I am an American Citizen moving to Argentina and will continue to work for my US based company. Should I be paid offshore to establish the foreign earned income exclusion or it does not matter?

  • You may find expatriates.stackexchange.com useful. May 21, 2014 at 20:20
  • @AaronDufour doubt it.
    – littleadv
    May 22, 2014 at 4:52
  • @littleadv Why do you doubt it? Is the expats site less likely to have money questions (and answers)? Is it not part of their mandate? A little info here would be nice. May 26, 2014 at 19:33
  • @jeffreypriebe no-one there with the expertise to answer. I had to correct people there on at least several occasions when they wrote things horribly wrong.
    – littleadv
    May 26, 2014 at 21:41
  • Not sure what status you are looking to achieve in Argentina but you should be aware that as a resident you will be taxed on your worldwide income.
    – user15128
    Jun 5, 2015 at 19:45

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As a general US income tax rule (e.g. §861(a)(3)), if the payment is due to services actually performed in another country, then the location of the bank or branch taking your salary is not going to be relevant. Go ahead and take your compensation in the US, if that is convenient for you.

This is particularly important for working in a country with the economic, political, and legal instability of Argentina, which has had no shortage of banking and currency issues. So most of your assets, including your direct deposit, can be held in non-Argentine accounts if that is more convenient for you.

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