Costa Rica Blog

Cosmic Bowling in the Osa Region of Costa Rica and a Real Estate Boom

Posted by Steve Linder on Fri, Dec, 13, 2013

People have been getting quite a surprise when driving down the coast in southern Costa Rica.  There among the toucans, sloths and macaws is another rare bird in this area, a cosmic bowling alley.  The Costa Ballena region has been amazing people with its bio diversity for years.  But recently some new inhabitants have appeared, causing a migration of a different sort. 

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All Americans Assumed to be Tax Evaders - living abroad or at home

Posted by Steve Linder on Tue, Apr, 09, 2013

All Americans Assumed to be Tax Evaders
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Many of you readers may be unaware of a few provisions that were slipped into the HIRE Act signed by President Obama back in 2010. Two key elements seem more aimed at Americans living outside the US than at jobs creation but are having sweeping effect on all foreign investment options for Americans, whether living in the US or abroad.

Under the guise of improving employment opportunities, the FBAR (the Foreign Bank Account Reporting) Act and the FATCA (the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) have put tremendous international pressure on many foreign financial institutions, forcing them to become tax compliance offices of the US and IRS. Don't get me wrong, I am not a tax evader, nor a millionaire and most American citizens living abroad or simply with investments abroad are not tax evaders. The net result of these two new tools being used by the US government on every US citizen who owns any asset abroad should clearly be illegal and is a direct attack on our personal freedom as Americans. FBAR required the reporting of foreign bank account holdings, just as we all are required to report any income earned.

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Tags: Expats, FATCA, FBAR, Foreign bank account reporting, boomers abroad, Americans living overseas, Worldwide taxation

A look at Argentina for expats and retirees looking to move abroad

Posted by Steve Linder on Tue, Mar, 01, 2011

In the next few months, I am going to look at 20 countries that are often sought out by Expats and Retirees.  Each will be as a comparison to living elsewhere, including owning property in Costa Rica, the US or Canada.

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Tags: Expats, retirees, north americans living abroad, baby boomersm, Costa Rica

Risk - A Decision Making Tool For Expats Living Abroad

Posted by Steve Linder on Sun, Feb, 14, 2010

Here is a great Slide Show I made for risk analysis when considering moving abroad.  With 7 years of International Business at the college level, I present things to consider when choosing a country to relocate or invest in.  Risk and return are related and our threshold for risk varies from person to person.  Take a look at this slide show to get a better understanding of how to use risk analysis to help in the selection process of where to live, relocate, retire or invest.  Remember that every scenario has risk, even that of doing nothing.  Also remember that when looking back at life it is often not what we did that we regret, it is what we didn't do.

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Tags: Expats, Abroad, international living, Risk for Expats, living internationally, overseas living, investing abroad, international investing

Moving with Children to Costa Rica - 10 Things to Consider

Posted by Steve Linder on Fri, Dec, 04, 2009

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Tags: Expats, Living Abroad, Events and Activities, children in Costa Rica, schools, Costa Rica

Real Estate in Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Nicaragua and Belize

Posted by Steve Linder on Mon, Nov, 30, 2009

Real estate for Expats - A Comparison

Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama,  Belize and Nicaragua

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Tags: Panama, Real Estate, Expats, Living Abroad, Mexico, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica