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Here at Nomad Tax, we're really just a collection of nerds who like to travel. We went to school for way too long, we took a lot of tests, and we have an obscene amount of letters behind our names. Our preferred reading is tax publications, and we're on the IRS website almost as often as an influencer is on Instagram. What does all of that mean for you? We've got a wealth of knowledge that we are ready to put to work to make your tax situation that much less stressful.

Krystal Pino, CPA, PFS
Founder and Chief Nerd in Charge

Krystal, or Pino as most of her travel companions know her, is the mastermind behind Nomad Tax. Pino is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), and PFS (Personal Financial Specialist) with a BA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She's been at the tax game for over a decade now, working on both the corporate and public sides of accounting.

Pino has been a digital nomad for nearly 5 years now, visiting 49 countries to date.  She's settled into Mexico City to fuel the long tax season with vegan tacos and volcano hikes.

Her favorite quote: “Life is not practice. This is the real thing.”

Cassidy Hanley
Tax Prep Sorceress

Cassidy originally started here at Nomad Tax as an intern and she's been with us ever since. She graduated from the University of Alabama as an accounting major with a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration and later gained her Masters in Accounting. As if that's not impressive enough, Cassidy is also  working towards getting her CPA.

When Cassidy isn’t preparing taxes or studying for the CPA exams, she loves cooking and staying active, such as hiking, going to the gym, and playing soccer. One of Cassidy’s favorite places to visit for hiking is Sedona, Arizona.

Her favorite quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Josh Franklin
Tax Prep Wizard

Josh has circled the globe with a career in the Air Force and his adventures with his family continue today. Josh pivoted from an executive role at a nonprofit organization to join Nomad Tax and traded his tie for tax preparation and 1040s.

He holds an MBA and a love for budgets, taxes, and numbers that is only matched by his wanderlust for far off places, family, and fly fishing.

Josh is currently located in Indiana where the winters serve as inspiration for adventure.

His favorite quote: “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” Henry David Thoreau

Mario Bila
Project Manager

Mario is currently getting his bachelor's degree in Business Administration at the Swiss School of Business and Management in Geneva, Switzerland. He has an inclination towards problem solving, and is interested in Finance and microeconomics.

So far Mario has visited 3 countries and 12 cities, and his traveling journey is just starting, with exciting plans of moving around Europe. His ideal destination: the island of Zakynthos, Greece

During his time off he enjoys reading, watching soccer and having great conversations with people - even though he’s an introvert, he’s always curious to know what’s on their minds.

His favorite quote: “Little by little, a little becomes a lot.”

Sarah Elizabeth Moreman, EdD
Assistant to the Chief

No leader is any good without a right hand woman. Sarah Elizabeth holds an EdD in Higher Education Administration summa cum laude from The University of Alabama, along with Masters in Higher Education Administration and Bachelor of Arts in English with double minor in Business and History at Auburn University - but when she’s not shaping young minds, she’s keeping Pino and Nomad Tax on track. 

Sarah Elizabeth is no stranger to travel herself, racking up miles on her Nissan Armada (aptly named “Darth Vader”) as quickly as the rest of us rack up airline miles. She’s happy to hop a flight as well, and has great stories of the Northern Lights of Iceland and the sidewalks in Cordoba, Argentina.

Her favorite quote: "Turn frustrations into learning experiences as to find that connection while communicating with others. In other words, write it all out."

Felecia Brasfield
Content Creatrix

Felecia loves traveling, writing, and (most) people.  She majored in communications, and having no clue what to do with her degree, she went on to get her master's in Health Education - ya know, to communicate about healthy living. She's recently found her passion in writing, and even maintains her own blog, Mrs. B on a Mission.

She has spent most of her adult life traveling around the country for pleasure or work with a few trips overseas.  While she doesn't travel for business anymore, she splits her time between two states each month and works completely remotely.  

Her favorite quote: "Turn frustrations into learning experiences as to find that connection while communicating with others. In other words, write it all out."

Nicole Hudson, PMP
Strategic Advisor

Nicole has been an integral part of the Nomad Tax team from the start. Self proclaimed process nerd, Nicole is the brains behind our internal operations here at Nomad Tax. She’s been with the team since the beginning, designing our systems and process as we grow. 

Nicole was bit by the travel bug in 2018 and hasn’t looked back. Ask Nicole about the hills of Costa Rica, summering in Cape Town, or getting “stranded” at the beach for Covid-19.

Her favorite quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

Katherine Conaway
Conaway Creative

"Working with Nomad Tax is simple: each tax season, I answer a few questions and upload my tax forms onto their online portal, and the rest is handled.  I enjoy working with Krystal and her team; they are always quick to respond to any questions I may have, big or small.

In the past I’ve done my own taxes online or worked with a general CPA. As a digital nomad, I’ve found working with Nomad Tax to be especially helpful since handling taxes for freelancers and small businesses with my remote lifestyle is their specialty. I find it’s much more valuable to work with Nomad Tax than to try to handle my intricate tax returns on my own.

There are complex and ever-changing tax laws around the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE) and I feel confident leaving the knowledge of tax law to Krystal and her team. Nomad Tax is a great resource for the digital nomad community — it's so important to have accurate financials and taxes, and worth investing to have their expert help."

Charles Brasfield
Brasfield Sales

"Krystal Pino is a true tax expert. Honestly, I was a bit nervous about having an accountant that would be traveling internationally. Would she be reachable, responsive, and responsible? Everything I’ve ever asked of her has been handled in a timely and professional manner; she is reliable and I trust her completely. I am so impressed by the open lines of communication and the thorough amount of documentation from Krystal no matter where she is in the world.  Her contributions were imperative to the profitability that our business has seen in the past five years. In addition to being at the top of her game, she is fun to work with, cares for her customers, and has a good heart.

I took a leap of faith sticking with Krystal when she started traveling, and I’m so glad that I did. Everything has continued to run exceptionally smoothly and she is an invaluable asset to our company."

Robert Crocker
Viz Simply

"The process of working with Nomad Tax is simple: I answer a few questions, upload a few forms, and everything is centrally located on their own digital portal. It’s extremely remote friendly, with no need for in person meetings or archaic systems of notarizing and faxing. I love that I only have to think about my taxes once per year because I know it’s all being handled; I can use the time I would have spent learning about taxes continuing to grow my business, which is a much better use of my time.

Working with Nomad Tax is 100% worth it – it would be far more expensive not to use Nomad Tax, both in terms of time and financial liability. I feel confident that Krystal is looking out for me and keeping everything in order."

Kimberly Osborne
KO Digital

"Krystal is a tax goddess!  I’ve always prepared my own taxes but wanted to consult with an expert who knows the digital nomad/solopreneur space.  I was referred by another entrepreneur to Nomad Tax.  During a consulting call with Krystal, she pointed out a FEIE exemption that I didn’t know I applied for, immediately showing her immense knowledge in the field.  
After that initial foundation of trust was built, I felt confident turning to Nomad Tax for additional accounting questions.  The team provided valuable information on the best retirement options for solopreneurs – information that would have been way more challenging to digest on my own – which got me excited about saving money.  
Krystal shoots it straight.  She’s both personable and professional; she translates tax jargon into something that’s easily digestible.  It’s clear how much she understands her clients, their needs, and the intricacies of their tax situations.  
I never thought I’d be excited about taxes, but I’m actually excited to work with Krystal and her team again next year.  I’d recommend her to all of my digital nomad friends! "

John Randak
Peaceful Media

"Krystal is the perfect combination of friendly and professional.  Her professional side makes you feel comfortable trusting her with your most important and sensitive information – social security number, bank account details, income information, etc. – but her friendly demeanor makes her such a pleasure to work with.  She speaks in a laid-back way that makes taxes truly digestible; not to mention, her tax knowledge is top notch.  The process was streamlined and simple.  Nomad Tax saved me both time and money compared to if I had done my taxes myself.  

The best compliment I can give someone is to refer them to my friends – I will be telling all my friends about Nomad Tax, and I’ll 100% be using them every year from here on out!"

I wasn’t even in the US. Do I still need to file?

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Yup. The US requires its citizens to report and pay taxes on their worldwide income. The exception here is if you make less than the filing thresholds, which are dependent on your filing status and age (note that states may have different filing thresholds).

Is there any relief from taxes if I was abroad?

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Absolutely. It’s called the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion.

What in the world is the foreign earned income exclusion?

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The foreign earned income exclusion (or the FEIE, as it's lovingly called to avoid being such a mouthful), is an exemption from federal income (and some state) taxes should you meet a certain set of criteria.  These criteria include either living in or being present in a foreign country for at least 330 days out of a 12 month period, having a tax home and establishing abode outside of the United States.

What’s a tax home?

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Your tax home is your place of employment - where you do your thang. Self employed? Tax home is where you are. Remote worker? Same.  Every situation is unique though, so talk to a tax professional (raises hand) about your specifics.

What does “abode” mean?

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Habituating, residing or dwelling outside of the US for an indefinite period.

What does an indefinite period look like?

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Just that. The IRS considers any “assignment” of a year or more to be indefinite. Got a return date? That’s considered temporary, and your FEIE claim can be denied.

What does the FEIE cover?

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Federal income taxes on up to $108,700 (2021) or $112,00 (2022) of earned income per person. There’s a lot of funky calculations that go into that, but luckily we have fancy software to supplement our brain power here.

What does it not cover?

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Self employment tax (15.3%) and income tax on unearned income.

What about states?

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Some states have FEIE provisions.  Check this document out for a handy dandy list.

Why Nomad Tax?

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Let young pimpin brag a minute. We’re a team of elite nerds who love to travel and read IRS publications on expat tax issues. We’re nomads, just like you, and unlike you, we love taxes.

What’s it look like to work with Nomad Tax?

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Unlike your most recent Tinder date, here at Nomad Tax we like to make sure your needs are met. You’ll have a first date with our fearless leader, Krystal Pino, where you’ll chat about what you’re looking for and how we can help. After that, you’ll be wooed by our amazing team members who will prepare your information while communicating on a level that you wish your last boo would have.

It’s sealed with a kiss of approval from our Chief Nerd in Charge before whisking you back to your life to worry about whether or not to take that overnight layover in South Korea (we always recommend the long layover).

How do I know you won’t kiss and tell?

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Not only are we bound by a code of ethics stronger than the knights of the Round Table, we use software with secure end to end encryption, so your digits are safe with us.

Nomad Built Nomad Led

Here at Nomad Tax, we're really just a collection of nerds who like to travel. We went to school for way too long, we took a lot of tests, and we have an obscene amount of letters behind our names. Our preferred reading is tax publications, and we're on the IRS website almost as often as an influencer is on Instagram. What does all of that mean for you? We've got a wealth of knowledge that we are ready to put to work to make your tax situation that much less stressful.

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