Finance

Tips for finding an accountant to support your (Australian and) USA tax obligations

If you had a relatively simple tax return to complete each year in Australia (before moving to the USA), you may have muddled your way through the ATO’s tax pack or online tax return forms or used a tax preparation chain (think H&R block). Now that you have moved to…

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Aussie expat HECS debts: your questions answered

Aussie expats who still have student debt in the form of HECS, HELP or TSL bills may have to begin paying it back based on their worldwide income. If you’ve managed to miss this piece of news, you can catch up on what you need to do and why in this blog…

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4 Ways the Australian budget impacts expats

Aussies across the country settled in for the annual drinking game that is “The Budget”, last Tuesday (May 9). While Treasurer Scott Morrison (aka ScoMo) swayed and leant on the lecturn, we waited with baited breath, shot glasses at the ready, listening intently for buzz words like “surplus”, “fiscal responsibility”…

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Getting a social security number (SSN)

One of the first things a new expat in the United States needs is a Social Security Number (SSN). It is the key to everything from building a credit history to working and reporting income to the government. It’s free to apply for and receive a SSN – and if…

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12 Weirdest things on sale in the US

America: where capitalism came to buy more stuff. You can purchase literally ANYTHING in this country, which throws up some very weird conundrums between what you want and what you actually need. I want a home defibrillator but do I actually need one? Probably not, but I can’t see into…

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Paying off HELP or TSL debts while working overseas

You’ve wracked up a healthy HELP, HECS or TSL debt getting that fancy-pants degree or trade that helped you move overseas to work in the first place. And we all know that the delightful Australian Tax Office (ATO) works off your Aussie income to decree how much you’re required to…

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Building your US credit history

 Regardless of how great you’ve been at managing your credit in Australia, once you move you’re going to have to start from the very beginning building your US credit history. It can be a little depressing knowing that your good financial habits back home basically count for naught once you…

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3 Tax Issues Every Australian Moving to the USA Should Know

Guest Article by Craig Joslin, Founder of The Australian Expat Investor – A website with a treasure trove of informative articles to help Australian Expats Build Their Wealth While Living Abroad. Get Craig’s free ebook at http://www.austexpatinvestor.com. As an expat myself, I understand the number of things people need to…

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Who do I have to tip in the US and how much?

  Tipping is my nightmare. I don’t know who expects to be given a bit of extra cash on top of the bill, how much says “you’re lovely” and how little means “this is ridiculous”, or when to offer the money. It’s a headache that I, as an Australian, was not…

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