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State tax preparation Publication 54 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. State tax preparation Tax questions. State tax preparation Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 54, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. State tax preparation irs. State tax preparation gov/pub54. State tax preparation What's New Exclusion amount. State tax preparation  The maximum foreign earned income exclusion is adjusted annually for inflation. State tax preparation For 2013, the maximum exclusion has increased to $97,600. State tax preparation See Limit on Excludable Amount under Foreign Earned Income Exclusion in chapter 4. State tax preparation Housing expenses — base amount. State tax preparation  The computation of the base housing amount (line 32 of Form 2555) is tied to the maximum foreign earned income exclusion. State tax preparation The amount is 16 percent of the exclusion amount (computed on a daily basis), multiplied by the number of days in your qualifying period that fall within your 2013 tax year. State tax preparation For 2013, this amount is $42. State tax preparation 78 per day ($15,616 per year). State tax preparation See Housing Amount under Foreign Housing Exclusion and Deduction in chapter 4. State tax preparation Housing expenses — maximum amount. State tax preparation  The amount of qualified housing expenses eligible for the housing exclusion and housing deduction has changed for some locations. State tax preparation See Limit on housing expenses under Foreign Housing Exclusion and Deduction in chapter 4. State tax preparation Filing requirements. State tax preparation  Generally, the amount of income you can receive before you must file an income tax return has increased. State tax preparation These amounts are shown in chapter 1 under Filing Requirements . State tax preparation Self-employment tax rate. State tax preparation  For 2013, the self-employment tax rate of 13. State tax preparation 3% has increased to 15. State tax preparation 3%. State tax preparation The maximum amount of net earnings from self-employment that is subject to the social security part of the self-employment tax has increased to $113,700. State tax preparation All net earnings are subject to the Medicare part of the tax. State tax preparation For more information, see chapter 3. State tax preparation IRA limitations for 2013. State tax preparation . State tax preparation  The 2013 contribution limit to an IRA has increased to $5,500 ($6,500 if age 50 or older). State tax preparation You may be able to take an IRA deduction if you were covered by a retirement plan and your 2013 modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is less than $69,000 ($115,000 if married filing jointly or a qualifying widow(er)). State tax preparation If your spouse was covered by a retirement plan, but you were not, you may be able to take an IRA deduction if your 2013 modified AGI is less than $188,000. State tax preparation See the Instructions for Form 1040 or the Instructions for Form 1040A for details and exceptions. State tax preparation Reminders Figuring tax on income not excluded. State tax preparation  If you claim the foreign earned income exclusion, the housing exclusion, or both, you must figure the tax on your nonexcluded income using the tax rates that would have applied had you not claimed the exclusions. State tax preparation See the Instructions for Form 1040 and complete the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet to figure the amount of tax to enter on Form 1040, line 44. State tax preparation If you must attach Form 6251 to your return, use the Foreign Earned Income Tax Worksheet provided in the Instructions for Form 6251. State tax preparation Form 8938. State tax preparation  If you had foreign financial assets in 2013, you may have to file Form 8938 with your return. State tax preparation See Form 8938 in chapter 1. State tax preparation Change of address. State tax preparation  If you change your home mailing address, notify the Internal Revenue Service using Form 8822, Change of Address. State tax preparation If you are changing your business address, use Form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party—Business. State tax preparation Photographs of missing children. State tax preparation  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. State tax preparation Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. State tax preparation You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. State tax preparation Introduction This publication discusses special tax rules for U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation citizens and resident aliens who work abroad or who have income earned in foreign countries. State tax preparation If you are a U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation citizen or resident alien, your worldwide income generally is subject to U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation income tax, regardless of where you are living. State tax preparation Also, you are subject to the same income tax filing requirements that apply to U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation citizens or resident aliens living in the United States. State tax preparation Expatriation tax provisions apply to U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation citizens who have renounced their citizenship and long-term residents who have ended their residency. State tax preparation These provisions are discussed in chapter 4 of Publication 519, U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation Tax Guide for Aliens. State tax preparation Resident alien. State tax preparation   A resident alien is an individual who is not a citizen or national of the United States and who meets either the green card test or the substantial presence test for the calendar year. State tax preparation Green card test. State tax preparation You are a U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation resident if you were a lawful permanent resident of the United States at any time during the calendar year. State tax preparation This is known as the green card test because resident aliens hold immigrant visas (also known as green cards). State tax preparation Substantial presence test. State tax preparation You are considered a U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation resident if you meet the substantial presence test for the calendar year. State tax preparation To meet this test, you must be physically present in the United States on at least: 31 days during the current calendar year, and A total of 183 days during the current year and the 2 preceding years, counting all the days of physical presence in the current year, but only 1/3 the number of days of presence in the first preceding year, and only 1/6 the number of days in the second preceding year. State tax preparation Example. State tax preparation You were physically present in the United States on 120 days in each of the years 2011, 2012, and 2013. State tax preparation To determine if you meet the substantial presence test for 2013, count the full 120 days of presence in 2013, 40 days in 2012 (1/3 of 120), and 20 days in 2011 (1/6 of 120). State tax preparation Because the total for the 3-year period is 180 days, you are not considered a resident under the substantial presence test for 2013. State tax preparation   For more information on resident and nonresident status, the tests for residence, and the exceptions to them, see Publication 519. State tax preparation Filing information. State tax preparation    Chapter 1 contains general filing information, such as: Whether you must file a U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation tax return, When and where to file your return, How to report your income if it is paid in foreign currency, How to treat a nonresident alien spouse as a U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation resident, and Whether you must pay estimated tax. State tax preparation Withholding tax. State tax preparation    Chapter 2 discusses the withholding of income, social security, and Medicare taxes from the pay of U. State tax preparation S. State tax preparation citizens and resident aliens. State tax preparation Self-employment tax. State tax preparation    Chapter 3 discusses who must pay self-employment tax. State tax preparation Foreign earned income exclusion and housing exclusion and deduction. State tax preparation    Chapter 4 discusses income tax benefits that apply if you meet certain requirements while living abroad. State tax preparation You may qualify to treat up to $97,600 of your income as not taxable by the United States. State tax preparation You also may be able to either deduct part of your housing expenses from your income or treat a limited amount of income used for housing expenses as not taxable by the United States. State tax preparation These benefits are called the foreign earned income exclusion and the foreign housing deduction and exclusion. State tax preparation   To qualify for either of the exclusions or the deduction, you must have a tax home in a foreign country and earn income from personal services performed in a foreign country. State tax preparation These rules are explained in chapter 4. State tax preparation   If you are going to exclude or deduct your income as discussed above, you must file Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income, or Form 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. State tax preparation Exemptions, deductions, and credits. State tax preparation    Chapter 5 discusses exemptions, deductions, and credits you may be able to claim on your return. State tax preparation These are generally the same as if you were living in the United States. State tax preparation However, if you choose to exclude foreign earned income or housing amounts, you cannot deduct or exclude any item or take a credit for any item that is related to the amounts you exclude. State tax preparation Among the topics discussed in chapter 5 are: Exemptions, Contributions to foreign organizations, Foreign moving expenses, Contributions to individual retirement arrangements (IRAs), and Foreign taxes. State tax preparation Tax treaty benefits. State tax preparation    Chapter 6 discusses some benefits that are common to most tax treaties and explains how to get help if you think you are not receiving a treaty benefit to which you are entitled. State tax preparation It also explains how to get copies of tax treaties. State tax preparation How to get tax help. State tax preparation    Chapter 7 is an explanation of how to get information and assistance from the IRS. State tax preparation Questions and answers. State tax preparation   Frequently asked questions and answers to those questions are presented in the back of the publication. State tax preparation Comments and suggestions. State tax preparation   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 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