Business

Secure, Simple Tax Preparation for Americans Living Abroad

Greenback Expat Tax Services was founded by David and Carrie McKeegan, American expats who were living and working in the UK. They realized how challenging it was to find secure, simple, and transparent expat tax preparation service, so they decided to launch Greenback in 2009. Their aim is to make the process of filing taxes a hassle-free experience for Americans living abroad. “Our company is completely remote, and many of our employees are expats,” says David. “One of the highlights of being a virtual company is that our team can work from anywhere, so we can hire the best professionals worldwide. We’ve served expats in 212 countries, have prepared over 21,000 expat tax returns – and we’re still growing!” Even Expats Must File Federal Tax Returns Annually The US uses a citizenship-based...

Managing Taxes in France and the U.S.

Founded in 2000 by Eliane Rakotonoel, Elitax provides international clients support when managing taxes in France and the U.S. Based in Paris, the bilingual tax experts with 17 years of experience, specialise in tax services and consultancy for expatriates, preparing French and U.S. income tax and real estate wealth tax returns. They are a one stop service for taxes in France.  Helping individuals with their tax matters A former financial executive at the headquarters of a French multinational, Eliane started Elitax to help individuals with their tax matters in France. “Sometimes people discover that they have been unlawful, then have to bear the weight of the fines and penalties which sometimes double the amounts of the initial tax amount.” Says Eliane. “I really don’t like seeing people ...

An Alternative View on Investments

In an ever changing world of finance, where stock markets can be volatile, Steve Hunter has an alternative view on investments. “Having worked in finance for over forty years with a background in banking and insurance, I decided to move away from the stock market and look for more security with low risk and offering some guarantees.  My aim is to offer investments which have a track record of delivering steady growth, which mitigates capital volatility for investors.  People work hard for their money and understandably want the best returns with little risk.” Steve believes in offering good old fashioned quality service, “More people are entrusting their financial care to me. My clients deal with the head of the company exclusively and this is the kind of service everyone should expect.” “...

Helping U.S. Expats with Tax Returns

Founded in 1964, U.S. Tax Consultants has been helping U.S expats abroad file their tax returns back home. Since 2009, CEO Antonio Rodríguez, has been operating as NML Consultores, the natural follow up of the company. Antonio prepares U.S. and Spanish tax returns for clients, and provide accounting and payroll to small businesses. Importance of filing taxes in the U.S. “U.S. citizens, mainly expat residents in Spain come to us for advice.” Says Antonio. “They must file their Individual Income Tax Return in the U.S. because of their citizenship, and also in Spain because of their residency. Only 5% of the expats file their returns every year in the U.S. even if penalties are very high.” U.S and Spain tax treaty If an individual turns out to be tax resident in Spain, the taxpayer will be ta...

Italian-Language Courses For Everyone

By Italiaidea Italiaidea was first opened in 1984 and our idea of opening the school was born from a passion to spread and share Italian language and culture, helping students to understand our country in depth. We have two locations in the heart of the city: our main school is found on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 84, in a lovely palazzo that dates back to the 1800s, our second school is on Piazza della Cancelleria, 85. Both are a brief walk from Campo de’ Fiori and the iconic Piazza Navona. After or in between lessons, our students love to browse the Campo de’ Fiori market, check out the cafes around Piazza Navona, and stroll through the historic center. In 1986 we were asked to collaborate with the Department of Italian of Cornell University for their credit bearing courses. Today Italia...

5 Reasons Why Established Websites are the Most Attractive Investable Asset Class

By Ian Bond I’ve worked on Wall Street since 1980 and have seen a lot of investment themes come and go. For many, it’s just a matter of timing in the economic cycle—like deciding when to favor growth or value strategies. However, for the trumpeting of every new “disruptive” technology I’d wager only 1 in 5 are worth paying attention too and even then they are often limited opportunities. The transition to selling/buying physical goods via e commerce is a revolution today, and a massive opportunity. We all know this from our own spending habits. More problematic is assembling the relevant decision making information, deal flow, analysis, and idiosyncratic operating procedures. As I have built five investment platforms on four continents in my day job, this is my area of expertise—identifyin...

Spain and UK Based Removals and Transport Service

Choosing the right transport company to get your goods both to and from the UK and Spain, can be quite daunting. Sol Moves specialise in a removals and transport service and have a base in both countries with regular trips to and from the UK and Spain. They also have a new storage facility in Malaga where you can store your belongings safely and securely. ​If it needs moving, we look after it Having started the company within the UK, Lee Cradock expanded into Europe after falling in love. “After visiting Spain with friends I met my girlfriend out there, and before heading back to the UK I quickly made plans to return.” Says Lee. “It was then that I developed my now overseas transport company. It works really well for us and keeps my UK connections going. I had a transport company in the UK...

My Wife’s $2-Million Dollar IKEA Desk

By Ian Bond Since you’re reading this, I know I’m probably not the first person you’ve come to for retirement advice. There are a lot of so-called gurus around the web pitching one strategy or another to help you save or salvage your retirement. Everybody has their angle, and Retirement Rehab’s is this: start an online business. I know, the idea is easy to scoff at. Maybe even one of your other gurus recommended it before, and you brushed it off as ludicrous. You don’t have the capital, the tech skills, or the time to turn your retirement around by starting an online business, right? Those other retirement “experts” might not have been able to convince and guide you through the process, but I have a very good reason why you should listen to me, even if you didn’t listen to them. I used to ...

Annual Income Taxes for Non-Resident Property Owners in Spain

If you haven’t made an annual Tax declaration as a RESIDENT in Spain, but you own a property here, then you are obliged to make a Tax Declaration as a NON- RESIDENT each year before the end of December. A typical case is a couple who live permanently outside Spain (in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany or any other country), but own a second home in Spain which is used for their holidays, etc. The Spanish Inland Revenue automatically assume a benefit from the property, to cover the assumption that a property owner is using the infrastructure in Spain, i.e. roads, airports, public services etc., and therefore, should be contributing to the Spanish tax system. They have developed, a self assed, NON RESIDENT TAX DECLARATION to cover this situation, called Deem Income Tax. Although an owner may ...

Expat Travel Secrets That Will Help You Save Money

Before the internet, travel clubs were considered a cutting edge way to get the insider scoop on huge discounts. They fell out of favour as travel agencies took over the then exploded with the Internet as OTAs (Online Travel Agencies). The constant demand for better deals, however, has frozen the leverage of OTAs and shifted favour back to the travel club business model with the added bonus of online convenience. Travel the world or stay local…at great Hotels…at great Restaurants…experience great Adventures and Activities with your family and friends. Members of TheTopTravelClub.com and their families and friends can Go-Direct & Save at over 1400 global independent travel operators with thousands of adventure and activity tour deals PLUS additional direct access to thousands of excepti...

Why International Expat Insurance is Important

By Isabel Barjaktarevic We all like to travel, but it’s important to be prepared for any accidental issues that may occur wherever you are in the world. Regency for Expats provides comprehensive international health insurance plans for expats who live, travel or work in any of the 120 countries. The services are designed to help you understand the risks of living overseas and to provide cost effective solutions that will offer protection for employees, loved ones and family members. Provider of excellence The company’s focused philosophy has placed them in a position to be recognised by many as a provider of excellence. This position is reflected through the levels of customer satisfaction, with Regency consistently achieving a rating of over 98% amongst its international client base. One ...

Your Local Expert in Barcelona

By Isabel Barjaktarevic If you’re looking to visit Barcelona to see the Gaudí architecture, lay on the beach or enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine, BCN Travel is your perfect go-to. They will be your local travel expert making sure that you enjoy your stay and keep visiting, as millions of other fans of Barcelona have done before. Passion for travel BCN Travel was founded by Christian Petzold, an avid tourism enthusiast. “Looking back to when my passion for travelling was developed, I think this must have been in my early childhood.” Says Christian. “My parents always used to travel with me and my siblings by caravan into a neighbouring European country. As a result, this lead me to study tourism management in Germany and the UK. Implementing at least some elements of this experience in a mas...