Nuss Relocations Joins Expatland’s Sydney and Melbourne E-Teams

 

 

Nuss Relocations has joined Expatland’s Sydney and Melbourne E-Teams. The firm will provide removal and relocation services to expats moving to Sydney and Melbourne.

The Expatland Global Network is assembling E-Teams in major expat destinations. Each team brings together vetted professionals who offer essential services to expats. Through one point of contact, they can access expert advice and local insight on all aspects of moving to, and living in, a specific location.

John Marcarian, founder of the Expatland Global Network, says, “When an expat moves to a new country the service they automatically think of first is removals and shipping. Therefore, it’s vital we have one of the best on our Australian E-Teams. Nuss Relocations has the experience and knowledge to give our expats that all important peace of mind that their family possessions will get to Australia safe and sound.”

Nigel Mayo Saunders, General Manager, Nuss Relocations, comments, “At Nuss we have many years of experience in removal and relocation and a vast network of partners around the world. However, the innovative approach by Expatland caught our attention as a fresh solution for people looking to find professional support when moving internationally. “

Matthew Marcarian, Expatland Sydney E-Team leader, says, “We welcome Nigel and the Nuss Relocations team to the Expatland E-Team. Nuss has always been a go-to brand for removals in Australia and I’m confident our expats will experience high levels of service.”

‘Expatland’ origins

Expatland began as a best-selling book by John Marcarian, written in 2015. Advice within the book is based on John’s experience of travelling extensively between international offices of his business CST Tax Advisors, enjoying multiple expat experiences, and working with vast numbers of expat clients. With a deep understanding of both the challenges and rewards of expat life, John wrote the book as an ‘expat survival guide’, packed with advice, statistics and a step-by-step plan for smooth expat integration.

E-Teams around the globe

Expanding on ideas in his book, John launched the Expatland Global Network in 2018. His aim was to support people all over the world who are looking to join the vast, dynamic expat community. E-Teams in major expat destinations will deliver vital expat services, alongside destination-specific insight.

E-Team members are non-competitive and share leads, fostering business growth. Each member contributes to city-specific editions of the Expatland book. These are free-to-download and packed with locally-focused advice, tips and case studies.

The Expatland Global Network is expanding rapidly. There are now E-Teams in LA, Singapore, Auckland, London as well as Sydney and Melbourne. With best-in-practice members recognising the importance of this service, many more will follow.

Businesses interested in joining an E-Team in their city can get in touch with Expatland: http://www.expatland.com/contact/

Expatland Dental – Finding a Dentist in Your New City

 

As an Expat, choosing health care providers can be a daunting activity and one that can have a big impact on the entire family. Many people have anxiety and fears related to visiting doctors and dentists and this becomes compounded when in a new country where everything seems so strange. Luckily, Singapore has a very high standard of health care.

It can be just as important to have regular check-ups with a dentist as it is with a doctor; however, globally adults are neglecting to visit the dentist. So how do you find a new dentist in your Expatland City?

Lydia Astill from Expat Dental has written a guide with all information you need to find a new service provider. It’s important to choose a great dentist before you’re in pain and to have a dental practice you can trust to care for you and your family.

This publication will provide you with helpful tips to assist you in finding the right dentist for you and your family.

To read this publication, click here.

Corporate Residency

 

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (“IRAS”) in conjunction with other statutory bodies such as the Economic Development Board and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore provide several industry specific concessions and grants to business in Singapore.

A common requirement of these concessions and grants is the requirement for the company to be a tax resident of Singapore.  Whilst we shall explore some of these programs in the coming months, it is important to consider the issue of tax residency and how it applies companies in Singapore.

In addition to access to these programs, it is important to remember that only a company who is a tax resident of Singapore can:

  • Access income tax rebates;
  • Have a tax exemption on foreign-sourced dividends, foreign branch profits, and foreign-sourced service income; and
  • Apply the provisions of double tax agreements or limited treaties between Singapore and a foreign jurisdiction.

Residency and place of incorporation

It is important to note that the jurisdiction in which the company is incorporated does not play a role in determining whether a company is a tax resident of Singapore.   This approach is very different to jurisdictions like Australia, the USA and Hong Kong, where the legislation specifically states that a company incorporated in those countries are considered as tax resident.

In Singapore, the determination of tax residency is focused upon where the company is controlled and managed during the year of assessment.   This determination of corporate residency is required to be made annually, based on the facts associated with the company.

For example, a company incorporated in Hong Kong may be regarded as a tax resident of Singapore because the directors of the company have relocated to Singapore.   In this therefore means that the company is a in fact a dual resident for tax purposes – Hong Kong based on incorporation and in Singapore based on control and management.

What does “control and management mean”

The concept of control and management is not defined in legislation but is rather terminology established through the common law court system over time.  With a common law judicial system, Singapore relies heavily on precedents establish by other common law jurisdictions such as the UK and Australia.

The concept of control and management for a company does not mean where the day-to-day operations of the company are carried on – thus the location of trading activities and physical operations is not considered. Rather the concept of control and management is considered from a corporate governance perspective.

Generally, if the board of directors hold their meetings in Singapore, then it is considered that the control and management of a company is located and exercised in Singapore.

Examples of the types of decisions which are taken under corporate governance are:

  • Where the company’s business shall be;
  • Whether a company is to commence or cease operations;
  • Whether an investment / acquisition is to proceed; and
  • Whether a dividend is to be paid to shareholders.

What about a permanent establishment

The concept of a Permanent Establishment (“PE”) arises to determine the taxing rights of two jurisdictions.  In the case of a PE, there is no question as to where control and management is located.  In these situations, it is always located outside of Singapore.

A PE generally arises where a foreign corporation has some form of physical presence in a jurisdiction (e.g. construction sight, agent or employees with authority to conclude contracts).

Where a PE exists in Singapore, the profits earned by PE shall be taxed by IRAS (subject to the provisions of a Double Tax Agreement if one exists between Singapore and the home jurisdiction).

 

Boon Tan – CST Tax Singapore

UK Visa System for Expats

 

Generally, in the United Kingdom (UK) it is a requirement for foreign nationals to have a valid visa.

There are some exceptions to this, including returning residents with indefinite leave to enter or remain and, for now, European Union (EU) nationals.

Currently, EU nationals have free entry and gain permanent residency status after five years of exercising their EU Treaty rights in the UK.

After Brexit, EU nationals will be required to confirm their status in the UK, whereas this is voluntary at the moment.

The UK offers several visa routes for Expats depending upon their particular circumstances.

Paula McGeown from Do Your Own Visa has written a guide to assist expats with understanding and obtaining the right visa for their situation.

In this guide Paula writes about;

  • Work Visas
  • Business and Investment Visas
  • Temporary Visas

The UK offers a range of visas that are designed for highly skilled professional workers, investors, business people and students.

Download the publication here.

Starwood Animal Transport Ltd joins Expatland’s London E-Team

Starwood Animal Transport Ltd, which has been helping pet owners move their pets since 1984, has joined Expatland’s London E-Team to provide animal relocation services.

The Expatland Global Network is assembling ‘E-Teams’ in major expat destinations, bringing together vetted professionals who offer essential services to expats. Through one point of contact, would-be expats can access expert advice and local insight on all aspects of moving to, and setting up life in, that specific location.

John Marcarian, founder of the Expatland Global Network, says, “Wherever you are, whatever culture you come from, pets are part of the family. Naturally, when you move country, they come with you. Starwood Animal Transport are experts in pet relocation, with a brilliant track record. They help clients navigate the complex location-specific customs issues and regulations for relocating animals, as well as providing total confidence that their much-loved pets are in safe hands. We’re delighted that Starwood will be bringing their considerable expertise to the London E-Team.”

Nick Foden-Ellis, Director, Starwood Animal Transport Ltd, comments: “The E-Team concept is long overdue and fits very well with our approach. At Starwood, we have already established links with pet experts in specific locations, but Expatland offers a ready-made network, encompassing specialists across a range of sectors. I think the potential is huge.”

‘Expatland’ origins

Expatland began as a best-selling book by John Marcarian, written in 2015. Advice within the book is based of John’s experience of travelling extensively between international offices of his business CST Tax Advisors, enjoying multiple expat experiences, and working with vast numbers of expat clients. With a deep understanding of both the challenges and rewards of expat life, John wrote the book as an ‘expat survival guide’, packed with advice, statistics and a step-by-step plan for smooth expat integration.

E-Teams around the globe

Expanding on ideas in his book, John launched the Expatland Global Network in 2018, with the aim of supporting people all over the world who are embarking on an expat journey, joining a vast, dynamic community.

In addition to offering one-to-one advice, members of each E-Team also lend their specialist knowledge to writing chapters of a city-specific editions of the Expatland book, which are free-to-download and packed with locally-focused advice, tips and case studies.

Expatland is quickly spreading across the world with E-Teams in Sydney, Melbourne, LA, Singapore, Auckland in addition to London, with more cities to follow.

Businesses interested in joining an E-Team in a city near them should get in touch with Expatland: http://www.expatland.com/contact/

 

 

Have Problems Sleeping? You May Need to See a Dentist…

 

Constant travel for business and leisure is a familiar feature of expat life in Singapore. Some of us with families even feel exhausted after the summer holiday.

With time zone differences and constant sleep interruption it’s easy to feel you are not getting enough sleep. Emerging research is abundant and spells out how sleep is important for adults and especially for teenagers.

The research has been clear that lack of sleep can cause a variety of problems. In adults some of these issues include hypertension, heart disease, fatigue, anxiety, stress, and a lack of mental clarity.

In children, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, bedwetting, allergies, and stunted growth and development have been associated with a lack of sleep and disordered breathing. And these problems may go on to affect school performance.

Related to this, dental ‘bruxism’ is the medical term used to describe habitual clenching or grinding of the teeth and jaw. Stiff or fatigued jaw muscles when you wake in the morning, headaches, neck aches, sensitive teeth, jaw pain, noises when opening or closing your mouth; all of these can be signs of dental bruxism and TMJ disorder.

Previously dentists were trained to think that grinding issues were just stress related and that the ultimate fix was to wear a night-guard for the rest of your life. Now practitioners believe that by retraining habits like tongue position, breathing techniques, and swallowing techniques, we can stop grinding and help patients sleep better. But, depending on the individual circumstances, oral appliances, medication or surgery may be required.

Oral Appliance Therapy can often be used to treat both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea in adults.

An oral appliance is a device similar to orthodontic retainers joined by a flexible connector and worn while asleep. The device allows your airway to remain open by supporting the lower jaw in a slightly forward position and providing forced air through flexible tubes. These devices are best designed and fitted by experienced dentists trained in sleep disorder therapy. In some severe cases, surgery may be an option for treatment.

When treating children, if caught early enough, providers may be able to prevent the need for braces and allow them to live a healthier life without a grinding habit and a sleep disorder in adulthood.

If you feel you or someone in your family may have sleep disordered breathing or sleep apnea, the sooner you can fix the problem the sooner you will be on the path to a much fuller life, free of the health issues that come with poor sleep. Ask yourself these questions and if you answer yes to a few you may want to find out more.

Do you…

  • feel irritable or sleepy during the day?
  • have difficulty staying awake when sitting still, watching television or reading?
  • fall asleep or feel very tired while driving?
  • have difficulty concentrating?
  • often get told by others that you look tired?
  • react slowly?
  • have trouble controlling your emotions?
  • feel like you have to take a nap almost every day?
  • require caffeinated beverages to keep yourself going

Written by: Lydia Astill from Expat Dental

The Business Advisory Group joins Expatland’s Auckland E-Team

The Business Advisory Group, one of the most respected accounting firms in Auckland, has joined Expatland’s Auckland E-Team to provide accounting and taxation services. The Expatland Global Network is assembling ‘E-Teams’ in major expat destinations, bringing together vetted professionals who offer essential services to expats.

Through one point of contact, would-be expats can access expert advice and local insight on all aspects of moving to, and setting up life in, that specific location.

John Marcarian, founder of the Expatland Global Network, says, “Auckland is one of our newest E-Team locations and our network in New Zealand is growing quickly.

The Business Advisory Group is not only an essential part of the group, Sudhir Lala, the organsation’s Director has taken the role of Auckland E-Team leader, driving monthly meetings and building leads for the team as a whole. With a leader like Sudhir, I know the Auckland E-Team will be a huge success.”

Sudhir Lala, Director, The Business Advisory Group, comments: “Expatland is the ideal network for businesses such as ours that work closely with the Expat community. John Marcarian’s vision is complemented by a worldwide network of expat service providers that not only deliver a unique service to those moving country, but also a powerful lead generation team for businesses that serve the expat population. The decision to join Expatland was an easy one.”

‘Expatland’ Origins

Expatland began as a best-selling book by John Marcarian, written in 2015. Advice within the book is based of John’s experience of travelling extensively between international offices of his business CST Tax Advisors, enjoying multiple expat experiences, and working with vast numbers of expat clients. With a deep understanding of both the challenges and rewards of expat life, John wrote the book as an ‘expat survival guide’, packed with advice, statistics and a step-by-step plan for smooth expat integration.

E-Teams Around the Globe

Expanding on ideas in his book, John launched the Expatland Global Network in 2018, with the aim of supporting people all over the world who are embarking on an expat journey, joining a vast, dynamic community.

In addition to offering one-to-one advice, members of each E-Team also lend their specialist knowledge to writing chapters of a city-specific editions of the Expatland book, which are free-to-download and packed with locally-focused advice, tips and case studies.

Expatland is quickly spreading across the world with E-Teams in Sydney, Melbourne, LA, London and Singapore in addition to Auckland, with more cities to follow.

Businesses interested in joining an E-Team in a city near them should get in touch with Expatland: http://www.expatland.com/contact/