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Latest 10 news items tagged Canada

16 Sep at 6 PM 2014

US renounce citizenship fee soars as thousands leave to avoid FATCA

The fee payable to the State Department by US citizens wishing to renounce their citizenship has soared by over 400 per cent since the introduction of the FATCA reporting system. Originally just $450, the charge for renouncing US citizenship now stands at $2,350. State Department officials claim the new amount represents the actual cost of the procedure and are admitting that demand for the service is at an all-time high. In some regions, the US Consular waiting list for the required expatriation interview is now six months or...
8 Sep at 6 PM 2014

Expat students rejecting Saudi private unis for studying abroad

Saudi Arabia’s private universities are failing to attract expat student, most of whom are choosing to gain their degrees in overseas centres of excellence. According to local academics, only 30 per cent of expat students are taking degree courses at the Kingdom’s private universities. The majority are returning to their home countries to study, with high tuition fees given as the main reason. Saudi’s private universities are a convenient alternative for expat students who cannot be admitted to government universities....
5 Sep at 6 PM 2014

Expat and UK resident investors slate life companies over LMIM losses

As lawyers in the UK and Australia prepare court cases on behalf of victims of the largest financial scandal to hit Australia in decades, many are accusing life companies of a lack of due diligence. The failure of LMIM and its Managed Performance Fund (MPF) has devastated savers and investors in expat locations such as Hong Kong, the UAE, Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia as well as many in the UK, Europe and Australia. Total losses are running at around AU$369 million, and investors have been warned to expect no more than five...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2014

UK expats urged to join campaign against bank account closures

UK expatriates facing the closure of their UK bank accounts or refusals to open an account are being urged to join a new campaign aiming to change the rules. During the last several months, Santander and other high street banks in the UK have begun a crackdown on expat account holders and those wishing to either change or open accounts. The reason given is that UK banks are only obliged to provide services to British residents. The move has provoked anger amongst expats living overseas, many of whom have held accounts in the UK for...
4 Sep at 6 PM 2014

UK pension revolution sees annuity sales fall by 50 per cent

The biggest change in UK pension legislation in almost a century, slated to result in significant losses for product providers and FAs, is already triggering a massive fall in annuity purchases. The new rules won’t come into effect until April next year, but a huge slowdown in annuity sales is already being reported. Previously, retirees forced by law to convert their pension pots to annuities were unwittingly locked into unsatisfactory deals, bringing accusations of rip-offs and mis-selling. The product and its compulsory...
4 Sep at 6 PM 2014

US expats mount legal challenge over Canada FATCA declarations

As the dreaded FATCA financial declaration requirements get under way, angry US expats living in Canada are legally challenging the Canadian government under the Rights and Freedoms Charter. Canada was a later signatory to the US’s controversial scheme which forces foreign financial institutions to report all expat US citizens’ private investments and bank account details to the IRS. The expat group, after losing out on their anti-FATCA campaign, has now filed a lawsuit against the Canadian government, citing the country’s...
1 Sep at 6 PM 2014

LM expat investors launch lawsuits against FAs and insurers

Expatriates who lost millions due to the failure of the massive LM Managed Performance Fund, now declared a Ponzi scheme, are banding together to take legal action against dodgy FAs, pension fund trustees and their associated offshore life insurance firms. The LM scandal is now regarded as the offshore financial industry’s biggest mis-selling scam in several decades. Overall losses across Asia are estimated in the hundreds of millions, with many smaller investors now bereft of their life savings and pension income. Recent online...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Graduate Irish doctors tempted to stay by tax breaks

In a desperate move to stop the majority of Irish medical professionals leaving for better-paid jobs overseas, the government is being urged to cut an impressive tax deal with newly-graduated doctors. A detailed proposal from two Irish government departments, Finance and Health, is being closely scrutinised for inclusion in the country’s 2015 budget. The move follows the continuing migration of a huge number of doctors, nurses and other health professionals to the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The five million euro per...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Do retirement dreams fade after second thoughts kick in

Survey after survey indicates that an increasing number of Brits can’t wait to retire overseas, but second thoughts later in life can wreck the dream. One recent study revealed that around six million British citizens are eager to move to other countries for a variety of reasons. However, many are younger people who find that, the older they get, the less they can face up to the challenges involved. In the real world, retirement overseas has its pitfalls, most of which can be avoided by careful planning and a large dose of...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Annual report shows increase in expats and tourists needing passport assistance

The number of Britons living or visiting overseas who needed passport help during 2013 rose by around eight per cent, not taking into account the huge number of people affected by the massive passport processing backlog. The passport backlog itself caused the worst crisis for the British passport office in decades, with hundreds of thousands of unfulfilled applications stacked in boxes awaiting processing. Waiting times of up to and over four months caused ruined holidays, missed family occasions and disrupted business trips....