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  1. TM30's still causing issues ?

    Presuming an original TM30 has been filed for you for that address, then it's required that you update it when you return from outside of Thailand. All they need is your passport (hopefully with the TM30 Receipt of Notice stapled in the back). They'll enter a couple of things in their computer (I'm guessing it's mainly your return date and perhaps your new departure card number) along with the date of the updating. They'll stamp your TM30 Receipt of Notice with a new date stamp (with or without a red circular stamp). As noted some time ago, a couple of officers have told me that doing the update within 4-5 days after returning (versus the statutory 24 hours) is acceptable....I've updated 2-4 days after returning to the country without any comment or problem. Someone mentioned, I think, that they do not keep track of you and/or your address on their computer. I disagree given when I have updated a couple of times they've mentioned my address and asked if that's still where I live (the answer on my part was correctly "yes"....and I presume they would have required a new original TM30 if I was returning to a different address). In country hotels, guesthouses, etc., take a copy of your passport photo page as they have to report the presence of foreigners within 24 hours. They do it online and I believe Immigration can see those reports when handling the updating of someone's TM30 (and, so far, it seems they don't require any action or updating if one is just touring within Thailand).
  2. Beyond KSK - Royal Flora Ratchaphruek

    Yes, very nice photos. I've been out there a few times but it's been a few years....and your photos inspire me to make another visit. Thanks.
  3. TM-30

    The TM 30 form, as it clearly states just below the signature line, can be signed by the "HOUSE-MASTER", OWNER, OR POSSESSOR OF RESIDENCE"....so it's a bit unclear both on the form and under the written statutory language who exactly can or must sign or file it; however, a renter (the possessor) apparently can sign and file it (although, admittedly, the original TM30 filing would need some documents....including a copy of ID and tabien baan in the case of a Thai landlord/owner.....for the original filing). Regardless, it ends up being the possessor (us) who ends up being denied Immigration services until it's properly filed and, quite often, it's us who end up paying the fine to get some services (such as an annual extension) that we need. For somebody who has a proper TM30 filed for their address and then leaves and re-enters the country to the same address (if re-entering to a new address, then a new original TM30 must be filed), then the updating requirement is in place. As to who "has" to do that, god/buddha only knows.....but, since my Thai landlord owner doesn't even know I hopped over to another country, I take care of the updating myself. It's simple to do and can be done either at Promenada (upstairs) or at Building 3 at the old immigration office site near the airport. Many renting and owning condos fortunately have a condo office which will take care of filing both the original TM30 filing as well as the updates (presuming, of course, they even know you've gone out of the country).
  4. visa re-entry stamp at the airport

    Again, you're talking about a small minority of people who need major assistance to do a lot of things....to even know they need a re-entry permit, to know they need to get an extension, do a 90-day report, whatever. But....for anybody having some ability and cognizance that they need a re-entry permit (which likely includes almost everyone who actually reads ThaiVisa and can understand the English language)....it's easy to do. The OP certainly has enough capability to get it done easily at the airport and that's what he asked. So long as he's leaving on an international flight at CNX, the re-entry desk will be open. And he should download and fill out the TM8 form, paste a photo where indicated, and take the necessary passport copies (OP....there's a pinned topic to tell you what documents are needed). For a single re-entry permit, it's 1,000 baht and it's 3,800 for a multiple re-entry permit. And, presuming he's upstairs 30-60 minutes prior to his flight, he'll have more than enough time.
  5. visa re-entry stamp at the airport

    Respectfully, Nancy, you're making it out that the re-entry desk is easy to overlook (it absolutely isn't as one can see by the photograph posted above) and you're talking about a minority of people who....due to age, infirmity, incapacity, or simple ignorance...can't handle their own affairs. Those people probably need a handler to even get through the airport. But, for people who know they need a re-entry permit at the airport, they actually might ask themselves the question ahead of time as to what documents (passport copies, TM8, and photograph) would be needed. For all those people, it's a breeze. I've gotten a few re-entry permits at the airport and I don't think it's ever taken me more than 5 minutes to get one. I've also gotten re-entry permits at the old Immigration office and at Promenada but that's always involved a lot more time and hassle.
  6. FBAR Time Again

    Apparently so although this year it's April 18 as that's when the returns are due. As to whether you can further delay the online FBAR filing by obtaining an extension for your 1040, I'd guess not but I don't know for sure. Given the FBAR filing is only done online and rather easy to do (once you know the Treasury's conversion rate), there's no real reason not to do it well before April. I keep checking daily as to the Treasury filing its 12/31/17 dollar/baht rate but it's still not published; hopefully, it's out in the next week or two (I've always done the FBAR in January and expect to do it as soon as I see the published rates).
  7. FBAR Time Again

    Yes....probably should have noted that there are different rules for those who don't go back to the US for any significant period of time. I go back each summer for a few months so the lower threshold applies to me.
  8. FBAR Time Again

    Agree that proper reporting may show a gross overstatement of what you have in Thailand. For example, if you keep 800,000 baht in an account to support a retirement extension and if you happen to change accounts during the year, you essentially have to report both accounts and the form might infer that you had 1,600,000. But it's really no big deal as the numbers on both the FBAR and 8938 do not relate to income tax liability (income tax liability might, however, be tied to interest reported on those accounts).
  9. FBAR Time Again

    Two separate forms....one (FBAR) filed online and one paper form (8938) filed with your tax return. If you've met the $50,000 threshold, you must file both. And the penalties are horrendous if Treasury goes after you (having read the allegations in the federal indictment against Paul Manafort, it would seem that convictions on the FBAR/FATCA counts could mean he may have to pay a ton of money).
  10. FBAR Time Again

    If all your foreign assets (expansive definition - bank accounts, stock accounts, etc.) total $10,000 or more at any one moment during the year, you must file (electronically) the FBAR. If all of those accounts total $50,000 or more at any one moment during the year, then you're also required to file the 8938 form with your tax return (one apparent exception - don't have to file it if you're not required to file a tax return).
  11. FBAR Time Again

    Thanks for that info....just checked Treasury's guidelines and it was changed to April 15th. No worry, I file mine by the end of January anyway (or as soon as I see the published baht/dollar rate).
  12. FBAR Time Again

    A couple of comments: (1) The OP says he's already filed his FBAR for 2017. Under the rules as I understand them, you have to use the US Treasury baht/dollar rate (which at least in the past hasn't been the same as any Thai bank's end-of-year rate). I've never been able to find the 12/31 rate at the Treasury site until at least a couple of weeks+ into January. OP, given Treasury will post a thai baht to the dollar rate, is there really any basis to simply use the Bangkok Bank's rate? (2) Another poster indicated the FBAR was due by April 15th. No, it's due to be filed (electronically only) by June 30th. If you have more than $50,000 in foreign "accounts" at any moment during the year, then you have to file the 8938 form with your IRS tax return (which, unless you have an extension, is due April 15th). Edit: Just checked and no Thai baht/dollar rate is available as yet. And the instructions do require use of the Treasury's conversion rate for any currency for which Treasury publishes a rate. It just isn't published yet.
  13. Whatever term account your bank is hustling at the moment (and it may be perfectly fine), ask them if it qualifies for the annual Immigration letter. Most banks will know what you mean (i.e., that the particular account will qualify for the bank funds basis for a retirement extension).
  14. One intern attempted to make me go make more copies because a few pages of my passport were copied vertically versus horizontally; however, an Immigration officer stopped by to see what the fuss was about (I probably had a "you gotta be kidding me" look on my face although I was being polite to the intern) and told the intern to forget about it ("mai bpen rai"). In any event, to avoid the possible problem in the future, it might be wise to ask your copy shop to only copy the pages horizontally. Out of 8 or 9 annual extensions, I've only been asked one time for a copy of every filled-out page of my passport. And, to the surprise of the officer, I then actually handed her a complete set (I take the proverbial kitchen sink with me so I can comply with whatever "new" requirements crop up from time to time).
  15. Dave2 Vote for poster of the year

    Seems Dave2 would have won had they left him in the poll; however, he's being awarded Honorary Poster of the Year and that's not all bad. He's probably laughing at all this while he's snapping a few new photographs.