OMB No. 1545-0074
Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
See separate instructions. Attach to Form 1040.
Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service
Attachment Sequence No.
Name shown on Form 1040
Your social security number
You May Use This Form If You:
Are a U.S. citizen or a resident alien. Earned wages/salaries in a foreign country. Had total foreign earned income of $87,600 or less. Are filing a calendar year return that covers a 12-month period.
Do not have self-employment income.
Do not have business/moving expenses. Do not claim the foreign housing exclusion or deduction.
Tests To See If You Can Take the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
Bona Fide Residence Test a Were you a bona fide resident of a foreign country or countries for a period that includes an entire tax year (see page 2 of the instructions)? Yes If you answered "Yes," you meet this test. Fill in line 1b and then go to line 3. If you answered "No," you do not meet this test. Go to line 2 to see if you meet the Physical Presence Test. , and ended (see instructions) b Enter the date your bona fide residence began No
Physical Presence Test a Were you physically present in a foreign country or countries for at least 330 full days during-- 2008 or any other period of 12 months in a row starting or ending in 2008? If you answered "Yes," you meet this test. Fill in line 2b and then go to line 3. If you answered "No," you do not meet this test. You cannot take the exclusion unless you meet the Bona Fide Residence Test above. b The physical presence test is based on the 12-month period from through
Tax Home Test. Was your tax home in a foreign country or countries throughout your period of bona fide residence or physical presence, whichever applies? If you answered "Yes," you can take the exclusion. Complete Part II below and then go to page 2. If you answered "No," you cannot take the exclusion. Do not file this form.
5 Your occupation
Your foreign address (including country)
7 Employer's U.S. address (including ZIP code)
8 Employer's foreign address
9 a b c 10a b c d 11a
Employer is (check any that apply): A U.S. business A foreign business Other (specify) If you filed Form 2555 or 2555-EZ after 1981, enter the last year you filed the form. If you did not file Form 2555 or 2555-EZ after 1981, check here and go to line 11a now. Have you ever revoked the foreign earned income exclusion? If you answered "Yes," enter the tax year for which the revocation was effective. List your tax home(s) during 2008 and date(s) established.
b Of what country are you a citizen/national?
For Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, see page 3 of separate instructions.
Cat. No. 13272W Form
Form 2555-EZ (2008)
Days Present in the United States--Complete this part if you were in the
United States or its possessions during 2008.
(b) Date left U.S. (c) Number of days in U.S. on business (d) Income earned in U.S. on business (attach computation)
(a) Date arrived in U.S.
Figure Your Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
Maximum foreign earned income exclusion
Enter the number of days in your qualifying period that fall within 2008 Did you enter 366 on line 14? Yes. Enter "1.000." No. Divide line 14 by 366 and enter the result as a decimal (rounded to at least three places). Multiply line 13 by line 15
Enter, in U.S. dollars, the total foreign earned income you earned and received in 2008 (see instructions). Be sure to include this amount on Form 1040, line 7 Foreign earned income exclusion. Enter the smaller of line 16 or line 17 here and in parentheses on Form 1040, line 21. Next to the amount enter "2555-EZ." On Form 1040, subtract this amount from your income to arrive at total income on Form 1040, line 22
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