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Where can I be tax resident when I don't stay in any EU-country longer that 6 months a year?

I'm a Polish citizen. I've become a German resident because I'm working there, and as fair as I have learned, I'm treated as resident if I'm in given country (Germany) more than 180 days a year. This ...
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As a digital nomad, is it possible to live such that one owes no tax obligation?

This answer makes an interesting observation that At the end of the day it's even possible you're not explicitly required to pay taxes anywhere. Is this really true? Under what circumstances ...
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Advice needed from Central or South America based freelancing expat

I'm an expat free-lance consultant working for a U.S. client in a European country that is not my home country. I'm also an E.U. citizen. Currently, my combined income tax and social security ...
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BBC licence fee if I don't watch TV

I checked the Check If You Need One page from the TV Licensing website, but it didn't seem clear to me: must I pay the licence if my television is capable of showing the broadcasts, or only if I ...
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Consequences of declaring 'Konfessionslos' when formally belonging to Church in Germany

For many people migrating for work to Germany it's quite surprising, or even shocking, that they are asked about their religion by the employer. They are usually not informed about the consequences, ...
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Do you need to pay US taxes if you are a US citizen by birth, who was never in the USA?

It is known, that the USA not only taxes their residents, but their citizens as well. But what happens if someone is a US citizen at birth, who never lived in the USA? Do they also need to pay taxes? ...
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As a US Citizen with Mexican residency status, where must I pay income tax?

I'm a US Citizen, but I have Mexican temporary residency status. I work remotely in Mexico for a US company, and I have been paying US income tax only. Under what circumstances should I pay taxes on ...
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GEZ / ARD ZDF Germany Radio - can I ask not to pay for it?

I am living in Rostock since June 2014. I am an Italian citizen working here as a consultant (but paid by an Italian company and paying taxes in Italy). I am living in a (rented) furnished apartment, ...
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Do I have to wait for ITIN to file California taxes for H4 spouse?

I am holding a H1B visa and my wife just moved to California as H4 dependent. I have applied for ITIN along with filing my federal taxes. How do I file my California State tax? Should I wait for her ...
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American citizens living abroad still have to pay tax to US - legal ways to avoid?

My understanding is that US Citizens who have emigrated to another country are still required to post tax returns to the US, declaring foreign income. Is the only way out of this to cancel your US ...
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Is it possible to pay US Income tax, without paying state income tax?

This is a bit of a followup to my earlier question... I'm a US citizen, working for a US company, and paying US income taxes. I've switched my banking records and all to use my sister's address in ...
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My foreign bank is requesting I fill out a W-9

I am a U.S citizen who has been living in Argentina for the last 3 years. I am a legal permanent resident here and I work for an Argentine company, get paid in Argentine pesos and pay Argentine taxes. ...
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In the Netherlands, can I be taxed on savings I have from my country of origin?

In a strictly hypothetical situation where I had a reasonable sum of money in savings in the UK (my country of origin), and I had moved to the Netherlands, would the Dutch government require me to ...
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If I have several foreign accounts, only one of which is >$10k, do I need to report all on the FBAR?

I am a US citizen living outside the US for several years. For the first time, I had over $10,000 in a foreign account. Apparently, now I have to file an FBAR. I have several accounts overseas but ...
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Do Italian Citizens living abroad have to pay taxes to Italy?

I am currently a US citizen/resident, who found out that I can acquire Italian Citizenship jure sanguinis. Before I actually go through with this, I wanted to make sure I wouldn't be burdening myself, ...
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German tax refund after moving abroad

The German tax office usually collects more taxes than needed and refunds the surplus by bank transfer in the following year, once tax returns have been filed. I'm now working in Germany, and I'm ...
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Combining freelance work with Kennismigrant work permit in Netherlands

I'm working as a "highly skilled migrant" (or Kennismigrant) in the Netherlands for a company. From time-to-time, I receive requests to do freelance work on the side. How properly (and legally) can I ...
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Does a US citizen who is a resident of a foreign country need to file a W9 if working for a US company?

I am a US citizen living abroad. I am no longer a US resident and file my taxes with a 2555 for the foreign earned income exemption. I pay all my taxes and social security in my country of residence ...
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What EU countries have the least income tax for a single freelancer?

I am an unmarried EU citizen with no children. I work freelance and my workplace is Internet. I'd like to relocate to another EU country where I can pay least income tax on my global income. ...
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Does working abroad for US clients qualify one for the "foreign earned income exclusion" via the "physical presence test"?

Does an American citizen (independent contractor) with American clients getting paid in an American bank account but working remotely abroad qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion credit if ...
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Reasons for UK citizen to not get an Irish passport?

The United Kingdom has opted to leave the European Union, this may make travelling and visiting my holiday home abroad more difficult, or even stop me from working abroad in the future. My mother is ...
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How much US taxes do you have to pay after selling a foreign property if you are a US green card holder?

What portion of the sale of a property outside the US will you need to pay taxes on? Will you be paying taxes on the total sale price or only on the gain?
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What is my net salary on a gross salary of 3,000 EUR in Holland? Can I live on that in Amsterdam?

I am a non-EEA citizen. I just got a job offer in Amsterdam with a monthly salary of€3,000 before tax. How much will I get per month? Is that enough for typical costs of living, i.e. food and board ...
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Are personal income taxes paid for income for a full year, even when moving from Sweden to Canada mid-year, for a Dutch citizen?

There are a number of questions related to taxes on this site, and Wikipedia has an article on tax residency. This question on varying tax dates seems to imply income might be counted for a full year....
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Born in the US with American passport but without social security, and never been in USA, do I have to pay taxes?

Got the American nationality also obtained the passport as I was born there only but I have never visited USA, and I do not have social security number. My question is: With the new law (FATCA), do ...
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US Citizen Working as an Independent Contractor Abroad -- Payroll Taxes?

I am a US citizen who has been a foreign resident for years. I have recently gotten a job as a consultant for a US company. I will be doing the work in Japan, but will be paid to a US account that I ...
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How do I pay French taxes if I'm leaving the country before receiving the tax form?

I worked from April 2013 until now (March 2014) in France, but now I am moving abroad (to Italy). How can I pay my French taxes on revenue for 2013? What about 2014? I have not declared anywhere in ...
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Is there any form I should fill for taxes in the UK

I moved to London at the beginning of January to start working at my new job. At the moment I got payed but I'm not sure if I should do anything related to taxes. Is my employer going to take care of ...
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Can an EU citizen move to another EU country to work remotely at a job not in the EU?

If I were a dual citizen of the United States and Italy and had a job in the Untied States that I could perform remotely, could I move to an EU country other than Italy and work remotely for the U.S. ...
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Where to pay taxes if I don't live 6 months in any country?

I am a Spanish citizen working for a Dutch company and I am registered as a resident in Netherlands, where I rent an apartment and pay taxes. Because of my work, I have traveled a lot around the world,...
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Is it possible to deduct language course expenses from taxes in Austria?

I am living in Austria and I am wondering whether it is possible to deduct the cost of a language course from taxes. I do not have sufficient German language ability to read the Austrian tax code in ...
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Tax refund after leaving Germany

I am Italian and last year I worked 6 months in Germany. Therefore I paid the taxes in Germany. I have heard that if you stay in Germany less than one year you may reclaim the tax refund. Is it true? ...
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Where do I file my tax when participating to the International Internship Programme (VIE) if non-French

International Internship Programme (VIE) is a type of contract that offers to many European citizens to work abroad. From the program description, you are officially employed by the French Ministry of ...
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U.S. Income tax liability on cash transfers from foreign spouse

I am a U.S. Citizen living and earning an income overseas. My spouse is not a U.S. Citizen or Resident. Question regarding my U.S. Federal Income Tax liability: if my foreign wife gives me cash (in ...
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Does the 30% tax ruling in the Netherlands also apply to Dutch Citizens who are now living abroad?

The Netherlands has a 30% tax ruling on highly skilled migrant workers, where expats working in the Netherlands can pay less tax for a considerable amount of time. Since I am living abroad I am ...
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Where do you pay taxes, if you are doing work in international waters?

So you are traveling around the world in your through satellite connected sailing yacht. To finance your trip you blog and develop websites. Where is this work taxed? Is it tax free, or am I obliged ...
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Japanese taxes for American living in Japan, working for American company?

I'm an American that's been living in Japan for the past 2 1/2 years, and I work for an American company (small startup). I receive my income via a US bank account, after paying income tax. However, I'...
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Paying back taxes to the US. How deep have I dug my hole?

I'm an American citizen living in Taiwan for roughly 8 years now. In that time I have been employed by my Taiwanese father-in-law in the family owned business and have filed only Taiwan taxes. I have ...
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How can one check his Canadian tax return has been successfully filed after leaving Canada?

I lived in Canada last year. I did a NETFILE system through an online tax company, and it came up with an error. I tried again, and it still errored, but then returned me to the home page, where it ...
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Left France but forgot to inform the Centre de Finances Publiques

I'm an Italian national. I lived and worked in France from September 2010 through December 31, 2012 then moved to the UK. When I left France I forgot to tell the Tax Authorities that I moved abroad (...
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How do I file CA state taxes without a SSN or ITIN?

Background: UK citizen, spent a summer as a J1 intern in California. Didn't get a SSN. So I sent my US federal tax return and ITIN application to the US embassy London. Fairly sure that was the ...
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Why is a French bank asking me to fill out a W-9 form?

I'm a dual citizen, US and French. I'm working for a French company in France, and paying French taxes. Why is my French bank requesting me to fill out W-9 form?
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Can I be a tax nomad?

In March I'm starting life as a digital nomad, and I'm doing research about taxes. I'm originally from Poland. I had full-time job for 3 years and I was self-employed for 2 years there. Later I moved ...
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Returning To The US - Tax Considerations?

US citizens living abroad need to file income tax (American citizens living abroad still have to pay tax to US - legal ways to avoid?) but there is a Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (http://taxes....
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US employee on a multi year long business trip to China, but paid in the US. Do I get to claim Foreign Earned Income Exception?

I’ve been working in Shanghai, China for an American consulting company for the last year and a half. Because their Chinese studio is technically a Chinese company, I'm paid in RMB and I pay Chinese ...
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Tax return for US citizen with residence abroad

I pay taxes in the country in which I reside (Germany). I have no assets in the U.S. What form must I file?
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Is there any advantages in changing the residence when changing Country in EU?

I'm from Italy and I've moved to Austria. Which are the pro and cons of registering my residence abroad?
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Can a French national keep their life insurance when moving to the US?

Can a French national becoming a US resident legally keep their life insurance? Is there any legal restrictions, other than having to inform the bank and the IRS (because of FATCA)?
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Tax - Australian citizen working in USA

I'm an Australian citizen and I just got an offer to move to USA and work for an American company. After I move, all my income will be from my salary and I won't have any income in Australia (apart ...
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Trying to figure out my tax residency

I'm a Finnish citizen and have spent the last 6 years in the US. I finished a Ph.D. in May last year and I was on a J-1 visa until February last year. At that point I switched over to a G-4 visa due ...

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