Oceania Life in America

How does everyone else feel about it?
It's a flu. It's "dangerous" to people with an already-weakened immune system or other medical complications. Healthy people will suffer flu-like symptoms and then recover.

I'm "annoyed" as it's hard to find toilet paper, and the stock market is all over the place.
 

Mijoro

Well-Known Member
Yes I have no idea what the big obsession with toilet paper is.

Is anyone else using the Patriot America insurance at the moment?
 

Aidyn

Well-Known Member
It's a flu. It's "dangerous" to people with an already-weakened immune system or other medical complications. Healthy people will suffer flu-like symptoms and then recover.

I'm "annoyed" as it's hard to find toilet paper, and the stock market is all over the place.
I'm annoyed too, I'm down to my last few rolls and don't want to be seen as one of the crazy ones (I can do that all on my own without buying date loaf)
 
Or are there any professional services you can recommend that will be able to assist with reporting Australian and Singapore income?
I've started looking into filing taxes, considering that they're due mid April (I think an extension is available as well). I originally planned to try and do it myself; however, after looking at Form 1040 and considering everything I have on the side (investment properties, stocks, etc.) and not knowing how to treat superannuation for the purpose of a US tax return, I'm leaning towards getting a professional to file.

Fees to do a tax return seem to vary; however, most charge around AU$550 - AU$900 (some are also charging hourly rates on top). Depending on your circumstances, my understanding is that your first filing might have (this was my circumstances):
  • Form 1040-NR (filing as a non-resident for the time that before you got your Green Card; more just to declare your income)
  • Form 1040 (filing as a resident after you got your Green Card - this is taxable)
  • Form 1040 Schedule E (rental investment properties)
  • FBAR (if assets in offshore bank accounts exceeded AU$10k at it's highest level)
  • Form 8938 (if you have more than US$50k in offshore assets as a resident - superannuation/equities/cash)
Happy to be corrected or if anyone else has gone through this situation before?

Also, did anyone just file as a resident for the first year (when they got their Green Card) instead of a dual-status alien? I'm tempted to see if this is allowable and just to file as a resident for the full year.

Unfortunately it appears that US taxes seem to be quite a headache of an exercise...
 
The toilet paper hoarding hit my city a couple of days ago, much like the chaos we have seen in Australia with folks fighting over loo paper.

People seem to be either wildly blasé with it or ready to go into their bunkers there’s not much of an in between.

I don’t have much confidence in the CDC response to it as yet and there seems to be no one steering the ship so to speak.

How does everyone else feel about it?
The CDC is now advising medical professionals to use bandannas if they run out of masks (where shortages have started in hospitals on the East Coast), and despite Trump having been warned about the possibility of such a crisis in 2017 and again last year when he closed the global epidemiological surveillance bureau set up after Ebola, the level of lack of preparedness on ALL levels has been such an embarrassing scandal.

What is more concerning is that so much time has been wasted and the US is still not following the WHO guidelines of widespread testing and urgent contact-tracing. Trump is more interested in sparing with reporters who are calling him out on his incompetence, serious lack of leadership and irresponsibility in they way he’s handled the pandemic so far, to the point where he keeps contradicting experts and peddling lies about drugs being approved although they’re still being studied, in addition to asking governors to fend for themselves in securing urgently needed medical resuscitation equipment when they ask for help from the federal government. The current lockdowns alone may not be enough to stop the pandemic without widespread testing.

I have absolutely zero confidence in what the Trump regime is doing or saying at this point. Governors in States most hit are the ones showing leadership and taking responsibility but their efforts may not be enough to stop the pandemic without robust and informed guidelines and leadership from the federal level. So...it’s tough luck that Trump is at the helm in such times, only time will tell how long this pandemic goes for, but I am not expecting miracles from the orange clown in chief.
 

Britsimon

Super Moderator
Everything I have read says citizens only
I haven't read that at all - where did you read that?

It seems to be based on taxpayer status for 2018 returns (and 2019 in "special circumstances"). So that probably means all taxpayers, although there are income limits that will rule out support for people that earn too much, or haven't earned anything at all.
 

Aidyn

Well-Known Member
I haven't read that at all - where did you read that?

It seems to be based on taxpayer status for 2018 returns (and 2019 in "special circumstances"). So that probably means all taxpayers, although there are income limits that will rule out support for people that earn too much, or haven't earned anything at all.
let me go find where I saw it

So I am unable to find the original article I read that stated it was citizens only - I tried looking for a reputable source for this info and I am unable to find one. So at this stage I'll just say - lets wait and see (see what I did there @Britsimon :p)
 
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SusieQQQ

Well-Known Member
I haven't read that at all - where did you read that?

It seems to be based on taxpayer status for 2018 returns (and 2019 in "special circumstances"). So that probably means all taxpayers, although there are income limits that will rule out support for people that earn too much, or haven't earned anything at all.
If it’s just based on paying taxes - that’s interesting, because apart from those working legally on NIVs, there is some large number of illegal aliens who pay taxes too. Implies they too will get the subsidy? Just surprised, given the stance of the administration.
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
I’ve come across the use of the term “eligible resident aliens” in several articles describing those likely to benefit from the stimulus package. I doubt if illegal aliens will also benefit from the payout, even if they’ve been working and paying their taxes.
 

Britsimon

Super Moderator
If it’s just based on paying taxes - that’s interesting, because apart from those working legally on NIVs, there is some large number of illegal aliens who pay taxes too. Implies they too will get the subsidy? Just surprised, given the stance of the administration.
I’ve come across the use of the term “eligible resident aliens” in several articles describing those likely to benefit from the stimulus package. I doubt if illegal aliens will also benefit from the payout, even if they’ve been working and paying their taxes.
Illegal aliens often have payroll taxes deducted, but since they have to provide false details they cannot benefit from things like this. That is already a known issue for millions that pay into UI, WC and so on....
 

SusieQQQ

Well-Known Member
I’ve come across the use of the term “eligible resident aliens” in several articles describing those likely to benefit from the stimulus package. I doubt if illegal aliens will also benefit from the payout, even if they’ve been working and paying their taxes.
ok.
(I admit I haven’t paid any attention to this tbh.)
 
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