How to Determine Maximum Annual Account Balance for FBAR

What is an FBAR? Who Must File an FBAR? And Other Questions from US...

All US expats living abroad need to know what an FBAR is and if they are required to file one. Chances are, if you have any financial accounts overseas like a bank account, you will have to file an FBAR depending on the maximum value of your accounts during the year. Here's what you need to know.
What US Expats Living in Australia Need to Know About FATCA

What US Expats Living in Australia Need to Know About FATCA

What is FATCA and how does it affect taxes of US expats living in Australia. This post covers Form 8938 Filing Thresholds Values, the Physical Presence Test, How to Figure the 12-month Period for the Physical Presence Test and the Bona Fide Residence Test.
Negotiating the Australian Medical System as an UK Expat

Australian Medicare Levy Exemption: Get 2% of Your Income Back

If you do not qualify for Medicare in Australia, and are a taxpayer, you can claim a Medicare Levy Exemption at the end of the year and get any tax you paid back. The percentage of tax back ranges from 1% to 2% of your income tax. Here's how to get that tax back.
Your Guide to Tax in Australia

An Expat’s Guide to Taxes in Australia

Here's what you need to know about filing a tax return in Australia plus Australian income tax tables and how to file your taxes online. I also list all the due dates you need to know.
Free Money Transfers for SMG Readers

Free Money Transfers for SMG Readers

Are you transferring money to Australia?Fantastic Promotion Offer from OFX just for SMG readers Get Free Money Transfers for LIFE! No promo code needed,...
Do 457 Visa Holders Owe Tax When They Transfer Money to Australia?

Do You Owe Tax When Transferring Money to Australia?

Many expats transfer large sums of money to Australia when they move. Is that money going to be taxed after it's transferred? What about money you bring with you on the plane to Australia?
Understanding Effects of Superannuation on Your US Taxes in Australia

Australian Superannuations and Filing a US Tax Return While Living Abroad

How to report your Australian Superannuation when you file your US tax return is very confusing. Here are the basics to what you need to know.
How to Get Your Australian Tax File Number

How to Get Your Australian Tax File Number

Getting an Australian Tax File Number (TFN) is something that everyone moving to Australia needs to do. If you are moving to Australia, and plan on working, you will need a TFN. If you don't have a TFN, you cannot file a tax return. Here's how to get your TFN without having a permanent address in Sydney.
Your Australian Tax Questions Answered

Your Australian Tax Questions Answered

SMG readers wrote in with their questions about paying tax in Australia as an expat. Questions range from transferring money to tax deductions and more. Answers provided by H&R Block Australia.
Guide to Currency Exchange and Transferring Money Overseas

Expat’s Guide to Currency Exchange and Transferring Money Overseas

What every expat needs to know when transferring money internationally.Be sure to check out my post on how to open your Australian bank account...
Getting to Know Your Australian Superannuation

Getting to Know Your Australian Superannuation

The team at Nationwide Super provided Sydney Moving Guide the content for this post.So, you’re moving to Sydney, and you’ve heard about Australian Superannuation....
Common UK Expatriate Tax Issues

Common UK Expatriate Tax Issues

Common UK Expatriate Tax questions and answers for UK expats living in Australia. Dates to remember, residence rules, claiming UK state pension and more.
Transferring Money Overseas

Five Mistakes To Avoid When Transferring Money Overseas

One of the biggest issues you will have as an expat is getting your money sorted.The last thing you want is to erode...
How to Transfer Your Money to Sydney (and How NOT to Transfer Your Money)

How to Transfer Your Money to Sydney (and How NOT to Transfer Your Money)

Transferring money internationally is a common problem for expats as many still have bills back home that they need to stay on top of.When...
How Much Money Do You Need Saved to Move to Sydney

How Much Money Do You Needed Saved to Move to Sydney

Not only do you need to budget for the cost of shipping your household to Australia but you also need to think about how...
Car Financing Australia Expats

Car Finance for Expats in Australia

Are you thinking of buying a car when you arrive in Sydney? Here's what you need to know about financing a car in Australia.
Detailed Account of the Cost of Living in Sydney for a Family of Four

Detailed Account of the Cost of Living in Sydney for a Family of Four

The cost of living in Sydney is a shocker to almost everyone moving to Australia, even for those moving from cities more expensive like...
Furnishing Your First Apartment in Sydney on a Budget

Furnishing Your First Apartment in Sydney on a Budget

Doesn’t matter if you decide to ship your household to Australia or arrive with just a suitcase, after finding your first apartment in Sydney...
Tips for Finding Accommodations in Sydney with Minimum Savings

Tips for Finding an Apartment in Sydney with Minimum Savings

Are you moving to Sydney on a shoestring budget?If so, then today's Mailbox Monday post is for you. It's all about finding cheap...
Australian Superannuation

What is an Australian Superannuation?

Australia's Superannuation is a Hybrid Retirement Fund Similar to Both Social Security and a 401K.A minimum of 9.5% of your salary will be contributed...