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  1. Unless you're a tax cheat. I think the exceptions listed on page one of this thread exempt everyone who is behind in his taxes from losing his passport -- except for the tax evading crook. No sense losing sleep over his lack of travel plans.
  2. Yeah, why not 500K? For the highly trained US technician, earning 500k in a tax free country somewhere in the Middle East, a foreign income exclusion of 500k would be worth a 6 figure chunk of tax-savings change in his jeans. Change that otherwise would have gone into the US Treasury, to help pay for the EU share of NATO. So, why a tax incentive to have our best workers go abroad? Just write the contract to pay extra, to cover the US taxes that will be due. Same amount of money in his pocket, but Kuwait (or whoever) makes up for the gouge to US taxpayers. No, I've never understood the FEIE. If you want to protect the US worker from double taxation, just use tax credits. And, actually, where your foreign income has a greater foreign tax than the US tax, the tax credit route is superior, allowing backward and forward carries of surplus credit. Plus, if you elect the FEIE over a tax credit (you can't use both), you lose out past 102k (per the 2017 FEIE cap).
  3. The world's changing. OECD, of late, has been looking at dual taxation treaties, with the emphasis to do away with the "dual non taxation" avenue that had been inadvertently allowing no taxation, when one party to the treaty didn't exercise its right to exclusive taxation -- and the other party had no fall-back recourse. Such a situation never existed, however, for the US because of its "saving clause." This clause is the 'gotcha' for US citizens that, in spite of treaty language, allows the US to tax its citizens on all worldwide income. Dual taxation issues are avoided via the tax credit route. http://download.rd.go.th/fileadmin/download/nation/Norwegian_answer.pdf The above link shows something similar with Norway, which acknowledges that the treaty gives Thailand taxation rights on pension income, but also that Norwegian expats have to file a Norwegian tax return. But to get a tax credit for Thai taxes paid, they must present a Thai tax return showing the taxes paid. It all results in what Yanks go thru with their requirement to file a US tax return, with credit for taxes paid to Thailand. Thus, the sun is setting on the world of tax havens. Further related info at this site, beginning with article 124: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1027274-youre-deemed-a-resident-of-thailand-if-you-stay-180-days/?page=9
  4. Part of your agent's package. Park at Promenada and proceed with your agent to his reserved spot at the new Immigration. Thus, one less irritant covered by hiring an agent, as I doubt IO will have a shuttle service.
  5. Never had any trouble with my US issued credit cards -- and if I had, all false or disputed charges would have been fully reimbursed. Besides, I get a slightly better fx rate than the buying TT rate (the rate I get for the cash I do have in Thailand), plus no foreign transaction fee, plus 2.5% cash back. Sure, cash is great for songtaews and noodles. But not for extensive purchases at Rimping or Home Pro -- or Bangkok Hospital, where I need a credit card receipt in order to get my Tricare insurance reimbursement. Nope, wearing a money belt just ain't fashionable. Today's chipped cards have yet to be physically cloned. So, having your card disappear with the waiter now has just one drawback: Your account number, name, expiration date, and CVV number can be copied then subsequently used for card-not-present sales (like online or phone purchases). Solution: Scrape off that CVV number on the back of the card. It's not needed for POS insertions -- as it's not even readable by the machine. (Just make a note of the 3-digit number, however, should you like to make an online purchase in the future :)).
  6. Anybody else ever have to do this? And if so, was this also related to Chonburi?
  7. JimGant

    Promenada -- Sunday, 10 June

    Thank you. Jurassic World? Guess I'll have to Google that. Christ, getting old really sucks.
  8. What in the world was going on at Promenada today? I got there about 1:30 for my weekly trip to Rimping, and the outdoor parking lot, normally completely empty, was full. And folks were streaming into the building, albeit I don't know to where, as the area around Rimping was the normal ho hum. What did I miss, if anything?
  9. Why? Your June 90 day report due date was trumped by your new 90 day reporting period, which began when you re-entered Thailand in May. So, no need to do any 90 day reporting until 90 days *after* you once again re-enter Thailand in August.
  10. Virginia is one of those states that, for tax purposes, won't let you abandon them easily. The below reference is for rulings by the Virginia tax commissioner regarding whether or not you've successfully abandoned Virginia for tax purposes. It provides some interesting reading (and the rulings don't seem unreasonable, in most cases): https://www.tax.virginia.gov/laws-rules-decisions/browse?document_type=70&topic=161&tax_type=All Occurring in most of the rulings is the boiler plate language: Thus, you don't have to cancel your driver's license when you abandon Virginia -- but if you renew it (or maybe just try to renew it), that shows you really haven't completely abandoned Virginia -- so look out for the tax man -- especially if you ever move back to Virginia! And I love this Virginia ruling: So former Virginians, cut all connections with that state if you can -- and get a bonafide new residence somewhere. And definitely don't use a Virginia address when filing Federal tax forms -- the Feds share such address info. And forget renewing that driver's license.
  11. A little slow on the uptake, eh. Her equation that renewing your permit of stay and renewing your DL are both a walk in the park are where her argument falls apart -- at least in CM. And we have 134 pages, from many sleep deprived non agent users, to substantiate this. Yes, please clarify that your realize this is the CM sub forum.
  12. Oh dear. So it's not apples and oranges. I guess, then, that I'll have to hire an agent to renew my DL, as I'm not prepared to queue out there at 2:00AM. But hopefully the agent can watch that worn out movie for me......:)
  13. Interesting this from the CCCC report, as I don't recall seeing a missing TM30 as a possible reason for non approval of online and/or mail in 90 day reporting (then again I haven't memorized all 262 pages of this missive):
  14. Status as a "Dept of Defense" What in the world does that mean? Old US soldiers can bring their knapsacks in without any customs charges? Somebody had had too many at the battalion get together.
  15. Not sure what you're implying....? There's a 15 day window, inclusive of the target date, that is divided into two chunks: The first chunk is the furthest out 8 days, the days in the example with green check marks, delineating the 8 days you're allowed to on-line report. The last of these 8 days is the 20th. The last chunk, of 7 days, inclusive of the target date, are those dates where you're "too late" to report on-line. Beginning on the 21st. So, in the OP's' example, the 28th should have been his last day with a green check mark; April 29, 30, and May 1 thru 5 (inclusive of the target date) would be the 7 days "too late" per the example. So, who knows -- maybe even Immigration gets confused over what's inclusive, and what's exclusive.