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Heroic Aussie expat entered tower block inferno to help residents

An Australian expat living and working in London disregarded his own safety in an attempt to rescue residents trapped inside the inferno of Grenfell Tower. London-based Jody Martin left his apartment in a block adjacent to the ill-fated Grenfell Tower when he heard sirens and realised something was very wrong. At that point, the fire... Expats Blog -

Low living costs in the Algarve attract expat retirees

Portugalâ??s Algarve region has been popular with British expats for decades, but few nowadays realise itâ??s also a great place for retirement due to its low cost of living. Retirees searching for a cost of living which wonâ??t break the bank could well be forgiven for not considering the Algarve as they assume an EU member state... Expats Blog -

Bahrain organisations come out against proposed expat driving ban

Yesterdayâ??s announcement that Muharraq Municipal Councilâ??s is attempting to introduce a ban on expat drivers hasnâ??t gone down well with various Bahraini organisations. Strong opposition to the proposed ban on expat drivers in Bahrain hit the headlines just a day after Muharraq Municipal Councilâ??s attempt to reintroduce the... Expats Blog -

Taking Advantage of the Weaker British Pound to Reduce Adverse PFIC Implications

By Ephraim Moss, Esq. & Joshua Ashman, CPA One of the major economic fallouts of last year’s Brexit referendum was the sudden and significant depreciation of the British pound.  Over the past week, the pound fell sharply again following the unexpected results of the most recent U.K. Show More Summary

Chinese foodies fall in love with expat pasties and cream teas

A former Royal Marine Commando with a love of the traditional tastes of Cornwall is now the highly successful proprietor of Dongguanâ??s cream teas and pasties eatery. Alan Stroud has lived in China for the past 20 years including a stint in Hong Kong, and has always admitted to a craving for traditional British delights such as Marmite,... Expats Blog -

Bahrain makes second attempt to revoke expat driving licenses

Following the failure in 2014 of a similar effort, a Bahraini municipal authority is again attempting to cancel the driving licenses of expats working in the emirate. The first attempt failed when Bahrainâ??s Constitutional Court ruled the measure was discriminatory and unconstitutional, but a loophole in the courtâ??s reasoning allowed a... Expats Blog -

Expat brain drain robbing British universities of top talent

Theresa Mayâ??s refusal to guarantee the right to remain for EU citizens has sparked an expat exodus from the field of education, including Britainâ??s top universities. Now being referred to as the â??expat brain drainâ??, top talent reaction to the threat of compulsory post-Brexit rehabilitation to the home country is to leave on its... Expats Blog -

Pet transportation doesnâ??t have to be expats worst nightmare

Many soon-to-be expats wouldnâ??t even consider leaving their favourite dogs or other pets behind, especially as the process isnâ??t as scary as it first seems. The 21at century growth in the numbers of people who become expats for reasons of work, retirement or simply the lure of a new experience is unprecedented in modern times, and has... Expats Blog -

Expats in Saudi to face levy charges

The Saudi Arabian government has announced it will put in place a monthly expatriate levy of 100 riyals, starting on July 1 and increasing year by year until 2020. The move is said to have been sparked by Saudization plans to encourage local companies to employ nationals rather than expats, and the levy is expected to be deducted from... Expats Blog -

Nursing in crisis as expat nurses reject the NHS

The number of EU nurses registering to work in Britainâ??s National Heath Service has fallen to almost zero since the Brexit vote. Whilst last Julyâ??s figures showed 1,304 EU nurses applying to work in the NHS, figures for April this year showed just 46 â?? a massive drop of 96 per cent since the Brexit referendum. Data from the Nursery... Expats Blog -

British expats in UAE fear backlash from general election

British expatriates in Dubai are fearing an uncertain future after last weekâ??s devastating election result. The loss of the Conservative PMâ??s majority in the House of Commons and her decision to align with an Irish party formerly reputed to have been supportive of IRA terrorists has caused massive instability in the UK political... Expats Blog -

World Economic Forum report on safety rejected by low scoring Thailand

Thailandâ??s reputation amongst expats and tourists is likely to take a knock following the World Economic Forumâ??s placing of the country in the top 20 for its high rates of violence, crime and low rates of police service. The WEF Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, released earlier, comes on the heel of a further report placing... Expats Blog -

More postal vote chaos disenfranchises UK expats again

British expatriates across the world have again been denied the chance to have their say by voting in last Thursdayâ??s snap General Election. Thousands of Britons living overseas have lost their right to vote due to the chaos caused by international delivery logistics and tardy responses by local authorities. Many of those affected will... Expats Blog -

Study shows UK expat professionals happy to stay overseas

A recent study has revealed only one in every 10 British expats living overseas has any serious intention of returning to the home country. The surveyâ??s results showed the majority of expatriate Britons had made the decision to leave due to relocation by their company or the desire to start a business overseas. No mention was made of... Expats Blog -

New Zealand real estate now a buyers market due to oversupply of homes

Itâ??s a buyers' market in New Zealand for expats looking to put down roots as the number of homes for sale doubles over last yearâ??s total. Last monthâ??s figures for the total number of homes on the market in Auckland were the highest since 2012, with almost 9,000 residential properties awaiting buyers. At the same time, the number of... Expats Blog -

UK expats and visitors pack Manhattan British pub on election night

Manhattanâ??s favourite British pub hosted crowds of expat Britons as well as visitors from the UK on Thursday night for its big-screen showing of Theresa Mayâ??s snap election. The Churchill Tavernâ??s TV screens got the attention of over a hundred fascinated Britons as the drama unfolded, resulting in a hung parliament and all the chaos... Expats Blog -

UAE ban hits expats with Qatari residence visas

As the Gulf States crisis hots up, the ban on Qatari nationals entering UAE states has been widened to include all expats holding Qatari residence visas. The new ban applies to all passengers on airlines flying to UAE airports, and is set to cause extreme difficulties for expat professionals who travel the region regularly a part of their... Expats Blog -

Plunging pound helps reduce EU expat living costs

The UKâ??s cost of living for EU and other expats drawing in money from foreign accounts has fallen dramatically since the Brexit referendum. A new global cost of living survey has seen the plunging pound sterling bringing benefits for expatriates paid in foreign currencies. UK cities are now the cheapest as regards the cost of everyday... Expats Blog -

Expats in Spain warned about house insurance companies underhand methods

Expats in Spain are up in arms about tactics being used by house insurance firms, with some claiming the methods used to prevent clients changing companies are underhand House insurance is one priority which the majority of expats take seriously, but recent reports claim the methods used by some companies to prevent clients leaving are... Expats Blog -

Selling Your Foreign Residence – Expat Tax Filing Considerations

By Ephraim Moss, Esq. & Joshua Ashman, CPA One of the more common issues that our clients face in their expat tax filings is determining the proper tax treatment of the sale of their personal residence abroad.  The following are some of the key U.S. Show More Summary

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