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Federal Income Tax

Information On Federal Income Tax Returns

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has ceased its overseas operations and there is no IRS representative at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. However, the IRS has created a new comprehensive webpage which is directed to U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens who reside abroad. This page contains basic tax information that Americans overseas need to know and also includes links to more detailed topics such as the foreign earned income exclusion, foreign tax credit, reporting foreign bank accounts, Fulbright grants, state taxes, and a myriad of others.

Rather than navigating through www.irs.gov, this page will provide "one stop shopping" for U.S. citizens abroad. The intent is to provide answers to most of their tax questions in one place. The site also provides information on how to contact the IRS to get additional assistance.

If you are a taxpayer with specific individual or business account questions you should contact the International Taxpayer Service Call Center by phone or fax. The International Call Center is operational Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST, telephone: 267-941-1000 (not toll-free), fax: 267-941-1055.

If you are a tax professional or software provider calling about an e-file issue and it is not account-related, please contact the e-help office in Austin, Texas, at 512-416-7750 (not toll-free). Assistance is available Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST.

Further information can be found on: http://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/abroad/legal-matters/benefits.html