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U.S. Taxes for Worldly Americans: The Traveling Expat’s Guide to Living, Working, and Staying Tax Compliant Abroad by Olivier Wagner is an informative book that gives tax advice (and life advice) for individuals living abroad. Though taxes can sometimes seem dry, it is entertaining read. Wagner discusses specific tax concerns in detail; one of my favorite sections was when he talked about tax credits. I also like how the book delves into issues related to living abroad that go beyond taxes, such as family dynamics abroad, the restrictions of internet access in certain countries, and mail forwarding.
Wagner's book is a good guide for those planning on living abroad, but it also serves as an interesting and educational book in general. It not only made me think about some of the issues that ex-pats and dual citizens face when living away from America, but it gave me a glimpse into the lives of world travelers.
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While there are many books that cover the basics of things like the foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign tax credit, none of them clearly explain why these things exist, how they work, different ways you can arrange your life to tax advantage of them, and how to file correctly with the various forms that make up the US tax system. It is written in a way that is casual and inviting when it needs to be, then hard-nosed and precise when appropriate. I particularly appreciated the first chapter where he goes over some of the practical but overlooked aspects of living in another country. Even people who are already expats or travelers will probably learn some very valuable they had not considered.
The final chapter discusses renouncing your American citizenship, and alternatives to consider. This is a subject that is often avoided as dark and ugly. Most Americans would never even consider giving up their US passport because they see it as a safety net. As the holder of three passports now, I am glad to see this topic coming into greater public discussion. It is not scary. There are ways to legally and easily become a citizen of another country. I believe that more Americans renounced their citizenship in 2016 than ever before, and I sure think the trend will continue.
The book is relatively short, but the detailed table of contents and index at the back make it easy to skim through and reference specific information when needed. You don't need to read it cover to cover to get value from it, and the images of specific parts of tax forms really make it easier to follow. In my opinion, it is the best book on American expat tax that currently exists on the market.