Wednesday, October 30, 2013

2013 update

This is a pretty good review of the current state of affairs.

US Citizens Working Abroad: Everything you should know about ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:02:45 GMT

There is nothing to be feared or be skeptical of, if you are a law abiding American without any malicious intention to evade taxes while working abroad. The Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act, better known as FATCA, passed ...

I would also like to point out that, if you have earned income exceeding the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE) of $ 97,600 this year AND you have paid Chilean taxes on the excess amount as well, it's possible to use the tax paid on the excess (only) on the Form 1116 and take the foreign tax credit on the US taxes due for the excess amount.  The US imposes taxes on the amount exceeding the FEIE at the maximum marginal rate so it stands to reason that the tax paid to Chile, on just the excess (this can be calculated using table available at or click here) can be used to offset the US tax due, if possible.  The proof is to calculate the tax amount on ALL of your earnings (A); then calculate the tax on only the $97,600 (B).  Subtract B from A and you have the tax due to the US.  Do the same with the Chilean tax tables and see if the Chilean taxes exceed the US taxes.  They probably will as Chile's uppermost tax rate is higher than the US uppermost rate.  If you need help, drop me a line.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

FATCA woes!

FATCA is conquering the world!  Hitler would have been proud!  

Fortunately, there is considerable resistance to what amounts to subversion of the sovereignty of other countries.  Plus, do YOU want to have government agents snooping into your financial affairs...just 'because' you 'might' be doing something illegal?  Hmmmm?

Have a look at this entry on a Google Blog: Files Freedom of Information Act Request on ... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:34:54 GMT

As noted previously, FATCA (the “Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act”) cannot succeed unless the U.S. Treasury Department is successful in coercing a sufficient number of countries into enforcing this foreign (i.e., U.S.) law ...

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This is good information and Americans need to get busy and repeal FATCA.  To fail to do so will cause a lot of regret later!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Great Con

This is only about taxes peripherally.  The IRS was created the same year as the Federal Reserve System and the secret tax of inflation started then.  Mike Maloney has created a video that greatly simplifies the explanation of what is going on and why it's important to you.  The IRS is mentioned in the video and why it exists to tax (rob) you of your hard earned money.  Please do yourself a favor and watch the video.  Click here.  Sometime, if you have time, go to my blog about currency and read some there, too.  After you have learned about the currency system, it will help you plan your future.

Best to you.

Saturday, October 12, 2013


Well, the new so-called Affordable Care Act is being implemented with all the grace of an elephant ballet.  To say the system if woefully unprepared would be putting it mildly.  There are tremendous problems with the implementation, even recognized by avid fans of the act.  Well, we'll concentrate on how people living overseas are affected.  According to the official ACA web site:

U.S. citizens living outside the U.S.

U.S. citizens living in a foreign country are not required to get health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. If you’re uninsured and living abroad, you don’t have to pay the fee that other uninsured U.S. citizens may have to pay.
Generally, health insurance coverage in the Marketplace covers health care provided by doctors, hospitals, and medical services within the United States. If you’re living abroad, it’s important to know this before you consider buying Marketplace insurance.
Questions? Call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)

 Of course, if you think I may be misinformed, click here to see for yourself.

If you live permanently overseas, chances are you'll never have to deal with this.  If you are on temporary assignment and will return someday, keep your eyes peeled as to the developments so you'll know how to handle things when you return.