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  1. Sticky: Also be sure to read Doug Searle's recent post...

    Also be sure to read Doug Searle's recent post about needing to allow extra time for the FBI background check.
  2. Thanks Doug for making us all aware of this new...

    Thanks Doug for making us all aware of this new requirement. The delay has to be factored in for sure.
  3. Andy: My associate Bernice Stephens just had...

    Andy:

    My associate Bernice Stephens just had to do this herself, so she gave me the contact person whom you can email at the tax office:

    Kareen Luidens
    Medewerker Heffing ...
  4. Sticky: Personally I recommend using a local person to...

    Personally I recommend using a local person to help with the immigration process. They know the forms and the requirements. I would recommend Carlo Abdul, who lives in Belnem, call him on his...
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    Checked up on this and Barrel has reopened, but...

    Checked up on this and Barrel has reopened, but it's not the same owner. Guess I'll have to check it out!
  6. Hi Parrothead! I'm a US tax attorney living on...

    Hi Parrothead!

    I'm a US tax attorney living on Bonaire for over 7 years now and these are the issues I take care of for people in exactly your situation. While there are certain common issues,...
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    With great sadness, I'm sorry to have to tell you...

    With great sadness, I'm sorry to have to tell you it's no longer open. Was great while it lasted, went there many times.
  8. Sticky: Chris, you're correct, in your facts there would...

    Chris, you're correct, in your facts there would be no benefit to becoming a resident of Bonaire.
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    Anthony: The answer is 6 months in any 12...

    Anthony:

    The answer is 6 months in any 12 month period, does not say calendar year, FYI. RCN website has this explanation:
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    Gas is about $4/gallon (someone correct me if my...

    Gas is about $4/gallon (someone correct me if my math is wrong.) Beer is $30 for a case of Bright, 24 9 oz bottles, only one I know. Just slightly less at Formoso next to warehouse.
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    FWIW Grunt's link is correct, there is a UPS...

    FWIW Grunt's link is correct, there is a UPS office in the car rental area at the airport, run by Fast Delivery Services. I shipped a UPS envelope last week and it got to the Pacific Northwest in 2...
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    Thanks Michael. Do they even have a phone...

    Thanks Michael. Do they even have a phone number? Nothing in the phone book. And no sign visible from the road (unless I missed it driving by.)
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    Thanks, good news. I'll have to check out the...

    Thanks, good news. I'll have to check out the new office in Hato.
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    So eZone apparently has been upgraded with DHL...

    So eZone apparently has been upgraded with DHL and has a connection to the DHL computer system, that's good news. I don't mean anything against DHL. We use them for all our international shipping...
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    No more FedEx on Bonaire

    This is not a good thing. Effective Oct 1. Rocargo will no longer be the FedEx pick up or delivery agent on Bonaire. eZone will ship DHL for you but unless something has changed they are not an...
  16. Tax deduction for charitable contributions on Bonaire

    US retiree expats that file a Bonaire resident tax return generally have little or no tax to pay on Bonaire due to the double tax decree exclusions. If you are over retirement age the tax is...
  17. I checked with the tax office and the rate for...

    I checked with the tax office and the rate for Vastgoedbelasting (property tax for non-residents) is still 0.69% (0.6% plus 15% local surcharge) for 2014, same as 2011-2013, and will go to 0.805%...
  18. It's better to go to BCN and bring your sedula...

    It's better to go to BCN and bring your sedula and tell them you are now full time residents. I don't know what other information they require but be sure when you get your bill that it says GB and...
  19. 1st question, yes, one 5 year visa, no more...

    1st question, yes, one 5 year visa, no more annual renewals. Finally. Second question, nothing official but I doubt it. 6 months is kind of a standard international limit on staying non-resident...
  20. Fortunately for us on Bonaire MCB and Banco de...

    Fortunately for us on Bonaire MCB and Banco de Caribe need the American depositors and want their business, so they are complying with FATCA instead of closing the door to American account holders. ...
  21. MCB and the other Bonaire banks should be...

    MCB and the other Bonaire banks should be searching their account holder database to determine which accounts are owned or controlled by US Persons, so yes, that is what should be happening, but...
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    Seems pretty tight, especially coming back to the...

    Seems pretty tight, especially coming back to the US with immigration and security and then running from International to whatever gate goes to SEA. But they even have one listed (on Aug 2) from...
  23. FATCA Compliance package, the IRS and your foreign bank account

    Am I the first to get a little package from my bank MCB requesting documentation of my SSN, what my bank account is being used for, source of funds, amounts going in and out? I'll bet most people...
  24. Sticky: I like the idea of finding alternative solutions...

    I like the idea of finding alternative solutions for residency for people who do not own a home on Bonaire. And having a company here can work out as the best overall tax plan (between the two...
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    Saw this at the TICKET today, faster entry into...

    Saw this at the TICKET today, faster entry into the US through Atlanta:

    ATL GETS IMMIGRATION KIOSKS…Following in the footsteps of JFK’s terminals one and four, Chicago O’Hare, Houston, and ...
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