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About AlexCLE

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  • Location Stuttgart
  • Nationality American
  • Hometown Cleveland
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1982
  • Interests Working on cars, racing, woodwork, metalwork/fabrication, cycling, camping, family stuff.

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  1. On the paper it just says June, but does this mean on the 1st or the 30th? Or on the same day it was done last time?
  2. I am getting ready to open an IRA in the US and am deciding between traditional and Roth. I think that since I don't earn income in the US then a traditional IRA is pointless because I can't use the contributions as a deduction. Is this right? So I think it's better to open a Roth, deposit money that's already been taxed and then get the tax benefit on withdrawal. What do you think?   Alternatively, if I at some point exceed the foreign income limit to avoid double taxation, can I reduce my gross income by contributing to a traditional IRA?
  3. This is the VANOS issue right? I think you are on the hook for all repair costs because there is no recall for it. I would also suggest the independent shop. You may want to get on the BMW forums and ask around.
  4. preparing/filing US taxes

    Thanks! Turbotax looks good; you can link your 1099's from your banks/brokers and it'll pull and categorize the information automatically. Neat feature.   Do I still need to file a state and city return? I have a US address just for mail but it's not a residence. I can't find anything about a foreign income exclusion for Ohio. The only income would be some capital gains.
  5. preparing/filing US taxes

    I'm tackling filing my own taxes since I sold my business when we left the US and it should be relatively simple now. What programs/websites would you recommend to do the preparation? efile directly with IRS? Or something else? I need it to handle the foreign income exclusion and US capital gains. Is there a way to do it all electronically without mailing anything?
  6. Chimney sweep access to your house

    Is there something like a required service/inspection schedule posted somewhere? How do I know what's a required check for my heating system? Our house was converted to a gas heater from oil and I don't know if the chimney sweep needs to adjust their visits. They're coming by soon to clean, inspect, and measure exhaust.
  7. Energy consumption of laptop

    Ah, you're right. 21 cents is the netto price without tax and basic service charge. All-in it's 29 cents. Sorry to ruin your Monday!
  8. My company has a division in Brazil so we've had a few colleagues move here and stay permanently. From what I hear about how things are going there, I might consider that too! I think the boys would adjust quickly but they will need a lot of support outside of school to learn the language. Immerse them as much as possible before the move. Good luck!
  9. Energy consumption of laptop

    2 decimal places do make a difference! I'm paying around 22 cents/kWh through EON. We average 90€ per month for a family of five. That's with a couple computers, electric stove, and a TV being used daily. So don't worry about your laptop. I run LED bulbs helps.
  10. deduction of tax on property lease

    Thanks. Right now I'm not registered as anything; just forming some plans for a small shop that does custom vehicle work.
  11. If I am running a business from a shop that I rent, is the 19% tax completely refundable? Or even partly? Do I have to pay it up front and then get it back at the end of the year or can it be excluded each month?
  12. I'd like to find a spot in the Schwarzwald or southern Bavaria (basically looking for a mountainous area) where we can rent a small cabin or apartment for a reasonable price and have stuff to do nearby. Ideally something like a resort with planned activities for the kids and maybe lake with canoes would be great. Any suggestions? We went to a resort like this in Bibione, Italy last summer and I want something similar in the mountains. The places I'm seeing on airbnb are nice but quite expensive with three kids.
  13. Engineers are scarce now even without any clearance. You're looking for a US citizen with quite specific expertise AND Secret clearance... tall order. I would think that if this is a long term position then the employer wouldn't mind the extra time it would take for a candidate to get the clearance.
  14. The vehicles will be prepared for off-road use - suspension, tires, safety equipment, etc. It will all be for export; they will not be road legal in Germany.
  15. I'm looking at starting a small business (2-3 employees) modifying cars for a specific market. Does anyone have experience with special regulations for something like this? I'm thinking of things like workplace safety (OSHA-equivalent) and environmental (EPA-equivalent), besides standard considerations for all businesses.