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Thanks for the help so far. I agree I have an error in my calculation of my foreign earned income. I seem to recall something about a housing credit (since I pay for my own housing) but I doubt that is the real problem.

I am going to try again this weekend when I have a little time.

One point from the IRS e-mail is that you CANNOT take part of the foreign earned income exclusion. It is an all or nothing proposition. Bummer for us fools living abroad who wish to contribute to an IRA....

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