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goodEnglishes



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:09 pm    Post subject: Answering your question Reply with quote

Raytheon pays around $150,000 a year on paper + free housing + free food + 401k + some health + some PTO. Taxes are taken out of that chunk, and it ultimately depends on how much time you spend in Afghanistan.
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DynoButch1



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bit north of that, actually, if you stay "boots on the ground" for an entire year, ie, you don't take any leave, which is pure lunacy. As you say, all depends on how long you spend in country.

You can elect to have taxes taken out or, if you qualify, declare yourself exempt and then exclude up to the maximum under FEIE ($104,100 for 2018) at tax time next year, assuming you've met the 330-day physical presence test (as I've heard, IRS is no longer accepting bona fide residency claims for people working in Afghanistan). You'll end up paying taxes on the roughly $60k above that amount.
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DynoButch1 wrote:
assuming you've met the 330-day physical presence test (as I've heard, IRS is no longer accepting bona fide residency claims for people working in Afghanistan).

That is odd... something to do with the type of visa perhaps. But even when I had a couple months off at work in the Gulf, I was less than 30 days in the US. Lots of other countries to visit out there.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

veiledsentiments wrote:
DynoButch1 wrote:
assuming you've met the 330-day physical presence test (as I've heard, IRS is no longer accepting bona fide residency claims for people working in Afghanistan).

That is odd... something to do with the type of visa perhaps.

Americans are taxed because they work directly for Raytheon, a US employer.
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was mentioned that the IRS accepts the physical presence test. Because it is a US company, there would be SS/Medicare taken, but if you follow the exemption rules, you shouldn't have to pay income taxes.

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