What's Love got to do with Tina Turner Leaving the USA?

01 February, 2013 11:10  Erin Erin

Tina Turner Apparently - a lot. Much to my suprise, this week's news stories revealed that American icon Tina Turner is turning Swiss. Switzerland - though a truly beautiful country and recently declared the best places to have a child in 2013 - is not where I expect to find one of America's most beloved singers.

Turner's petition for Swiss citizenship was recently approved by her local council after she passed a civics andlanguage test, and interview. The decision still requires approval from state and federal authorities, but Tina Turner is well on her way to becoming a Swiss citizen. She has been living in the Zurich suburb of Kuesnacht since 1995 with her longtime manager and partner, German record executive Erwin Bach. Turner told the German newspaper, Blick,

"I'm very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. I cannot imagine a better place to live."




Ahhh! It's Tax Season

03 April, 2012 09:30  Erin Erin

Tax form, stopwatch and calculator © Sergey Yarochkin - Fotolia.comWhat's the date? April 3rd!? I know what that means: US TAXES are due April 15th! RUNNNNNNN!

Ok, so you can't run and you can't hide. The US is the only industrialized nation that taxes its overseas citizens. Time to do taxes. 

Or is it? Expat articles pop up every year about this time, offering a way out. More and more expats are relinquishing US Citizenship for the relief of avoiding US taxes:



Whose Banks are Better?

21 February, 2012 10:16  Erin Erin

Trying to open a bank account is difficult. Trying to open one in a foreign country is extremely difficult. Trying to open an account when you don't speak the language can be outright crazy.

We tried to pick the best German bank for us and think we did... ok. Understanding the terms is no easy feat and now that we've succeeded in opening one, I see both positives and negatives compared to our American bank.