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Do Americans need to pay double tax on earned income in Poland?


ska 8 | 13
12 Apr 2016 #1
Hi,

I'm an American citizen, and working in Poland. I do not qualify for Foreign Earned Income Exclusion because I do not meet the requirement (didn't live in Poland > 300 days/year). With a proper contract/company, my income is already deducted for income tax, pension, health insurance ZUS, and others (by Polish government). Now, I must file the US tax and I just found out that (at least online e-filing) I'll be double-taxed.

Yet, the online search suggests that either (1) I don't have to pay tax on foreign income upto $90,000 or something like that or (2) Poland-USA has an agreement to avoid double taxation. Yet, online e-filing systems do not recognize this (even when I click on Poland as my residency and income source). I would really appreciate other people's experience.

Thanks!
Harry
12 Apr 2016 #2
I would really appreciate other people's experience.

Get in touch with the US consulate in Warsaw, they have people who can help you out on this one.
johnny reb 18 | 3,683
12 Apr 2016 #3
I would really appreciate other people's experience.

I am sure a call to H&R Block would answer that question for free.
Don't you have an accountant in the U.S. that you could ask ?

(2) Poland-USA has an agreement to avoid double taxation.

Didn't you just answer your own question ?
The deadline to file is coming up fast so you better get on it or you will have to file an extension or be penalized.

Ain't it great to be an American.
TheOther 5 | 3,831
12 Apr 2016 #4
I must file the US tax and I just found out that (at least online e-filing) I'll be double-taxed.

As an American citizen, you have to report all worldwide income to the IRS. Double-taxation treaties between the US and other countries exist, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the IRS plays by the rules (a.k.a. cares about those treaties) or that their employees have a clue how to deal with a situation such as yours.

I am sure a call to H&R Block would answer that question for free.

Good luck with that. I've never met anyone in their regular offices with even the slightest experience in international tax law. You'd have to go through their headquarters or a specialized branch office, and for that they'll charge you an arm and a leg.
f stop 25 | 2,513
14 Apr 2016 #5
or maybe you can make sense of this: irs.gov/pub/irs-trty/poland.pdf
Pretty old, though..


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