Even when you move to Panama, you may still need to pay state income taxes and file an annual state income tax return.
Some states in the United States do not have a state income tax. But some states, like California, have very high state income taxes, which will not disappear just because you move to Panama. You could be required to pay taxes on your pension and/or Social Security in some states even after you move to Panama.
But there is a solution!
Before you move to Panama, establish residency in a different state that does not have a state income tax. You’ll also get a driver’s license in that state, and you’ll be able to vote as a resident of that state. Watch the replay of this Livestream about how you can establish residency in just ONE DAY in South Dakota.
All United States citizens must file an annual Federal tax return and pay taxes on their worldwide income. However, if you have active income, you may qualify for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, which currently (2022) allows you to exempt $112,000 in income.
The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion is a HUGE bonus when you live outside of the United States full time. Here’s an example:
Let’s say you earned $150,000 in income. You work remotely and move to Panama. You can deduct $112,000 from the $150,000 income, so you only need to pay taxes on $38,000!