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American Crunch

American Crunch

American Crunch The first American Food Store in Milano Over 500 selected products imported directly from the United States of America – including iconic foods from Twinkies (from Woody Harrelson’s film Zombieland), Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms, Jack Daniel’s famous BBQ sauce to Pizza flavor Pringles. For homesick Americans, we carry peanut butter, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, ... »

U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad – Automatic 6 Month Extension of Time to File

U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad – Automatic 6 Month Extension of Time to File

If you are not able to file your return by the due date, you generally can get an automatic 6-month extension of time to file. To get this automatic extension, you must file Form 4868. Or, you can file Form 4868 electronically (e-file), using your personal computer, or through a tax professional. You do not have to explain why you are asking for the extension. You will be contacted only if your re... »

For U.S. Citizens: Filing Extensions While Abroad

For U.S. Citizens: Filing Extensions While Abroad

If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, the rules for filing income, estate, and gift tax returns and paying estimated tax are generally the same whether you are in the United States or abroad. Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside. When to File If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien residing overseas, or are in the military on duty outside t... »

For U.S. Citizens: Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

For U.S. Citizens: Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

FOREIGN INCOME TAXES A limited amount of the foreign income tax you pay can be credited against your U.S. tax liability or deducted in figuring taxable income on your U.S. income tax return. It is usually to your advantage to claim a credit for foreign taxes rather than to deduct them. A credit reduces your U.S. tax liability, and any excess may be carried back and carried forward to other years. ... »

Thanksgiving Message from Ambassador Philip T. Reeker U.S. Consul General in Milan

Thanksgiving Message from Ambassador Philip T. Reeker U.S. Consul General in Milan

Thanksgiving—that most American of holidays—is a time to reflect on the previous year, and to express gratitude.  I start by being grateful for the annual opportunity to write a Thanksgiving message to Easy Milano readers!  More broadly, from my office twelve floors above via Principe Amedeo, looking out on the ever-growing Milan skyline, I continue to be grateful for the incredible opportunity to... »

Be an Active Voter: Vote in the 2016 U.S. Elections!

Be an Active Voter: Vote in the 2016 U.S. Elections!

In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2016 elections is October 10.  For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local election officials by October 10.  In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2016. Whether ... »

The Octopus and the Wedding Proposal

The Octopus and the Wedding Proposal

How did Salvatore propose?” a friend asked recently, referring to my Italian husband. When I told her that we’d decided to get married in Positano, she said that sounded breathtakingly romantic. Little did she know. When you grow up in the United States, you assume that a proposal will involve a man with a ring on one knee. Not so in Italy. I had been living in Naples and dating Salvatore for 6 ye... »

A Tale of Two Cultures

A Tale of Two Cultures

When coming from America to live in Italy there are a many differences between the two countries to adjust to. There are obvious ones that are known before coming such as it being much hotter in Italy during the summer than most places (especially compared to my home in the Northeastern U.S.), but there are many differences between the countries not realized until you live in the city. I lived in ... »

July 4th message from Amb. Philip T. Reeker Consul General in Milan

July 4th message from Amb. Philip T. Reeker Consul General in Milan

Dear Friends, It’s my pleasure, on behalf of the whole U.S. Consulate General in Milan, to once again wish my fellow Americans a Happy Independence Day – and a happy 240th birthday to the United States of America! It has been quite a busy year.  12 months ago we were experiencing the incredible Expo Milano.  By October 31, when the gates of Expo closed, the USA Pavilion had welcomed an astou... »

Save thousands of dollars on your US expat taxes

Save thousands of dollars on your US expat taxes

Introduction to the Foreign Housing Exclusion There may be a deduction you haven’t heard of that can save you thousands of dollars on your US expat taxes. There are quite a few critical tax breaks which assist US Expats in reducing or completely eliminating their US income tax liability.  There is one exclusion that doesn’t get as much attention as some of the others.  It’s the Foreign Housing Exc... »