Form 673 – Claim Exemption From Income Tax Withholding From Your U.S. Employer
If you are working abroad for a U.S. employer, you may be eligible to have your federal income tax withholding reduced by the expected tax benefit for the foreign earned income exclusion and foreign housing exclusion.
File IRS Form 673 To Claim Exemption From U.S. Income Tax Withholding
IRS Form 673, Statement for Claiming Exemption From Withholding on Foreign Earned Income Eligible for the Exclusion(s) Provided by Section 911 can be completed and provided to your U.S. employer to claim an exemption from U.S. income tax withholding on wages earned abroad to the extent of the foreign earned income exclusion and foreign housing exclusion.
Who Can File IRS Form 673
U.S. citizens claiming Section 911 exemption for foreign earned income and qualified housing expenses. Resident aliens are not allowed to file Form 673.
How To File IRS Form 673
Similar to the Form W-4, the Form 673 is provided to your U.S. employer. The IRS Form 673 authorizes your employer to not withhold federal income tax from wages you earn while working abroad. However, it doesn’t apply to Medicare and Social Security tax withholding. There is no exemption applicable for these taxes while you are employed by a U.S. employer.
IRS Form 673 Risks
There are risks that must be considered when filing the Form 673. Namely, if you end up not qualifying for the Section 911 exemption (the “foreign earned income exclusion”), then you will owe tax on your income tax return. In addition, you may also have a penalty for the underpayment of taxes during the reporting tax year.
If you provide the Form 673 to your employer, it is important to be certain that you will qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion.
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