US State Dept. Suspends Overseas Passport and Visa Issuance

June 13, 2015
As of June 9, 2015, the US State Dept. announced it has been forced to suspend issuing passports & visas from their diplomatic missions abroad, due to computer-database glitches.

A key piece of hardware failed, leaving US embassies and consulates unable to print visas, regular passports or other travel documents.   People who submitted online applications for passports and visas ~  on or after June 9 ~ will likely experience processing delays.

Routine passport renewals are generally processed & printed through the US offices, so this temporary problem likely affects/suspends  “rush” “emergency” lost/stolen passport replacements.

… and it affects local State Dept printing abroad of visas for foreigners wishing to enter the USA.

More details at:  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/state-dept-suspends-overseas-passport-visa-issuance-31729129

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US Requirements for American Owners of Foreign Businesses to File BE-10 Forms

June 2, 2015
Current News Update for American Expats: There are reports around the internet describing severe penalties for American owners of foreign corporations who have not yet filed US Commerce BE-10 forms.

In particular, some sharp readers are asking if we are required to file BE-10 forms for their Mexican corporations that hold their personal real estate, homes, properties.

I drilled into the US Govt’s BE-10 website and found that  “NO”,  “a U.S. person that does not meet the reporting requirements  and that has not been contacted by BEA   is not required to report any BE-10 form to BEA.”

From the official Instructions on filling out a BE-10:
“Ownership of foreign residential real estate by a business enterprise, the sole purpose of which is to hold the real estate for the personal use of the owner(s) of the business enterprise,    is considered to be real estate   held for personal use and   therefore not subject to the reporting requirements.

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For Americans who do own 10% of a foreign business that is not a corporation for personal real estate: Yes, you do have to file a BE-10 by June 30, 2015 for any foreign business enterprise owned in 2014.

Why now? One legal accounting website describes:   “As this is a “benchmark year,” this reporting is required of all relevant persons, regardless of whether the Reporter has been contacted.”

We have written a detailed article on this that you can read at:

Requirements for US Citizens Who Own a Foreign Business or Corporation – 2015 BE-10 Filing

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Disclaimer: This information is not meant as legal advice. It is for educational and informational purposes only. Government policies vary between States and offices, and Mexican Government officials have broad discretion in how they individually enforce policies, so, your personal experiences may vary. See a professional for advice on important issues.

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UCD Plated Vehicle Owners Advised to Drive ONLY Within Their Own States

June 6, 2015
This is just a quick announcement to caution foreigners driving UCD or ONAPPAFA plated cars to NOT drive their foreign-titled vehicle outside of the specific state for which it has UCD or ONAPPAFA plates, because the Federal police are currently threatening to confiscate GTO UCD-plated vehicles driven outside of Guanajuato.

According to an expert on UCD plates, with direct contact with the UCD national organization and with high-level Aduana officials:  “ Federales are threatening to confiscate cars with a GTO UCD plate driving in another state including QRO which has its’ own UCD plate.

per “Sonia” of San Miguel Allende – an expert who has personally gotten 100’s of vehicles UCD plates.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sonia/252211011634302

Per our previous advice on this,  UCD’s are campesino organizations,  organized in individual Mexican states,  with NO formal federal and NO national legal rights to ignore Aduana rules on importing vehicles.    The UCD organizations depend on their members, campesinos, coming out to protest any violations of their “rights”.

See past info on this at: ONAPPAFA – An Alternative to Paying Aduana Import Duties and Permit Fees? – The Article

For general issues and details on importing cars into Mexico, see our main article at:
Importing & Driving a Car in Mexico

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Driving Season: Time to Check Out the PEMEX Stations Pumping “Short” Liters

May 28, 2015
Driving season is now upon us, as some of us escape the heat, go to the beach or visit far-off places.

That means that it’s time to check out which PEMEX stations PROFECO found are pumping short liters – pumping less gasoline that we paid for: La Procuraduría del Consumidor’s Official List of Short Liter Gas Stations

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Merida’s PEMEX stations on PROFECO’s List:

“LISTA NEGRA DE GASOLINERAS QUE DAN LITROS INCOMPLETOS”
… para “Merida”

Name of Station … Franchise SA CV … Address … Colonia
AUTOSERV YUCATAN … AUTOSERV YUCATAN … CTO COLONIAS NO 101 X 11Y13 … YUCATAN
COMB LUB POLIFORM … COMB Y LUB POLIFORUM … C 18 NO 407 X 79Y81 … ALVARADO SALVADOR SUR
E S ABIMERHI … EST DE SERV ABIMERHI … 59 NO 519 0 … CENTRO
E S JACINTO CANEK … ESTA DE SER JACINTO … 59 A NO 306 … YUCALPETEN SECTOR PECUARIO
E S JUAN PABLO … ESTACION SERV JUAN PABLO … 65 NO 996 … XOCLAN
E S VISTA ALEGRE … EST DE SERV VISTA ALEGRE … 7 NO 512 … MAYA
EST DE SERV NVA MAYAPA … EST DE SERV NVA MAYAPAN … 39 B NO 463 … MAYAPAN
EST SERV CAMPESTRE … ESTAC DE SERV CAMPESTRE … 33 NO 500 … GUERRERO GONZALO
EST SERV PERIFERICO SU … EST SERV PERIFERICO SUR … C 96 NO 771 B … OBRERA
GASOL MERIDA … GASOL DE MERIDA … CALLE 60 NO 277 … BUENAVISTA
GRECIA … GRECIA … PERIF KM 45 418 T CATAST 1820 … POLIGONO … TIXCACAL
GRECIA DEB … GRECIA … PERIF KM 45.418TABLAJE C 18820 … POLIGONO … TIXCACAL OPICHEN
MEGA DIESEL SURESTE … MEGA DIESEL SURESTE … C 77 NO SN 528A … CENTRO
SERV CD INDUSTRIAL ES … SERVICIO CD INDUSTRIAL … CALLE 21 NO 441 … CD INDUSTRIAL
SERV DEL FUTV DEL EDO … SE DEL FRE UNI D ES D Y … 59 NO 621 … CENTRO
SERV GTA SAN FERNANDO … SERV GTA SAN FERNANDO … C 60 NO 338 J … CENTRO
SERV MERIDA 2000 … SERVICIO MERIDA 2000 … 35 DIAG NO 359 … SAN LUIS
SERV MERIDA NORTE … SERVICIO MERIDA NORTE … 9 A NO 304 … CHICHI
SERV PERIFERICO OTE … SERV PERIFERICO ORIENTE … 25 C NO 600 0 … CHICHEN ITZA
SERV POLIFORUM DEB … COMBUSTIBLE Y LUB POLIFO … CALLE 97 NO 300 … SALVADOR ALVARADO SUR
SERV TAC … SERVICIOS TAC … 86 B NO 589 A … SAMBULA
SERV TAC … SERVICIOS TAC … 81 A NO 837 … SAMBULA
SERVMBUDELCARIBE … SERV COMB DEL CARIBE … AV INSURGENTES ESQ BELICE SN … CENTRO

(Yes, this is the infamous white Bronco…)

We take no responsibility for this list, except that we extracted the “Merida” stations from PROFECO’s national master list at: http://www.alconsumidor.org/docs/Lista_negra_de_gasolineras_que_dan_litros_incompletos.xls

Happy Trails … and Safe Travels,
steve

Other Yucalandia Articles on Gasoline issues in Mexico:
~  Water & Sediment Separating Out:  Pemex Gasoline: Issues? – The Yucalandia Article
~  Ongoing Problems with PEMEX Gasoline
and
~  No More Monthly Mexican PEMEX Gasoline Price Increases for 2015

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Disclaimer: This information is not meant as legal advice. It is for educational and informational purposes only. Individual stations may have changed since PROFECO evaluated them in Jan. 2015

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Filing FBAR Foreign Financial Account Information for US Citizens for FINCEN 114

April 26, 2015
Basic Information on filing FBAR – FINCEN Form 114 for 2014

Notes:
Who must file a Form 114 FINCEN FBAR Form:

  • Any United States person who had a financial interest in or signature authority over at least one financial account located outside of the United States; and
  • the aggregate value of all foreign financial accounts exceeded $10,000 at any time during the calendar year reported.

~ The FBAR (filed on-line) must be received by the Department of Treasury on or before June 30th of the year immediately following the calendar year being reported.

~ The June 30’th filing date may not be extended.

~  We advise reading  all  of the instructions before starting to fill out the FBAR .PDF form,  because the government software is somewhat cranky – and if you mistakenly fill out some fields, they cannot be abandoned, corrected, or deleted. (in our experience)

Simplified Instructions:
1.  Get your account information together for all foreign accounts – noting the annual
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Full details and translations can be found in the Main Article (see Header): 
Filing FBAR Foreign Financial Account Information for US Citizens for FINCEN 114 – Article

Also see our Master article on Taxes at: IRS Tax Issues for Americans Living and Working Abroad in Mexico – Master Article for more FBAR and FATCA filing information & requirements.
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Change Your Driving Hand Positions Because Air Bags Cause Serious Injuries

April 15, 2015
Warning:  Graphic Images …

Time to learn a new habit:

10 and 2:  Bad for you.

3 and 9:   That’s just fine

4 and 8:   Also Great

This is the latest news from driving professionals for people who drive modern cars with air bags.

10 and 2 o’clock Hand Positions on the Wheel:

16 year old  Permanently Blinded by Airbag

16 year old Permanently Blinded by Airbag

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Air bags explode with such tremendous force that they ram our hands and arms into our faces if we follow the old Driver’s Ed rules of keeping our hands at higher positions on the car’s steering wheel.   The exploding bags bust up our faces by turning our hands, wrists & forearms into missiles that slam into our eyes and break our noses and cheeks.
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If we keep our hands low on the wheel – at…  “~ 3 & 9  ~ Just Fine ~ ”   or
… “~ 4 & 8 ~ Also Great ~
then the bags blast our hands downward and outward ~ away from our faces ~ .

Low Speed Airbag Deployed with No Damage to the Car

Low Speed Airbag Deployed with No Damage to the Car

Also Remember:
Small people and kids under 13 really should  never  sit in the front passenger seat of cars with airbags,  unless you turn OFF the airbag.

Why?
Airbags are designed to stop heavy 200 lb – 350 lb people,   so they launch out with such explosive much force that they can permanently maim or kill people under 100 lbs or children under 13 years of age.

Doubt this advice?
Note that the car in the foto was in a very minor accident, had no real damage and no threats to a person wearing their shoulder belt … but check out the blood on the bag. …

Again:  Small people and kids under 13 really should  never  sit in the front passenger seat of cars with airbags,  unless you turn OFF the airbag.

My apologies to people who are sensitive to graphic images ~ but this issue threatens us and our families and friends.

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Record Mild Tropical Storm Season Projected for the Caribbean & Atlantic Coast

April 9, 2015
CSU researchers have predicted the mildest Atlantic/Caribbean Tropical Storm season in decades.

Climate change?   …  Only 7 named storms predicted for the 2015 Atlantic storm season.

Stormy Weather in Haiti

To keep things in context, Dr. Gray and the CSU team have provided the best Atlantic-basin tropical storm predictions since the 1970’s.

Source:
http://hurricane.atmos.colostate.edu/forecasts/2015/apr2015/apr2015.pdf

Happy Trails,
steve
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