Skip to content


Is the foreign housing exclusion available for Americans in Qatar?

Yes, the Foreign Housing Exclusion (FHE) is available to American taxpayers living in Qatar. This benefit allows you to deduct certain housing expenses from your taxable income in addition to the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE), which excludes up to $126,500 of foreign-earned income in the 2024 tax year.

Table of contents

What’s the cap on housing expenses in Doha for American expats?

For those living in Doha, the IRS has set a maximum allowable housing expense limit of $45,888. This cap covers reasonable housing-related costs such as rent, utilities, and maintenance, ensuring that expatriates can manage their living expenses while benefiting from tax exclusions.

How much of my housing expenses are actually deductible?

The IRS determines the Foreign Housing Exclusion by comparing your living expenses in Doha with a baseline US cost of living. You can deduct the amount by which your Doha living expenses exceed this base amount.

For example, let’s consider a teacher in Doha with eligible housing expenses of $35,000. The base housing amount for 2024 is 16% of the FEIE, or $20,240. In this scenario, she can exclude $14,760 from her taxable income, significantly reducing her tax burden.

How does the FHE enhance your tax situation?

For those earning above the FEIE cap, the FHE serves as a crucial tool for further reducing taxable income. If your annual income exceeds the FEIE threshold, such as $140,000, using the FHE can help lower the taxable portion of your income.

By strategically combining the FHE with the FEIE, you can potentially minimize your US tax liability, provided you meet all the eligibility requirements for these exclusions. Consulting a tax professional can help you navigate these benefits effectively.

Why partner with a specialist Expat accountant?

Living outside of the US can make your tax filing requirements complicated. To ensure you pay the minimum amount of taxes, it’s critical to work with an accountant who understands every aspect and avenue for reducing your tax liability. We have a dedicated team of tax accountants who work exclusively with US expats earning and investing in Germany. Partnering with a specialist expat accountant can help you navigate complex tax regulations and optimize your tax situation.


41000 Testimonials
Verified Testimonials
Happy Clients
Trustpilot and Feefo Reviews