Archive: May, 2012

Freelancing in Tokyo: What it means to be an "extra"

Posted by David Chester on 14 May 2012

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I read this article about doing extra work in Japan and I felt as if I could have written it myself. Now, I would have never, ever agreed to do a job for ¥2500 (about US$30+) for a full day. But on the other hand, there may be people who had a day off and thought, "This might be fun! Getting to do a TV show in Japan!"

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Important Tax Info for Those Living Abroad

Posted by David Chester on 2 May 2012

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I am reposting the following info, originally posted by my colleague Lauren Shannon of Kimono Wine Bar and Democrats Abroad:

Your FBAR/FATCA Task Force has created two instruments to drive home our efforts seeking relief from potentially draconian fines and penalties in relation to new tax filing requirements. We are gathering data from overseas Americans to use in advocating for amendments and reforms to FATCA. We need your urgent participation in this effort!

1. Take our survey to record your circumstance as an overseas citizen and taxpayer. It is completely anonymous and can be found at

2. Tell us your story of managing your tax affairs as an expat American. If you have a tale of woe and frustration to tell then please go to where you can post your story on a completely anonymous basis.

The Task Force has received an invitation to appear at an IRS hearing on May 15 in Washington. Having results from the survey as well as the website will strengthen our position at the hearing. So please complete at least the survey by May 9.Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) Survey.

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