Yes and marriage is particularly problematic for Americans abroad – especially when an non-U.S. citizen (AKA Alien) becomes the spouse. For more on the “FBAR Marriage”:
Why would a taxpayer want to include the IRS in his or her wedding plans? Well, “its the law”.
No, the taxpayer does not need to send a wedding invitation to the closest IRS office. But a 2014 marriage results in changes to the new married “couple’s” 2014 tax filing and possibly amount owed in tax for 2014. Whether the couple will owe more in tax each year, including the year of marriage, over that of the combined amount of each individual’s tax due, depends on several factors, such as whether both spouses have income and how much that income is. In general, a married couple, when both spouses are employed, pay more income tax than if they remained single and filed individual tax returns. Also, the married couple may owe, and may owe more, of the additional 3.8% Net Investment Income Tax.
The IRS’ Summer Tax Tip 2014-2 reminds…
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