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Things to consider when moving overseas – tax information for Australian expats

Things to consider when moving overseas – tax information for Australian expats

When you are relocating overseas, there are so many things to organise - it's hard enough navigating a whole new
UK tax brief for Australian expats

UK tax brief for Australian expats

For Australians who live in the UK, the question of residency for tax purposes is a thorny issue. One of
USA tax brief for Australian expats

USA tax brief for Australian expats

It is important for Australians moving to the USA for work-related purposes to understand their tax obligations to avoid stressful
New stamp duty surcharges for foreign purchases in NSW

New stamp duty surcharges for foreign purchases in NSW

Are you an expat planning a sea change to tranquil New South Wales? Before signing on the dotted line for
  • Things to consider when moving overseas – tax information for Australian expats 19 Jun, 2018 Posted in: All - When you are relocating overseas, there are so many things to organise – it’s hard enough navigating a whole new culture and neighbourhood without bringing taxation into the picture. Feeling bamboozled or like you are forgetting something important? Luckily, we’ve brought together some Australian tax ...
  • UK tax brief for Australian expats 11 Jun, 2018 Posted in: All - For Australians who live in the UK, the question of residency for tax purposes is a thorny issue. One of the main reasons for this is that you could be a resident of both countries. So what exactly makes you a resident and how does ...
  • USA tax brief for Australian expats 5 Jun, 2018 Posted in: All - It is important for Australians moving to the USA for work-related purposes to understand their tax obligations to avoid stressful encounters with tax authorities in the future. In this post, we shed light on the tax obligations of Australian expats working in the USA. Firstly, ...
  • New stamp duty surcharges for foreign purchases in NSW 31 May, 2018 Posted in: All - Are you an expat planning a sea change to tranquil New South Wales? Before signing on the dotted line for your new property, ensure you are aware of the new stamp duty rules set out in the 2017-2018 State Budget. These recent stamp duty changes ...
  • Singapore tax brief Singapore tax brief for Australian expats 30 May, 2018 Posted in: All, Taxation - If you’re an Australian expat living in Singapore, then we’ve put together a tax brief that answers all your questions when it comes to filling out your Australian tax return. Do I need to lodge an Australian return? You will need to lodge an Australian ...
  • Malaysia tax brief Malaysia tax brief for Australian expats 21 May, 2018 Posted in: All, Taxation - If you have been looking for a job in Malaysia or have already found one and are still confused on the country’s tax structure, then worry no more. Here are the things you should know about Malaysian tax for Australian expats. Who is a resident ...
  • stamp duty surcharge New stamp duty surcharge for foreign purchases – NSW, QLD, SA, VIC 11 May, 2018 Posted in: All, Property & Mortgages - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria states have introdduced a new stamp duty surcharge for foreign purchases. Properties in these states have seen consistent increases in prices through the decade. For this reason, expat investors are in a rush to purchase any property ...
  • land tax surcharge Land tax surcharge introduced for foreign persons (VIC & NSW) 3 May, 2018 Posted in: All, Property & Mortgages - Victoria and New South Wales have recently introduced a range of land tax surcharges targeting foreign investors, both individual and corporate. The aim of the surcharges is to reduce the amount of property which is purchased and held by foreign investors, pushing prices up for ...
  • stamp duty surcharge New stamp duty surcharges for foreign purchases in Queensland 2 May, 2018 Posted in: All, Property & Mortgages - A new stamp duty surcharge for foreign purchases of property in Queensland has recently been introduced by the Queensland government. But before we get into that, lets take a look at why Queensland is such an attractive destination for Australians and foreign purchasers alike. As ...
  • US tax FAQ for Australian expats US Tax FAQ for Australian Expats 24 Apr, 2018 Posted in: All, Taxation - If you are an Australian expat in the U.S., it is vital that you are knowledgeable about how your U.S. expat tax return will be affected by living abroad. Although we don’t currently prepare US tax returns on behalf of our Australian clients living and ...
  • capital gains on Australian shares Make tax-free capital gains on Australian shares whilst a non-resident expat 19 Apr, 2018 Posted in: All, Investing, Taxation - If you’re an Aussie expat who’s a non-resident for Australian tax purposes, then investing in shares is what you need to consider deeply. You need to understand that this investment opportunity is only applicable to Australian expats that are non-resident for Australian tax purposes. The ...
  • VPN service Why Aussie expats should use a VPN service 11 Apr, 2018 Posted in: All, Expat Life - Australian expats are often surprised to find that websites, TV and other readily accessible features are blocked when they arrive overseas. Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) can help you to overcome this challenge and this has many other benefits too. In this article we ...
  • selling property in the UK Selling property in the UK – beware the UK’s new non-resident CGT rules 5 Apr, 2018 Posted in: All, Property & Mortgages, Taxation - Are you thinking of selling property in the UK? As an expat in Britain, you need to be aware of changes to the law which could see extra taxes levied against the profit your property sale produces. It is important to be aware of the ...
  • tax tips for Australians moving to the UK 5 essential tax tips for Australians moving to the UK 30 Mar, 2018 Posted in: All, Outbound Expats, Taxation - Here’s some important tax tips for Australians moving to the UK Beginning a new career overseas, or setting down roots in a different country is an exciting prospect for many. And with so many similarities to Australia, yet much more diverse (and cooler) weather, the ...
  • UK tax traps UK Tax traps for Australian expats 21 Mar, 2018 Posted in: All, Outbound Expats, Taxation - Australia has a tax treaty with the UK but things aren’t as simple as they may seem at the outset. Expats working in the UK can still fall into some UK tax traps. Resident or tax resident? Residency is more complicated in the UK than ...
  • Australian property The power of property – investing in Australian property 13 Mar, 2018 Posted in: All, Investing, Property & Mortgages - Are you an expat searching for an investment opportunity? Are you looking for an investment which generates high returns in a politically stable environment? Stop searching – investing in Australian property could be your answer. With a land mass equal to the US and only ...
  • Australian tax planning - Bitcoin Australian tax planning – Bitcoin & cryptocurrencies 7 Mar, 2018 Posted in: All, Investing, Taxation - In recent times cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple have seen huge rises. However, they have also seen plummeting drops. The cryptocurrency market can be a wild ride and you might be thinking that it’s time to get off and cash out, but ...
  • superannuation Is my superannuation assessable in my US tax return? A detailed overview 2 Mar, 2018 Posted in: All, Superannuation - Laws surrounding superannuation can be complicated. Things become even more complex if you have superannuation along with an American expatriate tax filing requirement as a resident or citizen. To clear up some of the confusion, we will examine how superannuation is taxed in the US ...
  • negative gearing Australian expats How does negative gearing work for Australian expats? 15 Feb, 2018 Posted in: All, Taxation - If you’ve paid attention to the news lately, you’ve no doubt heard the term “negative gearing”. It has become somewhat of a political football – with the Liberal and National parties supporting current arrangements, while Labour intends to change it. But what exactly is negative ...
  • superannuation subject to tax in my US tax return Is my superannuation subject to tax in my US tax return? 8 Feb, 2018 Posted in: All, Superannuation, Taxation - Superannuation requirements around tax time can be confusing at the best of times. However, if you’re an Aussie expat living in the US, superannuation rules are even more complex. To clear some of the confusion, this blog will explain your rights and responsibilities regarding superannuation ...
  • returning Aussie expat 4 tips for the returning Aussie expat 2 Feb, 2018 Posted in: All, Expat Life - Believe it or not, one of the biggest challenges in the adventures of an Australian expat has little to do with what actually happens overseas. It’s what happens when the adventure is over and they return home that can bite the hardest. During that time ...
  • paying child support when you're an expat The ties that bind – paying child support when you’re an expat 29 Jan, 2018 Posted in: All, Money & Finance - One of the attractions of going overseas is the lure of the clean slate, so that you land in a new country with a different future and the opportunity to reinvent yourself. This sort of attraction is no doubt all the more acute when an ...
  • Australian expats and the right to vote Australian expats and the right to vote 23 Jan, 2018 Posted in: All, Other - Let’s face it – voting is not something most Australians look forward to. It’s a complex process at the best of times; a process which becomes even more complicated for Australian expats. What are the current Australian expat voting rules? Many Aussie expats are understandably ...
  • HECS help The HECS, HELP and TLS shirt tail effect 15 Jan, 2018 Posted in: All, Taxation - Many overseas destinations welcome young Australians to live and work. For the best and brightest of Australia’s young, the expat experience is a rite of passage. However, the best and brightest young Australians often have a HELP debt or Trade Support Loan (TSL). A visit ...
  • land tax Australian Taxes – the State (and Territories) of the Nation 4 Jan, 2018 Posted in: All, Property & Mortgages, Taxation - Aussie expats need to keep a keen eye on State and Territory revenue concerns. An Australian income tax return is not the end of revenue reporting obligations if you’re an Australian expat with an interest in real estate back at home or if you’re thinking ...
  • bitcoin and Australian tax Bitcoin and Australian tax – 7 questions answered 22 Dec, 2017 Posted in: All, Taxation - Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few weeks, the end of 2017 has been all about Bitcoin. While the last few hours have seen the price drop a little, the value of the leading ‘cryptocurrency’ has actually been skyrocketing. Bitcoin may be ...
  • super-yacht crew - is my income tax-free Super-yacht crew – is my income tax-free? 15 Dec, 2017 Posted in: All, Residency, Taxation - Leaving Australia to join the crew of a super-yacht or cruise ship somewhere overseas may sound exciting, but it’s actually increasingly popular. More and more Aussie expats are saying ‘no’ to that traditional gig in an English pub, and ‘yes’ to cruising the Mediterranean on ...
  • foreign resident capital gains withholding tax How the changes to Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding Tax impacts expats 8 Dec, 2017 Posted in: All, Property & Mortgages, Taxation - If you’re considering selling any Australian real estate, take some time to think about how the sale could impact your taxes particularly in light of recent tax changes introduced by the Australian federal government. If you’re an Australian expat that’s thinking about selling your property ...
  • Tax issues to consider when moving back to Australia Tax issues to consider when moving back to Australia 5 Dec, 2017 Posted in: All, Taxation - Moving back home after working overseas for a long time can be a hectic and exciting time for many former residents of Australia. However, there’s some important tax issues to consider when moving back to Australia, issues that you should perhaps consider before getting tied ...
  • becoming an expat Guide to becoming an expat 13 Nov, 2017 Posted in: All, Expat Life - So you’re thinking of becoming an expat but aren’t certain what to expect? Here’s a guide with vital information for travellers to better prepare you for your experience. Leaving Arranging your method of transport to your new country is one of the simplest things you ...
  • expat partner Helping your spouse to adapt to life overseas as an expat partner 6 Nov, 2017 Posted in: All, Expat Life - Working overseas as an expat worker can be a good alternative to working on a FIFO (fly in fly out) roster for many workers in remote locations. However, if your partner or spouse is not working in the new country, it can be quite hard ...
  • relocating to australia Relocating to Australia after working overseas: some tax issues to consider 1 Nov, 2017 Posted in: All, Taxation - Moving home after spending time as an expat can be both exciting and daunting. On one hand, you can look forward to catching up with friends, speaking your own language and familiar surroundings. On the other hand, settling back in can be challenging and, if ...
  • expat tax myths 4 expat tax myths debunked 5 Oct, 2017 Posted in: All, Taxation - The number one thing many Aussie expats get wrong is to assume too much. Often, life-changing decisions about leaving the country and setting up somewhere else are done over a pint or three at the pub – and based on assumptions that may turn out ...
  • Chilean tax for australian expatriates A guide to Chilean tax for Australian expatriates 29 Sep, 2017 Posted in: All, Taxation - Due to Chile’s robust mining sector, it is a popular location for Australian expatriates to head on a work assignment. Unfortunately, much of the local information on taxation is written in Spanish, which can be confusing even for relatively confident Spanish readers as it contains ...
  • use a vpn 4 reasons every expat should use a VPN 6 Sep, 2017 Posted in: All, Expat Life - In 2017, one of the top pieces of advice offered to those who are about to embark on life as an expatriate contains a three-letter acronym you may not have heard of before: VPN. We’re going to explain how this little gem could indeed make ...
  • tax and money 6 steps for getting your tax and money sorted before you leave 30 Aug, 2017 Posted in: All, Taxation - One of the most important tasks all Australian expats must do before they leave to work or live overseas is to sort out their tax and money matters. If you do not take the time to set these up properly before you leave and problems ...
  • buying a business overseas What expats need to consider before buying a business overseas 18 Aug, 2017 Posted in: All, Money & Finance - While buying a business overseas can have a multitude of benefits for expats wanting a change of lifestyle and more opportunities, it’s important to do the ground work before jumping in head on. To help ensure you cover all your bases before investing in a ...
  • tax information exchange agreements What tax information exchange agreements mean for you as an Australian expat 11 Aug, 2017 Posted in: All, Taxation - Contrary to popular belief, different nations’ governments do work together. Offshore tax havens and tax evasions are being broken down and prevented by governments binding together and creating tax information exchange agreements. For an Australian expat who is completing Australian tax returns or expat tax ...
  • property tax New property tax may cost expats thousands 4 Aug, 2017 Posted in: All, Property & Mortgages, Taxation - If you’re an Australian expat with a property back home, you may have missed a crucial detail in the federal government’s latest budget announcements. Hopefully, it’s not too late to make a good decision today that could cost you thousands – even though the changes ...
  • Australian expat children Schooling for Australian expat children 29 Jul, 2017 Posted in: All, Expat Life - One of the biggest concerns for expat parents is the subject of schooling for their children. It is hard to know which school would suit your child best. It is even harder if the country you are relocating to is far from your current base, ...
  • superannuation contributions for australian expats Superannuation contributions for Australian expats 11 Jul, 2017 Posted in: All, Superannuation - If you’re planning on working overseas and you want to continue to make superannuation contributions in Australia, it’s important to understand the best way to proceed with this. While non-residents are eligible to make superannuation contributions there are rules relating to this. So that you ...
  • deductions for fly in fly out workers Common deductions for Fly In Fly Out workers 4 Jul, 2017 Posted in: All, Taxation - When you’re working as a FIFO worker, it’s good to know what deductions you’re eligible to claim. There’s a wide variety of tax deductions and offsets that you can claim when working remotely to compensate for isolation and climate factors, and high living costs that ...
  • sending money back to australia Sending money back to Australia – the best rates and services 29 Jun, 2017 Posted in: All, Money & Finance - So you’ve earned yourself a wad of cash overseas and you’re thinking about sending money back to Australia. Whether it’s a substantial amount or not, you want to ensure that it can be safely transferred back to Australia with as little bother as possible. Lucky ...
  • apps and websites for australian expats The best apps and websites for Australian expats 21 Jun, 2017 Posted in: All, Expat Life - Making the move abroad and meeting new people in a country you don’t know can definitely be intimidating for Australians considering the expat life. To better manage your expenses overseas and to maximise your expat experience, here’s a list of the top most useful expat ...
  • non-resident 10 factors to help show you are non-resident for Australian tax purposes 17 Jun, 2017 Posted in: All, Residency - When it comes to lodging Australian expat tax returns, it’s important to prove that you truly are a non-resident for Australian tax purposes. First and foremost, if you are taxed as an Australian resident, you will be required to pay tax on your worldwide income ...
  • negative gearing Negative gearing tips for Australian expats 13 Jun, 2017 Posted in: All, Property & Mortgages - The Australian Government strongly welcomes overseas investors in the property market. The term ‘negative gearing’ constantly gets thrown into political discussions by both Liberal and National parties who support negative gearing options. So, what is negative gearing? Negative gearing is an established practice where an ...
  • how to calculate my worldwide income How to calculate my worldwide income for HECS/HELP debt purposes 6 Jun, 2017 Posted in: All, Taxation - Long post alert – sadly, as is often the case with with Australian tax, our tax rules are unnecessarily confusing! So it’s probably no surprise that the rules for working out “how to calculate my worldwide income” for HECS/HELP debt reporting purposes are also unnecessarily ...
  • How to stay connected, manage your tax and finances while overseas 31 May, 2017 Posted in: All, Expat Life - If you are an Aussie expat living overseas you will want to stay connected with Australia as well as connect with other Aussies abroad. You may also have assets or investments in Australia that you will need to manage while you are overseas. Here are ...
  • Australian tax returns We’ve got your Australian tax returns covered! 31 May, 2017 Posted in: All, Other - Tax time 2017 – it’s not far away! With the 2017 financial year quickly coming to an end (it’s only a month away), your 2017 tax returns will need to be prepared soon. No stress though because: Wherever you are, whatever you do . . ...
  • local community 5 ways to get involved in your local community while abroad 17 May, 2017 Posted in: All, Expat Life - Your expat experience is only as good as the effort you put into it. To make the most of your adventure, get involved in your local community, be that with fellow expats or locals. You’ll meet new people and try things you’ve never tried before. ...
  • 2017 federal budget 2017 Federal Budget – Expats clear losers 11 May, 2017 Posted in: All, Budget Updates - Expat Tax Services’ 2017 Australian Federal Budget Update Australia’s Federal Treasurer, Mr Scott Morrison, handed down his second Budget at 7.30 pm (AEST) on 9 May 2017 and in short . . . it’s a horrible budget for Aussie expats and non-resident Australians working overseas. ...
  • foreign super funds Tax implications for transferring foreign super funds to Australia 10 May, 2017 Posted in: All, Superannuation - If you are an Australian resident for tax purposes and you have a foreign super fund, you need to know the tax implications for transferring this fund to Australia. The amounts you transfer from your foreign super fund may be taxable in Australia. But there ...
  • medicare implications of moving overseas Medicare implications of moving overseas from Australia 3 May, 2017 Posted in: All, Taxation - Moving overseas is daunting. There is new work, new maps to scrutinise and a whole new set of rules when it comes to the country’s governance and health policy. For any Australian expat who is confused about the Medicare implications of moving overseas, please see ...
  • tax residency Tax residency and tax implications for expat Australians 26 Apr, 2017 Posted in: All, Residency, Taxation - To understand your tax situation, all Expat Australians must first work out if they are Australian or foreign residents for tax purposes. Generally, if you are a resident of Australia, leaving or intending to leave the country temporarily and do not plan to set up ...
  • principal place of residence The 6-year rule: tax advantages of renting out your principal residence 19 Apr, 2017 Posted in: All, Property & Mortgages, Taxation - Update – 9th May 2017: Please note that the Australian government handed down it’s 2017 Australian Federal budget today, with proposals to stop non-residents from being able to access the main residence capital gains tax exemption (discussed in our original article below) from 9th May ...
  • student loans Expat Australians must now pay back student loans 10 Apr, 2017 Posted in: All, Taxation - Update – 9th May 2017: Please note that the Australian government handed down it’s 2017 Australian Federal budget today, with proposals to reduce the HELP debt repayment thresholds. It is expected that this will catch significantly more expats in the HELP debt repayment loop, than ...
  • preparing to move overseas Preparing to move overseas 3 Apr, 2017 Posted in: All, Outbound Expats - Every year, thousands of Australian residents pack up their belongings to start a new life overseas. For some this move is only temporary (1-2 years), while for others it’s a permanent change. However, before you book your one-way tickets, there are a few things you ...
  • expat partners 4 big challenges faced by expat partners 28 Mar, 2017 Posted in: All, Expat Life - So, your partner’s scored an amazing job offer. The problem is, it’s in a country far from home. You don’t want to hold him/her back, but you’re also anxious. What will following your partner overseas mean for you? Here are some challenges you might face ...
  • expats in the UK Tax rules to change for expats in the UK 18 Mar, 2017 Posted in: All, Taxation - If you’re an Australian living in the UK, there are some important things that you need to know. From 6th April 2017, there are some new regulations coming into effect that may change the way your tax is calculated and could impact on how much ...
  • Where are the world’s lowest tax rates? 11 Mar, 2017 Posted in: All, Taxation - If you’re in the process of choosing a new home you might take a look at these low-taxing nations. It’s a great strategy to maximise wealth. But don’t let the tax rate define your ultimate decision, though. There’s many other factors you need to consider ...
  • transfer money home Tips for sending money home to Australia 27 Feb, 2017 Posted in: All, Money & Finance - When you are living and working overseas as an Australian expat, there are many circumstances under which you may want to send money home to Australia. Here are a few things you should keep in mind. Make sure your money is secure This is by ...
  • life insurance Are You Covered? Trauma & Life Insurance for Aussie expats 17 Feb, 2017 Posted in: All, Insurance - Life insurance and trauma insurance: for many ordinary Australians, it just makes sense. And for expats, it could be nothing short of a must. As we mature and fulfil our lives with family and financial responsibilities, it’s prudent to have something in place as back ...
  • tax return Do I need to lodge a tax return while living overseas? 13 Feb, 2017 Posted in: All, Residency, Taxation - This seems like an easy question that should come with a yes/no answer, but of course, that’s not the case because we’re talking about tax and with tax, nothing is ever simple! Am I an Australian tax resident? The first step is to determine whether ...
  • passenger cards Aussie expats: pay attention to those passenger cards! 6 Feb, 2017 Posted in: All - As an Aussie expat, there are plenty of things you need to consider. But one thing about expat life that is commonly disregarded or not given enough attention is the outgoing and incoming passenger cards. We’re talking about that document that passengers fill out when ...
  • banking tips for Aussie expats Banking Tips For Aussie Expats 31 Jan, 2017 Posted in: All, Money & Finance - As a new expat, there are plenty of things to think about. You’ll need the right visa or permit, a job, somewhere to live, family arrangements to make, insurance and health care to think about, culture shock, mobile phones, the logistics of the move itself, ...
  • expat tax advice 3 ways to ensure great expat tax advice 25 Jan, 2017 Posted in: All, Taxation - Successfully navigating your transition from a comfortable resident of your home country to an expat is notoriously difficult to do alone. So if you’ve made the decision to seek some expert advice, that’s a great first step to ensuring you get on the right track ...
  • returning home 4 financial considerations of returning home 13 Jan, 2017 Posted in: All, Inbound Expats, Money & Finance - Of course, not all Australian expats return home, but many see their overseas forays as an extended adventure and eventually want to enjoy our excellent lifestyle again. So as an Aussie, you can definitely come home. But while slipping back into the Australian lifestyle might ...
  • 5 common expat financial mistakes to avoid 7 Jan, 2017 Posted in: All, Expat Life, Money & Finance - Becoming an expat is an ever more popular way to turn your entire life upside down with an all-encompassing adventure. But it’s also an easy way to get it all wrong with your money and be left in serious trouble. So here are some common ...
  • become an expat About to become an expat? 3 Jan, 2017 Posted in: All, Expat Life, Outbound Expats - You’re about to become an expat and you’ll soon relocate overseas. It’s a new year, a new job and a new country. As exciting as the prospect of becoming an expat is, there’s sure to be a part of you that’s apprehensive. You’re leaving behind ...
  • Compulsory HECS Repayments by Expats 31 Dec, 2016 Posted in: All, Taxation - Update – 9th May 2017: Please note that the Australian government handed down it’s 2017 Australian Federal budget today, with proposals to reduce the HELP debt repayment thresholds. It is expected that this will catch significantly more expats in the HELP debt repayment loop, than ...
  • australian property Australian property – 3 reasons expats should consider 14 Dec, 2016 Posted in: All, Property & Mortgages - So you’re about to become an Australian expat – congratulations on your impending adventure! But when it comes to the Australian property market, should you really be cutting all your ties, even though you’ll be living overseas for the foreseeable future? We think not. Of ...
  • negative gearing Negative gearing your investment property while living overseas 8 Dec, 2016 Posted in: All, Property & Mortgages - Investing in property is an investment in the future. The property market in Australia is skyrocketing, and with record low interest rates, now is a good time to buy. If you are an expat looking to invest in an Australian property, there are a few ...
  • expat tax traps Avoiding expat tax traps 30 Nov, 2016 Posted in: All, Taxation - For many young Australians, going overseas to work for an extended period of time after graduating is almost a right of passage. It provides you with a chance to see the world, achieve independence, go on an adventure and gain valuable work experience. Every year, ...
  • 15 ways to lose Australian tax residency status 24 Nov, 2016 Posted in: All, Residency, Taxation - One benefit of becoming an Aussie expat is that moving to your new country could have significant tax benefits. But before you can reap the benefits of a lower taxing country, you’ll need to convince the Australian government that you are no longer regarded as ...
  • renting out your home while working overseas Tax advantages of renting out your home while working overseas 16 Nov, 2016 Posted in: All, Property & Mortgages, Taxation - Do you own a home in Australia but are about to move overseas for work? If you find yourself in this situation, you are probably in the process of deciding whether you should be renting out your home while working overseas. The good news is ...
  • Common deductions for expat fly in fly out workers 11 Nov, 2016 Posted in: All, Taxation - Expat fly in fly out workers fall under different tax laws and regulations to your normal expatriate, and by not knowing this, you might be missing out on a host of savings through deductions you may not know you’re eligible for. Overseas forces I’ve you’ve ...
  • common tax questions for Aussie expats A few common tax questions for Aussie expats 2 Nov, 2016 Posted in: All, Taxation - Life as an expatriate can be exciting and a true adventure – but that’s not to say it’s straightforward. That is particularly true for Aussie expats from a tax perspective, as it can be difficult to know exactly what to do to seamlessly hop between ...
  • best apps and websites for Australian expats The best apps and websites for Australian expats 26 Oct, 2016 Posted in: All, Expat Life, Other - Moving overseas and about to become an Australian expat? Then make sure you have these apps on your phone before you go. They will make your life easier and potentially even save you money! Skype Many of us already use Skype from our laptops, but ...
  • sending money back to australia Sending money back to Australia – tips and tricks 13 Oct, 2016 Posted in: All, Money & Finance - When sending money back to Australia, there are a variety of things you should be aware of before proceeding with a transaction. Depending on the type of money, and the size of the sum, different taxation laws and fees will apply. Being aware of this ...
  • tax issues to consider Leaving Australia to work overseas? Here are some tax issues to consider 6 Oct, 2016 Posted in: All, Outbound Expats, Taxation - Update – 9th May 2017: Please note that the Australian government handed down it’s 2017 Australian Federal budget today, with proposals to stop non-residents from being able to access the main residence capital gains tax exemption (discussed in our original article below) from 9th May ...
  • costs of expat living The ‘hidden costs’ of expat living 28 Sep, 2016 Posted in: All, Expat Life, Money & Finance - Moving and living abroad as an expat is regarded by most who take the plunge as nothing short of an adventure. But that’s not to say it’s a decision that is to be taken lightly. To do it right, you’ll need to plan well from ...
  • cost of living Figuring out the cost of living overseas 23 Sep, 2016 Posted in: All, Money & Finance, Outbound Expats - The cost of living when moving overseas can certainly be expensive, and even more so if you don’t plan efficiently. Becoming an expat in a foreign place is daunting enough without having to worry about money issues. The best way to avoid any money related ...
  • Expats and bank accounts Expats and bank accounts: what to consider 14 Sep, 2016 Posted in: All, Money & Finance - Expats and bank accounts, the options can be confusing. When you go on a holiday overseas, a bank or credit card that works anywhere in the world is typically all that you need! But if you’re going overseas to work or live, it’s a slightly ...
  • Australians moving to the United States Key differences for Australians moving to the United States 6 Sep, 2016 Posted in: All, Expat Life - So, you’ve done it. You’ve committed to the move to the USA: for the adventure, for the fun, for the money, for whatever reason. You’ve got your visa issues handled, and now you’re looking into what else you’ll need to adjust before migrating to the ...
  • Student HELP Debt Loophole Student HELP debt loophole closed to Aussie expats 31 Aug, 2016 Posted in: All - Update – 9th May 2017: Please note that the Australian government handed down it’s 2017 Australian Federal budget today, with proposals to reduce the HELP debt repayment thresholds. It is expected that this will catch significantly more expats in the HELP debt repayment loop, than ...
  • reporting your overseas income What you need to know about reporting your overseas income 24 Aug, 2016 Posted in: All, Property & Mortgages - If you were living as an expat in a foreign country and have just relocated back to Australia, when you file your next Australian tax return you will need to report your overseas income. All your foreign employment wages need to be reported on this ...
  • How expats can avoid property buying hurdles 10 Aug, 2016 Posted in: All, Property & Mortgages - With the unrest in Europe, many Australian expats are looking to return to Australia. Expats who are seeking to buy a residence in Australia though are finding that tougher lending guidelines are a restriction. However, expats with Australian rental property may be better off. Australian ...
  • preparing your children for a move overseas Preparing your children for a move overseas 4 Aug, 2016 Posted in: All - Becoming an expat in a new land can be stressful, and even more so if you are preparing your children for a move overseas. You might worry about how your children will fit into their new environment, if they will make friends and whether they ...
  • moving overseas 3 ways to make moving overseas less stressful 29 Jul, 2016 Posted in: All - The overseas move you’re about to embark on marks a new and exciting phase in your life. Yet making sure everything is in order before the move, then trying to settle in and adjust to a new house, job and language in a completely different ...
  • aussie expats 4 key financial issues for Aussie expats 22 Jul, 2016 Posted in: All - Leaving Australia to become Aussie expats? It’s just a matter of packing your bags and making sure you have a few dollars in your pocket, right? Not quite. As a soon-to-be Australian expatriate, you have a lot to think about and plan, and much of ...
  • questions expats need to ask 3 important questions expats need to ask before moving 12 Jul, 2016 Posted in: All - It’s an exciting time. You’re about to start an adventure. Soon you’ll be working overseas as an expat. But before you go, there’s 3 important questions expats need to ask before relocating overseas. Under Australian law, if you and your family are relocating to another ...
  • expat investors New investment scheme open to expat investors 28 Jun, 2016 Posted in: All - New tax incentives for Australian and expat investors are to be introduced in Australia. These will give significant tax breaks to expats looking to invest in an Australian start-up business. These new legislation changes were announced by the Australian government in Canberra recently. The draft ...
  • learning a new language Top 5 tips for learning a new language as an expat 21 Jun, 2016 Posted in: All - Living and working in a foreign country offers a myriad of new experiences including learning a new language. In many countries, it’s surprisingly easy to live for years and years speaking only English. But, to get the most out of your experience, try familiarising yourself ...
  • How to get financial help as an expat 9 Jun, 2016 Posted in: All - Just because you’ve moved from Australia doesn’t mean you won’t need some help and advice about your tax returns and financial situation any more – in fact, you will probably need that sort of advice even more! That’s because while you are well accustomed to ...
  • Culture immersion – from expat to local citizen 2 Jun, 2016 Posted in: All - Moving to a foreign country is a big deal. You have to go through a lot of admin, like your Australian tax return and paperwork, just to get there, and then settling in can be a challenge, especially if you have children. It’s so easy ...
  • Don’t fall into an expat tax trap 26 May, 2016 Posted in: All - Life as an Australian expat certainly has its benefits, as anyone who has travelled extensively or worked abroad and exposed themselves to different cultures and adventures will tell you. It might also make great financial sense, and have a range of legitimate tax benefits that ...
  • move abroad Start your move abroad with these 4 tips 20 May, 2016 Posted in: All - Making the bold decision to leave your home country to re-settle overseas is as scary as it is exciting. But because life really begins when you step out of your comfort zone, here are four financial tips to help you start your adventure on the ...
  • mistakes expats make with their Australian tax return 5 mistakes expats make with their tax returns 12 May, 2016 Posted in: All - If you’ve made the exciting move from Australia to foreign shores, you’re probably enjoying learning all about your new home and having interesting cultural experiences. But as well as all the fun, there are many practicalities you need to consider, including filing your Australian tax ...
  • How to find the perfect apartment overseas 6 May, 2016 Posted in: All - So you’ve decided to pack your bags and move away from Australia. Congratulations! Wherever in the world you’re planning on heading to, you’re going to need a place to live, and unless your employer has already got this sorted out for you, you’ll need to ...
  • Tips for home schooling your children when living as an expat 26 Apr, 2016 Posted in: All - Aside from concerning yourself with your Australian tax return while you’re living as an expat overseas, you may also need to think about school for your children. A large number of Australian expats choose to home school their children when they move overseas. It helps ...
  • 3 attractive destinations for Aussie expats 20 Apr, 2016 Posted in: All - For many Australians who are part of the daily grind in one of our crowded cities, the thought of moving overseas and starting afresh can be tempting. A big move to a new, exciting country you are unfamiliar with can be scary, yes. It can ...
  • Building wealth as an expat Building wealth as an expat 29 Mar, 2016 Posted in: All - You’ve made a choice to work overseas, but no one said that you had to forgo your right to strive for great wealth. In fact, living the expat life can be made more extraordinary with a good income stream. Let’s take a look at some ...
  • Interesting facts about expat life Interesting facts about expat life 22 Mar, 2016 Posted in: All - A recent survey of over 14,000 global expats has revealed some interesting facts about expat life and living away from your home country. The survey, conducted by Munich-based InterNations, went to over 1.5 million of its members in over 390 cities. They asked their expat ...
  • Common issues that expats shouldn't ignore 3 issues expats should not overlook 16 Mar, 2016 Posted in: All - Common issues that expats shouldn’t ignore When preparing to leave Australia and become an expat, there are many things you need to consider. From figuring out what to do with your belongings to learning how to handle your Australian tax returns and working out your ...
  • Owning Australian investment property Owning Australian investment property 8 Mar, 2016 Posted in: All - Owning Australian investment property as an expat can be a great way of accumulating and growing wealth! No matter how far and wide we travel, owning that great Australian beachside property back home in Oz might be a dream that never leaves us. So now, ...
  • expat etiquette Preparing for expat life: expat etiquette 7 Mar, 2016 Posted in: All - Expat etiquette Moving overseas can be one of life’s most exciting and fulfilling adventures. You are leaving what you are used to and embarking on an adventure into the unknown. What will the culture be like? How about the food . . . what will ...
  • Thinking of moving to Australia and starting a business Thinking of moving to Australia and starting a business? 4 Mar, 2016 Posted in: All - Thinking of moving to Australia and starting a business? If the answer is “yes”, there are a few important points you need to consider first. As well as having a sound business plan that covers all areas of your new venture, you should ensure you’re ...
  • Can I move my business overseas Can I move my business overseas? 24 Feb, 2016 Posted in: All - Can I move my business overseas is a question that we hear from time to time. There are a few circumstances that might make you want to up your sails and take your business overseas. Your business could be growing and have a global reach, ...
  • expat etiquette Preparing for expat life: documents 20 Feb, 2016 Posted in: All - Sorting your documents For expats preparing to head overseas, there’s a million things to do and so it’s very easy to forget about getting your personal, historical documents together. It’s an important step, because invariably, at some point soon after you land in your new ...
  • Budgeting for expat life Preparing for expat life: budgeting 12 Feb, 2016 Posted in: All - Budgeting for expat life is just as important as it was when you lived and worked in Australia! Once your big move overseas has happened, and you are slowly settling into expat life in your destination of choice, it can be easy to forget that ...
  • Lunar New Year 2016 - the Year of the Monkey Lunar New Year 2016 8 Feb, 2016 Posted in: All, Inbound Expats - Lunar New Year 2016 – Chúc Mừng Năm Mới To all of our clients, colleagues, and friends based in Vietnam & abroad We wish you all a very Happy New Year – we hope everybody has a fun and happy break over Tet, and that ...
  • Preparing for expat life Preparing for expat life: moving 19 Jan, 2016 Posted in: All - If you’re planning to go overseas and become an expat, there are a number of things you need to sort before making your big move, including preparing for expat life. Often the first thing that comes to mind is getting your Australian tax returns and ...
  • Tax and investments for Australian Expats Financial planning for Australian expats 4 Jan, 2016 Posted in: All - Financial planning for Australian expats – it’s just so important, perhaps even more so than for Australian residents! Aside from the sheer adventure of living and working overseas, working as an expat can be a great way to grow your wealth. And if you’re working ...
  • Happy New Year 2016 31 Dec, 2015 Posted in: All, Other - To all of our clients and colleagues, We wish you all a very Happy New Year for – we hope the new year brings you all good health, happiness and much success, for 2016 and beyond! From all the Team at Expat Tax Services
  • complexity of Australian tax residency Complexity of Australian tax residency 29 Dec, 2015 Posted in: All, Inbound Expats - As Australians, we love to travel. We pursue adventure, work, fun, love, and life on every corner of Earth.As an Australian citizen, you may intend on returning to the land of Oz after your travels and plans may change once you fall in love with ...
  • Only 5 sleeps until the hairy, jolly man arrives! 20 Dec, 2015 Posted in: All, Other -
  • tips for finding expat accountants 5 tips for finding expat accountants 19 Dec, 2015 Posted in: All - A good accountant can be a huge economic (and emotional) benefit when you’re on home turf. When you’re overseas, finding that perfect accounting firm can be even more important. Unfortunately, being an expat means that the task of finding an accountant that you can trust ...
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  • Australian expats to repay HELP debts Australian expats to repay HELP debts 15 Dec, 2015 Posted in: All - Update – 9th May 2017: Please note that the Australian government handed down it’s 2017 Australian Federal budget today, with proposals to reduce the HELP debt repayment thresholds. It is expected that this will catch significantly more expats in the HELP debt repayment loop, than ...
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  • Thanks Mr Rudd! – Aussie expats face huge tax bills – Singapore 8 May, 2009 Posted in: All, Budget Updates -