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Do employer-provided housing benefits in Qatar count as taxable income?

Yes, they do. If your Qatari employer provides you with housing, whether for the initial months or an extended period, the IRS views this as a non-cash benefit.

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This means the value of the provided housing is considered part of your overall compensation and must be included on your US tax return. Even though it doesn’t increase your bank balance directly, the IRS taxes these benefits as income.

Are annual return flights for expats and their families taxable?

Yes, they are. If your employer offers annual return flights to the US for you and your family, these are also considered non-cash benefits. Just like housing allowances, the value of these flights is taxable and needs to be reported on your US tax return. These benefits increase your taxable income, which can impact your liability under the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE).

What’s the impact of non-cash benefits on the FEIE threshold?

If your total income, including the value of non-cash benefits like housing and annual flights, exceeds the FEIE cap ($126,500 for 2024), you will be responsible for US taxes on the excess.

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