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FEIE in 2023: Guide for American Digital Nomads

As a digital nomad, carving your own path and exploring the world are what define your life. But when tax season looms, navigating the complexities of filing can feel like a forced trip to the drudgery department. Enter the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE), your potential ticket to minimizing your US tax burden and keeping more wanderlust-funding in your pocket.

FEIE for American Digital Nomads 2023

Understanding the FEIE:

Think of the FEIE as a reward for ditching the traditional office and building your career from exotic locales. It allows you to exclude a portion of your foreign-earned income from your US taxable income, essentially letting you keep more of your hard-earned travel funds fueling your global adventures.

Qualifying in 2023:

Unlocking this tax haven boils down to two paths:

  • Physical Presence Test: Spend at least 330 days outside the US during any 12-month period in 2023. Think of it as a 330-day adventure passport!

  • Bona Fide Residence Test: Live in a foreign country for the entire year, paying its income taxes, and meet specific country-specific requirements.

The Bonus Round: If your 2023 income falls below $120,000 USD, you can exclude the entire amount! Not a bad perk for trading spreadsheets for surfboards.

State Considerations:

While Uncle Sam might be cool with your globe-hopping, some states, like California, have their own tax laws. Here's a snapshot for popular nomad destinations:

  • California: While you can claim the FEIE federally, California does not offer an additional state-level exclusion. This means California residents using the FEIE will still owe state taxes on their non-excluded income earned abroad. Consult a tax professional for the specifics.

  • New York: You can still claim the FEIE, but state taxes apply to your non-excluded income. Consult a tax advisor for the nitty-gritty.

  • Florida: Sunshine state, sunshine for your wallet! No state income tax on qualified FEIE income.

Remember, this is just a general overview. Always consult a tax professional to ensure you meet all the specific requirements for your situation.

Maximizing Your FEIE Advantage:

  • Travel Strategically: Plan your 330-day window to maximize the FEIE benefit. Consider longer stays in countries with lower living costs for ultimate savings.

  • Stay Organized: Document your travel dates and locations meticulously. Boarding passes, journals, and yes, your trusty Overlap export file are your tax-time allies.

  • Seek Professional Guidance: A tax advisor can navigate the complexities of your situation and help you claim the maximum allowable FEIE benefit.


Overlap: Your Tax-Prep Superhero:

While you're busy exploring the world, Overlap simplifies tax prep. Our app automatically tracks your travel dates and locations, providing an exportable file that's your tax-season savior. No more digging through paperwork – just one click, and your FEIE documentation is ready to go.

Embrace the Freedom, Conquer the Taxes:

The digital nomad life shouldn't mean tax-season headaches. By understanding the FEIE and utilizing tools like Overlap, you can claim your rightful tax advantages and keep more of your hard-earned travel funds fueling your global adventures. So, pack your bags, chase horizons, and remember, you can enjoy both freedom and a favorable tax outcome with the right knowledge and tools.

Now go forth, conquer the world, and optimize your taxes one adventure at a time!

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