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by moater
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Legal, Visa, Finances & Employment
Topic: Tax Residency (bank requirements)
Replies: 58
Views: 5037

Re: Tax Residency (bank requirements)

How do I join a credit union in the U.S. when I live here? I'll check into the SS site. Well, first things first - if you want ALL of the income from SS to arrive directly in Thailand then there's a nice hack you can use. You can open an account with Bangkok Bank here and provide SS with the ACH de...
by moater
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Legal, Visa, Finances & Employment
Topic: Tax Residency (bank requirements)
Replies: 58
Views: 5037

Re: Tax Residency (bank requirements)

I wanted to do that but Social Security won't let me change banks via email. I need to physically go to an SS office and fill out the paper work and I'm not about to fly to the U.S. just to do that. I imagine that the next bank would be the same. You can change SS direct deposit online, using their...
by moater
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Motoring
Topic: Driving in Laos,Cambodia and Burma
Replies: 20
Views: 1252

Re: Driving in Laos,Cambodia and Burma

Tinted windows hasn't been a problem in Laos or Cambodia for me. It is a problem when crossing to Malaysia though. The border folks even have a device to check the tint level and are known to force drivers to peel off tint films that go over a certain threshold.
by moater
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Motoring
Topic: Driving in Laos,Cambodia and Burma
Replies: 20
Views: 1252

Re: Driving in Laos,Cambodia and Burma

Car passport is issued by DLT.
by moater
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: On The Road
Topic: Living in Phuket ?
Replies: 35
Views: 2527

Re: Living in Phuket ?

Pretty silly to come to a site called hua hin forum to ask about Phuket... There are much better places for your question, which we are forbidden from mentioning here for some ridiculous reason (since hhf is as much a "competitor" of these as a horse buggy is a competitor of Toyota).
by moater
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Legal, Visa, Finances & Employment
Topic: I think I need a border run?
Replies: 20
Views: 1599

Re: I think I need a border run?

If (as suggested by hhinner) you apply for a second 30-day extension, have it refused and are given 7 days to leave the country you don't get a 'black mark' against your name as it will have been done within the rules, as far as I understand it. You do get a big "extension refused" stamp that says ...
by moater
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Legal, Visa, Finances & Employment
Topic: I think I need a border run?
Replies: 20
Views: 1599

Re: I think I need a border run?

Silly to do a border run for 3 measly days. Just pay 1500 at the airport for the 3 days fine, or 1900 at immigration for an extra week. They're both cheaper than a border run and have no consequences.
by moater
Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Home, Lifestyle & Family
Topic: Groceries home delivery
Replies: 16
Views: 2462

Re: RE: Re: Groceries home delivery

I did find an alternative though. I got one of these huge checkered bags . What is it you got? The picture link is dead. Wow, that was over 3 years ago... Time does fly at triple speed around these parts. I just take the car now if I have too much to carry, grown lazy :). Back then in 2014 it was o...
by moater
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Legal, Visa, Finances & Employment
Topic: Opening a bank account which bank?
Replies: 52
Views: 9867

Re: Opening a bank account which bank?

METV these days gives unlimited entries within the validity time of the visa (6 months since date of issue). That means it can be used to stay in Thailand for 9 months (with border runs every 2 or 3 months and last entry on the date the visa expires+extension).
by moater
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Legal, Visa, Finances & Employment
Topic: Opening a bank account which bank?
Replies: 52
Views: 9867

Re: Opening a bank account which bank?

This is Thailand, each region and each branch makes up its own rules. Keep trying different branches and you will eventually succeed. Showing a 1-year rental contract (whether legit or not...) will work in many cases. Sometimes a residence certificate will do the job. I have a Krungsri account (whic...
by moater
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Legal, Visa, Finances & Employment
Topic: The journey to a Yellow Book in Hua Hin
Replies: 65
Views: 16326

Re: The journey to a Yellow Book in Hua Hin

Okay, I think I figured it out. The Tessaban in HH is "special". It contains both an Amphur office (1st floor) and a Tessaban office (2nd floor). This was done apparently because the main Amphur is too far from town. So all this business is still happening at the Amphur, it just happens to reside at...
by moater
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Legal, Visa, Finances & Employment
Topic: The journey to a Yellow Book in Hua Hin
Replies: 65
Views: 16326

Re: The journey to a Yellow Book in Hua Hin

Information in other places suggests that the yellow book and hot-pink ID card should be applied for at the Amphur, but here you've been saying that you got it at the Tessaban. Left me a little confused. Which is it?
by moater
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Life In Thailand, Opinion & Relationships
Topic: Biggest Benefit to Being Expat
Replies: 123
Views: 9518

Re: Biggest Benefit to Being Expat

In Thailand you become a tax-resident when you stay 180 days in a calendar year, regardless of your visa. Yes, tourists too. Obviously this isn't being enforced or effectively practiced, but it is the law. I think that you will find that the law basically states: "income derived in Thailand". Incom...
by moater
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Life In Thailand, Opinion & Relationships
Topic: Biggest Benefit to Being Expat
Replies: 123
Views: 9518

Re: Biggest Benefit to Being Expat

Living here on a long stay non-immigrate visa does not make you a "resident" for tax purposes. In Thailand you become a tax-resident when you stay 180 days in a calendar year, regardless of your visa. Yes, tourists too. Obviously this isn't being enforced or effectively practiced, but it is the law.
by moater
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Legal, Visa, Finances & Employment
Topic: Thai travelling to Thailand on UK passport
Replies: 13
Views: 861

Re: Thai travelling to Thailand on UK passport

To avoid delays you may want to show the UK passport to the airline and the expired Thai passport to immigration. Airline staff can be daft.