As I am very new to the forum and apparently one of those Americans who has 'commonly misunderstood' I didn't think I needed to file tax returns anymore. Oops. I have been reading through the posts as well as checking out the embassy's IRS page but would greatly appreciate some advice specific to my situation, as I am rather nervous and freaked out now!
Ok, so I am an American ex-pat married to a British citizen. First thing I was wondering was whether the US and UK tax years are the same? (Would be immensely helpful if this was so!) Sorry if this is a dumb question. I honestly do not know!
Next, here's what's been going on the last two years. It would be awesome if someone could help steer me in the right direction regarding which forms to use and anything else they know from experience to be helpful etc.
Lived in the USA until November 2005. Earned a measly $1,204.89 (I was a student).
Moved to UK in November. Got a temp job and earned a whopping £1,111.66 according to my P60. This works out to about: $ 3250.34
So...do I file for this amount? And, is there anything in particular I have to do (i.e. use a special form since there are BOTH USA and UK income during that year?)
Been living, working and earning all year in the UK (apart from 2 weeks in the USA on holiday.) Have only made about $24,000.
Clearly I fall WAY BELOW the taxable amount of $82,400 so qualify for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, right? So does this just mean that I will not be taxed so long as I attach Form 2555 or 2555-EZ?
Sigh. This is just rather confusing and making me anxious, especially since I seem to have latched onto this so late. I greatly appreciate any and all assistance!