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I am a US citizen considering living abroad for a full year, staying in 12 different countries for a month each (Remote year). I am planning to remain employed by the US based company I currently work for. Will the wages I earn from my US based company qualify for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE)?

The IRS website does not make it clear whether or not income from a US source will qualify for the FEIE or if the income must be earned from a foreign source (relative to the US).

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There is no problem that your employer is a USA company.

There is a significant potential problem in the need to establish bona fide residence in a foreign country for a full tax year. Your serial fixed-term assignments do not look like they will qualify.

Disclaimer: I have used the exemption, but I am not a lawyer or tax professional.

  • Thanks for the response. I am not planning to qualify through bona fide residence but rather, through the physical presence test. Will there be any issues with this? irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/… – Audus Sep 10 '18 at 23:48
  • That should work. Note that this significantly restricts going back to the USA for meetings, etc. [Repeat disclaimer] – Andrew Lazarus Sep 10 '18 at 23:54

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