If no, how do you get around the being in one place for two years or more requirement?
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If no, how do you get around the being in one place for two years or more requirement?
I was away for 2.5 years in various places and still declared/did my income tax in Aus. I just find it easier to stay as a tax resident at home and then for all foreign earnings (whether I’m away or home) I just work out the exchange rate for that month and add it as Australian earnings. I guess if I ended up earning more of a different currency than Australian $ as my primary income, I’d look at changing my tax residency. Is there any particular reason you want to change your ‘tax residency’ to a different place?
I was just wondering about it. Up until recently, I had investment property in Australia so it was not worth looking at other options but I no longer have that.
Do you do the exchange yourself? I thought the ATO had official exchange rates.
Ok fair enough.
Yes, I use this website to see rates: https://www.ato.gov.au/rates/foreign-exchange-rates/ (don’t bother with daily, monthly is legally fine).
And then I input them into a spreadsheet of income and expenses that automatically does the exchange and then gives me final figures in $AUD.
You can’t escape the Australian Tax department. We’re under a worldwide tax system so unless you decide to stop being Australian or happen to be super wealthy, you’re going to have to declare all your income to the ATO regardless of residency.
This is 100% not true. Perhaps you’re thinking of the US system?
Australians pay tax to the ATO if you are an Australian tax resident on worldwide income. Ie, as long as you are an Australian tax resident, you will pay tax on any of your income, derived from anywhere.
However, if you STOP being an Australian tax resident, you no longer have to submit a return with the ATO.
However, stopping being an Australian tax resident is hard. You can’t just simply leave Australia and think you aren’t a tax resident. You need to tell the ATO you have left and you need to be able to prove you aren’t a tax resident, i.e.:
There is a series of tests that you need to pass to prove you aren’t a tax resident anymore.
In most cases, digital nomads won’t be able to pass the test unfortunately.
Actually you can if you plan to be at one address overseas for 2 years or more. My sister works for a multinational company in Hong Kong and she’s still an Australian citizen but not a resident for tax purposes.
I’m just wondering if anyone has tested the 2 years thing. I’m assuming you would need a visa as proof that you have the right to live and work somewhere else.
You dont need a visa, residency etc. You can prove you’re no longer a resident using things like investment in the new country, longterm lease, kids in school, - evidence you’ve set up life somewhere else. Unfortunately this doesn’t work well for digital nomads but it is possible (i’ve done so).
Actually you can’t if you’re a digital nomad.
The 2+ year scenario doesn’t apply to digital nomads as it requires the person to declare themselves a permanent resident of their host country under (in most cases) a sponsored (non-holiday) working visa. Bouncing from country to country and acknowledging an 183+ day immigration residency doesn’t count as tax residency falls under a different definition.
Those who use the 2+ year scenario declare themselves to the ATO as “permanently” away from Australia. Once they return they fall under a “whoops, changed my mind” deal which may result in an audit, require proof of international income and possibly result in the payment of back taxes (minus the medicare levy and other similar fees) depending on how bad of a day the person at the ATO is having.
In most cases where the person has a normal non-nomadic job, can prove occupational AND taxation residency, does not have any Australian shares, property or income from Australian interest, they won’t usually have to pay Australian tax.
As digital nomads can not fall into this scenario, their options are to either declare the double-taxable personal income or set up a business or similar in another country and funnel earnings though that.
Hi everybody. I live and work in Germany and want to go to Canary Islands for 6 months to work from there. I'm going to keep my current job, just change the "home" in the home office part of things. Are there any tax issues I have to be aware of? I was reading about becoming a residence after 183 days, thus having to pay taxes there plus my employer having to register there. Does anybody know how it works exactly? Thanks a lot!
What I mean is, for example, since most of the EU has banned Americans, if I live in Guatemala and will be traveling FROM Guatemala to the EU, could I get in? Or does the ban count for all Americans regardless of where they live?
My fiancée and I are most likely moving to NYC (maybe DC) in August, and as a technical startup co-founder I'd love to meet new people that are also into startups. Would joining a co-working space be worth the money to do this?
I work for a big tech company that has an office in NYC, but it's mainly sales so I wouldn't be able to meet others that are related to any of my 9-5 work or likely into tech.
If co-working spaces, post covid of course, aren't a good way to meet business starting people in a new city, what is?
My idea is to stay as low as 6 months and as long as a year (maybe, who knows) over Lisbon after doing some analysis from many cities in Europe.
I'm an Argentinian and Chilean (both nationalities) so... no Euro-pass for me (getting my Italian nationality could take 2 years easily). I'm also a remote worker and I have a really good income (I work for a Silicon Valley company) so I can show more than enough resources to stay in the country.
Everything I see online doesn't inspire me much confidence (most sites looks a bit scammy) and this is not a "vacation stay"... I want to be clear my head far away from Argentina right now. If someone has a good website, recommendations, etc I will super appreciate.
Thanks in advance!
I'm in need of a tax advisor who understands "our" typical situation. I'm all good on being legal on taxes at this point, but as I'm doing more investing and there's more compliance and KYC and such, it's getting more complicated to deal with this topic. Not living in my country of citizenship, company in another country, resident in yet another country, banking in a different country ... you know how it is, a pile of red flags.
Would be great to find a good tax advisor to sort things in a way that makes my situation as "explainable" and easily dealt with as possible. Any leads?
We are hoping to become nomads soon and have booked an AirBnB in September in Goa for our first destination. We are considering what would be the best option for accommodation after that. We are trying to decide between co-living spaces, hostels, or Airbnbs.
What are your experiences of accommodation in terms of the following: reliable wifi, social aspect, pricing, cleanliness, cooking facilities?
I'm a dual citizen of America and France with my resident based in the America. Can I travel to the EU using my French passport?
Anyone with knowledge regarding complications of not being a tax resident anywhere in the world? I’m aware that primary health care, bank account opening and incorperation can be problematic but are there other practical or legal factors I should be aware of?
And what about paying myself salary from a self-owned OECD company? I would like to know if I risk potentieal issues with the tax authorities in the jurisdiction of the company, especially regarding withholding tax.
Appreciate your input!
I’m a big believer in co-living but I’m finding hard to find all the options available in different cities.
I have found the major players like Roam, The Collective, and WeLive but haven’t found many others.
Has anyone seen a list or should I start making one?
I know from experience that if you have residential status in countries where IG (a broker) serves, you can buy stocks and other assets through this broker. But I wonder what doors to the stock market, asset market or broker can be unlocked with e-residency? Some banks open a terminal for customers to buy assets overseas too, is one of the e-residency friendly bank offering a good portfolio of assets to invest in?
Hello everyone! I’m new here and probably this is a very newbie question, but it doesn’t leave my head.
How do you, nomads, pay your taxes? I mean, if you’re constantly traveling, how are you going to pay taxes for a certain country if you are going to stay there a short period of time?
Or do you return to your “original country” and then pay them?
By the way, this forum has very nice cool formatting features!
I’m a freelance + nomad newbie, off for my 1st proper trip in May. I’m wanting to spend a month somewhere and go from there.
I just came back from Slovenia/Ljubljana and loved it there (just a week). I don’t mind “sleepier” places par-say, as long as they’re close to a beach or nature of some kind. In fact, I kinda like places less-busy and a bit smaller/cosier.
I’m been swaying towards Porto, but have been impressed by the rave reviews I’ve seen for Valencia.
-> Have you every nomad-ed in a Spanish/Portuguese city? I’d love to know where and what you liked/disliked
I have been doing Southeast Asia during June to November for 11 years. Rainy, Typhoons - is wild - still warm but ya - getting older so not as into that. Where can go is warm and dry - not super hot like Vegas but warm and has to be DRY. Good Internet and affordable. Ty
Currently in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and heading to Santa Teressa, Costa Rica next week.
Then Aruba in the Caribbean Sea for Christmas and New Year.
However I feel I want to head back to Central America to bring living costs down, rather than staying in the Caribbean Sea among the expensive Islands.
This means I have around 2 - 2,5 month of unplanned travelling.
Any digital nomads who have ideas about where to head in that timeframe?
I am a New Zealander looking to travel for a couple of years in different countries. For this purpose I would ideally like to shift my company to a lower tax territory where I will live part time, as I am currently taxed at roughly 33% in New Zealand, however it’s closer to 40% when I add in all the hidden taxes.
With a move I won’t be living in NZ so I’ll no longer be obliged to pay any tax after 320 days.
I ideally would wish to be a tax resident of the country I incorporate in. What country is easiest to do this through? A large chunk of my business relies on PayPal which requires your bank account to be from the same country your company is registered. Thus I can’t do anything such as BVI or small islands.
Tbh my best bet looks to be Dubai Free Zones at this point and I can do some travel in europe from there.
What is your ergonomic set-up while traveling?
I personally have an external keyboard, and am currently exploring getting a laptop stand, some lumbar support, and a trackball-mouse.
What do you use? How are you balancing health / portability?
I have been a digital nomad for the last couple of years. I have always worked in tech and now run a couple of profitable online businesses that give me a reliable income and allow me to fund a nomadic lifestyle.
I recently exited one of my businesses and I am considering to invest the income from the sale in properties, mainly for 2 reasons:
a) I don’t want to keep wasting my money in renting apartments across the cities I stay
b) I believe in properties as investment and I want to diversify my investment portfolio (mainly stocks)
After years of constant wander from one place to another, now I am the type of digital nomad who sticks to few locations: I mainly rotate across 4 places each year (San Francisco, Medellin, Berlin, Bali). Buying a house in each of those location would be difficult and too expensive. Therefore, I was wondering if there was any sort of service that combines an investment opportunity with the ability to access different properties around the world (even if just for a limited time per year) ?
Imagine living in 4 cities per year and having a house in each place that you can exclusively use for 3 months and at the same time having your investment growing (this depending on the market, of course). Wouldn’t that be great? I believe it could be done via a property fund selling you a share and giving you access to some of their properties for a limited timeframe each year.
Has anyone heard of anything like that?
I previously use Profia. Contract is ending and I want to have someone who accepts crypto payment instead.
Hi, I’m new here.
I am moving out forever.
So I am going to move to another country my residence.
But, in the new country I don’t plan to spend more than 90 days a year for sure, at least it’s not the plan for the first years.
But I want to be sure that my tax residence is in my new country, even if I spend less than 90 days a year.
I want to be sure I won’t be reclaimed by my original country or any other country that I might end up spending less than 180 days, but more than the less than 90 I expect to spend in my new country(looks like it’s going to be Portugal).
Hope that was understandable.
Does anyone know where I can get information about this kind related to nomadism?
I’m currently in Penang, Malaysia and I was thinking to head to Thailand next. What are the best islands in Thailand to get some work done? I was considering either Ko Lanta or Ko Phangan because those both islands have coworking spaces. I might need to take some client calls, also video. Is the wifi good enough? Are there any other differences between the islands?
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