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Freelancing as a Technical Support Advisor

I am freelancer from India providing technical assistance to people in UK and US. I get these numbers from different companies in India who are not able fulfill customers needs. Is it possible for me ...
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Can I default on my student loans if I move to another country?

I am moving away from the USA and I don't really plan on coming back. What are the consequences if I stop paying my student loans? My current debt is ~50,000 USD in federal loans. I know next to ...
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Can I deduct equipment expenses for a job I began overseas?

This year I began teaching English in Japan, but I had several hundred dollars worth of preparatory expenses, including a new computer. Are these eligible for equipment tax deductions?
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Is there a term for people who manage the money of dual citizens?

I'm a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. I'm afraid to invest in anything because the tax treaties and laws between the two countries make everything too complicated for me to follow. Even ...
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Is it impossible to open foreign currency accounts in the US? [duplicate]

I want to open a Canadian dollar account in the US. I.e., an account that operates in Canadian dollars without converting to US dollars. I just spoke to someone at HSBC and they said "any account ...
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What are the options for transfering money when moving to the US?

So I'm moving to the US in august porting a J-1 visa for a year long exchange program. I need to take money with me and currently, all I have is a Brazilian banking account and an international credit ...
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Is there a country currency, today, that has no coin variant? [closed]

I just received a wallet from China that I ordered and I noticed that there is no practical way to store coins in it. This made me wonder: Is there a currency in which no coins are actively used (so ...
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Do US banks exchange info with countries abroad?

Are US-based bank accounts (with BoA for example) for EU citizens somehow being reported back to EU? Sort of a complex question, but the background info is the following - I lived 1 month in the USA ...
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How to do an international money transfer of a large sum of money to the U.S.?

I may need to transfer a substantial sum of money (worth more than 10K in US dollars) from Israel to US. With this, I have these questions questions: I know IRS is notified on any large transfers. ...
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How can I avoid international wire fees or currency transfer fees?

I'm paid by an American company, but travel to France frequently and need to have a French bank account for various reasons. So far the cheapest procedure I've found to transfer money is withdraw ...
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Must banks in both countries be open for business in order for send a SWIFT/ international money wire?

If Bank A resides in a country where banks are open for business and Bank B resides in a country where it is either a weekend or a holiday, could Bank A still initiate a SWIFT transaction to send ...
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How can I cash out a check internationally?

I have a prize check in my name at my old university based in the US. I have now shifted to another country and was wondering, what would be the best way to cash out the check? I know someone ...
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How can I buy a MasterCard/Visa gift card in the US using European MasterCard/Visa?

I live in Belgium and my sister lives in the USA. I would like to send her a MasterCard gift card but I tried to pay with my Belgian MasterCard on giftcards.com and it failed because the form that ...
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Moved to the USA from Canada; what is best to do with RRSP?

I am a Canadian and I moved to US at the end of last year. (I have a green card now.) I have less than CAD 50K in my RRSP from my previous work, and less than CAD 40k at banks. Not sure what the best ...
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Should I convert all my money to local currency when I study abroad?

I'm just turning 21 so I really have no experience with currencies and banking systems. This is the first time I travel outside my mother country. I'm accepted in a postgraduate study program and I ...
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American citizens playing foreign sweepstakes

I've read here: http://www.fraudaid.com/scamspam/lottery/foreign_lottery_federal_statute.htm that it is illegal for U.S. citizens to play foreign lotteries (although many Americans play the Canadian ...
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W-8BEN? What's the tax from selling my software to a U.S. company, from abroad?

I am developing software program (I live and work outside of US - Europe, I don't have a company), and now have a client from US which wants to license my program (pay me money so he can use it). He ...
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Do we need to provide a TIN or ITIN in the W-8BEN form?

We are non-U.S. investors investing through an LLC into ventures. The ventures have operations in Brazil but some have Delaware holding companies. Do we need to provide a TIN or ITIN in the W-8BEN ...
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Do I need to pay tax on my unregistered online 'business'?

Let's say I have an online store. I sell things and receive revenue. It is profitable. Its server is somewhere in USA. I am currently in Germany. My customers are mostly in, say, Thailand. I have not ...
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Spending arrangements for a dependent student studying abroad

I live in the U.S., and my daughter will be starting college in England in the fall. She is financially dependent on us, has no credit history, and will not have a job while she's in college. We'll be ...
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How should I keep track of my financial assets across borders and currencies?

I'm an expat and am curious: Is there any better way out there to manage my various assets in differing currencies across borders and markets? Currently, I just use a spreadsheet, but it is becoming ...
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Had employee options in a company that has been sold to another foreign company. What happens?

One of my parents had employee options in a company that was based in the US. Recently however, that US company had been sold off to a German company (now based in Germany). Question is, what ...
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American taxes if living outside the US and get paid by US company on a US bank account

I live outside the States, I'm not American and I'm going to be paid by an American company on my personal American bank account: it's headed to me, as a physical person. I'm obviously going to pay ...
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Ways to ship a package worldwide and get paid by the receiver on delivery?

I want to sell and ship some products that are expensive. Is there any way to post a product and get the money from the receiver at delivery? My service needs to be available in Georgia, Armenia, ...
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How to properly understand international wire transfers?

I am having a ridiculous time with international (inwards, to Australian account) wire transfers. They have about a 50% chance of succeeding, and I don't know who is being honest with me when things ...
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How do I avoid paying income taxes on the sale of my business abroad?

I'm a US resident (not citizen) with a successful website abroad (where I am citizen, but no resident) selling services. The earnings are collected by a befriended company in that country abroad. Once ...
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How do I get into investing?

This might seem like a silly question, but I have a few things that make this quite difficult for me. I do not live in my home country and the market here is not a market I would like to be ...
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Sending money from US to China

I receive money in the US for recruiting students here in China. I have a BOA account and it was free for me to use the ATM machines at China Construction Bank. However, CCB started charging a 3% ...
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What to do with documents from a closed bank account?

Is there any danger in throwing away bank documents including personal information from a bank I no longer have an account with? To be more specific, I am moving from the UK to the US and have in my ...
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Where can I get current data on US equity/bond markets as a share of the global markets?

I would like to periodically rebalance my asset allocation to match the world market capitalization for domestic vs. international holdings. Rick Ferri's "All About Asset Allocation" book has a pie ...
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How can I buy government bonds from foreign countries?

I would like to follow the advice of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, to a little degree. I have retirement money in lots of US domestic stock funds which is also where I live. I would like to hold some ...
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Do I have to pay taxes on money sent to me in the US by wire transfer from another country?

I have a green card and I live in the US. I'm starting to do business with people in Vietnam, and they transfer money to my checking account using wire transfers from banks in Hong Kong or Cambodia. ...
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What do we need to consider if we're to receive a large cash gift from family abroad?

Are there any rules regarding receiving monetary gifts from family abroad? My fiance's parents want to wire us $25,000 from Brazil to be used on a down payment on a house. What are the tax or other ...
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How many home purchase loans can a non-resident Indian get in India?

I have a housing loan (purchase loan) with a bank in India, which is going very smoothly without any dues. My present salary is approx. 250,000 INR (15,000 UAE dirhams). I would like to purchase one ...
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Ensuring payment from client

How can I ensure that I receive my payment from a client if I am working from home for an international client (not employment; a fixed-price job)? I want to ensure that I receive payment for my ...
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What should I do to pick the right consultant to open offshore bank account

http://www.ifsc.gov.bz/licensed-service-providers/list-a/ have lists of approved consultant in Belize Is the list credible? Is there a site that collect testimonies for these? How do I know which ...
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Can foreigners holding US tourist visa create a bank account in USA?

I am not a US citizen and want to visit USA as a tourist. Since withdrawing money from my home-country bank account will cost much, it is better to open an new bank account in US (after arriving) ...
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Moving savings to Canada?

Would it be feasible to move my savings to Canada? Would this be a good way to avoid losses associated with another US banking crisis? (assumption is Canadian banks will weather a crisis better than ...
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Can I invest in the USA or EU from an Asian 3rd-world country, over the Internet?

Is it possible to invest in markets in the USA or Europe from an Asian 3rd-world country over the Internet? Does the laws of the USA or EU allow people outside to do so?
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How to change a large quantity of U.S. dollars into Euros?

What is the best way to change $30,000 dollars from the U.S., into Euros to Europe ? Is an international bank account the best solution? If not, then what?
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Can a US citizen living abroad with a permanent US address use that address to open a portfolio account?

I am a US citizen living in Germany and I want to open a portfolio account in the US. I use my sister's US address as my mailing address. Can this also serve as my permanent US address (which, I'm ...
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Where to find site with earnings calendar?

Is there a website with a company earnings calendar for exchange-listed equities using symbol look-up? I am not trying to backtest a trading strategy, so I'm not interested in historical data. I just ...
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International Inheritance via Trust

My mother is an American citizen living in California - she has had dementia for many years and is legally incompetent to manage her money, but before she was ruled incompetent she put me on as a ...
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Is a tax applicable or not if I lent my brother money in India while I am abroad?

From 2002 to 2010, I was working abroad. I sent money to my account in India via Western Union. In every transaction I used to keep 10000/- separately with me (my hard earned money). In the last 8 ...
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Do I need to report income to the US if working from home from Canada for a US company?

If I worked for an American company at home from Canada (I'm a Canadian citizen), do I need to report income / pay taxes to the US, because the company is from the US? I'm specifically asking about an ...
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What are the tax implications of purchasing mutual funds in the US with Australian dollars?

I am a dual citizen of Australia and the US, and a resident of the US. I have some savings in Australia that I would like to use to purchase mutual funds in the US. If I make the purchases using ...
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“International credit report” for French nationals?

I'm a French National married to a US citizen, and we're looking into buying a house in Florida. Does anybody out there knows of a anything akin to an international credit report for a French ...
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Where do countries / national governments borrow money from? [closed]

It seems that every country on Earth is in debt, but nowhere on the news do they ever mention to who. If countries are all in debt to each other then why not just cancel all the countries debt. If ...
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Do I have to pay tax in US when my stay extends 183 days. I don't earn in US

I'm in US working with the parent company, my stay is about to extend 183 days. I don't get paid in US. My company in India under whose payroll I'm listed credits my Indian salary after deducting tax ...