not anything like the solution to the long-suffering expat taxpayer's problems this statement suggests it might be, he, and four other participants in the three podcasts, go on to agree...

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Bright!Tax's Allyson Lindsey: 'Yes, expats w/o a U.S. bank account can still get the payment'

Bright!Tax's Allyson Lindsey: 'Yes, expats w/o a U.S. bank account can still get the payment'

 As Bright!Tax partner and managing Certified Public Accountant Allyson Lindsey explained last month, Americans who are resident outside the U.S. are potentially eligible to receive a "recovery rebate" check or...

May-14-2020