Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

The US taxes its citizens and residents based on their worldwide income. A US citizen living abroad can elect to exclude a certain amount of foreign earned income on his or her US income tax return, if certain requirements are met. For 2013, the maximum foreign earned income exclusion (“FEIE”) amount is $97,600 per taxpayer (amount indexed for inflation each year). The FEIE is available only to exclude income from wages or self-employment income earned for services performed outside the US. The FEIE is claimed on IRS Form 2555.