2018 Tax Update Affecting U.S. Expatriates
The Social Security Administration (SSA) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced inflation adjustments for the following, which affect tax year 2018, on October 13 and October 19, respectively:
- Earnings subject to the Social Security tax;
- Tax provisions, including tax rate schedules and other tax changes (Rev. Proc. 2017-58); and
- Pension plan and other retirement-related items (Notice 2017-64).
These adjustments are generally applicable to taxes to be withheld for 2018 and used on tax returns to be filed in 2019. To aid your planning for 2018 and the preparation of your 2017 U.S. expatriate tax return in the coming months, we have tabulated the key changes against the corresponding figures for 2016 and 2017.
In the event you expect a material change to your personal or financial circumstances, you should consider reviewing your taxes for tax mitigation opportunities, updating your tax withholding, and/or adjusting your estimated tax payments.
Tax Rate Schedules
Long-Term Capital Gains and Qualified Dividends – Tax Rates
Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT) 2
Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
Standard Deduction and Itemized Deductions
Retirement and Employee Benefits – Contribution Limits and MAGI Thresholds for Phaseout
Alternative Minimum Tax
Employment Taxes – Rates and Thresholds
Expatriation to Avoid Tax
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