Publication 516 - Introductory Material
Combat zone participants. If you were a civilian who served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area in support of the U.S. Armed Forces, you
can get certain
extensions of deadlines for filing tax returns, paying taxes, filing claims for refund, and doing certain other tax-related
acts. For details, see
Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide.
Death due to terrorist or military action. U.S. income taxes are forgiven for a U.S. Government civilian employee who dies as a result of wounds or injuries incurred
while employed by the
U.S. Government. The wounds or injuries must have been caused by terrorist or military action directed against the United
States or its allies. The
taxes are forgiven for the deceased employee's tax years beginning with the year immediately before the year in which the
wounds or injury occurred
and ending with the year of death.
If the deceased government employee and the employee's spouse filed a joint return, only the decedent's part of the joint
tax liability is
For additional details, see Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators.
If you are a U. S. citizen working for the U.S. Government, including the foreign service, and you are stationed abroad, your
income tax filing
requirements are generally the same as those for citizens and residents living in the United States. You are taxed on your
worldwide income, even
though you live and work abroad.
However, you may receive certain allowances and have certain expenses that you generally do not have while living in the United
Many of the allowances, reimbursements, and property sales you are likely to have, and whether or not you must report them
as income on
your tax return, and
Many of the expenses you are likely to have, such as moving expenses and foreign taxes, and whether or not you can deduct
them on your tax
This publication does not cover the rules that apply if you are stationed in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth
of the Northern Mariana
Islands, the Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico. That information is in Publication 570, Tax Guide for Individuals With Income
From U.S. Possessions.
Comments and suggestions.
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Useful Items - You may want to see:
Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad
Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses
Foreign Tax Credit for Individuals
Selling Your Home
Form (and Instructions)
(Form 1040) Itemized Deductions
Foreign Tax Credit
Employee Business Expenses
Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses
Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
TD F 90-22.1
Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts
See How To Get Tax Help, near the end of this publication, for information about getting these publications and forms.