Aduana – SAT Makes Big Changes to Retorno Seguro program

Nov. 27, 2015
According to this latest very-good report by Mexican Lawyer Lic. Spencer McMullen:     Aduana – SAT is no longer processing Retorno Seguro applications in the regional Aduana-SAT offices. They have shifted the process to their Mexico City office, and RAISED the requirements.

For readers who don’t know about Retorno Seguro permits, they are the permit we use to legally take ANY foreign-plated  vehicle out of Mexico – like when our TIPs expire … or when we convert to Residente Permanente visas and can no longer have a TIP vehicle.

Here’s Spencer’s latest report:
“We went to present another retorno seguro on Tuesday of this week (November 24, 2015) and had it rejected.

The rules changed and the new ones took effect Monday, November 23, 2015.  (Aduana-SAT) will now only accept them in Mexico City,  and only after they receive all the papers.    There are new forms and they now require the vehicle titles to be translated officially into Spanish.   Aduana-SAT now has 15 business days to respond and  ~ The new requirements stipulate that the applicant or their legal representative must personally pick up the retorno seguro  permit in Mexico City.

Prior to this we were getting them done at the SAT offices in Guadalajara and Zapopan, and we usually would be able to turn them around in 3 to 5 business days from the time the person signed papers at our office.  Now the cost will be much higher and logistically it will be more difficult for people to plan their trips as they will need to submit the papers week in advance and not have much idea of when the retorno seguro permit will arrive (as the permit is only good for 5 business days),  needing to be ready to go at a moments notice for a few weeks.

Effectively this will stop all  retorno seguros  (for 2015) as the holidays are coming soon, (government offices will be closed)  and the delay in getting permits may be longer until we get a handle on how thy will apply the new regulations.

SAT-Aduana also now want   proof of address,   but what if a person rents?

They also now want a notarized power of attorney, so now people will pay extra for that … plus they now ask people to attach their tourist visa:   What if they are Mexican or temporal or permanentes?

We must also now provide a copy of the Banjercito receipt:  What if nobody kept it, as most people throw them away?

We will file a complaint with PRODECON, as this new policy will wreak havoc and make it difficult if not impossible for people to comply and if they can then the cost will be thousands of pesos extra.    For now we are trying to sort out the new regulation and things that they did not provide for so that we can give people answers and help ease them into the new system.

“4.2.20.          Para efectos de lo dispuesto en el artículo 183, fracción II, segundo párrafo de la Ley, los propietarios de vehículos de procedencia extranjera que hayan sido importados o internados temporalmente a territorio nacional en términos de las reglas 3.4.6. y 4.2.7., y cuyo plazo para el retorno haya vencido, podrán presentar una solicitud mediante escrito libre en los términos de la regla 1.2.2., utilizando el formato “Solicitud de autorización para el retorno de vehículos extranjeros con permiso de importación temporal de vehículos vencidos, de conformidad con la regla 4.2.20.”, ante la ACAJACE, cumpliendo con lo establecido en su instructivo de trámite.
El beneficio señalado en la presente regla, no será aplicable cuando la autoridad haya iniciado el ejercicio de facultades de comprobación.

Lic. Spencer McMullen:  “I make good things happen. 765 7553 (Jalisco),   US 805 683 4848 “

See more details at our main article on Importing Cars and Driving in Mexico:
Importing & Driving a Car in Mexico

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2015 Open Enrollment Period Has Started for 2016 Obamacare

Nov. 4, 2015 Update:
The US Feds are telling us:
Now’s your chance to sign up for 2016 health insurance and join the millions of people who have quality coverage from If you haven’t done so already, submit your application today.

8 out of 10 people who enrolled in a health insurance plan qualified for financial help. In fact, most people can find a plan for $75 or less per month.

Sign up for a 2016 plan and see what you could save today!”

Application DEADLINE: December 15.

If you are over age 64 (covered by Medicare) … or if you are in the USA for less than 36 days in 2016 …  or if you do qualify as a  “bona fide” resident of another country (qualifying & filling out IRS Form 2555 …—Bona-Fide-Residence-Test) …. or   … if you already have qualifying medical insurance,
then you do not  have to   participate in ACA/Obamacare.

If you do not have Medicare, nor qualifying coverage, nor meet the 35 day IRS Physical Presence rule, nor have “bona fide” residence in a foreign country …

… then 2016’s per-person charges jumps to $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, topping out at $2,085 per family … or pay the larger of that figure or the IRS’s income-based fee of … 2.5% of your 2016 income.

See more details at our main articles:

ACA – Obamacare’s Effects on American Expats Living Abroad



Basic Information on Americans Living Abroad and ACA Obamacare

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2015 Annual Holiday Payments for Mexican Workers

Nov. 4, 2015 Updates:As all the Christmas holiday chatzkies are appearing on store shelves, and as we make our holiday plans … It’s time to remember our beloved household help and employees (including muchachas y mozos).

Please plan ahead to pay them their end of the year Aguinaldos by December 20’th. (and to also pay for their vacation days) … This pay is NOT a optional bonus. Our Mexican workers and their families count-on and depend on these critical annual payments owed to them.

Basically the Aguinaldo is 15 days of pay. (calculated on a 7 day work wk)

… and annual Vacation pay varies from 6 days salary for the first year, up to 26 days salary for employees working 35 years or more for you.

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2016 Mexican Tax Law Changes

Oct. 22, 2015
On October 18, the Mexican Congress amended the tax law for 2016.

Under the new rules, most gains from selling our primary residence will be exempt from capital gains after living in the home for just 3 years, instead of the current law’s every 5 years. … Read our main article on Capital Gains for more details at:   ~ Capital Gains Taxes on Mexican Properties ~

Soda pop manufacturers got a reward of  50% reductions in taxes on high-calorie drinks  (as Mexicans drink the most soda per person in the world).

The business deduction tax limit on cars has been raised from 130,000 pesos to $175,000 for 2016.   … Thanks to  Lic. Spencer Mullen for this good information!

For more details on Mexican Tax policies, see our main Mexican tax article at:

~ Capital Gains Taxes on Mexican Properties ~

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October – November 2015 Daylight Savings Time Changes

October 3, 2015
For all the FB friends who have been posting Oct. 4’th  Daylight Savings “Spring forward” clock changes **
Daylight savings times do change tomorrow for a few of our mates:

Note that (most of) the USA “Falls back” on:  ~  November 1, 2015.~

Most of Mexico “Falls back” on: ~ October 25’th, 2015 ~

New Zealand “Springs forward”: ~ September 27 ~

**Australia “Springs forward”: ~ October 4 ~

UK ~ like Mexico ~ “Falls back”: ~ October 25 ~

Canada ~ like the USA ~ “Falls back”: ~ November 1 ~

People flying using CANCUN airport should realize that Q.Roo/Cancun does NOT change times at all during the year.

Cancun will go back to matching US East Coast time on NOVEMBER 1 …

Also expect confusion among ADO bus schedules and confused ADO employees (like last spring) when the times change for Yucatan – but not for Cancun Q.Roo … on Yucatan-Q.Roo bus routes. … *sigh* …

The Merida-Cancun drive still takes 4 hours – so check the ADO times vs. 4½ hour travel times.
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Mexican Consulates Post Schedule for Cancelling – Surrendering Auto Temporary Import Permits

Sept. 26, 2015
The Mexican consulates in the USA have announced special days  when they will offer the service of canceling vehicle Temporary Import Permits (TIPs) in the following cities / dates for the rest of 2015:

Denver:    Thursday and Friday October 8 and 9,  2015
Houston:   Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday October 14, 15 and 16, 2015
Dallas:   Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 23, 24 and 25, 2015
Sacramento:  Tuesday and Wednesday November 3 and 4, 2015
Los Angeles:  Thursday and Friday October 29 and 30, 2015
Phoenix:  Thursday and Friday November 12 and 13, 2015
Chicago:   Thursday, Friday and Saturday December 3, 4 and 5, 2015

Readers can find more details on TIPs ( permiso de importación temporal vehicular ) and the importance of cancelling old TIPs at our main article on Importing and Driving Cars in Mexico at:

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Super Blood Moon Coming Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

Sept. 22, 2015
The first “super-moon” total lunar eclipse since 1982 is coming this Sunday night, for people in the eastern half of the USA and … all of Yucatan.

This “blood moon” total lunar eclipse will start to have a super-moon in partial eclipse (penumbra) at 7:11 PM Central Daylight Time on Sunday 9/27/2015 for Yucatan Peninsula viewers.

With moon-rise at 6:30 pm, and sunset at 6:40,  we should have a fine FULL eclipse starting at 9:11 pm CDT of umbra (total eclipse) for 1 hr 10 minutes of viewing from 9:11 – 10:23 on Sunday evening (CDT – Yucatan) … peaking at 9:47. After 10:23, the moon then shifts back to penumbra until 11:27 pm CDT.

Yucatan Supermoon lunar eclipse 09/2015 foto by William L. Drennon

Yucatan Supermoon lunar eclipse foto by Bill Drennon

Let’s hope for clear skies next Sunday evening, since the next super-moon total lunar eclipse will not happen until 2033** – as lunar eclipses rarely happen when the moon is at the triple-event of simultaneously:
~ Moving through its closest point to the earth (perigee)
+  being “full” (syzygy – with sun/earth/moon in a line)
+   having the moon fall totally inside the shadow cast by the earth (umbra => total lunar eclipse).

This unique combination of celestial positions happens roughly just 5 times a century.

**The three 2033 Total Lunar Eclipses (including the super-moon total eclipse) … will not be visible from the USA or Yucatan.

So set aside this coming Sunday evening … just after sunset … for what will be the final chance for many of us to see this unique combination of heavenly bodies in our lifetime.

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