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BANGKOK 22 March 2019 03:41
Mekong Bob

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There is not to my knowledge. I looked into this a few years ago, followed several leads, but didn't find anyone. My taxes were complicated that year (sale of house, small inheritance, etc) Since then I have used Turbotax. I'm not touting it, but it has been relatively easy. There are tons of expats on the forums (quite a few in Thailand) who answer questions/compare notes straight away.

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Any updates? Joe Krebs former partner appears to be in C.M. but is apparently no longer doing tax work.

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20 minutes ago, elektrified said:

Any updates? Joe Krebs former partner appears to be in C.M. but is apparently no longer doing tax work.

That is true, he is not.

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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.)

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2 hours ago, NancyL said:

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.)

Please shed a little light on how the tax treaty affects pensions or 401K income which derives from the US, taxes are levied by and paid to the US; and no taxes or filing is paid to or required by Thai tax law. I’m not aware of benefits I may have missed. Thanks. 

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Some of the American accountants in Bangkok charge outrageous fees. One particularly greedy CPA recommended in the Bangkok forum wanted 58,000 Baht for 3 years. I think Dr. Krebs charged around 2500 Baht per year as I recall.

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On 2/17/2019 at 7:33 PM, jeffandgop said:

Please shed a little light on how the tax treaty affects pensions or 401K income which derives from the US, taxes are levied by and paid to the US; and no taxes or filing is paid to or required by Thai tax law. I’m not aware of benefits I may have missed. Thanks. 

https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1008555-tax-specialist-in-chiang-mai/page/2/

 

Read this thread, beginning with #26. Study closely the Swiss example -- and how the saving clause applies both to Switzerland and Thailand.

 

However, you could save a lot of money by hiring Thomas Carden to do your taxes, while you cash in your IRA's while a resident of Thailand. You won't be caught -- the IRS has no money for auditing small fry, especially when the language in question is treaty, not tax code, language. No GS7 is ever going to try and interpret what all that legalese means. Yeah, maybe a search would find the Swiss example, which is pretty ironclad for most tax treaties with the US. But, hey, if you're found out Carden, not you, will take the fall. So, go for it -- it's only your integrity at stake -- how much is that worth?

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As Jim Gant suggests:  "it's only your integrity at stake -- how much is that worth?"

 

I don't think it has actually been mentioned, but Krebs has been inactive for some years, probably in the USA and maybe deceased.  He lived in a Mae Jo moo ban and had a Thai friend he lived with whom he might have been training, but I haven't heard anything about that for years.

 

And TurboTax is quite good for practically any return except exotic situations.

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