Finance

How the 2018 Australian budget impacts expats

If you’re not up-to-date on election cycles, all you had to do was listen to Scott Morrison’s 2018 Australian Budget speech on Tuesday, May 8. The federal treasurer handed down a classic election year budget. He was basically the guy at the club fanning out dollar bills to the crowd…

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Opening a US bank account (for non-residents)

Opening a US bank account can be a little tricky for expats who don’t have a Social Security Number, but it’s not impossible. If you know what you’re doing and what banks need from you, it can be one the easiest parts of setting up life in the US. OPENING…

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Transferring money overseas

Transferring money overseas can sometimes be heart breaking. You’ve worked hard for that $20,000, for example, only to receive $13,882 at the other end. And let’s be honest, most of the time it’s not as if that money stretches further at your destination. Add to that international wire transfer fees,…

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Moving to the US: cost of living

One of the first things you should consider before accepting a job and moving to the US, is the cost of living. It will vary greatly depending on which state and city you chose to live in. There really isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes down to…

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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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