Archive for April, 2015

The door narrows in Chile

Posted: April 28, 2015 in News
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A new change to the laws regarding acquisition of a temporary RUT number in Chile (for things like buying property and vehicles for non-residents or non-citizens) has been implemented. Now you must have a co-signer in Chile who is either a citizen or full permanent resident, in order that they may receive correspondence and legal notices to the RUT applicant.

I would guess that most lawyers and notarias will do this service for people, but it just adds an extra complicated step in the process and takes away something that was, before, a walk-in-walk-out process.

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5 delinquents, among them one woman, were detained for the violent assault against a homeowner in the barrio of Cerro Norte, Cordoba, Argentina. All 5 lived near their target, and had broken in with the intent to beat and rob the victim at gunpoint with a 9mm pistol. However, the defender grabbed a samurai sword off of his wall and fought back, seriously injuring two of the three thieves who managed to enter his home. Photos of the bloodied thieves went viral on the internet as people cheered for the defender. The politicians, however, are not impressed, and have sent him in for mandatory psychicatric evaluation. For defending himself.

More info can be found here and here.

Just found out that my permanent residency application in Chile has been approved. It took them 7 months to get it processed.

Chilean food

Posted: April 8, 2015 in Food, Travel
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I like Chile but their food sucks. Lots of people ask me what Chilean food is like, and I have never had an accurate explanation really until it hit me today: It is the expert addition of so much bread into anything so as to obscure its initial flavor by 99% or more. And not even good bread at that. I don’t know if it’s because they use coarser flour or do not knead or leaven the bread enough but it’s a tough, heavy, gritty bread that lacks finesse and dries the mouth. Surprising considering the German influences here; the Germans know their bread. The Chileans, sadly, do not. And yet they still put it in EVERYTHING.

Not a problem. Doing my own taxes and looking for information on filing an extension from abroad, I learned that US citizens living abroad get an automatic 2-month extension on their tax return due date, making the official deadline June 15. One simply need attach a statement to their tax return explaining why they qualify. Check out this link for more details.

U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad – Automatic 2 Month Extension of Time to File

You may be allowed an automatic 2-month extension of time to file your return and pay any federal income tax that is due. You will be allowed the extension if you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien and on the regular due date of your return:

  • You are living outside of the United States and Puerto Rico and your main place of business or post of duty is outside the United States and Puerto Rico, or
  • You are in military or naval service on duty outside the United States and Puerto Rico

If you use a calendar year, the regular due date of your return is April 15, and the automatic extended due date would be June 15. If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the due date is delayed until the next business day.

Even if you are allowed an extension, you will have to pay interest on any tax not paid by the regular due date of your return.

This is a bit of a bonus (though the lesser of two evils is still evil) since the IRS also announced that it is closing all of its overseas offices, and expats will no longer have access to local assistance with their tax questions.