How can I file my taxes as an expat?
As a U.S. citizen, you do generally have the obligation to file a U.S. tax return even though you live in Egypt. Note, however, that in some cases, if your income is below a certain threshold amount, you may not be required to file a federal income tax return. In Publication 501, the IRS includes a chart that lists the minimum thresholds based on filing status, age, and gross income. If you are above these thresholds, you generally need to file even if you do not owe U.S. tax. If you do not owe tax because of the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, for instance, you still need to file a tax return in order to claim the exclusion.If e-filing is unavailable to you, then you must file your return by mail. If you have missed previous year filings, then you should consider entering into one of the IRS’s amnesty programs. For more information and to contact a tax firm dedicated to U.S.expat tax filings, please visit our website at expattaxprofessionals.com.
How can I fill out an IRS form 8379?
Form 8379, the Injured Spouse declaration, is used to ensure that a spouse’s share of a refund from a joint tax return is not used by the IRS as an offset to pay a tax obligation of the other spouse.Before you file this, make sure that you know the difference between this and the Innocent Spouse declaration, Form 8857. You use Form 8379 when your spouse owes money for a legally enforeceable tax debt (such as a student loan which is in default) for which you are not jointly liable. You use Form 8857 when you want to be released from tax liability for an understatement of tax that resulted from actions taken by your spouse of which you had no knowledge, and had no reason to know.As the other answers have specified, you follow the Instructions for Form 8379 (11/2016) on the IRS Web site to actually fill it out.
How do you figure out if you owe the IRS on form 1040 when the instructions are the same for figuring out your refund?
You compare the amount of tax you owe (line 15) with the amount of tax you've paid (line 18).If the amount you've paid is less than the amount you owe, the difference between the two numbers is the additional tax you owe the IRS.If it is the other way around, then the difference between the two numbers is the refund you are due.
How do I understand the 1040 U.S. tax form in terms of an equation instead of a ton of boxes to fill in and instructions to read?
First the 1040 is an exercise in sets:Gross Income - A collection and summation of all your income types.Adjustments - A collection of deductions the tax law allow you to deduct before reaching AGI. (AGI is used as a threshold for another set of deductions).ExemptionsDeductions - A collection of allowed deductions.Taxes - A Collection of Different collected along with Income TaxesCredits - A collection of allowed reductions in tax owed.Net Tax Owed or Refundable - Hopefully Self Explanatory.Now the formulas:[math]Gross Income - Adjustments = Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)[/math][math]AGI - Exemptions - Deductions = Taxable Income[/math][math]Tax Function (Taxable Income ) = Income Tax[/math][math]Taxes - Credits = Net Tax Owed or Refundable[/math]Please Note each set of lines is meant as a means to make collecting and summing the subsidiary information easier.It would probably be much easier to figure out if everyone wanted to pay more taxes instead of less.
Do 1099 workers have to pay estimated taxes?
Yes, you are supposed to pay estimated taxes if you expect to owe more than $1,000 in tax. This is a very rough estimate and shouldn’t be taken as fact, but $1K in tax roughly equates to $7,000 in net earnings over the course of a year (excluding any type of W-2 income from a normal job).Estimated taxes are due four times per year, payments are not exactly quarterly though. The IRS’ website has the due dates of each payment. To file, you’ll need to fill out Form 1040-ES: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/.... The form has instructions on how to pay.Another useful resource is this freelancer tax calculator: Freelancer Income Tax Calculator 2016.
Does the IRS require filling in the "cents" fields on form 1040?
No, you are not required to show the cents, however, you should round up or down any cent amount.Computations:The following information may be useful in making the return easier to complete. Rounding off dollars: You can round off cents to whole dollars on your return and schedules. If you do round to whole dollars, you must round all amounts. To round, drop amounts under 50 cents and increase amounts from 50 to 99 cents to the next dollar.For example, $1.39 becomes $1 and $2.50 becomes $3. If you have to add two or more amounts to figure the amount to enter on a line, include cents when adding the amounts and round off only the total.Equal amounts: If you are asked to enter the smaller or larger of two equal amounts, enter that amount.Negative amounts: If you file a paper return and you need to enter a negative amount, put the amount in parentheses rather than using a minus sign. To combine positive and negative amounts, add all the positive amounts together and then subtract the negative amounts.You may find this and additional information on this website: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/... Page 12I hope this information is helpful.
How do you fill out a 1040EZ tax form?
The instructions are available here 1040EZ (2014)