2017 was our 5th full year of early retirement, world travel, and blogging. Most of the content I’ve written comes from trying to figure things out for myself and our family, and then sharing the outcome. It’s helped create an exciting community of early retirees, tax geeks, expats, world travelers, nomadic families, and adventurers.
Although the blog became a profitable side business back in 2014, any financial benefit was mostly accidental. I typed some words, talked to some reporters, added some links, and (occasionally) cashed some checks.
In 2017 I thought, “Hmm, maybe I should actually try to do some businessy stuff with this thing.”
I think the results were positive.
“Daddy, Daddy, look….. TOYS!!!!!”
Elation. Ecstasy. Euphoria. Never has a 2 year old been as excited walking into a cousin’s toy room.
Which is perfectly understandable. I mean, just look at these photos of us playing with all of those toys.
Physically Present (photo credit)
A great number of world travelers utilize the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion to keep up to $102,100 in income out of the paws of the IRS (2017 tax year.)
For those who aren’t bonafide residents of another (non-US) country, this requires passing the Physical Presence Test (PPT) by being in a foreign country or countries for at least 330 days.
2017 is the first year we tried to pass the PPT, and getting it wrong by even one day could cost $20k or more in tax. Needless to say I wanted to get it right.