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    Feb 8, 2011, 05:22 PM
    Filing U.S. taxes: Foreign Income Exclusion AND Foreign Tax Credit? etc.

    I have a question about how to file U.S. taxes in a way that will give me the most benefit in my situation.

    Here are the details:

    1. I'm a U.S. citizen, living in Japan.
    2. I made less than the maximum allowed for the foreign income exclusion for each year I want to file.
    3. I am married with one child.
    4. I don't believe I can claim any deductions except for the Standard and Child deductions (no housing deductions, etc.)
    5. I haven't filed with the IRS for the last 8 years (but have been filing with Japan every year).
    6. If possible, I only want to file for the last 3 years, from 2008 to 2010 (to satisfy requirements to be a visa sponsor for my wife).

    Here are a couple of the questions I have:

    -1- Will the IRS send me something asking me to file for all the unfiled years if I only send in forms for the last 3 years?
    -2- Can I file for the Foreign Income Exclusion and Foreign Tax Credit at the same time? How and what forms would I use? Have there been any changes to the rules here from 2008 to 2010, or can I file all these forms in the same way?

    Please let me know if there's anything else I should know to make the most of my situation.

    Thanks in advance.

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