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  1. Interesting stuff as I have SA to hold property. Redbeard (or Induna?) can you explain what you say as the removal of the (i.e. real estate transfer tax exemption). I was not aware of any transfer tax for example if the shares of the corp are changed in the SA books and you have actual printed shares on legal paper (which I recommend) which can be endorsed in advance on the back without putting a name in but should be able to just be transferred after death, adding a new name and updating the books. In this case I dont see any need for a transfer tax. Maybe selling the corp could incur a tax b
  2. Architect fees are totally negotiable within a certain range. Values on a construction as noted are determined by the architect college based on the architect design presented. The value determined and listed on the college receipts and on the plans presented determine what you pay to the municipality for taxes on construction and the INS employee insurance. Both of those are a fixed percentage of value. While I am not advocating the following I present simply as a method that many Ticos use when getting plans and permissions. What many Ticos do as I understand it is have an architecture
  3. Just noticed that the US congress passed a new highway funding bill which passed with bipartisan support and Obama says he will sign and approve it. While I do not drive US highways nor use trains or public transport there etc I think this may be a good measure to inject money into infrastructure. However as these politicians have a habit of doing (think FACTA in 2010 inserted into a labor bill) they like to inject into these new laws things that may have nothing to do with the main purpose of the legislation. As I had made mention to before in another thread included in this bill ba
  4. To continue to read la Nacion after your free articles download a cleaner like CCcleaner and wipe out your cookies. You will lose recent sites you visited in memory and have to type those back in but you then are starting again at zero. Does not affect bookmarks. Works for all the newspaper sites I visit like NYT.com etc. This also gets rid of some other crap out of your browser.
  5. This is soo funny!!!! I think the work place would be better if they did use this language. You immediatly understand with these phrases IMHO.
  6. Free sounds great. 65 not so great. At least I have that to look forward to. thanks for the tip.
  7. Hello All, I realize this post is a bit off topic but want to post a link to a Panamanian expat blogger who has a current story explaining quite in detail the Panamanian health care options for expats and some specific cost info. This guy also sells tours etc but has some good stories about life in Panama which could be good reading for anyone considering Panama. As we very often have folks who are considering either Panama or Costa Rica and health care is a critical factor there may be some who would enjoy taking the time to read the post. The blog is regularly updated so the health care
  8. Nice post!! Thanks for the blessings. I am so thankful I am here in CR and while I will miss my turkey and friends and family I will have a nice roast chicken with homemade dressing, and some turkey day sides to go with it. Watch football and enjoy. (and there is always skype to make some calls to all) Pura Vida!!
  9. Hey Mark, well that would be good news if they only charge the medical portion to those 55 or older. I am not familiar with the current process as I got into the system a longtime ago. All I can say is that looking at my monthly receipt the percent charge for both items of my listed salary or ingresos es %12.28 percent total which is close to the 13% I hear from the forums that is the current charge for residents. However the bill is broken into two specific items each of which is exactly half of the total cost per month. One is called Sem Obrero with a code of 0001 which I think
  10. From what I have seen the OBAMACARE programs for the lowest priced premiums include a very large deductible of 5k or more a year. This is reduced as you go from bronze plans up to gold or whatever they are calling them. But the premium for a higher deductible (IE the cheapest plan) plan is very high. Much more than my private plan through ins (1,500 per year with a new this year $300.00 deductible in addition) Add on top my caja payment of $50.00 per month (I got in a long time ago so pay less) which half of the premium is for a pension which will be around $ 220.00 a month when I retire a
  11. Saw the title and thought it was about the recent futbol match. We beat Panama 2-0!!! GO TICOS!!!
  12. El video por lo menos es una ayuda para Ticos para saber sobre el proceso de aplicarse. Si tiene quejas de gastar dinero de los Estadounidenses vea esta lista de ayuda. La mayoria de esta plata es un ridiculo. (en mi opinion) http://www.usembassy.or.cr/cooperation/Q1%202012.htm
  13. Glad to hear you are involved Lucy belle. Some important issues there for sure and ones I would agree with you on. However not being married, nor gay, nor a woman, nor a an illegal immigrant I concentrate on many of the good things I find here in Costa Rica vs the USA. Nice weather, cheap and excellent heath care (thanks ARCR for the group INS policy), good food, nice people (mostly), Local government easy to get along with, close by and interesting places to visit in the country, car insurance and tag fee dirt cheap, low property taxes, government off my back and finally a country without
  14. There is basically very little difference between Obama and the rest of the dems and most all of the GOP. The only one out there with any kind of solution is RP. However the establishment and main stream media never give him the time of day. Not to worry RP wont get elected since not enough people understand his message. However one day maybe his son Rand can become president. The tea party revolution was started by Doctor Ron Paul and is the only thing that gives me hope that some day enough Americans will wake up and help return the country to what it was when I was growing up. in th
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