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How to handle problems with US Address Verification


by @simplgy |  | 10 comments

Iโ€™ve been a Traveling Mailbox member for about a year. My last yearโ€™s tax return, all financial institutions, vehicle registration, and driverโ€™s license all reflect this address.

It looks like an apartment address: 75 N Woodward Ave #####, Tallahassee FL.

In the last few weeks, Iโ€™ve been having problems.

  1. I requested a voter registration renewal in Florida and it was denied on the grounds that I am using a business address
  2. My bank (Ally) contacted me, saying that my address was a โ€œmaildropโ€ location, and needed to be a physical domicile.

My theory is that this Traveling Mailbox location has been flagged as a maildrop in whatever database these agencies use and will continue to be a problem, so Iโ€™m looking for a new strategy.

Questions:

  • What am I supposed to do? I donโ€™t have or want a permanent home.
  • If these agencies object to my address, will the IRS or the California tax board? (audits? residency challenges?)

Some ideas:

  • Use a โ€œnext of kinโ€ address for legal reasons, and traveling mailbox as a mailing address. My bank allowed this. I think this means I need to declare residency in the state of my next-of-kin, which is not preferred.
  • Find a smaller mail services provider that is less likely to be flagged as a business/maildrop location (They may be flagged later and Iโ€™ll have to change addresses. Iโ€™ll miss the digital scanned mail feature. Also, is any mail service legal to use as a residence now?)

@nickdanforth, you had this same problem in Apr 2015, any solutions work well for you?

@nomadicme, sounds like youโ€™ve had the same problem, too.

What can we do about this, folks? Seems like as full-time travellers we should be able to pick any state in the US to be our residence, but banning certain types of addresses is really making it difficult.

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Which US state should I set up residency in?


by @simplgy |  | 13 comments

Iโ€™m trying to decide which US state to set up residence in.

This is a complicated question. For one thing, deciding where you want to reside depends on things like:

  • Income Tax (None in FL, TX, NV, WA, SD, TN (excpt dvnds)
  • Sales Tax (especially for vehicles)
  • Property Tax
  • Health Insurance rules for those who arenโ€™t in-state much

And requirements like:

  • How long do you have to be in-state?
  • How often do you have to renew Driverโ€™s License and Registration?
  • Can you get out of jury duty because youโ€™re gone?

RVers have been doing this for a while:

And there are some new complications:

The Patriot Act now requires that financial institutions have a residential address on file for each of their customers, and it explicitly excludes the use of mail forwarding addresses for this purpose.

So I wanted to start a thread that gathers some good information on how people make this decision, problems theyโ€™ve had, and things theyโ€™ve learned.

For me it might make sense to stay in FL because itโ€™s tax-free, I have the license already, and they have no in-state requirement. But I have no family or real address there if itโ€™s ever required, and I donโ€™t see myself owning land there because itโ€™s too far from a major airport.

Nevada or TX makes sense if Iโ€™m going to buy some land and stay in the wintersโ€“both are by good airports and have strong tech communities.

Maybe folks want to contribute to a spreadsheet that has some of this data filled in? Or we can keep it in this thread?

For most of us that are earning right now, the short list is probably the states with no income tax, but there are other considerations and I want to make sure we know what weโ€™re getting in to.

How have you all made this decision?

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How do you receive physical mail as a digital nomad?

 

by @danielgenser |  | 81 comments

Does anyone have recommendations to handle physical mail? In the USA, Iโ€™ve noticed various services over the years where you get a physical address that you can change your address to, they receive your mail, scan stuff and send you PDFโ€™s.

Has anyone used these types of services? Impressions?

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How do we mark the places we have lived on the map?


by @ankitdas123 |  | 13 comments

Hey guys,

In the past 10 years, I have visited many towns and villages across India, however except on Facebook, there is no other way to look back and see on one map - where all you have been to and also how many times.

Since its a part of the nomadic lifestyle as well, I am assuming a couple of you might have put things on a map. How and what service do you use? I would prefer Google Maps, however I am not sure how to put things on that and specially how to mark whether you have visited twice or thrice?

If possible, kindly share Free tools or services.

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What's the best cities with the fastest internet for digital nomads?


by @kikikarpus |  | 12 comments

Just looking for some places where everyone has had good luck with internet. Iโ€™ve had some bad luck, so Iโ€™d love to play it safe when planning out the next few months.

Any thoughts on the Phillipines? Taiwan?

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