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You can’t file Form 8854 via FedEx or UPS

This Week’s Expatriation Question:

This week’s question is postal. It came in a comment to a blog post on the site.

Hi, does anyone know the STREET address to file form 8854? The instructions only listed a generic US mail address. I need a street address for FEDEX to deliver it. Please advise.

Singapore for a Weekend Mastermind

I’m headed to a weekend mastermind group sponsored by Dynamite Circle (I am a member), which is a service provided by Ian and Dan of Tropical MBA.

It’s worth your while reading the TMBA blog and listening to the podcast. Even if you do not fit the “location independent lifestyle” or “digital nomad” profile, there are useful things to learn.

Dan and Ian have done something impressive. They transformed themselves from from two random guys standing around in a parking lot in North San Diego County to the owners of very real and profitable businesses. The best part? These are businesses that they can operate from anywhere on the planet that they want to be (Ian = Austin and Dan = Philippines right now).

Attending the mastermind will be a group of 30 entrepreneurs who have reached a certain level of success.

I’m showing up. I have something to share, and something to learn.

Pack light, go fast – LAX-CAN-SIN

One week in Singapore. Goruck SK40. Almost used my SK20 but that would have been a gratuitous display of self-indulgent minimalist travel egotism. From the KAL lounge in the Tom Bradley terminal at LAX.

Wherein I Violate the First Rule of Fight Club

Let’s imagine a future risk. Five years from now you will be sued. Extremely generic business litigation. Nothing special, except if you lose the lawsuit your company will be wiped out. High stakes, normal risk.

You will be considerably less stressed as you go through the lawsuit if you know that a few million dollars sits in a bunker, safe, waiting for you after the dust has settled – even if you lose the lawsuit.

How do you go from cocktail party conversation to done? Today I am going to cover the first hurdle. You can’t move forward until you solve this hurdle.

Step-By-Step Tax Filings For a Noncovered Expatriate

This week’s question is from reader P. Let’s pretend his name is Phil, because that would be confusing. His question:

I am going for my interview to renounce on Feb 13/15. I don’t have any US income and I am not a “cover expatriate”. I have my 5 previous tax returns and FBAR’s filed. I will have to file another tax return for 2014 within the next 2 months. Do I file my 8854 with this return and then I am finished with the US? Or what else do I have to do? What is a 1040NR? Do I need to file 2 tax returns for 2015 too? ( Jan 1/15 – Feb 13/15 and then Feb 14/15 – Dec 31/15?

I will sure be glad when I am done with all this!