What is it like to be an English family in France? Catherine Broughton shares one of her experiences of expat life near La Rochelle.
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On a swelteringly hot August day Bruce and I, accompanied by George, our Great Dane, left the cool refuge of our campsite under the tall seaside pines, and made our way to a wine festival at Lesparre.
We have been in France nearly nine years, we said, and we still don’t know anything about wine except that we like to drink it.
France: a land of romance, fine wines, culture, and gourmet food. If you’re a US citizen or green card holder living in France though, you’re still liable to pay income tax to Uncle Sam. You’re also liable to pay taxes in France, assuming that you meet French residency criteria. The good news is that if you are resident and paying taxes in France, thanks to a double taxation agreement between France and the US, and various exemptions available to Americans living abroad, you are unlikely to have to pay tax to the IRS too. Nonetheless, you still have to file.
Below is a summary of your tax obligations to both the US and French governments.
Need a change? A growing number of British citizens are looking outside of the UK for career and growth opportunities as well as somewhere to retire.
But before you start researching flight costs or deciding where to settle, take a step back and consider the financial implications of leaving the UK. Jetting off abroad without a solid financial plan could result in negative consequences, from failing to find somewhere to live to being unable to return home quickly in an emergency.
Furthermore, if you don’t plan ahead from the get-go, you could experience surprising financial complications upon returning to the UK. With this in mind, here’s our advice on making the most of your move overseas:
So you’re back in Paris, and despite the jet lag, you know you want to go see a few things even if you don’t have a ton of energy… The best thing you can do to energize yourself and get excited about your upcoming trip in the City of Lights is to take the first 24 hours to hit all the favorite spots and landmarks. Giving yourself a renewed overview of the city will reinvigorate the anticipation you’re already feeling for being back.
Whenever I’m contacted for help with travel plans for Paris, I always have to resort to my word-of-mouth recommendations from friends or my hotel cocktail bar jumping for the best guidance on hotels since I’m always in apartments. I always appreciate learning about a new spot, so I was grateful when my friend recently recommended I stay at the Atrium Hotel just outside of Paris in Suresnes. This is a great place to stay if for no other reason than the incredible view of the Eiffel Tower. I also always love to encourage people to see things outside of the city center, as the Paris suburbs have much to offer in terms of afternoon or days trips. (continue reading »
Relocating abroad – to boldly go where you’ve never been before. The experience, knowledge and qualifications to not only move to an unfamiliar country but to integrate into a new culture can be quite a challenge. But acquiring a valuable skill-set whilst re-discovering yourself together with a healthy amount of wanderlust can provide a solid foundation for a future as a successful expat.
FATCA stands for The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. This is relatively recent act that has been introduced by IRS for the US citizens residing in foreign countries. This act requires all the expats to declare the market value of the assets owned by them in the foreign country while filing their Expatriate Tax Return.
It has been reported recently that many of the UK’s higher earners are currently feeling ‘soaked’ by taxes and therefore considering quitting the UK for greener pastures. Are you one of them?
While the thought of moving abroad to work or retire is very exciting, planning before your departure needs to be meticulously organised and well thought through.