A company called Taxes for Expats has offered to do my taxes this year. As a person living in France I am still required to file U. S. taxes every year but luckily the deadline is June 15 instead of April 15. Taxes for Expats are full service tax accountants specializing exclusively in taxes for expats and have over 20 years experience. I also find their prices reasonable, charging $350 for a basic tax return, which is less than the 500 euros I paid last year. Their standard expat services includes US federal tax return preparation, state tax return, and a mini-phone consultation. They will also work with you if you receive an IRS notice. Another great service for only $25 a year is Check My Return, where they will check your last three tax returns to see if there are any errors.
They also assist American expatriates in the following complex tax areas:
- Alternative minimum tax foreign tax credit
- Due dates of tax returns and payments
- Exchange rate conversions
- Exemption and dependency allowances
- Foreign earned income exclusion
◦ defining what is foreign earned income
◦ qualifying for the exclusion
◦ treatment of housing costs
◦ meeting the bona fide or physical residence test
◦ filing within the deadline to qualify for the exclusion
- Foreign tax credit
◦ How to qualify
◦ Calculating the credit
◦ Carry-backs and carry-forwards of the credit
- Non-resident alien married to U.S. citizen
- Reporting depreciation
- Reporting foreign financial accounts
- Tax treaties with foreign countries
- Totalization agreements
- Tax treatment of
◦ Contributions to foreign charitable organizations
◦ Military personnel
◦ Ministers serving abroad
◦ Moving expenses
◦ Social security pension
◦ Students studying abroad
- Transferring property to a foreign trust
- Treatment of controlled foreign corporations
- Treaty-based return position disclosure
- W-9 vs. W-8BEN filing requirements
Withholding rules on global investors of U.S. securities
Even if you prepare your own taxes, the Expat Tax Preparation website is a great resource for pertinent information about filing your taxes. For instance, there is information about a new form TDF 90-221 also known as FBAR that you must fill out separately from your taxes if you have more than $10,000 in a foreign bank account.
Check out the website
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 195 euros for up to 3 people, and 65 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.
I am happy to announce the sale of a new set of prints of my Eye Prefer Paris Photos. I am offering 20 of my most popular and iconic images for sale including my doors, architectural details, statues, and monuments. They will make great gifts for all your Francophile friends, relatives, and colleagues but don't forget to buy some for yourself.
Click here to see photos and for full details including sizes, prices, and shipping. Here is a sample of some of the photos.