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May 23, 2003

Whew!

It seems that teachers from the US can breath a sigh of relief. The $80,000 US income tax exemption for citizens working in Japan, which was targeted by politicians looking to pay for tax cuts back home, looks to be safe. Cutting back or even abolishing foreign housing allowances had also been discussed. But the provision in the bill was dropped in a compromise between House and Senate negotiators. According to US Inland Revenue Service figures from 2000, about 358,000 people working outside the US benefit from the exemption.

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