Form 4563 (Rev. 9-2018)
Source of income. The rules for determining the source of
income are explained in sections 861 through 865 and section
937, Regulations section 1.937-2, and chapter 2 of Pub. 570.
Some general rules are:
• The source of wages, salaries, or tips is generally where the
services are performed. If you worked both in and outside
American Samoa, include on line 7 only wages, salaries, or tips
earned while you were in American Samoa.
De minimis exception. This is an exception to the general
rule for determining the source of income earned in American
Samoa. Generally, income from American Samoa does not
include compensation for services performed in American
Samoa if during 2018 you:
• Were a U.S. citizen or resident;
• Were not a bona fide resident of American Samoa;
• Were not employed by or under contract with an individual,
partnership, or corporation that is engaged in a trade or
business in American Samoa;
• Temporarily performed services in American Samoa for 90
days or less; and
• Earned $3,000 or less from such services.
Military spouses. If you are the civilian spouse of a member
of the U.S. Armed Forces, work in American Samoa, and retain
a residence or domicile in one of the 50 states or the District of
Columbia under the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act
(MSRRA), your wages, salaries, tips, and self-employment
income will not be considered income from American Samoa.
Under MSRRA, the military spouse must be in American Samoa
solely to be with his/her service member spouse who is serving
in compliance with military orders. For details on MSRRA, see
• The source of interest income is generally where the payer is
located. For example, American Samoan source income
includes interest from a certificate of deposit issued by a bank
or branch of a U.S. bank in American Samoa.
• Generally, dividends are sourced where the paying
corporation is created or organized.
• Alimony received from a person who is a bona fide resident of
American Samoa is sourced in American Samoa.
• Except as provided in regulations, income from sources within
the United States or effectively connected with the conduct of a
trade or business in the United States is not income from
• The source of gains, profits, or income from the sale or
disposition of real property (and any interest in real property) is
generally where the real property is located.
Personal property. The source of income from the sale of
nondepreciable personal property is generally the seller’s
residence. For example, if you are a bona fide resident of
American Samoa, gain from the sale or disposition of personal
property is generally from sources within American Samoa.
Income from the sale of inventory is generally sourced where
the title to the property passes. See section 865 for details.
Special rules may apply to bona fide residents of U.S.
territories who have gain from dispositions of certain
investment property within the 10-year period
beginning when they became a bona fide resident.
For details, see Special Rules for Gains From Dispositions of
Certain Property, in chapter 2 of Pub. 570, Regulations section
1.937-2(f)(1), and Examples 1 and 2 of section 1.937-2(k).
Filing Form 1040
To exclude your qualifying income from American Samoa,
complete Form 4563 and attach it to your Form 1040.
Income you must report on Form 1040. You must report on
Form 1040 your worldwide income for the tax year that does not
qualify for the exclusion. The source of that income does not
Deductions and credits you cannot take on Form 1040. If you
claim the exclusion, you cannot take any deduction or credit on
Form 1040 that is definitely related to the excluded income.
Deductions and credits that are not definitely related to a
particular type of income must be allocated between your
excluded income and your other income to find the amount you
can take on Form 1040. Examples of deductions that are not
definitely related to a particular type of income are:
• The standard deduction; and
• Certain itemized deductions such as medical and dental
expenses, gifts to charity, and real estate taxes and mortgage
interest on your personal residence.
For more details, including how to figure the amount allocable
to the excluded income, see chapter 4 of Pub. 570.
If you were a bona fide resident of American Samoa
for the entire tax year, or were considered a bona fide
resident of American Samoa for the entire tax year
under the special rules for the year of a move (see
Pub. 570, chapter 1), but not a U.S. citizen or resident, certain
credits and deductions may not be available to you. See
Nonresident alien under Bona Fide Resident of American Samoa
in Pub. 570, chapter 3, for specific information.
Self-employed individuals. If you were self-employed and
your net earnings from self-employment were $400 or more,
generally you will have to pay self-employment tax on those
earnings even though you can exclude the earnings from your
gross income. Use Schedule SE (Form 1040) to figure any
self-employment tax due.
Penalty for Failure To Furnish Information
If you became or ceased to be a bona fide resident of a U.S.
possession, you may be required to file Form 8898. If you fail to
provide the required information, you may have to pay a $1,000
penalty for each failure unless you can show the failure was due
to reasonable cause and not willful neglect. This penalty is in
addition to any criminal penalty provided by law. For details, see
the Instructions for Form 8898.
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