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Where to find . . . / Re: Baking soda
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:11:42 AM »
Ive bought it at the big Lotus store north of KKU.


Use the SSA-1199 sign-up form to enroll in International Direct Deposit (IDD).  Forms are available on this site for all participating IDD countries. Before enrolling in IDD, you must meet the following requirements:
  • You must be a Title II beneficiary;
  • You must reside outside the U.S.;
  • You must keep us informed of your residence address (If you return to live in the U.S., IDD will cease); and
  • You must select a direct deposit account in a foreign financial institution (FI) that meets the requirements outlined in GN 02402.030 and GN 02402.045 through GN 02402.060
To start the IDD enrollment process, select and print the appropriate SSA-1199 form. Fill out sections 1 and 2. Have your financial institution fill out section 3. Mail the completed form to the appropriate Federal Benefits Unit indicated on the form.

Visas, et al / Re: New Immigration Office
« on: February 20, 2019, 05:31:45 PM »
No division.  Just different ways of describing which floor it's on.   American vs British vocab.
Duuuh!Peoples divided by speaking the same language. Thanks.

Visas, et al / Re: New Immigration Office
« on: February 17, 2019, 11:45:34 AM »
Terminal 2, second floor if American, first floor if British or other.  Hope I have the floor designation correct.
Huh??? Why the bifurcation?

Where to find . . . / Re: Looking for a printer service
« on: February 09, 2019, 11:07:15 AM »
Henry:If you live near Khon Kaen University, there's four or five in a row on Kanlapaphruek Road, a little west of the blinking light (for the road to the KKU Dentistry Center, which is about 350 meters from the Mittraphap Highway intersection. They would be on your left as you travel west. At least two can print from an electronic copy or scan paper to electronic. Good also for bulk copying.

Newbie Q & A Getting settled in KKC / Re: Bank Account
« on: January 20, 2019, 06:08:43 PM »

Now here is a negative, which I am not sure that other Thai banks have the same rules or not.  AND I just recently found it out.  Since my main account is from Bangkok (a different region), if I use a teller to transfer funds from a Khon Kaen-established bank account to one from a different region, there is a second charge called a 'commission'.  This really irked me.  If I do it online, no charge.  I guess a 'personal' touch costs!
Frank are you saying you can transfer the funds from your SSA account to a BBK regular savings account via an online transaction. I always thought that they (the bank and SSA) required you to do this in person? TIA.

It used to be that the bank letter certifying bank deposits and ending balance cost about 500 baht.  It has been a long time since I had to get one so maybe the cost has gone up.
For my visa extensions I've always used the 800,000 baht method. Bangkok Bank was only charging 100 baht for their certification/deposit letter past three years. I probably will be changing over to the monthly income method now. My SSA gets deposited to BBK automatically from SSA, every month, anyway.

Open discussion / Re: Who woulda thunk it?
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:58:43 PM »
Beautiful place ... I practically lived there, while doing work for ACP (Panama Canal Authority). Still have a lot of friends there. If I wasn't retired here, I'd be there.

Visas, et al / Re: Unwritten Rule for Marriage Extensions
« on: January 05, 2019, 08:41:19 AM »
Here is the FinCEN website where you file electronically:

Visas, et al / Re: Unwritten Rule for Marriage Extensions
« on: January 05, 2019, 08:36:18 AM »
Frank:I am pretty sure it is if the balance exceeds $10,000 any time during the year. Also FinCEN requires you to use the US Treasury foreign exchange rate as of December 31st of the year in question. The US Treasury published rate.

Visas, et al / Re: Unwritten Rule for Marriage Extensions
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:49:52 AM »
By law, you must file FinCEN Form 114 (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, or "FBAR") if both of the following are true:
You're a U.S. citizen or resident taxpayer or domestic business entity
You own, control, or have signature authority over foreign bank and financial accounts with a combined value over $10,000.
The FBAR is filed separately from your tax return and does not go to the IRS. Your FBAR is filed online through the BSA E-Filing System. The deadline for the FBAR is April 15 to coincide with Tax Day, but an automatic six-month extension to October 15 is available if your FBAR is filed after the initial tax deadline.
 The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is a part of the governmentís efforts to combat offshore tax evasion. American expats of all income levels with foreign accounts and assets should know about it. FATCA requirements impact U.S taxpayers and overseas financial institutions:

U.S. taxpayers with foreign accounts and assets may need to file Form 8938: Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets with their annual U.S. Income Tax Return
Foreign financial institutions must disclose information about U.S. citizens who hold accounts overseas. Many foreign financial institutions must report their U.S. citizen and resident clientsí accounts worth more than $50,000.
 Form 8938 is the same as an FBAR in many ways. However, it has different reporting thresholds and requires you to disclose certain "non-account" assets such as:

Business and trust ownership/ Certain contractual investments with foreign parties

Expats living abroad have an increased reporting threshold. You donít need to complete this form unless your foreign assets exceed either:

$200,000 (or $400,000 if married filing jointly) at the end of the year, or $300,000 (or $600,000 if married filing jointly) at any time during the year


Getting to and from Khon Kaen / Re: Air Asia - Khon Kaen to Pattaya
« on: November 27, 2018, 08:44:40 AM »
U-Tapao brings back memories ... was a KC-135 Tanker crew member there.

Visas, et al / Is Khon Kaen Immigration moving?
« on: November 23, 2018, 09:44:02 AM »
FYI ...

Visas, et al / Re: US Consular meeting in Chiang Mai
« on: November 21, 2018, 02:03:49 PM »
Yes, indeed.  If anyone hears anything, please share it here.  However, I can't imagine any usable news.  What are they going to say? "We agreed with request by the Kingdom of Thailand to stop issuing affidavits, so please comply with Imm regulations for obtaining your visas/extensions."    ??? ?
This was the only thing I saw posted about what transpired at the CM Consular Meeting.  Posted in Thai Visa Forum by PFV (Senior Member):
I attended the Chiang Mai conference this afternoon. I didnít take notes, so what follows is just my take-away from the event.
 The meeting started with introductions of local Chiang Mai consulate personnel and a guest speaker/expert from the Bangkok embassy who led the presentation.
 The meeting was followed by a lengthy Q&A session.
 1.      The decision to stop offering income affidavits was made by the State Department in Washington after contacts with Thai Foreign Ministry and Immigration Officials who were unaware of, or unprepared to recognize, the limitations of the income affidavit, despite the disclaimer.
 2.      There have been contacts at the highest level between the Embassy and Thai Immigration. These contacts will be ongoing at the local level. Earlier today, they met with Chiang Mai Immigration Police Division 5 to go over the upcoming suspension of the affidavit and related issues. Tomorrow they will be in Phuket to talk to Phuket Immigration.
 3.      Bangkok Immigration and Chiang Mai Immigration both are eager to assist in the transition and to make sure all Immigration Officers understand what to do moving forward.
 4.      Embassy income-verification letters will no longer be required.
 5.      Concerning proof of income, the Embassy and CM Consulate will be conducting training sessions to explain the various forms of retirement income US retirees depend on, which are quite different from European national pension systems Thai Immigration is used to.
 6.      One interesting observation was that they (Thai Immigration) had great difficulty in understanding the non-monthly nature of some income streams that they find unsettling.
 7.      For specific cases of required proof of income, US citizens should comply with their local Immigration Office guidelines.
 8.      Among other tidbits, the good news is that they will now accept 1099 and other tax forms, among other types of evidence, since these were explained to them in Chiang Mai, and that income can be paid into either a Thai or foreign bank account. However, the Embassy official opined, in a private conversation after the meeting, that transfers into a Thai bank account is probably what they will end up requiring in the future.
 9.      The Q&A session raised many of the issues discussed in these forums. Several questions concerning specific cases were answered by attendees with hands-on experience since the Embassy/Consular officials lack said knowledge.
That is all I can remember off the top of my head, I am certain that others will chime in to fill the many gaps.

Open discussion / Vehicle (Tax) Registration
« on: November 21, 2018, 12:46:42 PM »
How far in advance can you renew the yearly vehicle tax/registration? Thirty days? TIA.

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