Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

8 Dec at 6 PM 2014

Abu Dhabi expat murder not linked to terrorist group

The Emirati women facing charges for murdering US kindergarten teacher Ibolya Ryan in Abu Dhabi last week has no connections to any terrorist groups, an official security source has said. The woman, believed to be in her late thirties, is suspected of brutally murdering the nursery school teacher in the ladies toilets in the Boutik Mall on Reem Island. She is also suspected of leaving a homemade bomb outside the residence of an Egyptian-American doctor which police managed to defuse before it went off. However, Abu Dhabi state news...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2014

Hidden financial and legal hurdles cause most expat stress

A recently released survey warns that would-be expats seeking a new life overseas should watch out for hidden hurdles such as tax and currency issues or unfamiliar legalities. Up to 400,000 Brits emigrate every year, with most citing a more relaxed lifestyle as a major reason for their life-changing decision. However, the survey revealed that it’s not the most alien destinations as regards language and culture which cause the most stress – it’s mostly all-time favourite English-speaking countries such as Australia and the...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2014

US expat woes increase thanks to FATCA

A recent survey undertaken with a sample of US expats living in popular destinations revealed that almost three-quarters of respondents had considered voluntarily renouncing their citizenship to avoid the onerous FATCA requirements. The complications of endless form-filling, the threat of being barred from opening local bank accounts and the invasion of personal financial privacy have already resulted in an unprecedented number of US expat citizens giving up their passports. According to the survey, 73 per cent of respondents admitted...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2014

British banks closing accounts held by expats with no UK address

The recent move by British banks to close down long-standing current accounts owned by UK expats is causing major problems in overseas retirement destinations. A number of British banks, including Santander and Lloyds, have recently closed down the current bank accounts of expats living overseas, giving them little time to rearrange their finances and causing problems with pension payments, overseas withdrawals and purchases in the host country. The majority of destinations popular with UK expat retirees and those working on contract...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2014

EU court rules against Spanish inheritance tax discrimination

Expats with properties in Spain and holiday home owners are to benefit by an EU court ruling allowing them the same range of tax relief options as Spanish citizens. Discrimination against non-residents as regards tax liabilities has long been an issue amongst UK expat property owners who spend time in both countries. By the use of tax relief options, residents’ taxes can be cut to around zero, but the same options have not been granted to part-time expat residents owning holiday homes. The European Court of Justice stated that...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2014

Expat investors lose 50 million in Isle of Man Louis Group crash

The liquidators of a sector of the Isle of Man-based Louis Group have revealed that millions of pounds sterling are missing from the accounts of the disgraced financial firm. In yet another disastrous indication that the casino culture is alive and well in expat financial jurisdictions, the collapse of the company has resulted in losses to investors of at least £60 million. Just £10 million is left to be shared amongst the 700 people duped, many of whom are UK expats. Most investors put in between 10 and 30 thousand pounds...
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...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2014

Is your cash protected in an offshore savings account

Offshore bank accounts give convenient access to regular or emergency cash, but how many depositors know how much of their savings are protected? Migration planning for would-be expats often includes opening an offshore bank account for access to pension payments transferred from onshore accounts. The option may become even more popular due to recent UK high street bank crackdowns on accounts held by UK citizens living permanently overseas. However, given the ongoing instability in the financial world, just how safe is your money...
15 Aug at 6 PM 2014

UK government plans capital gains charges on expats UK properties

More bad news for British expat investors came with reports that Chancellor George Osborne plans to charge capital gains tax on the sale of expat-owned UK properties. The new tax is supposedly aimed at wealthy foreigners investing in UK properties, but will hit hard on expat buy-to-let investors and those who keep a home in the UK. Over the last several years, UK property values have boomed, and overseas investors have not been liable to capital gains tax on sales. The official announcement of the tax change is expected to be made...
12 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Spanish Fifty Shades of Grey hotel beaten by red tape

A Spanish entrepreneur’s money-making idea of a hotel dedicated to replicating the bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey has been shot down by the local mayor just before its opening night. The brainchild of a Valencia businessman, the hotel was set to open a week ago in a small village just outside town in an area with a good number of expat residents. Due to include rooms with an S&M theme and even a dungeon, the risqué project, named Roissy Castle, was converted from an existing hotel, the L’Om del Llosar. The anonymous...