Filing U.S. Taxes
US citizens must report their worldwide income on their federal income tax returns. Living or earning income outside the United States does not relieve a US citizen of the responsibility of filing tax returns. However, US citizens living and/or working abroad may be entitled to various deductions, exclusions, and credits. American Citizen Services provides a limited supply of federal tax forms. No state forms are provided. For more information on US tax issues overseas, please consult the Internal Revenue Service, at their web site: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers
The IRS no longer automatically mails individual or business tax packages.
The IRS is taking this step due to a substantial increase in the number of American citizens filing electronically, as well as a way to reduce printing costs and environmental impact. All current IRS forms, instructions, and publications can be found and printed from your computer here: http://apps.irs.gov/app/picklist/list/formsPublications.html. Or, if you would like copies of the forms mailed to you, all forms, instructions, and publications can be ordered by phone at +1 (800) 829-3676, or online here: http:www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail.
* Options Available for U.S. Taxpayers with Undisclosed Foreign Financial Assets – The implementation of FATCA and the ongoing efforts of the IRS and the Department of Justice to ensure compliance by those with U.S. tax obligations have raised awareness of U.S. tax and information reporting obligations. As such, the IRS offers multiple options for addressing previous failures to comply with U.S. tax and information return obligations. For more information on these options, please see the IRS website here: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/options-available-for-u-s-taxpayers-with-undisclosed-foreign-financial-assets
Read IRS Commissioner Koskinen’s statement on tax compliance and offshore account disclosure: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Statement-of-IRS-Commissioner-John-Koskinen
The IRS website www.irs.gov includes information on electronic filing and all federal tax forms and publications.
International Tax Assistance:
The IRS office in Philadelphia is the principal office responsible for providing international tax assistance, such as answering questions related to tax law, foreign tax issues, and notices and bills. This office is open Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (American) Eastern Standard Time and may be contacted by:
Phone: +1 (267) 941-1000
Fax: +1 (267) 941-1055
Internal Revenue Service
Philadelphia, PA 19255-0725
Please note that tax information or advice cannot be given at the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania.