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Old 02-04-2016, 05:24 PM
 
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Chicago is an option I hadn't considered. I love the city, but the Lincoln Park area is pretty pricey no? Seems to be around 1k/month rent for a normal studio. I haven't researched that much though.
What about taxes in Illinois? The state is bankrupt, and whatever money they need is going to have to come from somewhere. And that somewhere is the taxpayer.
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Old 02-04-2016, 06:53 PM
 
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A lot of expats base out of Florida because it is has many cheap areas and no state taxes, that is why you'll find a lot of the international package forwarding services are based in Florida.

My wife and I sold our home (not in Florida) and cars, all we kept was a few boxes of stuff since our time away from US will likely be 2+ years. Said stuff is in parents' attic... the good kitchen knives, documents, etc.

We did set up a mail forwarding service where there is a PO Box in our home state, they tell what arrives and you can choose whether to scan it, forward it, etc. that is critical for things like dealing with taxes and other stuff while away.
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Old 02-04-2016, 08:02 PM
 
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Nice. Florida seems like a good place to consider.
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:13 PM
 
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Since this will be your residence in the US for tax purposes, consider only states that have no state income tax (Florida, Texas, Nevada, New Hampshire, etc.). Pick one with a low cost of living and decent airport or rail connections to a major airport. It would be better if it is in a warm climate, as if you need to come home to visit in the middle of winter you won't want to have to deal with bad weather. My picks would be Las Vegas, Dallas/Ft Worth, Orlando, Jacksonville, or Tallahassee, Florida.
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Old 02-05-2016, 04:28 AM
 
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We use S Florida as our home base. It's close to the airport, our customs broker and it's cheap.


Thankfully our flight is a mere 90 mins so day trips back to the states aren't an issue. All bills are sent and paid online; except for rent which is paid by checks I leave with the youngest child who mans the base while we're gone. Our landlord knows that we come and go and has all of our local and international contact info, as well as our daughter's. Works well for us.
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Old 02-05-2016, 05:09 AM
 
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Chicago is an option I hadn't considered. I love the city, but the Lincoln Park area is pretty pricey no? Seems to be around 1k/month rent for a normal studio. I haven't researched that much though.
One can get a studio for approx. 1k/month rent in NYC too which has good airport access & public transportation and isn't much further than Chicago.
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Old 02-05-2016, 08:53 AM
 
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One can get a studio for approx. 1k/month rent in NYC too which has good airport access & public transportation and isn't much further than Chicago.
While NYC is arguably the best city in the world and super easy to traverse with public transport, as NYC has city AND state tax (plus, of course, in addition tto federal tax), it would be one of the last places I'd base myself if I spent most of my time overseas.

As others have mentioned, a zero tax state is your best bet, especially one with enough flights to Asia-- even if you have to buy a cheap car and keep it garaged when you're overseas (or, better yet, rent a car for the times when when you're stateside-- or even use Uber or ZipCar, if need be).
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Old 02-05-2016, 09:58 AM
 
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How about northern Washington like Bellingham and using Vancouver as your gateway airport? No state income tax. YVR is 50 miles. You get NEXUS and breeze through the border crossing. Great skiing at Mount Baker. The boating in the San Juans and Gulf Islands is superb. Housing is dirt cheap by west coast standards. Vancouver is a world class city for dining and culture. Seattle is 90 miles. SEATAC access is awful from there but YVR is really easy since the airport is in Richmond south of the city.

I'd do Reno and pop over to LAX before I did Las Vegas but I ski and being an hour from Tahoe would be a big deal. RNO is a desert airport so you know an LAX flight is going to get there.
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Old 02-05-2016, 02:23 PM
 
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Well, when I was based overseas in SE Asia or the middle east, my home was in TN, just south of Nashville Inexpensive and safe area, so not worry about leaving the condo.

And for me, Nashville was small enough to maneuver in, and had flights to Baltimore Washington international, which gave me a decent drive to my headquarters location for assignments overseas, and the large DC airports.

NO income taxes in TN on earned income.
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Old 02-05-2016, 02:42 PM
 
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While NYC is arguably the best city in the world and super easy to traverse with public transport, as NYC has city AND state tax (plus, of course, in addition tto federal tax), it would be one of the last places I'd base myself if I spent most of my time overseas.

As others have mentioned, a zero tax state is your best bet, especially one with enough flights to Asia-- even if you have to buy a cheap car and keep it garaged when you're overseas (or, better yet, rent a car for the times when when you're stateside-- or even use Uber or ZipCar, if need be).
True that NYC taxes are high but if one spends enough time overseas and is considered a non-resident, I think the taxes are not an issue.
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