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Filing US Taxes in the UK: A Complete Expat Tax Guide

Taxes in the UK - A complete guide

Whether you prefer the cosmopolitan vibe of London, a seaside getaway like Whitby, or the quaint countryside, there’s a great place to live in the UK for just about everybody. What’s more, there’s easy access to nearby European countries and universal healthcare throughout the country. As excited as you might be to move to the […]

FBAR Filing Online in 2023: A Guide for Expats

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For many Americans living abroad, learning that they have to file a US tax return is a surprise. Furthermore, the need to research head-scratching terms like “how to file FBAR” is often frustrating. The reason US tax season triggers headaches around the world is due to the US’s citizen-based taxation system. Under a citizenship-based taxation […]

FATCA – Everything Expats Need to Know

FATCA Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Guide for US Expats

If you’re a US expat living abroad, you’ve likely heard FATCA used as a bad word. And to be frank, it can quite literally ruin someone’s day – it significantly complicates US taxpayers’ day-to-day life abroad.  Some context: The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), is a law passed by US Congress in 2010 to […]

Taxes in the UK vs. US: The Full Breakdown

UK vs. US taxes

If you’re getting ready to move to the United Kingdom, “UK vs. US taxes” will likely feature prominently in your research. Prospective US expats want to know: Do Americans pay more? When considering this question, it’s important to research beyond income taxes. There’s much to consider, including sales and property tax differences between the countries. […]

The 5 Best Places to Retire in South America for US Expats

Aerial shot of Medellin, Colombia, one of the best places to retire in South America.

As retirement nears, priorities such as quality of life and affordability factor heavily into decisions regarding where to retire, leading to researching the best place to retire in South America. South American countries feature prominently on the list of possible places to retire due to their affordability, the quality of healthcare in certain countries, and […]

Retire in Uruguay: Visas, Healthcare, Taxes, & More

Cathedral shot of Montevideo in Uruguay.

Uruguay is an attractive retirement destination for many reasons. It has a wonderful culture, beautiful beaches, a pleasant climate, and an excellent healthcare system. And when it comes to places to live, options include Montevideo, quiet and dignified coastal cities, and countryside abodes. Of course, moving to another country involves a sizeable amount of planning […]

The Estonia Digital Nomad Visa for Remote Workers

Aerial shot of Tallin, Estonia framed through the forest/

Estonia first introduced what is now known as a digital nomad visa in 2020. At the time, the visa program was the first of its kind, and yet, it anticipated a work revolution (and world) where freedom of movement and autonomy are highly valued by workers.  In the following article, we’ll break down the two […]

Starting an LLC as a Foreigner: What Non-US Citizens Should Know

An expert in US taxes discusses the implications of starting an LLC with a foreigner during a meeting.

Starting an LLC as a foreigner in the United States is a complex endeavor with many considerations to keep in mind. In this article, we’ll break down the process for nonresident aliens (NRAs) looking to establish their business presence in the land of opportunity.  We’ll begin by answering a common question, “What is an LLC?” […]

The Czech Republic Digital Nomad Visa Guide

View of Prague from the window seat of an airplane

The Czech Republic introduced its digital nomad visa in July 2023, offering an offbeat Central European destination to a select group of digital nomads. Included on the list of countries eligible to apply for the new digital nomad visa is the United States, meaning that moving to Prague or elsewhere in the Czech Republic just […]

How to Start an LLC as a Digital Nomad: What to Know 

A digital nomad with an LLC smiles at the camera

With the freedom to choose their work location and working hours, many digital nomads naturally gravitate towards self-employment. While a significant number of self-employed individuals begin as sole proprietors, they often opt for incorporation along their journey. Among digital nomads, one prevalent choice for business structure is the Limited Liability Company (LLC). So, what precisely […]

How to Move to Italy as an American

American in Italy enjoys a vacation along the Amalfi Coast

As the cost of living soars in the US, and American work culture continues to wear people down, many are casting their sights overseas and searching for information such as, “how to move to Italy from the USA.” Moving to Italy from the United States might seem like a complex endeavor, but just imagine for […]

Americans Retiring in France: Visas, Healthcare, Taxes, & More

Americans retiring in France explore a local market and select postcards to send to loved ones in the US.

For those fortunate enough to do so, retiring in France looks like waking up to the irresistible aroma of freshly baked croissants, strolling through cobblestone streets lined with lively cafes, and savoring world-class wines while watching the sunset over the vineyards. It’s no wonder France is one of the most popular places to retire in […]

A Japan Digital Nomad Visa? Not Yet, but Other Options Exist

US expat living in Japan walks down a busy city street

With so many places offering digital nomad visas, many people wonder whether there’s a Japan digital nomad visa as well. Unfortunately, the Japanese government has not yet released an official digital nomad visa — but there is an option called the Highly Skilled Professional Visa (HSVP) that facilitates freelancing in Japan.  Below, we’ll go over […]