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--- Quote from: MadDog on March 14, 2018, 05:49:44 AM ---OK, let me get this straight. Of course I keep my citizenship. I can find a mail forward company that uses a street address in a state with no income tax. I can use this address for all my important stuff, then sell the house. The mail forward company is my US address for all my important stuff. Is this right?? If so, is there any possible problems with this?

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You do not have to get one in a state with no state income taxes.  I doubt if a state who would allow you to be a resident would turn you down if you had the desire to pay state income taxes.  I pay only federal because I am a legal resident of Florida.  I no longer own anything in the US.  No property, no house or condo or anything.  Well, except for four large balikbayan size boxes in my cuz's garage of my stuff that I own.  One day, I might go back for a couple of week vacation and finally get around to sorting about half of it for the trash and ship the rest.  Through out the whole of 2017, I had ordered up my mail only two times with less than 10 pieces of mail each time so, I am looking at seeing if it is feasible to just eliminate the PMB rather than pay 20 bucks a month and paying for the shipment costs.  You can get some cheaper but half my cost is scanning capability of the mail.   If I really wanted, I could knock it down to about 6 total pieces of mail a year, maybe less if I tried hard enough.  I left the US in 2013 and have yet to go back for a visit.  I also, have yet to have any kind of problem conducting any business in the US which needs any attention. 

If you give it some more time, someone might come on here and tell you a better set-up.  I think there are some living here who do not even have their own address for residency.  They either have a relative handling mail for them or they have zero address there.


--- Quote from: lost_in_samoa on March 14, 2018, 06:55:45 AM ---I looked into this a few years back.  What I found was that states have different residency benchmarks.

If you don't meet those then you default back to your state of birth for legal matters.

Hope this helps.

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You posted this before I was able to get mine on but yeah, I am sure they do.  In my case, I have Florida residency but it did not matter that if I had been a resident or not.  Florida is one of the easiest states to gain residency.  Now, I know NY (where he is) has state income taxes.  I think, and not positive, that they give a break to fed pension.  Don't know if federal covers SS payments though. But, I know anyway you look at it, NY stinks up the place when it comes to any kind of taxes and that is the main reason I never went back there and/or reclaimed residency.

Edit: To clarify, that is the main reason I never went back there in the 70s.  The only consideration that I gave it was 3 seconds when I was doing the research portion of preparing to retire as the Philippines was at the top of my list already.


--- Quote from: BudM on March 14, 2018, 07:24:29 AM ---NY stinks
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The gist of what I learned is ....  it is a big, ugly, ill defined, mess.  Like crawling through a barrel of fish hooks. 

So I advise all to be careful and perform due diligence.

I did not.  Owned a property in one state.  Legal resident in two states during the tax year.  Sold the property.  Ended up on the receiving end of a state taxes ménage à trois.

Yeah, you got it right.  I got to go for now.  If you are unaware of it and live near an S&R, their member's treat sale starts this morning when they open and runs through Sunday.  A lot of buy one and take one along with a lot of up to 50% off.  I want to get there before it gets crowded.  Last year I turned around and walked out.

The first thing to do right now if you plan to move, is to make sure everything that can be done online is made online only, and that you do away with anything you do not need, so get yourself down to say 4 credit cards or less, two bank accounts and IMO make those ones you can use while in the Philippines for free such as Fidelity and Charles Schwab and if you have no one to take care of your mail then get a mail forwarding service like Miami box and change your address to that months before moving so you can work out any glitches and do away with as much mail as possible.

As for income tax, if you live in a high tax state such as NY, then why not move to Florida or other tax free state that has a mail forwarding service, in preparation of your move to the Philippines. Get a Florida drivers license, file a certificate of domicile and then never have to pay state taxes again. When retired, every dollar may count and one less tax to file will make life easier as well.

States with no income tax:
South Dakota.


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