Internal Revenue Service (U.S. Taxes)

U.S. Citizens residing abroad are still obligated to file taxes with the U.S. government every tax year.  Guidance for this process and additional resources can be found under Federal Benefits and Obligations at The U.S. Embassy in Praia does not house a representative from the IRS; however the Consular section may be able to assist you if you have questions.

Who Must File?

All U.S. citizens and resident aliens must file a U.S. individual income tax return, even if they permanently live outside the United States and may not owe any tax because of income exclusion or tax credit.

When is the Federal Tax Return Due?

In general tax filings must be received by April 15 each year. You may be entitled to an automatic extension or may be eligible to request an extension to your filing date. Please see the link above for more information.

Can I Mail My Return and Payment?

You can mail your tax return and payment using the postal service or approved private delivery services.  A list of approved delivery services is available on  If you mail a return from outside the United States, the date of filing is the postmark date.  However, if you mail a payment, separately or with your return, your payment is not considered received until the date of actual receipt.

Can I Electronically File My Return?

You can prepare and e-file your income tax return, in many cases for free.  Participating software companies make their products available through the IRS.  E-File options are listed on

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