Post by Deleted on Aug 16, 2016 2:35:03 GMT -5
I just filed. Based upon my experience, and according to what my accountant advises, non-residents (meaning people who live in country less than 183 days) do not have to file. For example, I have an American ex-pat friend, who does not meet the 183-day rule, so he is not considered a resident for taxation purposes. He was advised not to file. For those individuals who are residents or Citizens, they must file only if their personal wealth or personal income exceed the reporting thresholds. If this is confusing for you, it's probably best you consult with an accountant.
You are correct. Just because you have a Colombian wife and child, it does not make you a tax resident. And even if you do meet the 183-day rule, you may not need to file if your personal income or personal wealth do not meet the filing threshold.
Yes, employing the Socratic method is mandatory in this country. Ask a lot of questions, and hopefully, you will find the truth. This applies to whether you are trying to purchase a fine cut of Angus beef or getting your taxes done. I ask a lot of questions... all the time. My wife says I am "grosero" at times when I do, but I don't care. It's in my nature, and the way I was trained. I can't tell you the number of times, someone has tried to hand me a "Christmas Goose". I've been fortunate with the two accountants I've used in Colombia. Both know how to listen... a trait that is often lacking in many Colombians. I consulted with an accountant even before I was required to file. He kept me up to speed on current tax law, and when I finally had to file, he handled the declaration. Unfortunately, we had to part ways this year because of contractual commitments. I was fortunate to find an excellent tax attorney this year. She is savvy, and stays on top of the ever changing tax code by attending professional seminars and courses. I had to provide her with a number of documents... some were harder to obtain than others, but in the end, I am confident she prepared a document that was accurate. Good luck, Bickmed.