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  1. Jim Gant, again you refuse to address my question about why don't you just make an appointment and have a personal meeting with Thomas Carden. Perhaps you're not actually resident in Thailand. Mr. Carden and his associates prepare U.S. tax returns for U.S. citizens living in other countries in the region besides Thailand. One of his associates told me recently that they've attempted to "test" the tax treaty between Indonesia and the U.S. by doing some amended returns for free for U.S. citizens living in Indonesia. Their amended returns were not accepted by the IRS and it was very obvious that the IRS reads the Form 8833 very carefully and found their assertions didn't apply with that particular. So, wouldn't you think the IRS has also read what they've written on the Form 8833 concerning the Thai-U.S. tax treaty and retirement income and found it acceptable since I personally know several dozen retirees in Chiang Mai who have received refunds and are continuing to file with Mr. Carden? Each country's tax treaty is different. You keep citing the Switzerland-U.S. tax treaty. Why not throw in the Indonesia-U.S. tax treaty for good measure? It's doesn't apply in this situation, either.
  2. Jim Gant, you've never answered my direct question of why don't you just make an appointment, bring your tax returns and talk directly with Thomas Carden? Neither he nor his staff is going to get into an argument with an anonymous person on an internet forum. Back when Hubby and I had a greenhouse/nursery business we lived on the property and had a very aggressive tax accountant who specialized in such businesses. She maintained that greenhouse/nursery businesses (very common in our area) were farmers and entitled to all the tax advantages given to farmers. Most years we didn't owe any federal taxes, wrote off just about everything associated with our lives except groceries, enjoyed accelerated depreciation, income averaging, etc. Was it "too good to be true"? We're we "taking advantage" of the situation? And did we get into any trouble? Nope. There's nothing wrong with utilizing tax regulations that are in your favor.
  3. It's my understanding that there's an eight story restriction in the area just outside the Old City. That's why a renovated unit in an upper floor of an older building like Riverside, Rim Ping, Floral, Srithana 2, Nakorn Ping, Hillside 4 can be a good choice because you know that nothing is going to to be build in the vicinity that will block the view. Plus these buildings are in good locations with restaurants, grocery shopping and services like barbers, mani/pedi, hair salons, etc all within walking distance.
  4. Mr. Carden will be in Chiang Mai this weekend and on Monday for consultations. I know at least a dozen people who have filed amended returns with him and received refunds and will continue to utilize his services in the future. Jim Gant, you've been a persistent critic of Mr. Carden. Have you actually had a meeting with him and permitted him to review your tax returns? An initial consultation is free. Personally, I think we have more to worry about with the Thai gov't deciding that the 65,000 baht/month from a foreign source that we now have to deposit in a Thai bank to justify our retirement visa extensions should be taxed.
  5. In the Malaysian states in Borneo, I was able to buy blood pressure meds over the counter at a pharmacies. About the same price as Thailand for generics. Believe me, I needed them because the extra-salty Malaysian food was driving my BP through the roof. Difficult to find a good salad, especially in Sarawak.
  6. A good pharmacist might be able to help her. Be able to ask all the right questions to determine if it's insect bites, hives or something else.
  7. Each office is different and their rules change from year-to-year. In Chiang Mai, they want you to report only if you've left the country and now have a new departure card number, not after in-country travel. Recently, they've become sticklers about the 24 hour rule and are even open on Saturdays, just to accept TM30 reports. Our condo office does online filing and in the past the screen-print of their input was sufficient proof of my having a TM30 on-file at the time of application for the one-year retirement extension. With my recent application, I had to trudge up to the third floor of the new CM immigration building (no elevator/lift in a brand new building) and secure an official TM30 receipt rather than submit the screen print from the condo office. No fine because I was in full compliance, but the retirement extension officer downstairs wanted to see that official slip of paper with the immigration, not condo, stamp in my passport. I think my condo's stamp is prettier.
  8. They have a couple of nurses in their Outpatient dept who speak good English who usually spot baffled looking foreigners on first-time visit and come, offering to help them. The OPD area is one big open room with the doctor offices ringing the open waiting area, so it's easy for them to spot some who is wandering about, confused about how to start the appointment-making process. As Sheryl said, they may set aside certain days of the week to treat people with substance abuse problems and the nurses can recommend a doctor with better English-language skills. Since the OP is in Chiang Mai, a personal visit to Suan Prung's OPD is recommended for orientation before bringing his ex in for treatment. And if in-patient treatment is recommended, Suan Prung seems to have a slightly better environment than other government hospitals. Many of the ward rooms have airconditioning, although it's used sparingly and the food is much better than what is served at Suan Dok. The grounds are pretty and patients are usually welcome to go out onto the grounds with visitors. (not by themselves, of course)
  9. American International Tax Advisers operates out of Bangkok, but they have many clients in Chiang Mai and come here from time-to-time. In fact, they'll be here this weekend to meet with some clients. They aren't cheap and if your situation is simple, you might be better off figuring out how to use Turbo Tax. However, it wouldn't hurt to meet with them when they're here: http://aitaxadvisers.com/ because there are some little-known provisions in the Thai-U.S. tax treaty that could be of benefit to you (and others, especially Thailand-based U.S. retirees with private pension income from 401k, IRAs and corporate pensions.)
  10. Hubby goes out walking almost every morning for exercise, very early like from 5:30 am to 7 am, around the moat and almost always wears the same outfit -- not the same clothes, but he owns multiple pairs of tan cargo shorts and black tee shirts (not good for walking at dawn, I know, but they don't show food stains). I wonder if someone thinks he's a nut job, also.
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