Figure 4-A. Can I Claim the Exclusion or Deduction?

Summary: This flowchart is used to determine if the taxpayer can claim any foreign exclusions or deductions.

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Decision (1)

Do you have foreign earned income?

Decision (2)

Is your tax home in a foreign country?

Decision (3)

Are you a United States citizen?

Decision (4)

Are you a United States resident alien?

Decision (5)

Are you a citizen or national of a country with which the United States has an income tax treaty in effect?

Decision (6)

Were you a bona fide resident of a foreign country or countries for an uninterrupted period that includes an entire tax year?

Decision (7)

Were you physically present in a foreign country or countries for at least 330 full days during any period of 12 consecutive months?

Process (a)

You CANNOT claim the foreign earned income exclusion, the foreign housing exclusion, or the foreign housing deduction.

Process (b)

You CAN claim the foreign earned income exclusion and the foreign housing exclusion or the foreign housing deduction.
Footnote: Foreign housing exclusion applies only to employees. Foreign housing deduction applies only to the self-employed.

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