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Old 02-05-2017, 12:55 PM
 
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@nightlysparrow
no I haven't. I was under the impression, that there was an agreement between the US and German government to avoid double taxation. In all these years I've been paying German income and social taxes. If I've been wrong and you have more in depth information I'd welcome a PM.
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Old 02-05-2017, 01:58 PM
 
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@nightlysparrow
no I haven't. I was under the impression, that there was an agreement between the US and German government to avoid double taxation. In all these years I've been paying German income and social taxes. If I've been wrong and you have more in depth information I'd welcome a PM.
Before you sent foot in the US, you need to talk with a tax attorney.

The US is well-known for taxing their citizens even if they live abroad.
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Old 02-05-2017, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Can't help you. I've spent most of my time on the east coast with those small, old mountains.

Wherever, good luck.
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Old 02-05-2017, 08:19 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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@nightlysparrow
no I haven't. I was under the impression, that there was an agreement between the US and German government to avoid double taxation. In all these years I've been paying German income and social taxes. If I've been wrong and you have more in depth information I'd welcome a PM.
Sorry, you still were required to file each year, even if you don't end up owing anything--read this:

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/inte...-living-abroad

Fortunately, your foreign income may be excluded from double taxation if it's not over $101,300 for 2016.

(here are totals for the previous years)
https://www.efile.com/foreign-earned...ome-exclusion/

And this is another VERY IMPORTANT reason why you should retroactively file---maybe even for all 24 years (check with a tax specialist on that!)---Germany is one of the countries that has a treaty with the US to share work credits with the US. Sharing credits will enable you to qualify for US Social Security. Read this:

https://www.ssa.gov/international/ag...iew.html#&a0=9
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Old 02-06-2017, 12:24 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Thanks for the tip! Strange, I always associated New Mexico with a warm climate.
It has a lot to do with elevation, high and dry...Santa Fe is at 7,000 ft. and Albuquerque is about 5,300 ft. Phoenix is only 1,000 ft. so it's considerably hotter. Single digit humidity is fairly common in Albuquerque.
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Old 02-06-2017, 04:21 PM
 
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@nightlysparrow
no I haven't. I was under the impression, that there was an agreement between the US and German government to avoid double taxation. In all these years I've been paying German income and social taxes. If I've been wrong and you have more in depth information I'd welcome a PM.
Yikes, you might be facing a big tax bill. I recommend contacting a tax professional and a tax attorney.

I would also recommend Colorados front range cities. Denver is a cool city and my brother has lived there a couple years and he really likes it. It's a good combination of liberal and conservative. Plus the mountains are awesome. It's a diverse city and I believe most parts are fairly safe. I wouldn't worry too much about wild animals, stuff happens, but it's not common. I can't help you on finding a German community, no idea. But Denver is an international city, so you could do some research. I also imagine Denver will be cheaper then most places out west. Summers can get hot if you are not in the mountains proper.
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Old 02-07-2017, 04:01 PM
 
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Reno NV would fit too. Close to Lake Tahoe. Smaller city, less traffic...
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