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As a digital nomad, is it possible to live such that one owes no tax obligation?

Yes, it's possible, the term of the art is perpetual traveller ("PT"). Basically, since many countries allow you to visit for up to six months without being considered a "resident", you can arrange ...
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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?

The US taxes all its citizens. Where you live is of no consequence for that fact. You may be eligible for tax treaty benefits, or foreign earned income exclusion, but you're still liable to the US ...
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Consequences of declaring 'Konfessionslos' when formally belonging to Church in Germany

The question is actually also relevant for German catholics who for some reasons want to leave the church. My understanding is that in canon law and catholic theology, this is simply not possible. In ...
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Why is a French bank asking me to fill out a W-9 form?

You're a US citizen, subject to US tax disclosure requirements. (Even expatriates are subject to this.) US law requires banks dealing with US citizens to inform the Internal Revenue Service of ...
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As a digital nomad, is it possible to live such that one owes no tax obligation?

If you are mobile and prepared to pick a place based on taxes, you might be able to use that to your advantage but it's certainly not as easy as moving around and ensuring you never stay more than X ...
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My foreign bank is requesting I fill out a W-9

The form is pretty simple. You put your name, SSN and address and confirm that you're a US tax person, and give it to the bank. What's probably a surprise for you is that you are a US tax person. You ...
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GEZ / ARD ZDF Germany Radio - can I ask not to pay for it?

No, you cannot avoid the licence fee because you don't want to watch TV. The official website does not merely imply it but it states it pretty unambiguously, in German and in a few other languages ...
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Do Italian Citizens living abroad have to pay taxes to Italy?

Most countries don't tax their citizens, only their residents. The most notable exception is the US. In the EU countries however you only need to pay tax if you are a resident there. More specifically ...
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Can I be a tax nomad?

What's for me the best option for paying taxes? On time, preferably electronically. That would be the best option. I'm not going to spend more than 3 months in 1 country. That means you'll have ...
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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?

The $10K limit is aggregate. You might have had a filing obligation in prior years as well, if the total of all of your accounts together in any one day was $10K or more. If you have more than $10K ...
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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?

Yes, you do. Every American citizen does. The new law has nothing to do with it, you were subject to the American taxation your whole life. The new law just makes it harder for you to ignore it. You'...
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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?

The Canada Revenue Agency has a specific page for newcomers. In short: You become a tax resident of Canada on the day you arrive and intend to settle For the part of the tax year that you were NOT a ...
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Does working abroad for US clients qualify one for the "foreign earned income exclusion" via the "physical presence test"?

I've also found this link which states so as long you physically worked out of the country you qualify. Perhaps it is left up to interpretation but it seems there is reason to believe based on ...
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U.S. Income tax liability on cash transfers from foreign spouse

You must report gifts from foreign persons in excess of $100K annually on form 3520 attached to your tax return. There's no tax, only reporting, but failure to report will trigger a $10000 penalty. ...
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US Citizen Working as an Independent Contractor Abroad -- Payroll Taxes?

Tax treaty doesn't generally cover FICA, only income taxes. Self-employed US citizen will pay payroll taxes (Schedule SE on your tax return) regardless of residency unless a totalization agreement ...
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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?

The proposed salary is almost spot on what is referred to as 'modaal inkomen', or the median income: the most common income in the country. Therefore, you should be able to live on this salary just ...
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When people quote salary figures in Europe*, do they mean after or before income tax?

As the same gross salary can and will result in very different net payments to the employee, it does not make much sense to discuss salaries in 'net'. In any job description or offer, and in most ...
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I'm being charged with the Kirchensteuer after 4 month of apply the Kirchenaustritt

It is supposed to work like this: You leaving the church is automatically reported to the tax office (Finanzamt), which will update your entry in the ELStAM database. The next time your employer ...
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Returning To The US - Tax Considerations?

US Taxes are based on calendar years, so if I work from Jan-Oct (for example) I will pay local taxes on those 10 months and I will not qualify for the FEIE mentioned above. Does this mean I will ...
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Returning To The US - Tax Considerations?

According to the 2555ez instructions, the residency requirements do not necessarily have to match the tax year. So, as long as you've been in the other country for a year, you can take the exclusion. ...
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Tax refund after leaving Germany

All you need to do is to make Steuererklärung (regular yearly tax declaration) in the year after you left Germany. Since you were working in Germany for only half a year, it is certain that tax rate ...
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Can a French national keep their life insurance when moving to the US?

In the US, there's an excise tax on foreign insurance policies. The tax rates depend on the kind of insurance, for life insurance it's 1% of the premium. You can find more information in the IRS ...
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Do Italian Citizens living abroad have to pay taxes to Italy?

I'm Italian and I moved to the UK two years ago. As Italians, if we permanently reside in a foreign country we don't pay taxes on what we earn abroad. There are taxes to pay if you own a property in ...
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Tax refund after an internship in Japan

There are five different types of taxes generally taken from paychecks by employers in Japan: Income tax (所得税) Residence tax (住民税) Pension (厚生年金) Health Insurance (健康保険) Unemployment Insurance (雇用保険) ...
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Is there a way to calculate how much income tax I will pay in France?

You can do this online. The French government has an Impots website, which allows you to calculate your income tax, based on the information you have (in French). You can compute the taxes for the ...
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Can I be a tax nomad?

Also bear in mind that it is strictly illegal in some countries, to work while you are located in that country if you do not have a work permit. This is usually because they have no way of taxing you ...
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US citizen working remotely for a US company wanting to stay in France for 9 month

You will most likely be entitled to a long-term visa, but that does not necessarily give you the right to work in France. It does however relieve you of the need to worry about leaving the country ...
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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?

You would be able to get by, but not save anything, I would think. As of 2018, I live alone, my salary is ~3,850 before taxes (not counting an annual allowance/bonus/vacation pay/etc.), I enjoy the 30%...
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How to read this Dutch salary slip

Nettoloon is indeed your net salary and more-or-less the amount of money that will be transferred to your bank account. Assuming your wages haven't been garnished to cover some debt and depending on ...
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Reasons for UK citizen to not get an Irish passport?

Summary Currently there are no real negatives to gaining Irish Citizenship, other than: The cost and hassle of registration on the foreign births register. The Cost of your first passport. Renewal ...
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