Live a Tax-Free Lifestyle in Panama

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(FEIE Updated to $120,000 for 2023)
Because of the pandemic, many businesses are allowing their employees to continue working from home even though some offices are partially open again.  All you need to be able to work from home is a good internet connection.   You can use Zoom or Skype to stay in touch with the office.

Even after the Covid virus, some companies may decide to keep all their employees working from home to reduce the high costs of rent and maintenance for an office.

Or, you may move your company to Panama permanently to reduce your taxes and have a better lifestyle.

If you’re working from home, why bother to continue to live close to the office? Or close to the city? Or the same state? Or even the same country?

You could live anywhere!

If going into the office is no longer necessary, you could work from a home in Panama. Many areas in Panama have fiber optics with 100-600 Mbps internet!

You may be able to significantly reduce your cost of housing by moving to Panama, even if it’s just for a year or two.     You can get a nice furnished two-bedroom condo facing the Pacific Ocean in Coronado for about $1500 a month.  Imagine waking up every morning to take a walk on the beach before you start your workday.

Or you could live on Balboa Avenue in Panama City with an Oceanview for about $1000 a month for a furnished apartment.  There is so much to see and do in Panama City.  You’ll find plenty of others who are working from home in the City, too and they have frequent get-togethers.

Hiking Boquete Panama

The laid-back lifestyle in the heart of cultural events in the Azuero Peninsula may be more your style.  You can get a great furnished two-bedroom house close to town for $600 a month or live in a beach community about 10 minutes outside of town.

If you prefer cooler Spring-like weather where you don’t need an air conditioner, you could live in Boquete, surrounded by spectacular mountains ideal for hiking, for about $700 a month for a furnished two-bedroom house.  When Panama opens up the economy more, there will be plenty of social activities, including live music at multiple venues.  From Boquete, you’re only about 90 minutes to some of the best beaches and fishing in Panama!

If you love the beach, surfing, and diving, you may want to try living on the Caribbean side of Panama in Bocas del Toro.  It has a bohemian vibe.   Recently, I’ve seen cute furnished two-bedroom houses close to the beach for about $600 a month.

Panama is a small yet very diverse country. So you may want to try several different areas in Panama instead of just picking one!

A bonus, if you live in Panama and you’re a United States citizen, you could qualify for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, which means you pay NO TAXES in the United States on the first $120,000 of your income.  (sorry, the FEIE is only available to people from the US). And you would not owe any taxes in Panama.  You get to keep every single penny you make! (check with your CPA or the IRS website for details about qualifications for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion)

Move To A Place Where You Can Reduce Taxes Too!

If you’re working from home in Panama, you would not need to get a work permit in Panama.  But you must get a residency Visa to live in Panama full-time.  Panama has a special Friendly Nations Visa that would be ideal. Tourists can stay in Panama for six months (if they’re not driving). You may be able to take a little trip to Costa Rica or Medellin, Colombia, for a week so you can reset your tourist status in Panama, thus avoiding the expense of getting a residency Visa.  

Miami is less than a 3-hour flight from Panama City, but you need to be careful not to be in the United States for more than 30 days, or you will lose your Foreign Earned Income Exclusion.

While you have an opportunity to work from home, why not work from home in Panama?  You can also reduce your cost of living, reduce taxes, and explore how amazing life is in Panama.  It’s the best of both worlds.

Work at Beach in Panama

While you’re working from home in Panama, it’s also a great way to check out Panama for a potential place to retire to!

What are you waiting for?

Move to Panama to LIVE BETTER for LESS…and reduce taxes too!

Jackie Lange

Jackie Lange is the founder of Panama Relocation Tours and lives in the highlands of Boquete Panama. She has helped thousands of people relocate to Panama.

Reader Interactions


  1. Marco Oscarson says

    Great article… do you know if the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion is available for Canadians as well?

    • Jackie Lange says

      The Foreign Earned Income Exclusions is only available to United States citizens. However, Canada has a similar program that you can eliminate or greatly reduce taxes if you go to a non-resident status. Consult with your Canadian CPA for more details about the non-resident status.

      • Angie Cole says

        Hi Jackie,
        I am a 30+ year veteran Realtor in Canada looking for an opportunity to “switch gears”. What you have created with Panama Relocation Tours and helping people re-locate is so inspirational. I have a loyal client base of over 100 who are around my age(55) and I want to offer them options like you.
        My husband works for Cargill(US Based) and turning 60 years old in April. He can work remotely from anywhere, so, we are mobile. We would love to do your tour, but it appears to be booked up into next year! I’m on the waiting list, but eager to make a move anytime. I know you are busy, but I would love to connect with you personally.

        • Jackie Lange says

          HI Angie

          Thanks for your interest in Panama Relocation Tours. We’ll let you know when we get an opening for a 2022 tour. We also offer Private Tours for the most popular places to live in Panama. see details at

          Your husband can work remotely without getting a work permit in Panama. Foreigners are not allowed to work in Panama unless they have a permanent visa, Cedula, and a work permit. See offer commissions for referrals – sign up for our affiliate program at

  2. María José Prado says

    Y como podría hacerlo si soy de Chile?

    • Jackie Lange says

      Solo funciona para ciudadanos estadounidenses

  3. Howard Lee says

    I will be in Panama City the 13th for a week would like to talk to someone about living there

    • Jackie Lange says

      Howard, you might want to consider taking a Private Tour of Panama City to learn more about the area and about living in Panama. The tour guide is an expat from California. See details at

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