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Subject: Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Date: 8/12/2004 3:50 PM
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IRS Pub 54 says:

"For 2003, you cannot exclude more than the smaller of:

$80,000, or

Your foreign earned income (discussed earlier) for the tax year minus your foreign housing exclusion (discussed later).

If both you and your spouse work abroad and you and your spouse meet either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test, you can each choose the foreign earned income exclusion. You do not both need to meet the same test. Together, you and your spouse can exclude as much as $160,000 for 2003. "

My questions:

1. Can you both claim the deduction even if you are filing jointly?

2. If you are filing jointly and you both meet the residence requirements, but one spouse is not working, can you still claim the full $160,000 deduction against the one foreign income that you have?
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