Any Ex-Pats or folks working abroad?

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Figured I’d start a new thread instead of infesting the Carnage Dossier

I came close to working in Saudi (Yanbu), was offered the job but couldn’t get enough details to feel comfortable.....

I was also offered a job in Kwajalein Atoll, but even with the tax free aspect and all expenses paid it was too much of a pay cut.....

I’ve kept tabs on Geneva, applied for a couple of things but haven’t been contacted.
 

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Figured I’d start a new thread instead of infesting the Carnage Dossier

I came close to working in Saudi (Yanbu), was offered the job but couldn’t get enough details to feel comfortable.....

I was also offered a job in Kwajalein Atoll, but even with the tax free aspect and all expenses paid it was too much of a pay cut.....

I’ve kept tabs on Geneva, applied for a couple of things but haven’t been contacted.
Word of advice on CH, be very mindful of your visa, and it’s limitations, one of my wife’s coworkers over stayed his visa and he was “told to leave” by the Swiss authorities within days of its expiration and wasn’t allowed back for a year.
Also it’s ungodly expensive and Geneva in particular is interesting with cell phones, in theory it’s france, I called my wife and got whacked for being in france, it happened often to our friend who lived in Basal he had to check his cell carrier all the time because when they would go to Germany to grocery shop (cheaper in Germany)

Oh and good thread idea
 

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I’ve been to Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria, Liechtenstein etc....I used to work in Stuttgart quite a bit and rented motorcycles a few times for long weekend trips around the alps.

Fucking Switzerland is the place I would always get lost, the GPS and especially cell service was wonky at best, the directions using my iPhone were always town to town, not like start to destination.....Vodaphone is sketchy.

I would usually rent in Stuttgart or Munich then ride into the alps, the BS part was that (at the time at least) you couldn’t put Stelvio Italy as the end destination, you had to re-program often along the way and just pick the next town along the route, it was a giant pain.....I ended up just riding around and following other bikers or asking at gas stops for cool passes and shit to see.

Don’t get me started on the vignettes needed country to country
 

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I'm still in the US but I've put a ton of thought and research into becoming an expat. It was my #1 priority for years and then I suddenly lost interest. Most of the countries I researched were ones baggers would consider shitholes anyway.
 

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I just started a job today where lots of travel will be involved. But mostly to military bases installing sat com dishes. Should be cool. Though they pulled a bit of a bait and switch on me said some travel would be necessary not quite as much as I found out I'll actually be doing. "Some" became 1-2 month projects.
 

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All depends on what installation you go to....some are very good, some are very bad
 

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Did you watch any Hockey? I would drive across the bridge into Sarnia to watch the Flint Firebirds play their shit team.
You couldn't help but watch hockey, but I had no idea what was going on or who I was supposed to root for.
 
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I just started a job today where lots of travel will be involved. But mostly to military bases installing sat com dishes. Should be cool. Though they pulled a bit of a bait and switch on me said some travel would be necessary not quite as much as I found out I'll actually be doing. "Some" became 1-2 month projects.
I've installed hundreds of dishes, how is that even a gig necessary of traveling 100 to 10k miles away to do? Even without any fancy equipment how long could the average dish install take?
 

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I've installed hundreds of dishes, how is that even a gig necessary of traveling 100 to 10k miles away to do? Even without any fancy equipment how long could the average dish install take?
They are massive.

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Government contracts to a single provider, provider mobilizes workers nationwide......
 

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but even with the tax free aspect.
That's a myth.

Even if you earn it overseas, you're still a US citizen, and Uncle Sam needs to wet his beak.



There are some "loopholes" but good luck jumping through them.
 

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That's a myth.

Even if you earn it overseas, you're still a US citizen, and Uncle Sam needs to wet his beak.



There are some "loopholes" but good luck jumping through them.
Meh, I just said I never earned anything. I don't know if/how anything has changed because they didn't/couldn't do/prove anything with me.
 

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That's a myth.

Even if you earn it overseas, you're still a US citizen, and Uncle Sam needs to wet his beak.



There are some "loopholes" but good luck jumping through them.

My Mrs is a Tax Accountant......basically the first like $90k is tax free, then they tax the rest
 

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I had a friend who worked for Bell Helicopter in Iran in the late '70s, he said if you stayed out of the US for 365 days they wouln't tax what you made, I have no idea if that was true then or now. He used to go to Tijuana to see his family a couple of times a year. Then the Shah got overthrown and the embassy came around and told him to grab what he could carry because he was leaving right now.
 

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I had a friend who worked for Bell Helicopter in Iran in the late '70s, he said if you stayed out of the US for 365 days they wouln't tax what you made, I have no idea if that was true then or now. He used to go to Tijuana to see his family a couple of times a year. Then the Shah got overthrown and the embassy came around and told him to grab what he could carry because he was leaving right now.

Yeah part of the package they offer you to stay tax free is two round trip tickets twice a year to fly to meet family or whoemever.....that was the Saudi deal, the deal in the Marshall Islands was different because you had to fly through Hawaii
 

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Taxes are tricky.....basically you owe someone somewhere taxes. The US will give you credit for taxes paid to other jurisdictions, but he's going to make sure you pay your fair share. Working in Canada, their tax rates would make Eisenhower blush, so I didn't owe anything to the IRS. Canada Revenue Dept made out like a bandit off of me though.
 

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Couple years back I worked in Alabama for about 9 months....moved there the week before Thanksgiving, so I was a resident for like 6 weeks in that calendar year

I got back over $2,000 in state taxes......that state is fucked...6 weeks, $2,000
 

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Well apparently were taking them down and selling them to NASA.


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I'll bet it's for government mind control experiments.