I'm trying to figure out the simplest way to file my last dual status US income tax return. I'm a Finnish citizen and my US status was as follows:
- H-1B: October 2015 - May 2017
- LPR: May 2017 - May 2018
I moved to Finland in August 2017, but it wasn't until the spring that I decided that I won't be going back, so I filed an I-407 with DHS in May 2018 to abandon my LPR status. I'm therefore considered an LPR, i.e. a tax resident, for Jan-May 2018, but I was working for a Finnish employer and living in Finland for all of 2018.
My confusion is the following:
My understanding is that my foreign income from Finland from Jan-May 2018 is eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion, so I could file form 2555-EZ.
The US Tax Guide for Aliens says that I need to file form 1040NR, since I was a nonresident on the last day of the tax year.
My understanding is that form 2555-EZ can only be filed together with form 1040 and not form 1040NR. On the other hand, I can use form 1040 as a statement for the income I've earned during Jan-May. Is this statement where I should apply the 2555-EZ?
The other question that I have is that since I'm not living in the US anymore, I normally would not need to even declare to the IRS any of my foreign income. Do I still need to report my Finnish income to the IRS after the date I abandoned my LPR status? My understanding is that this income is fully exempt from US taxation.