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Old 08-10-2014, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Durham NC
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In many countries, for residents, I believe that it is. Not for visitors, of course.
So the doctors work for free and the hospitals don't charge for any of their services. The system is far from perfect in the US but if you don't think taxes of some kind do not pay for these so called "free" services you might want to think how anyone gets paid over there for their work.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:01 PM
 
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Always wonder about the truth when people go to 'third world' or 'less expensive' countries. Can things be so fiscally idyllic? Oh one can live real well with those SS checks coming in and getting a steak for 'ten cents'. And I also wonder how those 'affluents' get along with the locals who no doubt struggle to make ends meet. It's nice to be living the high life but where one does it may bring on some interesting scenarios to the expats.
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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OMG Frihed, Mass is very expensive.
Not compared to Denmark. My marginal tax rate as a retiree will be around 60%. I pay 25% VAT on all goods and services i buy. A half-decent meal for two costs over $100. And so on.
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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If you live outside the US and are a US citizen you have to file taxes with the US, even if you make no money from the US. So money made in the foreign country that has nothing whatsoever with the US can be taxed by the US if you earn the equivalent of about $92K. How is that fair?
Both Denmark and the US tax me on my world-wide income. I pay the much higher Danish income tax and use the foreign tax credits to erase my US income taxes. Of course, I pay 3 x times as much tax as in the US!

But it's worth it.
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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I find it ironic that foreigners are trying to get in and Americans are trying to ge out. We as Americans have become complacent and don't realize how well our bread is buttered. More irony is that the pilgrims came over to escape taxation. I guess that's why people are running to third world countries. Ever heard the saying, "Freedom isn't free?" NOTHING is free. lol
Ever heard the saying. "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"?
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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In many countries, for residents, I believe that it is. Not for visitors, of course.
We pay higher taxes for all the goodies we get.
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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I've worked and lived over 10 years in Europe (which I hated), Asia (which I loved) and the Middle East (which I also hated) and have agreed to work the next 18 months in S. America, which I hope is more like Asia than the other two.

Thailand is a country where most people could retire cheaper and have access to a great culture that is friendly, respectful, and where you can live much better at a given cost than the USA as long as you can handle warm and humid climate...Malaysia has many advantages as well.
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:44 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Ever heard the saying. "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"?
A line in the song "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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You should check out the numbers of UK citizens, particularly young males with families, who are immigrating to Canada and Australia, and trying to immigrate to the US. They claim the taxes are lower, it is easier and less expensive to buy a house, and it is easier to succeed in business.
Why would I care? I'm retired here in Scotland and I'm perfectly happy. Of course, taxes are a bit higher but then I never had to think about the price of health insurance and never have to pay for prescriptions. So it balances out.
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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In many countries, for residents, I believe that it is. Not for visitors, of course.
It isn't free. It comes out of the taxes we pay. But no resident is ever denied healthcare because they don't have insurance, like in the US.
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