Tag Archives: Government

Normal middle class living overseas are turning in their Citizenship to the US

So there is a way out for my children. I wonder if we need to do it in those two years or wait until older. The thing that annoys me the most is that the US wants our information about our income abroad yet the US does not give it’s citizens living abroad any of the benefits of being a US citizen.  Where is my national healthcare? I am a US citizen and when I visit home to see family I have no insurance because I have a pre existing condition.  Really of course more and more normal middle class living overseas, for reasons such as their husband is here, are turning in their Citizenship to the US, that is because we get nothing from the US for being a citizen.  This is surely not the way to get those that are embezzling money overseas, but it is a way for those citizens living abroad to be more and more not happy with their home country and wondering why we hold onto our citizenship. Maybe instead of shoving us further and further away you should figure away to really include us as citizens that love our home country and should continue staying with our home country. You are keeping immigrants that cross over the boarders but yet you are driving your own nationally born citizens that have even lived there for years away because of a small percentage of people embezzling money overseas.  I am talking about the amounts of people not the amounts of money.  There has to be another way.

Americans Abroad Top Annual Record for Turning in Passports

The number of Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship increased 37 percent in the three months through December and the annual total reached a record level, data published Tuesday showed.

The trend likely is accelerating because of a 2010 law that gives the Internal Revenue Service unprecedented access to U.S. citizens’ foreign bank accounts, said Stephen Flott, an attorney at Flott & Co. P.C. in Arlington, Virginia, whose clients include expatriates. The U.S. is the only country within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that taxes citizens wherever they reside.

“If they have no real desire to work or live here, then the question for them is: What’s the point?” Flott said. “For those who feel no real affinity to the U.S., it’s a no- brainer.” read more……

Firenze Mom

February 20, 2014

There used to be the options for US citizens married and living overseas to file single seems that option is no longer valid the IRS wants your married status with the hopes you add your non resident alien spouse.  They give many explanations to this through out the newly updated Tax instructions .  So check with your accountant again if you were filing single to see if you can still do this.

If you are married to a non-American and you both live overseas, you may have wondered how this impacts on your U.S. tax filing situation, if at all. As with most concerns involving taxes, the more complicated they can make it, the better Congress likes it! This article will try to present your various tax obligations (and options) with regard to a non-American spouse as simply and precisely as possible. via Non-American Spouse: US Tax Implications :: American Citizens Abroad ACA.

Firenze Mom

June 27, 2013

Check it out you can now use the online form to find out what your tax filing status is in the US.  Just answer the questions and move on.  This even works for us living abroad and have non resident alien husbands.

What is My Filing Status?

Your filing status is used to determine your filing requirements, standard deduction, eligibility for certain credits, and your correct tax. If more than one filing status applies to you, this interview will choose the one that will result in the lowest amount of tax.

via What is My Filing Status?.

Firenze Mom

June 10, 2013

TrashTIA Tariffa Igiene Ambientale – Tax on Waste

For those that do not know but your trash is taxed and you can find out all the information along with a tariffa online calculation system here on their website.

via Tax on Waste – Firenze, Calenzano, Campi Bisenzio, Fiesole, Figline valdarno, Greve in Chianti, Incisa Valdarno, Pelago, Pontassieve, Reggello, Rignano sull’Arno, Rufina, San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Scandicci, Sesto Fiorentino, Signa Area Fiorentina.

Firenze Mom

June 6, 2013

idenity

Mom’s you should know for Traveling outside Italy  If you did not know read this before you travel:

The EU changed rules about a year ago and you are not allowed to travel with your children on the passports anymore.

Make sure that any children travelling with you either have their own passport or ID card or are registered on your passport. However, from 26 June 2012, children will need to have their own passport or ID card to travel (even if they are still mentioned in their parent’s passport, which remains valid).  from: europa.eu- Documents you will need

You must have a passport for the children and/or carta’d’identita if you are resident in Italy.  If you are EU national then you can use the E.U. national ID’s.  If you are traveling from here to the US and back they will definitely stop and question you say in Germany,  if you only have US passports for your children.  So your best is to get the carta’d’identita for your child as well if you are a resident here and if your children are dual an Italian Passport as well.  On the identity card they put both parents name on it.

More Related Articles:

Documents you need-Non-EU family members

Documents you need-EU nationals

Firenze Mom

May 31, 2013

The British Government is making important changes to the passport service for British nationals living overseas. From 3 June 2013, the application process will be centralised and British nationals in Italy and San Marino should submit their passport application to Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK.

via Changes to passport services for British nationals | News in Rome | Rome City Guide | Wanted in Rome.

Park Pettini, Our Local Streets and Mayor Renzi

The park that we so love and have used many times for our outdoor events has been being slowly brought down to it’s bare minimum.  As you can see here by these past posts:

Raccolta firme per l’Area Pettini Burresi

Mamme per Firenze

Our very own Events Administrator, Jill Romanelli has been trying hard to save the parks in our city. She even wrote to the Major in the Florentine:

Matteo Renzi answers a reader’s query about improving Florence’s parks

We need to get on board and fight for our children’s playground not the touristic parks like the rose garden, iris garden, Boboli etc Parks that children have play grounds with apparatuses so they can learn and develop their skills.  When he mentions 

park or garden no more than 10 minutes away 

I hope he is not counting the dog parks, most of them are not fit for children running around or rolling in the grass. 

I am not happy with his response to her question or even other serious questions in the past.  I had mentioned  the light issues and street issues in a past letter as well:

Write the Mayor  dated June 7th 2012 

My main question was this and I wrote on behalf of the Network:

Consider just one example where lights are needed: Where via Giovanni Della Casa merges onto via Pisana and then onto via Aleardi, there is one light on the connection of viale Ludovico Ariosto. Cars and motorcycles race down those streets to the light on that corner, yet many children have to cross via Pisana and Aleardi in those areas (in front of the Esselunga, to piazza Pier Vettori, Monte Oliveto) to go to and from the schools at Gramsci, Petrarca and other schools. Moreover, the pedestrian call button at that light has been nonfunctioning for almost a year. There is no light on via Felice Cavallotti, where just crossing from one side to the other is a big problem during rush-hour traffic. Parents complain that the area is very dangerous for their children. I myself have almost been hit by cars passing the lone motorist who obeys the rules and has yielded to the pedestrian in the cross walk. What can be done about these dangerous areas, especially for our children going and coming from school?

Since his response of great concern, nothing has changed in the area I mentioned where a few schools are located and many children go to these schools.  The cars still have access to zoom down the street to come to a stop suddenly if the light so happens to change by the 20 minute timer it has on it.  The button still does not work.  

Here is project David that received 25 million for the streets.  Anyone else see any wonderful changes because of this project?

Progetto David, dalle multe 25 milioni per la sicurezza stradale

Truthfully I feel that our concerns for safety of the children and the welfare of families is completely ignored but there is a money hungry desire to bring tourist into the city. 

What are your concerns and how do you feel?

Firenze Mom

May 17, 2013

By: Horace Reichart

This is the last US tax filing season for American expats to become current with the IRS before new laws come into play that will reveal your identity, location and foreign accounts to the US government. Now is the last best chance for Americans living abroad to become current with your US tax filing. To read more continue…..

via Year 2013 | Last Best Chance To File Your US Expat Taxes: | eHow Tos.

Firenze Mom

March 25, 2013

Expat Exchange – FBAR and Jail. What do they have in common? – FBAR, Exapt Tax, FACTA

FBAR and Jail. What do they have in common? By ZM Ishmurzina

Summary: The history of the FBAR goes back to the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 and Title 31 of the US Tax Code. However, only recently the IRS has started to enforce the rules and even prosecute individuals.

via Expat Exchange – FBAR and Jail. What do they have in common? – FBAR, Exapt Tax, FACTA.

Firenze Mom

March 21, 2013

Need Italian Tax Forms?  Below is off the website but they forms are in Italian not English

In this section you will find the tax return forms, communication and/or application forms, F23 and F24 for proxy payments.

The forms are grouped according both to type (filling in of tax returns, registration of leases, applications, etc.).

In this section you will also find the list of forms in use at the Inland Revenue offices for all the other tasks (notification record – news, returning the stamp card, etc.).

For an easy use, you’ll find an alphabetical list of the forms.

via Agenzia delle Entrate – Forms.