After what was supposed to be a two month tax season sabbatical from blogging stretched into two years, I have decided it is time to start writing again.
So what's new? The biggest change is that my wife and I are no longer in Houston. In fact, we're no longer in the US, or North America. In the summer of 2015, she accepted an expat position in Norway, and we moved at the end of 2015. We have definitely enjoyed the change of pace, and the travel opportunities (we visited 14 different countries in 2016, not counting Norway and the US). However, all things end, and we anticipate being back in Houston during the summer of 2017.
Professionally, there have been two big changes to my practice other than the location. First is that I discontinued my property tax practice. It required being on-site for protests at the county appraisal districts, and that was not possible after the move. Second is that I have added expat taxation as a focus area of my tax practice. We discovered that there are many other Americans living overseas with numerous tax issues. Likewise, there is a large community of expats not only in Houston, but throughout the US, that need assistance navigating the US tax system.
Tax filing for 2016 returns began on January 23, and all W2s were required to be filed with the Social Security Administration on January 31. The most wonderful time of the year is beginning!