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  • Expat retirees enjoy a life reminiscent of an earlier time

    07/17/2017 12:46:44 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 74 replies
    NextAvenue.org ^ | July 17, 2017 | Chuck Bolotin
    This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. I’m seeing a yearning of many people around my age to return to a simpler time, like when we were growing up. My evidence: the hundreds of interviews I’ve done for Best Places in the World to Retire and the studies we did in which we asked expats about their lives abroad. Interestingly, many Americans and Canadians have not only moved abroad partly to search for a life reminiscent of an earlier time, but quite a few tell me that they’ve found it — and in some very unlikely places, including Mexico,...
  • Vanity - anybody got any contacts in Greece?

    01/06/2017 7:41:11 AM PST · by jagusafr · 12 replies
    vanity | today | jagusafr
    Weird question, I know, but Freepers seem to have more contacts than anybody else. My Greek and Egyptian assets are pretty thin and I need info. jagusafr
  • Is an Expat Living Abroad a True American?

    07/04/2016 8:49:14 AM PDT · by lulu16 · 129 replies
    Best Places in the World to Retire ^ | July 4, 2016 | Chuck Bolotin
    "Are you still entitled to consider yourself an American if you choose to live abroad? As Vice President of Business Development for Best Places in the World to Retire, I have been told by many people living abroad that they have been told (let’s say, by their sister-in-law, Betty) that, because of their decision to live abroad, they were no longer “American”. A month and a half ago, my wife and I crossed over the US – Mexico border into Mexico and became expats, which makes this is our first American Independence Day living abroad, and which makes Betty’s challenge...
  • Trump’s weak delegate operation could derail his nomination

    04/08/2016 11:01:05 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 139 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 6 April 2016 | Benjy Sarlan
    There’s a recurring question among the Republicans gathering in Colorado at state and local conventions to choose delegates this week: "Where’s Donald Trump?" Colorado is a rare state where party officials choose delegates without any input from a primary or caucus vote. The bulk of the state’s 37 delegates will be picked at a series of congressional district conventions on Friday and a state convention on Saturday in Colorado Springs. Prospective delegates can run as unaffiliated free agents or pledge to back a candidate. "There just doesn’t seem to be any Trump organization at all, to be honest," Dick Wadhams,...
  • Question For Freepers In The Philippines

    03/26/2016 8:03:48 AM PDT · by Lurker · 66 replies
    Self | 3/26/2016 | Lurker
    I'm looking for information from Freepers residing in the Philippenes. My parents are retired and are considering a move there. The Pastor at their church is Filipino and recommended it. I mentioned that some folks on the forum live there so they asked me if I could dig around here for some information. Dad is looking for info on the process, what are safe and friendly parts of the country to look at, that sort of thing. Dad is a retired IT guy, mom was a housewife but has a teaching background. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in...
  • Why I'm Leaving Free Republic

    02/23/2016 5:42:15 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 123 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 23 Feb 2016 | Oshkalaboomboom
    YOU IGNORANT HATERS ALWAYS BASHING MY CANDIDATE I CAN'T TAKE IT THIS @!^&*% PLACE.... Actualy, there is no drama involved in my decision. Sorry to disappoint anyone looking for some whiny schreechfest before I head for the exit. The truth is I'm about to leave the USA for good. My wife is a British citizen and our children and grandchildren still live in the UK. We have been looking for a more affordable place to retire for years, mostly in Central and South America but finally settled on Spain because of its beautiful weather, affordability, semi First World culture and...
  • How U.S.Expats Can Exclude More Than $100,000 from Taxes

    01/11/2016 2:27:53 PM PST · by lulu16 · 19 replies
    The Street ^ | 11/21/2015 | Chuck Bolotin
    Few people are not interested in legally reducing their taxes. By living in a foreign country and meeting some other criteria, you could exclude up to $108,000 of earned income from your 2015 U.S. tax return. That can certainly be an advantage of being an expat. The website Best Places In The World To Retire has collected more than 6,500 answers from expats to frequently asked questions about living abroad. These include cost of living, safety and healthcare. Several expats said that they were using the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion to reduce their tax liability to Uncle Sam, and that...
  • 7 Reasons Women Are Getting the Heck Out of Dodge and Seeking Their Dreams Overseas

    08/03/2015 2:09:53 PM PDT · by lulu16 · 128 replies
    What do you do when you want something more and different than you’re getting in your home country? For an increasing number of 60+ women, the answer is to move overseas. According to the data we collected through our website, Best Places in the World to Retire, there can be a better life out there, if you are willing to uproot and reinvent yourself as an expat in Belize, Nicaragua or Panama. In addition to the over 5,000 answers and 200 stories on our website, in early July, we released Expats: Expectations & Reality, the first in a series of...
  • Why I’m Giving Up My Passport[US Citizenship]

    12/07/2014 7:58:17 PM PST · by Theoria · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 07 Dec 2014 | JONATHAN TEPPER
    LONDON — The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who was born in New York and holds both American and British passports, recently said that he would not pay a tax bill from the United States on capital gains from the sale of his home in the London borough of Islington. Mr. Johnson pointed out that he hasn’t lived in America since he was 5. He’d like to renounce his citizenship, but said the process was “very difficult.”It is, but I am doing it. My “in-person final loss of citizenship appointment” is scheduled for Jan. 14 at the United States Consulate...
  • Bitter Sugar (Azucar Amarga) - Trailer

    08/29/2014 6:05:44 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    The trailer for Cuban ex-pat Leon Ichaso's film about life in 1990's Cuba, as seen through the eyes of an increasingly disillusioned young party member named Gustavo.
  • Greedy Politicians Get their Comeuppance as Taxpayers Escape

    05/04/2014 10:47:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    If you’re a regular reader, you already know I’m a big supporter of tax competition and tax havens. Here’s the premise: Politicians almost always are focused on their next election and this encourages them to pursue policies that are designed to maximize votes and power within that short time horizon. Unfortunately, this often results in very short-sighted and misguided fiscal policies that burden the economy, such as class-warfare tax policy and counterproductive government spending. So we need some sort of countervailing force that will make such policies less attractive to the political class. We don’t have anything that inhibits wasteful...
  • (Vanity) Question regarding obamacare and those living outside the US

    09/25/2013 1:44:34 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 57 replies
    Does an American living outside the US need to pay the penalty of obamacare? Many take 6 to 12 month (or longer trips traveling the world, living off of their savings. Others live overseas and live a life which is simpler and as such, have less money coming in. What does a person living a good life in central American with a small store or restaurant do? If they make a few thousand in profit, that is fine living in many places. Obamacare fines would eat those profits up in no time. Additionally, what is the point of buying into...
  • Road to relationships rough for expat women in Moscow

    07/09/2013 10:23:41 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 28 replies
    The Moscow News ^ | 08/07/2013 12:40 | Kristen Blyth
    On a blazing summer afternoon in Moscow, Stefania, an Italian professional in her early 30s, manages to look picture-perfect. In a belted tangerine dress, with an impeccable manicure and glossy hair, she fits right in to a local culture that celebrates ultra-feminine style. “You have to dress bright, like a traffic light – high heels, short skirts, hair, nails – to attract men’s attention,” she explained. “Dating in Moscow is a war, and your looks are your only weapons.” Yet even as she turns heads in the street, Stefania admits that her love life is a struggle. “Dating Russian men...
  • Where does one go when one doesn't want to be an American anymore?

    06/26/2013 12:13:06 PM PDT · by golux · 203 replies
    Vanity | 6.26.13 | golux
    Attack me if you will. Yes, yes - check my profile - I am indeed presently living abroad for work but I have always been a flag-waving American. At the moment some members of this august forum - which I have adored for many years, long before I was "golux" - believe Sarah can beat Hillary... Believe America will come to its senses on homosexual everything... Believe there will be some "push back," believe that for the first time in history (well, sine Appomatox) the Federal government will stop expending exponentially... Believe that Career Congresscritters will once again deign to...
  • Americans living in Canada face looming IRS tax deadline

    06/11/2013 8:34:41 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 61 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | June 11, 2013 | ROMA LUCIW
    The deadline for Americans living in Canada to file a tax return with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service is less than a week away, but not everyone is scrambling to get their paperwork in order. “I’m not filing U.S. taxes,” says a Calgary resident we’ll call Joe. “As an accidental American, I’m outraged that a foreign government is going after me for the fact my Canadian parents had me in the U.S. and only stayed there for a few short months.”
  • Tina Turner becoming Swiss citizen, giving up US passport

    01/25/2013 9:03:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/25/2013
    What Gerard Depardieu is to France, Tina Turner may be to the United States. The "Private Dancer" singer is giving up her US passport, in favor of a Swiss one. "I'm very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. ... I cannot imagine a better place to live," Turner told the German newspaper Blick. Turner has lived in the Zurich suburb of Kuesnacht since the mid-1990s. The local Zuerichsee-Zeitung newspaper said on its website the local council announced its decision to grant the 73-year-old Turner citizenship in an official notice published in Friday's edition. The decision still requires...
  • Fleeing California Taxes? Get In Line (Leaving is not that easy)

    01/21/2013 7:24:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/16/2013 | Robert W. Wood
    Is it any wonder that many small and medium sized businesses are moving out of California? In the recent elections, California Voters Sock It To The Rich. As the Wall Street Journal noted, some are promising businesses a better life elsewhere. Being courted must be refreshing but it is important for a company and its owners to have reasonable expectations and to budget for drilling down into California’s rules. After all, leaving is not always easy. A California resident is anyone in the state for other than a temporary or transitory purpose. See FTB Publication 1031. Plus, it includes anyone...
  • I Want To Retire In Costa Rica

    11/09/2012 6:00:52 PM PST · by kjam22 · 139 replies
    vanity | 11-9-2012 | kjam22
    Anyone know anything about retiring in Costa Rica?
  • OT: Best places overseas to work/retire? (Mediterranean vs Argentina/Chile/Brazil/Nicaragua/Panama?)

    11/08/2012 1:34:19 PM PST · by Javeth · 74 replies
    Just curious especially to hear from anyone else who’s planning to do this, about the best countries overseas to retire and work in. My wife and I have done pretty well with our import/export business, worked hard and saved up, and are starting to make retirement plans. We’re not much enthused about giving out our hard-earned and saved money, to support the spendthrift socialist incompetence and excesses of Obama and his successors. So we’re looking to retire abroad, and if possible to even continue some of the business overseas in a lower key, part time context. Our trading is mostly...
  • Relocation site sought (vanity)

    11/08/2012 7:33:31 AM PST · by swift15 · 72 replies
    Now that the election has been completed, I know that I need to relocate. I am recently retired and I will sell my townhouse and move from Northern VA. But I haven’t yet narrowed the field of possible locations very much. GF and I have been entertaining the idea of purchasing a piece of rural property and constructing our own house. But we really want to be among conservative-minded folks. We have been actively reading this site for a long time and always appreciate the opinions of those involved. I would like to have as many opinions and suggestions about...