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Expat Money Newsletter - January 2019

Welcome to the first Expat Money Newsletter of the year.

This month we are focussing on retiring abroad. Many expats are attracted to options outside their home country when planning their retirement. Here we look at planning your retirement, what to consider when deciding where to retire and some of the practicalities.

The final deadline for filing your 2017-18 UK tax return online is getting close at the end of the month. it is important to understand whether you need to file a Self Assessment return and to consider what needs to be included in your return.

We also keep you up to date with the latest issues for expats in managing their money.

The Expat Network Team

Expats - Plan Your Retirement Abroad

Many expats having spent a proportion or all of their career abroad get used to a different climate and lifestyle and do not feel drawn back to their home country when considering their retirement. There are many options for retiring and it is a very personal decision on where to retire.

Top Ten Issues When Deciding Where To Retire Abroad

Many of us have a clear idea of where we would like to retire, but there are many factors to consider. You may have had many happy holidays in one part of the world, but that does not necessarily mean it is the best place to spend your retirement. Costs, taxes, environment, community and what it is like out of season are all points that can determine whether your retirement meets your expectations. Here are our top ten issues to consider when deciding where to retire.

Take Care Buying Business Abroad

Retirement Destinations

As you decide where to retire you should look into the specifics of that destination. Our destination pages provide guidance to help you to plan your move and these articles give guidance on some of the more popular destinations:






Top Tips When Planning Your Retirement Abroad

Retirement is a major life decision and should not be taken lightly. You should make sure you carry out your research to understand all of the issues that you will face. You can then make sure you enjoy your retirement in the sun (hardly anyone retiring abroad chooses somewhere with a worse climate than their home).

Here are out top ten tips to make sure you have a successful retirement abroad.

All Things Tax For UK Expats

The UK tax deadline for filing your self assessment return is 31st January. Expat tax affairs can be complicated, so GoSimple Tax have gathered some tips to help you understand your tax requirements as a UK expat that is still domiciled in the UK.

GoSimpleTax - Self Assessment made easy!

GoSimpleTax offers a self assessment solution for individuals to submit their tax return to HMRC. Our software uses artificial intelligence, which is designed to offer hints and tips to help calculate the correct tax, always ensuring no allowances or saving are missed.

We offer:

✔ Free 14-day trial

✔ The fastest way to complete a tax return

✔ Automatically calculates tax liability

✔ Categorise expenses

✔ Email support

Check out our website to try your 14-day free trial.

We are offering Expat networks members 20% off GoSimpleTax, to benefit from this discount, you'll need to enter the code EXPAT18 at the checkout to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

Best Savings Rates In Expat Banking

The best current offering for sterling offshore savers (with notice period) is Skipton International's 1.75%, if you have £10,000 and can give 250 days' notice of withdrawals.

If you can leave your savings untouched for three years, Skipton offer 2% annually over this period for a £10,000 minimum. You can match this rate if you leave your savings untouched for five years, Conister Bank also offer 2% annually for a minimum of £5,000.

For dollars, Standard Bank pays 1.20% for $10,000 or more, with 196 days' notice.

Service Directory

Expat Network's online Service Directories includes companies to assist with your life overseas. This month we feature:

1st Move International

1st Move International are a specialist international removals company offering fast, weekly services direct from the UK to a range of destinations worldwide.

457 Visa Compared

Whether you are looking to compare 457 visa health insurance or want to learn more about the Australian worker schemes you have have found the right website.

Accoplus Corp Services

Accoplus is a Hong Kong-based company created to assist start-ups and entrepreneurs setting up their operations in the region.

American Expatriate Tax Consultants

We provide expat tax and investment services throughout the world, specializing in meeting the needs of Americans living overseas, US resident aliens and non-resident aliens

April International

April International UK are specialists in designing and delivering outstanding, flexible international medical insurance solutions for individuals and companies.


We are trusted and professional car shipping experts with over 20 years' experience and a variety of services to a wide range of destinations across the globe.

Your Free Guide To Living In France

France is one of the most popular destinations for both tourists and expats. France is the fifth largest economy in the world. Over 150,000 Britons and over 100,000 Americans live there. The Expat Network guide is available whether you are working in Paris or one of the other major cities in France, looking to retire to France to enjoy the lifestyle, scenery and climate or simply moving as a digital nomad to work in a different environment.

Take Care Buying Business Abroad

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