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USA State Income Taxes / Re: Paying state tax
« Last post by chimellie on Today at 12:31:42 AM »
Thanks guys.

No, I wouldn't want to lie on my tax because I don't want to pay a big penalty of face jail time. I even claim my apartment's income in Cebu to the Philippines government, we pay income, business and property taxes. Being a foreigner in Cebu, I don't want to be deported or blacklisted.

This is a great site, a wealth of info about the Philippines. The members are great, you guys are willing to help other members with knowledge about the Philippines.

Thanks again.
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USA State Income Taxes / Re: Paying state tax
« Last post by Lee2 on June 17, 2018, 11:49:16 PM »
This of course is only good for money earned in a foreign country, as for state tax, moving to a tax free state before moving to the Philippines might help.

Foreign Earned Income Exclusion - Physical Presence Test
You meet the physical presence test if you are physically present in a foreign country or countries 330 full days during a period of 12 consecutive months. The 330 qualifying days do not have to be consecutive. The physical presence test applies to both U.S. citizens and U.S. resident aliens.

The physical presence test is based only on how long you stay in a foreign country or countries. This test does not depend on the kind of residence you establish, your intentions about returning to the United States, or the nature and purpose of your stay abroad. However, your intentions with regard to the nature and purpose of your stay abroad are relevant in determining whether you meet the tax home test, as explained under Chapter 4 of Publication 54, Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad.

330 Full Days
Generally, to meet the physical presence test, you must be physically present in a foreign country or countries for at least 330 full days during the 12-month period. You can count days you spent abroad for any reason. You do not have to be in a foreign country only for employment purposes. You can be on vacation time.

You do not meet the physical presence test if illness, family problems, a vacation, or your employer's orders cause you to be present for less than the required amount of time. Also, if you are present in a foreign country in violation of U.S. law, you will not be treated as physically present in a foreign country while you were in violation of the law. Income that you earn from sources within such a country for services performed during a period of violation does not qualify as foreign earned income.

However, the minimum time requirement can be waived if you must leave a foreign country because of war, civil unrest, or similar adverse conditions in that country. You must be able to show that you reasonably could have expected to meet the minimum time requirements if not for the adverse conditions, and that you had a tax home in the foreign country and were a bona fide resident of, or physically present in, the foreign country on or before the beginning date of the waiver.
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USA State Income Taxes / Re: Paying state tax
« Last post by Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on June 17, 2018, 11:25:46 PM »
Thank you.

How does the Federal verify if you really live in the Philippines, checking your passport stamp ?
On the State Tax Form, it asks State of Residency or foreign country (FC) and dates. You don't want to get caught lying on your tax forms do you?
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USA State Income Taxes / Re: Paying state tax
« Last post by chimellie on June 17, 2018, 11:07:20 PM »
Thank you.

How does the Federal verify if you really live in the Philippines, checking your passport stamp ?   
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USA State Income Taxes / Re: Paying state tax
« Last post by Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on June 17, 2018, 05:06:26 PM »
If you stay in the Philippines 11 months out of a year, do you pay federal and state income tax ?

Thank you
Yes, IRS tax form ask how many days have you been in the U.S. that has State taxes. Your taxable U.S. income and or pensions, you pay Federal taxes regardless where you live.
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USA State Income Taxes / Paying state tax
« Last post by chimellie on June 17, 2018, 04:56:30 PM »
If you stay in the Philippines 11 months out of a year, do you pay federal and state income tax ?

Thank you
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Places to Visit/ Things to Do / Re: Seafari Resort, Tan awan, Oslob. Review
« Last post by JoeLP on June 17, 2018, 09:23:54 AM »
Thank you for the review.  There are a lot of amazing places to visit in the country.  I never even heard of this place, but sounds pretty cool and full of beauty.
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Places to Visit/ Things to Do / Seafari Resort, Tan awan, Oslob. Review
« Last post by hoz on June 17, 2018, 08:13:42 AM »
We went down so the the grand kids could swim with the whales. My step son made this reservation online at the last minute. We had 11 in our party and this place said they could handle us all.

Who builds a beautiful resort at the bottom of a 300 foot cliff? A cliff that has 250 steep concrete steps that must be negotiated in good weather and bad? A cliff guests and luggage must descend and climb when they come to stay? The owner/manager greeted us at the top and in his welcome was couched the words, "There is a rudimentary lift but it's out of order". Ominous. That plus the fact every guest must sign a full page disclaimer and release of liability before entering the resort should have dissuaded any normal party from staying... but we persevered.

It's not for everyone, but the view from the top and from below is amazing. The staff got our luggage down via a cable, pulley and rope and when we left they carried it all back up. We tipped them handsomely for their service. The resort arranged for private jeepney transportation to and from the whale watching location. The driver also hustled us through the line with minimum effort. We had dinner at the resort, no one wanted to climb the stairs again, the food was OK.

Our rooms were clean, though a couple were stuffy. the AC kept us cool once it was fired up.

I won't complain about the service, and the grounds are unique and beautiful. I liked imagining how it was to nestle those buildings into the site and the problems they had to overcome getting all the materials down or off loaded from a boat.

It's not cheap, we paid $3000 piso per room, we had 6 double occupancy rooms and that didn't include breakfast.

The neighbors said the place has been operating about 10 years so they must be making money.

BUT DAMN, those stairs...
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When we bought our vehicles about 6 months ago, both were delivered with number plates.  Also my DL which was issued last month is plastic.
Wish I had the same luck with my ACR Card.
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