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The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and related housing deduction/exclusion are ways for Americans abroad to reduce or eliminate their U.S. income tax liability. Qualifying for these benefits, however, is complex and understanding what may be excluded is not always clear. Learn how to determine whether an individual will qualify for the exclusion and how to prepare Form 2555.
Tax practitioners advising U.S. taxpayers on foreign tax issues or preparing income tax returns for Americans abroad.
Philip D. W. Hodgen is the principal attorney for HodgenLaw PC, which specializes in the international tax arena. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College and his juris doctor degree from the School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. He went on to earn a master of laws in taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law. For six years as a youth, he lived in Rhodesia, South Africa and New Zealand.
Admitted to the California Bar in 1982, Hodgen spent nine years in law firms and with a large U.S. bank before starting his own firm in 1991. He is a past chair of the International Tax Committee of the State Bar of California’s Tax Section, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California’s Tax Section from 2004-07. He is on the Organizing Committee for CalCPA’s International Tax Conference and its annual Tax Update and Planning Conference. Hodgen frequently speaks on a variety of international tax, trust and estate topics to attorneys, accountants, bankers, and real estate professionals.