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New French courses period in Autumn

Alliance Française Amsterdam New French courses period – September-December 2018 We offer you French language courses for every age, level and occupation. Our strengths: Dynamic and innovative teaching methods; Qualified native teachers; Oral-based courses; Latest online learning tools From only €12.50 / hour The worldwide AF label stands for quality, expertise and unique linguistic and (inter)cultural experience.   OPEN DAY  Our team welcomes you on Saturday, September 1st at Centrale OBA’s ground floor to present you the new 2018/2019 French courses and cultural offer. Programme: Discussions with our staff and teachers, Free placement tests, Children workshops, French books sale – everything for €1, 10% discount on all our courses and our membership offer. EXCLUSIV...

Tipping in Germany

The tipping culture in Germany is deeply entrenched. Thus, this article explains the most actual tipping habits: how much Germans favour waiters; and what expectations waiters have; So, read the article to avoid any possible misunderstandings and unnecessary blushing!  The information is based on a study, made by Dr. Christian Stegbauer, who is an academic at the Frankfurt University.  So, many people all around the world would use rational logic when tipping: if they like the services and food, they will tip the staff accordingly. Meanwhile, Germans have their own standards that aren’t based on a typical “calculations”. German tipping habits Tipping is known as “trinkgeld” (“drink money”) in the country. Interestingly, Germans are known as generous restaurant-goers, even though the tip is...

2018 Opinion Survey Finds Expats Disagree With Requirements For Filing US Taxes

Greenback Expat Tax Services holds an annual survey that examines the opinions of expats from all over the world. This year, the 2018 US Expat Opinion Survey gathered responses from 3800+ US expats. Read what David McKeegan, Co-Founder of Greenback Expat Tax Services, has to share about the results. This year’s survey was different than previous years’ surveys because we departed from asking primarily tax questions. We covered the tax reform, IRS amnesty programs, thoughts on citizenship renunciation, and how expats feel about filing US taxes, but then we ventured into new topics. We asked what political issues expats believe are the most important, and which way they think issues such as healthcare, gun control, and immigration reform should be handled. The answers may surprise you. Key f...

Welcome to the 10th Issue of MyExpatsWorld Magazine

We are happy and excited to welcome you to our tenth edition of this magazine. 
A magazine for people who live, or plan to move abroad. In this issue you can find out about life standards in three totally different cities: Hong Hong, Rome and Zurich. Have a good laugh while reading an article about hilarious things that everyone has secretly done and count how many of them appeared in your life. Gain a useful perspective into why long distances might be the healthiest thing for your relationship. Know why millenials are the biggest victims of social engineering. Read about the generation that is expected to be the most overweight generation on record. There are many more interesting stories to read for any taste. Take a look around! According to the latest research, it was estimated that a...

What You Need to Know Before Your International Move

An international relocation is equal parts exhilaration, frustration and terror. The logistics are formidably complex and almost unbelievably time intensive. International moving is not for the fainthearted! However, the art of making your relocation as painless as possible lies with your planning and preparation. Great relocation services companies can take much of the sting out your relocation. They can carry much of the load around packing up your home and preparing it for international shipment. However, you will still find yourself facing a seemingly inexhaustible checklist of tasks to coordinate, government officialdom to deal with and last minute panics to endure. International Moving Made Easy Assuming you’ve found a great job with a fabulous overseas company, you still need to ens...

A Magazine Created for Expats by Expats: Issue No. 9

Welcome to the 9th Issue We are happy and excited to welcome you to our ninth edition of this magazine. 
A magazine for people who live, or plan to move abroad. This issue is concentrated on Spain. In the Featured City section you can learn more about life in three beautiful, sunny Spanish cities – Mallorca, Malaga and Marbella. Also, don’t miss your chance to find out where you can get traditional Spanish tapas free of charge, and introduce yourself to places worth spending your retirement. In the Culture Differences section we concentrate on the diversity of education systems across the globe. Did you know that Dutch children start going to the school after their 4th birthday? There are many more interesting stories to read for any taste! What are the numbers? According to th...

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...

5 Things to Consider when Moving to Dubai

By Luxhabitat Your guide to living in the glam city of Dubai Dubai as a Middle Eastern hotspot is one of the most eyed upon destination by expats from around the world owing to the tax-free income and luxury lifestyle that the city provides its residents with. Millions of people relocate to this gorgeous city every year and makes it their home. But moving to a different city, that too in a different can be quite a daunting task. One needs to plan way ahead of time and conduct a lot of research from credible sources so as to keep himself well informed about the life, lifestyle, along with the do’s and don’ts of the city. Luxhabitat’s quick guide will help you brace yourself while moving into this beautiful city. Culture The official religion of Dubai is Islam and all the residents living he...

Relocating to the Netherlands

If you’re looking to simplify your transition to the Netherlands, Expats by Expats Relocation offer an array of services to help make the transition as smooth as possible. Jo-Ann van Genderen founded the company after experiencing life as an expat in various countries over the past 20 years. “We know only too well how daunting this process can be for newcomers, and we pride ourselves on providing top quality service.” Says Jo-Ann. Once you arrive Your first trip will be a very important one and you will probably have a number of questions about life in a new city. Since each client is unique and has their own preferences and specifications, the company offer specialised solutions suited individually for each person. These include: city guides and maps, housing and school visits, city orien...

How to Be Happy Wherever You Live

By Fiona Maguire There are many challenges and rewards to living abroad. Experiences can either be happy, or really, really low. You might be a happy, go lucky person who thrives on adventure. Or, you may be the type who likes to stand back and play it safe. Most people imagine that the kind of person you are is what makes the challenge of living abroad easy or not. This is partly true but there’s more to the equation than your personality. What makes the biggest difference to our level of happiness when dealing with challenges is understanding how your mind really works. How Your Mind Works Your mind is a big filter, it filters information coming through your five senses and then makes representations of that information inside your mind. It does this so that you can understand the inform...

Five Ways to Make Your Expat Taxes Easier

By: Caitlin Kelly Out of sight, out of mind? Not for Americans at tax time. Unlike most other countries, Uncle Sam requires its estimated 7 million expatriates, whether citizens or resident aliens, to file an income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. Those living abroad get an automatic extension from April to June 15. Even those who do not owe any money are required to detail their foreign bank assets over $10,000. This also includes legal entities such as partnerships, corporations, and LLCs formed under U.S. law and trusts or estates formed under U.S. law. “The U.S. has limited power, but the power they do have is significant,” said Greg Dewald, an entrepreneur in Salta, Argentina who runs Bright!Tax, a global tax preparation service. Penalties for not getting the paperwork r...