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20 Oct at 6 PM

Continuing FATCA chaos impacts long term US expats in Canada

Problems with retaining bank accounts and complying with complicated regulations are hitting hard on all US expats, but those who emigrated to Canada many years ago are experiencing the worst effects. Last February, the Canadian government finally signed on to co-operation with FATCA ruling as regards the disclosure of privately held...
20 Oct at 6 PM

Con man operating Marbella coloured diamond scam jailed for four years

A gang of fraudsters who targeted UK pensioners living along Spain’s Costa del Sol in a coloured diamond scams are now all behind bars. The gang of six, masterminded by Liverpudlian Adam Simmonds, operated a boiler room–style scam in the retirement hotspot of Marbella, hitting on unwary pensioners with offers of ‘rare’ coloured...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Survey results urge expats to be informed about financial matters

An expat survey conducted amongst new arrivals by the Bank of Canada emphasises that, wherever you decide to settle, getting money matters straight is essential. Although the survey focuses on Canada, its conclusions hold true in all expat destinations worldwide. New arrivals face similar financial challenges wherever they decide to live,...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Female expat in Spain accused of property fraud still on the run

Whilst most expat attention nowadays is focused on how to avoid financial fraud, a British expat is on the run in Spain after being accused of a long-term rental property scam. Many expats don’t realise that life in paradise can swiftly turn to life in hell, often with the assistance of seemingly trustworthy business people from their...
16 Oct at 6 PM

UK taxman changes to QROPS rules may benefit expat retirement savers

Whilst the ever-changing new UK rules regarding British pensions are confusing almost every saver and investor both on and offshore, HMRC’s recent QROPS announcement seems to bring good news for expat retirement savers. Basically, the controversial Budget reforms are now to be applied to QROPS holders as well as to those with...
16 Oct at 6 PM

Christchurch rebuild halves emigration from New Zealand South Island

Ever since the rebuild of earthquake-devastated Christchurch began, Kiwi expats have been returning to help, with nationals who’d planned to migrate also joining in the reconstruction of their much-loved city. Migration from New Zealand’s South Island has almost halved during the past two years, with locals joining with incomers from...
15 Oct at 6 PM

New QROPS opportunities for Brit expats in USA

Over the past two years, the use by US residents with UK pensions of Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pensions Schemes (QROPS) has been complicated by the IRS’s objections to the scheme. For several years after the introduction of QROPS in 2006, UK pension funds were unable to be transferred to similar US schemes, even although HRMC had...
15 Oct at 6 PM

Irish con man in Spain outed by sharp eyed expat pensioner

An Irish conman who preyed on wealthy widows and pensioners has been outed on the Costa del Sol by a sharp-eyed 71-year old who’d met up with him via an online dating site. 60-year old Sean Whelan’s seductive online and offline charms had already cost a Florida woman her life savings of around £70,000 after they’d met on another...
15 Oct at 11 AM

Foreign countries ramp up incentives to attract expat retirees

Senior citizens in first world countries such as the UK and USA are being offered a variety of retirement incentives such as tax breaks and easy visa options by an increasing number of states worldwide. The value of would-be expat pensioners to second and third world economies seems at last to be obvious to a good number of far-flung yet...
15 Oct at 10 AM

Europe set to take over from Middle East as expat bonus hub

Although the Gulf States have traditionally attracted the majority of expat professionals due to generous bonuses, Europe is set to take over the rewards crown. Today’s expanding Western-based bonus culture is the result of a recovery from the devastating effects on international companies of the 2008 financial crash. The tightening of...
15 Oct at 10 AM

Are protests affecting the Hong Kong expat community

Expats in Hong Kong are now living through an unprecedented level of protests against China’s Communist rulers, but how is the seemingly unresolvable drama affecting the expat community? Started, as are many similar events worldwide, by local students and now spread to hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens who value their...
15 Oct at 10 AM

UK FCA sets up website to help investors identify financial scams

As part of yet another warning against financial scammers, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has set up their Scamsmart website in order to help unwary investors identify cold-calling fraudsters . The website was developed using monies recovered from the criminal element operating within the financial advice sector, and concentrates...
14 Oct at 6 PM

Portugal the ideal destination for expat retirees

The search for the perfect overseas retirement haven is crucial to many retirees’ plans for the future, and involves finding a dream home in a sunny, friendly environment such as Portugal’s romantic Algarve region. Known for several decades by literally thousands of UK expats as a great place to live, a recent survey has identified the...
14 Oct at 6 PM

IRS warns compliant foreign banks over tax scammers

Yet another FATCA-related risk for US expats worldwide has been identified via an IRS warning over scammers posing as the regulator in order to obtain access to expat bank accounts. The IRS fraud alert was sent to banks in all countries which signed up with the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act after numerous reports of attempts to...
14 Oct at 6 PM

Australia still beats the competition for best UK expat destination

As Northern Europe’s chilling winter months draw nearer and the results of seasonal surveys of the perfect expat destination hit forums and advice websites, potential migrants could be forgiven for an excess of confusion over which destination is best. The NatWest Quality of Life Survey, one of the better indications of migration...
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  • "The law has been passed this week and Spain offers arguably the most attractive "Golden Visa" option in Europe. We should not expect this to move the market in Spain. We are talking about investment over €500,000, the luxury end. And nationwide we would expect no more than a few hundred transactions in the first year. But it is a positive..." left by La Vida Spain on New Spanish property investment visa draws Chinese and Russians
  • "After reading about the expats survey in our local freebie paper and deciding to take part, logging on to this left me quite bamboozled as to where the survey is, there seems to be no sign of it. I suggest if a survey is being conducted under whatever guise a list of questions be published for expats to answer. Otherwise this survey is..." left by Brian Milnes on Massive new independent expat survey now live online
  • "The article is quite clear and as usual in this country ( spain) because I live in a remote area I only find things out accidently or by being surprised and fined. I don't understand how the European parliament does not act against this type of 'robo'. It is so frustrating to see a corrupt and authoritarian Spanish government get away with..." left by john porro on Spain to apply stealth tax to residents with solar power
  • "Absolutely right - already we have been receiving requests from cliets based in Italy to look at how they can 'avoid' the new regime. The Italian government is shooting itself in the foot on this one - people will relocate!" left by TaxTeddy on Changes to Italian tax regime to hit hard on expats
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