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TOP DESTINATION INFORMATION!

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We have over 5000 pages of destination specific information about the reality of moving abroad. This information is updated daily by providers in 176 destinations worldwide.

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British Expats - Do You Need an Offshore Bank Account?

The answer is, you may not. But Iain Yule reckons that most British expats will at some time, if not throughout their time abroad, find offshore banking useful in a number of ways...

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Beware the Hidden Costs of a Move to the UAE!

Marcus Gent has recently relocated from the UK to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He warns would-be expatriates to beware the hidden costs as well as the benefits...

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Briton Working Abroad? What Are Your UK Employment Law Rights?

If you are working outside the UK, the extent to which you are protected by UK employment law is a complex issue...

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Must Americans Abroad  File Local Tax Returns?

For the first time Americans abroad must file local tax returns in their foreign location, writes Iain Yule.

New rules dictate that any person with a US connection has to declare their details to their local taxman - who will then share it with the US...

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Moving To The USA? – Learn  About Green Cards and Visas

It’s important to understand the difference between a Green Card and a work visa…

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Take A Shine To The Spanish Golden Visa

Get a visa for Spain by making an investment in the country…

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Statutory Residence Test

Expats should make sure they are UK non-resident to save tax...

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Bern and Copenhagen Head Global Liveability Index for Europeans

Bern and Copenhagen are the most liveable locations for Europeans according to the latest Location Ratings for expatriate living conditions published by ECA International...

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Toronto Heads Global Liveability Index for North Americans

Toronto is the most liveable location for North Americans according to the latest location ratings for expatriate living conditions published by ECA International...

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UK Home Buyers Could Benefit From Stamp Duty Changes

Attention UK home buyers. The way in which stamp duty is charged has been changed in a move that will benefit most - but not all - purchasers of property...

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British Expats to Pay Tax on Home Sales

From April 2015, non-UK residents will have to pay tax on gains from property sales - but there are important reliefs… 

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£3 Million Goes Begging  For British Expats 

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Premium bond prizes worth over £3 million, including one for £100,000, are left unclaimed by Britons abroad…

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Tokyo Is A Safe City for Expats  – But Is Your Destination?

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Osaka and Singapore are also reckoned to be safe, but what about the city you are heading for?

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Yemen Now Unsafe For Foreigners

The US, Britain and France have closed their embassies in Yemen, amid escalating violence. Don’t go there….

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Expats in Europe: What Happens If Britain Leaves The EU?

Over two million British expats live elsewhere in the European Union. What happens to them if Britain leaves the EU?

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Heading To China? New  Health Cover Launched 

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International health care plans for individuals and families in China have been unveiled…

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IRS Vigorously Pursuing Offshore Assets

International non-compliance has become a significant area of concern and focus for the Internal Revenue Service. Based on recent criminal prosecutions and convictions by the Department of...

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UK Pension Reforms For Expats - Are You Ready?

Pension regulations came into force on 6 April 2015 which have provided individuals with new opportunities and freedoms. Subject to much discussion and consideration, the new reforms will have an impact on a large majority of savers both in the UK and overseas.

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How A Weak Euro Affects Expats 

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A weak euro presents opportunities for many expats. Find out how and why...

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Keep Details Of Travel To Prove UK Non-Residence

It is important to demonstrate UK non-residence to save paying too much tax.

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Buying Property In Spain? Do It The Right Way...

There are certain procedures you must follow when buying in Spain…

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Singapore Is World's Most Expensive Place To Live

Singapore has earned the dubious honour of being the world’s most expensive city, so check your bank balance before you move there...

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Internationally Mobile Workers Head For United Arab Emirates

A recent survey reveals that talent willing to travel is considering the UAE ahead of the USA, Australia, UK and Canada.

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Britons Buying Property Abroad Favour France And Spain

France and Spain remain the firm favourites for those looking to buy a place in the sun, with 75% of house-hunters looking at these countries to purchase a home abroad.

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Beware Offshore Investments Levying High Charges

Warning is issued about some offshore investments sold to expats which pay high commission rates to advisers but don’t grow customers’ wealth…

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Know Your Legal Options If Divorcing in Dubai

What can be done in law if an expat marriage breaks up in UAE?

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Expats Not Saving Enough

British expats earn more when they head overseas but tend also to spend more, creating a savings gap for their retirement

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British Expats Offered New Buy-To-Let Calculator

An offshore bank has devised a mortgage calculator for those considering property investment in the UK.

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Claim That Expats Are Losing Money Through Poor Advice

Tens of thousands of pounds put at risk by unsuitable adviser recommendations, it is alleged…

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Entrepreneur or investor? Find out how to get a UK visa...

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Salary Expectation Calculator

This will calculate the minimum net salary you require in 140 cities in 93 countries to improve your standard of living.

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NEW: Great Travel Ideas From Your Expat Base

Get inspiration for your next downtime trip in our brand new Travel Channel…

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Buying Property In France? Do It The Right Way…

There are certain procedures you must follow when buying in France…

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Buying Property In Hong Kong? Do It The Right Way…

There are certain procedures you must follow when buying in Hong Kong and some pitfalls to avoid, so read our expert guide.

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Setting Up A Business In The United States?

Opening a business in the US has consistently been an attractive option for entrepreneurs and businesses looking to open or expand their operations overseas, writes Heather Landau.

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Get The Right Papers When You Move To The States

New report identifies problems with getting the right documents and credit history.

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Pension Planning For Britons In The USA

Should British expats in the USA place their retirement funds in an overseas pension scheme or a UK-based one?

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Make Sure You Don't Void Your Travel Policy Claim

Exclusions and conditions vary between travel insurance policies, but common ones incude claims made as a result of...

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UK Property Tax Changes May Affect Expats

Read our guide to see if recent changes to the way property transactions are taxed in the UK will affect you.

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The Top Five UK Credit Cards To Use Abroad

David Mann, money expert at uSwitch.com, shares his tips on the best five credit cards to make the most of your money when not only booking travel, but also when overseas.

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How To Get A UK Visa If You’re A Non EU Resident

For many, living and working in the UK certainly has its appeal. It’s continually ranked among one of the best environments in the world for starting a business, and the country’s economy, education system and high standards of living is an attraction that many can’t resist. But, asks Heather Landau, what are the immigration options available to you if you’re a non-EU resident? 

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Investors Can Gain Visas For The USA

A visa for permanent residency in the United States can be obtained by foreign investors. But only under certain conditions, writes Heather Landau.

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Buying Property In New Zealand? Do It The Right Way…

There are certain procedures you must follow when buying in New Zealand… read our expert guide.

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Buying Property In Australia? Do It The Right Way…

There are certain procedures you must follow when buying in Australia…

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Expat Living Magazine – Winter 2015

The New Winter Edition of Expat Living magazine is now available free of charge.

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Expats Face New Taxes on UK Income

If you have income arising in the UK from dividends, savings interest or property rental the way you are to be taxed is changing. Make sure you are prepared.

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Living, Working and Doing Business in Germany

Throughout Europe, Germany is considered one of the best places to do business, largely thanks to its robust economy that has weathered the recent economic slump better than most, writes Heather Landau.

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UK Expat Children: Education Back Home Or Internationally?

Is it better to send expat children back to the UK for their education or use an international school? Make an informed choice with these price guidelines.

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Revised Golden Visa Rules Set To Boost Portugal Property Sales

The lowering of Portugal's Golden Visa investment limit from €500,000 to €350,000 is expected to boost housing sales in the country by up to 20%, writes Heather Landau.

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US Expats: What You Need To Know About Bank Account Reporting

Do you really understand the importance of those dread acronyms FBAR and FATCA? It’s crucial that you do if you are an American living overseas with foreign bank accounts.

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How Safe Is Offshore Banking?

Lots of expats use offshore banking to avoid paying unnecessary taxes and for multi-currency services. But is it safe to do so?

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How Will UK Pensions Changes Affect Me?

The April 2015 pension reform changes have already had a significant impact on expatriates who wish to access their pensions while retiring abroad. We explain below how these changes could affect you by combining our financial expertise with real-life frequently asked questions.

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Cover For Australia And New Zealand Migrants

Migration Cover provides insurance for skilled migrants to, or remaining in, Australia or New Zealand as numbers reach record highs

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Moving From Canada To The UK: Tax Implications

A reader wants to know how she can sever residential ties with Canada and join the UK tax system.

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UK Tax Changes Could Benefit Overseas Property Owners

A new ‘family home allowance’ which increases the UK inheritance tax threshold can potentially apply to those owning foreign property.

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Time To Buy Your Home In Spain?

Many matters influence the timing of a foreign property purchase. But it looks like the factors are in favour of buying in Spain.

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Renounce US Citizenship At Your Peril

Being fed up of filing US tax returns is not a good reason to renounce citizenship. If you are considering this move, read this five-point guide first

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Buying Property In Germany? Do It The Right Way…

There are certain procedures you must follow when buying in Germany…read our expert guide

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US Green Cards Still Available In Investor Programme

Investors have had a positive start to 2016 after it was announced that the EB-5 investment visa programme for the United States has been renewed without change until 30 September 2016, writes Heather Landau.

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Time To Buy Property In Southern Europe?

Most European property markets have been in the doldrums since the credit crunch of 2008. But, 2015 could be the year things change.

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Wealthy Britons To Head Overseas In Retirement

New research shows that over half of Britain’s wealthiest people plan to spend the majority of their retirement overseas.

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New Zealand Welcomes Migrants With Skills

A booming economy means that New Zealand is open for talented incomers, particularly in the construction sector.

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Expats Most Vulnerable After Pension Freedom

With the new pension flexibility rules coming into effect, a pensions adviser is warning that British expats are among the most vulnerable to pension scammers.

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Expat Living Magazine - Autumn 2015

Our latest edition of Expat Living is now available.

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What Can I Do To Reduce My UK Tax Liability?

This is a common question for expats and the answer depends on very particular personal circumstances, there is no one answer. But there are some common themes.

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Helping Britons Source Suppliers In Spain

A new, free-to-use service allows visitors and expats in Spain to source and contact trusted local suppliers.

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Rise In ‘Temporary Expats’ Seeking Work Overseas

More expats are seeking work abroad, favouring Eastern countries and particularly Singapore.

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What To Do If Your Flight Is Disrupted

A new guide offers practical information about what you are entitled to if your flight is delayed or cancelled. It also covers your legal rights and the responsibilities of the airline.

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Britons Favour Australia For A New Life Abroad

Over 850,000 Britons have moved overseas for a new life in the past five years, with Australia a great favourite

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Expat Landlords Face Tax Changes

If you have income arising in the UK from property rental the way you are to be taxed is changing. Make sure you are prepared.

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Buying Property In Italy? Do It The Right Way…

There are certain procedures you must follow when buying in Italy…read our expert guide.

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Expat-Focused Bank Launched In Spain

Hola Bank, owned by La Caixa, provides financial services for expats owning or renting property in Spain.

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Buying Property In Cyprus? Do It The Right Way…

There are certain procedures you must follow when buying in Cyprus and some pitfalls to avoid, so read our expert guide.

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Deadline Approaches to Take Advantage of Intellectual Property Rights in Cyprus 

In May 2012 Cyprus introduced what’s commonly referred to as the IP Box, a number of tax exemptions and incentives relating to intellectual property rights, writes Heather Landau.

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British Expat In The USA? You Must Report All Foreign Assets

Philip Teague issues a warning to Britons in the USA about the foreign account tax compliance act.

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UK Unregulated Investments Ban Pushes Problem On To Expats

The sale of unregulated collective investment schemes (UCIS) to ordinary investors has intensified in some markets since UK authorities banned their sale in the UK last year, according to expat advisers AES International.

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Students Are Learning To Move Worldwide

As demand for education rises, internationally mobile students are exploring new destinations.

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Ten Money Matters If Moving To Spain 

Are you planning to move to Spain? What a good choice. It is a lovely place to live, with so many different factors contributing to a very enjoyable and beneficial lifestyle. Spain also offers many advantages from a financial point of view.

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What The UK Budget Means For Expats

The second UK Budget of 2015 contained some rather unexpected announcements which should not be ignored, writes Adam Thompson. Many will not directly affect expats but they certainly need to be noted by those returning to the UK.

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Starting A Small Business In America With The E-2 Visa

The $500,000 investment required for the EB-5 visa is often out of reach for many small businesses. If you’re interested in starting a business in the United States, the E-2 Treaty Investment Visa could provide a more attractive and cost effective alternative to help get your business up and running, writes Heather Landau.

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Win Up To £30,000 And Reunite With Family!

Hosted by Nick Knowles, 5 Star Family Reunion is the BBC One Saturday night lottery game show that gives a UK family and their overseas relatives the opportunity to get back together and win a 5 Star reunion of a lifetime. But it gets better – because as well as this, they could also be in with a chance of winning up to £30,000.

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Buying A US Franchise And Living In America

Over the years the American dream has been an alluring proposition for a number of investors where the prospects of year round sun, an outdoors lifestyle and the chance to be a part of the world’s largest economy has been too tempting to resist, writes Heather Landau.

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Buying Property In Portugal? Do It The Right Way…

There are certain procedures you must follow when buying in Portugal…

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Switzerland Is Best For Expat Careers

Good salaries and job security are among the reasons expats value Switzerland for a career abroad. Sweden, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates are also rated highly but Europe dominates the rankings.

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Buying Property In Canada? Do It The Right Way…

There are certain procedures you must follow when buying in Canada and some pitfalls to avoid, so read our expert guide.

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Sun, Sea and Tax, Part One: The Med and Middle East

Accountants BDO have been considering the tax benefits of certain locations to go alongside the promise of a better lifestyle. Here they consider the merits of Cyprus, Malta and Dubai.

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Expats Beware – You Now Have To Pay For NHS Treatment

Overseas visitors who need healthcare while in England are now being charged differently for using the NHS.

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Planning A Move To China? Get A Briefing Beforehand

If you are relocating to China or considering doing so, with limited employer support, then you probably need help. We have details of a briefing that could help you make the move successfully.

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Sending Money Back To The UK Untaxed

A British expat asks if he can safely repatriate his money to the UK without it attracting tax?

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Sun, Sea and Tax, Part Two: Southern Europe

Accountants BDO have been considering the tax benefits of certain locations to go alongside the promise of a better lifestyle. Here they consider the merits of Portugal and Spain.

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Buying Property In The USA? Do It The Right Way…

There are certain procedures you must follow when buying in the USA…

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Doing Business Effectively Across The World

A service aims to make it easier for you to conduct business effectively as an expat in different parts of the world. GlobeSmart is an online cultural intelligence resource.

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New Money Guide For Expats

A Dubai-based wealth management firm has launched a guide to ‘expat financial fitness’.

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Sun, Sea and Tax, Part Three: Australia and New Zealand

Accountants BDO have been considering the tax benefits of certain locations to go alongside the promise of a better lifestyle. Here they consider the merits of Australia and New Zealand.

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Starting A Business In Australia

Moving down under is a dream that’s likely to have flickered across even the most patriotic of minds from time to time. On dark wintery days the allure of beautiful weather, an outdoors lifestyle and a familiar business culture makes Australia an extremely tempting choice, writes Heather Landau.

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Expats With No Plans To Return ‘Home’

If you want a better life you should consider moving abroad, with over half of expats saying they have no intention of going home.

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Take Care Before Buying A Business Abroad

People thinking of setting up or taking over a business abroad are being urged to do their research before taking the plunge.

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Careful With Your QROPS!

Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) were introduced in April 2006. The intention was to enable British expatriates to simplify their affairs by taking their pension savings with them by transferring to a new scheme in their new country of residence.  

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New Health Insurance Plan Aimed At Expats’ Needs

The plan is aimed at the ‘traditional’ longer-term expat who is looking for a cost-effective solution to medical insurance. It offers three plan options across three areas of cover and is available to new applicants of any age.

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New Rules On Passing On Expat Assets

New EU rules may make it easier for some expats to pass on assets at death, but for others it may become more complicated.

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How To Overcome Language Barriers When Doing Business Overseas

Language barriers are one of the greatest obstacles to overcome when doing business overseas. Being able to communicate effectively with staff, suppliers, customers and buyers can often make the difference between success and failure, writes Heather Landau.

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World’s Most Affordable Destinations For Property

There are some serious bargains to be had in the search for the best places to buy retirement property abroad, as long as you are prepared to consider some which are off the beaten track.

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American Abroad? Read These Tax Tips

More than half of Americans living overseas fail to file a tax return back home. It’s important that they do so, and there are certain tips to make the process easier.

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Buying Property In United Arab Emirates? Do It The Right Way…

There are certain procedures you must follow when buying in UAE.

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How To Arrange Your Foreign Exchange

Expats face currency conversions as an inevitable result of being internationally mobile. Learn how to do so easily and without incurring unnecessary fees.

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New Startup Visa Attracts Entrepreneurs to Italy

Italy’s economy actually grew in the first quarter of 2015 by 0.3%. After three years of recession it’s the first sign of growth for a number of years. In an attempt to help continue this economic growth, the Italian government has launched a special permit designed to attract entrepreneurs from outside the Eurozone with innovative businesses ideas, writes Heather Landau.

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New Tax Charge For Non-Residents Selling UK Property

Under new policy, non-UK residents will be subject to a capital gains tax charge on the disposal of a UK residential property. It is however, important to note that the charge will only take effect for any gains that have been accrued after 6 April 2015, writes Adam Thompson.

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Get Ready For Shorter-Term Expat Assignments

Most multinational employers are increasing their use of short-term assignments for expat staff at the expense of long-term relocation, mainly to cover technical skills not readily available locally.

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Where Are Expats Best Off?

Vietnam, Qatar, Czech Republic and Mexico are the best destinations, in each region, for expats who want to boost their standard of living. According to HSBC’s latest Expat Explorer survey, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, China and Switzerland also perform strongly for expat personal finances. 

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Nations Will Share Details Of Expats’ Assets

New legislation, the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) came into effect from 1 January 2016. The CRS is an agreement between nations that they will automatically exchange information about residents of another country who hold financial assets in theirs.

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Foreigner In Charge

For many executives, an overseas posting is seen as an opportunity to step out onto the world stage and take your family along for the ride. Everything points to success. However, up to 50 per cent of international leadership assignments fail.

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Securing A Mortgage On An Overseas Property

Despite the tricky financial climate, many Britons are still taking the plunge and emigrating, or buying a second home abroad. But if you want to raise a mortgage to buy an overseas property there are many different underwriting obstacles you may come up against, says overseas mortgage professional Simon Conn.

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How To Get Proper Financial Advice For Expats

Expats have specific needs when it comes to money management and are often prey to unscrupulous ‘financial advisers’ who are neither qualified nor authorised to give properly independent counsel. Beware!

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Expats Increasingly Choose To Go Abroad To Work, Not Play

The proportion of permanent rather than temporary British expats has halved since 2011, according to research. Work rather than play is the motivation for more expats than ever before.

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Expats: Find The Best Offshore Bank Savings Rates

Make sure you are making the most of your savings, whether pounds, dollars or euros, by checking our best buys tables of the top offshore bank accounts that pay interest…with no tax deducted.

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