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U.S. Income Taxes

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

All U.S. citizens and residents living or traveling outside the United Sates are generally required to file income tax returns in the same way as those residing in the United States.  The deadline to file taxes is April 15th.

The Embassy does not have IRS tax forms as all forms can be printed from the IRS website.  There is no U.S. Internal Revenue Service representative in Singapore.  The Consular Section is not authorized to accept any forms or filings for U.S. income taxes and will not forward completed returns to the IRS.  Should you have taxpayer questions, please consult the IRS website at Internal Revenue Service  or call the IRS international Hotline (Monday to Friday from 6AM to 11PM EST) at +1-267-941-1000.

The IRS has a comprehensive tax page, U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad, which is directed to U.S. citizens 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.

In addition, the IRS brochure, Federal Tax Information for U.S. Taxpayers Living Abroad, provides information to assist taxpayers in the preparation of their tax returns and /or resolving tax account problems.

For more information on taxes and federal benefits, visit the State Department’s webpage  Federal Benefits and Federal Agency Services for American Citizens Abroad.

To find a list of Tax Preparers in Singapore please follow link.


Guidelines for U.S. Citizens Abroad Preparing for the 2015 Tax Filing Season

To help U.S. citizens abroad preparing for the 2015 tax filing season, the IRS has provided some great guidelines to help understand, extensions, forms, mail options and much more. For more detailed information checkout Guidelines for the 2015 Tax Filing Season.

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), enacted in 2010, is an important development in U.S. efforts to improve tax compliance by U.S. taxpayers with foreign financial assets and offshore accounts. 

Under FATCA, U.S. taxpayers with financial assets outside the United States that exceed a certain amount must report those assets to the IRS. This reporting needs to be made on Form 8938, (Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets) which taxpayers attach to their federal income tax return, starting this tax filing season. It is important for taxpayers to determine whether they are subject to this new requirement because the law imposes significant penalties for failing to comply.

In addition, FATCA will require foreign financial institutions to report directly to the IRS information about financial accounts held by U.S. taxpayers, or held by foreign entities in which U.S. taxpayers hold a substantial ownership interest.

For further information visit the IRS webpage at Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) 

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Contact Information

Taxpayers requiring IRS assistance can contact the following telephone numbers for assistance, (please note the hours of operation):

(Hours of Operation: 6am-11pm U.S. EST / 6pm-11am SGP local time)

Telephone Assistance:

1-800-829-1040 (Individuals)
1-800-829-4933 (Businesses)
TeleTax: 1-800-829-4477 - Available 24 hours

Philadelphia Service Center
Customer Service Phone: 1-215-516-2000
Customer Service Fax: 1-215-516-2555
Refund Inquires: 1-800-829-1954

Forms Requests

Tax forms distribution center: 1-800-829-3676
FAX on Demand (available 24 hours): 1-703-368-9694 *Use voice unit on machine*
Internet via the Worldwide Web:

For Urgent Tax Lien/Levy Issues

Internal Revenue Service
11601 Roosevelt Blvd.
Drop Point 820 SW
Philadelphia, PA 19154

For Collection/Levy Status Account Problems:

Phone: 1-215-516-2004
Fax: 1-215-516-6931
Taxpayer Advocate Office:
Phone: 1-215-516-2499
Fax: 1-215-516-2677

International Taxpayer Advocate Service

Internal Revenue Service
San Patricio Office Center, Room 200
7 Tabomico Street
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 00966
Phone: 1-787-622-8930
Fax: 1-787-622-8933

Electronic Services

IRS Home Page:
Electronic Pavment Website:
E-Services Help Desk: 1-512-416-7750
Automatic Extension of Time to File (Form 4868): 1-888-796-1074

Refund Information: Go to
Click on "Where's my refund?"
Follow the prompts

Tax Law Questions: Go to
Click on “help” in the top menu
Click on “Tax Law Questions”
Follow the prompts

ITIN – Form W-7
IRS Philadelphia Service Center
P.O. Box 447
Bensalem, PA 19020
After 30 days: 1-215-516-4846 or 1-800-829-1040

Exempt Organization Help Desk: 1-877-829-5500

Tax Offset Program (TOP) Help Desk: 1-800-304-3107 

Taxpayers should mail all completed returns and payments directly to the Austin Service Center at the following:

Internal Revenue Service
Austin, Texas 73301-0215
United States of America

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