Update on getting new plates & registration in Merida, Yucatan Mexico

Feb 4 UPDATE
Progreso SSP Office for Exchanging Plates is open.

AAFY Collection Office in Progreso
C. 37 S / N x 74, Progreso, Yucatan.
(by the sports field)

Hours:  Monday to Friday from 08:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 08:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Jan. 25, 2017
Note that we have covered the general details on how to do this & the general requirements in a separate post at this link:

Have a Yucatan Plated Car? Time to Reemplacamiento ! (Schedule your New Plates)

~ Jan 25 UPDATE:   Also Note …  In addition to your paperwork/documents/money etc… We also … have to UNSCREW the old plates,  and bring them in with us …  to submit at the SSP ‘DMV’   … to get our new plates. ~

Continuing;
A good friend recently posted on the current conditions of how things are actually working.   Here is their very good report – lightly edited…

“Today was the day to go to the Yucatan registry to get new plates. This was the second visit because the first visit noted we did not have the correct paperwork. Today with all of the correct paperwork and the old plates to turn in for new. After waiting in a long line of moving seats we got permission to enter to process the papers. The glitch was that the system was down and only a chit was issued in order to complete the process, pay, and receive new plates.

For those who are going and either own their car outright or it is financed, here is the documentation you will need:
~ An original AND copy of a CURRENT utility bill with correct address, (aka comprabante)

~  the original AND copy of the ‘old’ tarjeta de circulacion,

~ the original AND copy of your passport AND/OR (safely AND), original AND copy of your residence card (mexican green card!)  or INE/IFE card for Mexicans

~ a copy of the factura of the vehicle – the bill of sale,
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~a copy of your current proof of insurance (that may need to be stamped & signed to be a legitimate comprabante.)

Where to go?
The former prison across from the zoo in back of parque centenario.
I made a mistake and went to the new (SSP) location way up in back of Costco, where there is no close parking. I went to the location for placas and was asked if I had an appointment, replying no, I was told to go to the location as described above and there was another location I think in Sieglo xx1. The news is that this morning we were informed to return between 2 & 6 pm and the system would be up!!! ”

Happy Trails… Happy Motoring…

Safe Travels ~
steve

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Gunfire & Deaths Reported from Cancun & Playa Del Carmen

Jan. 17, 2017
Unfortunate realities from Cancun… today:

“The U.S. Consulate urges all U.S. citizens to follow local authorities’ warnings and directives and consult with their hotels before leaving the premises.”

The problems in Quintana Roo are expanding beyond the Playa Del Carmen killings of 4 foreigners two days ago at a music festival.

In spite of hopeful optimistic reports by expats who contradict the Consulates advice,
there’s now confirmation of the very real problems**

“The U.S. Consulate General Merida informs U.S. citizens of gunfire exchanges in various locations in downtown Cancun January 17, 2017. Local authorities activated a “Code Red” alert and urged residents to shelter in place. ”

“The U.S. Consulate urges all U.S. citizens to follow local authorities’ warnings and directives and consult with their hotels before leaving the premises.”

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First person Twitter reports from Cancun today:
“Shootings reported at prosecutor’s office and police station in Cancun.”

“There’s been 2 shootings in the 3 days I’ve been in Cancun.”
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**My wife’s Yucatecan friends living in Cancun earlier reported today hearing significant automatic gunfire…

My wife’s friends are now reporting gunfire exchanges at over 10 locations in Cancun today, including the Prosecutors office & Cancun Police Station.

The Cancun grapevine says there are 2 Narco groups from Acapulco fighting to claim turf to sell drugs in Q. Roo.

*prayers needed*

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US Treasury Department CHANGES FBAR Filing Deadline(s) for Expats

January 11, 2017

Eager-beaver Yucalandia readers are, again,  on top of things !
Thanks Joe!
We really do appreciate their really fine updates on changes in US Govt. rules for us expats abroad:

Dec. 16, 2016 ~ Treasury Department CHANGES  FBAR  Filing Deadline:

~ Who says Washington can’t get anything done ~

https://www.fincen.gov/news/news-releases/new-due-date-fbars-0

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For people who claim that Washington can’t get anything done:
Imagine an 2015 innocuous  Veteran’s Health Care bill,  interwoven into a new Surface Transportation bill …  and *poof*  … Treasury moles sneak in changes in FBAR reporting due dates.

Consider the 2015 Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015, Public Law 114-41 …  and YES… Our Washington leaders ARE accomplishing things.

But WAIT …   In typical  Washington-insider-power-player-speak …
Is the FBAR due date really April 15 ?

That would be far too succinct & clear-cut:    Instead,   our Pooh-bahs added some fine-print disclaimers:

* ~ The due date for FBAR filings for foreign financial accounts maintained during calendar year 2016 is April 18, 2017,   because even though ‘the Act’  says April 15 … 2016 TY’s Federal income tax due date is special:  April 18, 2017

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** ~To implement the statute with    ‘minimal burden’   to the public  and (to make FinCEN’s lives easier) …  FinCEN will grant filers failing to meet the FBAR annual due date of April 15 an  automatic  extension to October 15  each year.
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So… pick a date…  any date:   April 15…  April 18 …  Oct 15 …

They are all the same in Congress-world.

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For people whose memories are less-than-perfect,  we checked our notes-to-self,  and found that:  Filing FBAR Foreign Financial Account Information for US Citizens for FINCEN 114 says

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.

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**Note that “US person” has a special IRS definition… which is not quite citizen, resident, nor two legged.

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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Have a Yucatan Plated Car? Time to Reemplacamiento ! (Schedule your New Plates)

Jan. 10, 2017
(with a Jan 23 update at the end of the article)

The Spanish word of the day ?

Reemplacamiento
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http://www.yucatan.gob.mx/servicios/ver_tramite.php?id=521
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 … Tarjetas de Circulación …

Tarjetas de Circulación …

Get your Tarjetas de Circulación …  **See below**

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After a 4 years pause…. It’s time to   ~plan~   to get your new plates & Tarjeta de Circulación for your Yucatan-plated vehicle.

Dead Car   … Are you are a govt. official… or the wife of a government official… or the son of a govt. official… or the Mother-in-Law of a govt. official ….??
*grin*

If you are not even distantly related to a govt. official,   then … for the rest of us….

It’s time … ~now~ … to check the Yucatan SSP’s schedule**  for when you should go renew your vehicle registration … to plan now,  to get your shiny NEW PLATES … and a new Tarjeta de Circulación .

( That’s the Tarjeta that’s essential to show the   policía y peritos   if they stop you. )

Basically,   you go to one of the Yucatan SSP’s  official license plate ~ DMV ~ offices**  … during the days  scheduled for the first 3 letters of your current license plate*** …  and renew both your plates   &  your  Tarjeta de Circulación .

The primary locations around Merida are at Siglo XXI … or at the NEW DMV ~SSP~ Motor Vehicles offices behind Costco
(in the block West of Costco… and yes,  West is where the sun sets for the directionally impaired… just

… Follow the sun…
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… or… Cruise  on over to the old Penitentiary at Merida’s Peace Park (Parque de La Paz) across from the Zoo…

~ Be Prepared ~

¿  Only for Boy Scouts ?

Requisitos
Identificación oficial
Cualquiera de los siguientes:
a) Credencial del I.N.E.
b) Pasaporte vigente
c) Licencia de conducir vigente del Estado de Yucatán
d) Cédula Profesional
e) Cartilla S.M.N. con máximo 5 años de haberse expedido
f) Certificado de Antecedentes Penales (Reciente)
g) Para extranjeros, documento que acredite su legal estancia en el país (FM2, FM3, o carta de naturalización).
h) PERSONA MORAL: Inscripción en el R.F.C., en caso de cambio de razón social, entregar copia del acta constitutiva de la fusión o de la nueva denominación protocolizada ante fedatario público.
NOTA:
* Si la identificación oficial presentada por el interesado tiene registrado un domicilio de otra entidad federativa, deberá presentar su comprobante de domicilio a su nombre y con dirección del estado de Yucatán.
* El comprobante de domicilio no deberá ser impreso de internet.
Comprobante de domicilio (90 días máximo de expedición y estar a nombre del propietario del vehículo).
Cualquiera de los siguientes:
a) Recibo de agua
b) Recibo de luz
c) Recibo de teléfono
d) Recibo de predial
e) Estado de cuenta
f) En arrendamientos, presentar copia del contrato de renta ante Fedatario Público, anexando el comprobante de domicilio marcado en el contrato y deberá estar a nombre del arrendador.
g) Si radica en el interior del Estado, el domicilio puede ser avalado con constancia original expedida por la Presidencia Municipal de su localidad, anexando original y copia del comprobante de domicilio (Solo aplica para identificaciones Oficiales que ya cuentan con dirección en el Estado de Yucatán).
h) Las empresas que no cuentan con domicilio fiscal en el Estado, presentar carta membretada firmada por el representante legal de la empresa que se hace responsable del domicilio en el Estado, anexando copia de su INE y del acta constitutiva de la empresa que se hace responsable. En caso de ser un empleado de la empresa el responsable de domicilio, la empresa deberá emitir un oficio con la dirección y nombre del empleado. En ambos casos anexar el comprobante de domicilio, que deberá estar a nombre del responsable del mismo.
Póliza de Seguro Vigente.
Que ampare al menos la Responsabilidad Civil por daños a terceros.
Comprobante del último pago de tenencia o derecho vehicular.
Cuando el trámite lo realice un tercero, éste deberá acreditarse con: Carta Poder e identificación oficial original. Las empresas o instituciones expedirán el poder en hoja membretada, acompañada de la identificación de la persona que otorga el poder y del acta constitutiva o de asamblea donde se acredite al poderdante.
– Si cambió de razón social deberá presentar copia legible del acta constitutiva de la fusión o de la nueva denominación protocolizada ante Notario Público.
Entregar juego de placas emisión 2009 o denunciar ante el Ministerio Público del robo o extravío de una o ambas placas.
Cubrir el pago de Tenencia e infracciones de tránsito del vehículo, estos pagos se podrán efectuar al momento de realizar el Reemplacamiento.

http://www.yucatan.gob.mx/servicios/ver_tramite.php?id=521

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** HERE’s an official list of all the places you can   ‘ Reemplacamiento ”
~ http://www.yucatan.gob.mx/servicios/ver_tramite.php?id=521 ~
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***Next… Here’s a cool pdf file that  shows   ALL the months … for all the various  3 letter combinations on our plates:  (I tried to rotate it for y’awl … but usually it’s better if you just rotate yourself… )

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http://www.yucatan.gob.mx/docs/tramites/archivos/014_0003_b26vb.pdf

…  ~ Also Note …  In addition to your paperwork/documents/money etc… We also … have to UNSCREW the old plates,  and bring them in with us …  to submit at the SSP ‘DMV’   … to get our new plates ~ …

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FINALLY,
We have updated this information with some new twists in a new post at:

https://yucalandia.com/2017/01/25/update-on-getting-new-plates-registration-in-merida-yucatan-mexico/

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Predial ~ Time to plan now to pay your property taxes

Jan. 4, 2017

Here’s a taste of 2017’s Property Tax policies:

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Note that homeowners with solar panel systems get an additional discount.

General info at:
https://isla.merida.gob.mx/serviciosinternet/predial/index.phpx

You can also pay with your cell phone:

https://isla.merida.gob.mx/carrito/phpcarweb001.phpx?reporte=edocta

More info coming in our next post … on payment locations (in addition to the normal office on Calle 62 – just 2 blocks north of the Zocalo)

Happy Trails,
steve

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Merry Christmas ! ~ Happy Holidays !

Dec. 25, 2016

Time to make some memories with your friends & families, y’awl.
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Aguinaldo Holiday Pay & Vacation Pay for 2016

Dec. 9, 2016
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)

Aguinaldo
The annual aguinaldo is the equivalent of 15 days of “Daily Rate” pay.

It is not a Christmas bonus.   It is a mandatory wage payment that is due by the 20’th of December.   The aguinaldo is equivalent to at least “15 days wages”, and may be pro-rated if the employee has been working for you for less than a full year.

Simplified Version to Determine Aguinaldo in $ Pesos $:
# Days Worked per Week   x   # Weeks Worked   x    Rate per Day   x   15 Days / 365 Days =

Aguinaldo in $ Pesos $

** If a worker is hired to work by the week, the “Daily Rate” equals their weekly pay … divided by 7.   If he / she  is hired by the month, the “Daily Rate” is the monthly amount divided by 30. 

**Daily Rate Simplest Example…  If you have an employee who works two days a week ~ for the entire year ~ for $350 pesos each day = $700 pesos a week:

$700 pesos / 7 days = $100 pesos per day at their “Daily Rate”
$100 pesos “Daily Rate” x 15 days of Aguinaldo pay = $1500 pesos

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Note that if they work only a part year:
An alternate way of calculating the aguinaldo is determined by multiplying the total days they worked in current year by 15, then divide by 365 days, and then multiply by the daily rate:

For a part-year worker coming in for 2 days a month for 9 months =>
18 days … x  … 15 days of Aguinaldo = 270
270 / 365 = 0.7392 …    0.74 x   $Daily Rate ($100 pesos?)   = $ _____

Note.  The “Daily Rate” is based on a full week.  For example, if your maid only works two days per week,  and gets paid $700 pesos per week ($350 pesos per day of work).  You take the weeks salary of $700 divided by 7  =  $100 pesos is the Daily Rate.

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Vacation Pay
Vacation pay for current year worked. … Remember that this is the official Mexican Labor Law’s “Daily Rate” ** (see below) … and remember they should also receive this pay for all past years worked.

1st year – 6 days salary
2 years – 8 days
3 years – 10 days
4 years – 12 days
5 to 9 years – 14 days
10 to 14 years – 16 days
15 to 19 years – 18 days
20 to 24 years – 20 days
25 to 29 years – 22 days
30 to 34 years – 24 days
35 to 39 years – 26 days

Happy Holidays !

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See more details at our Full Articles:
https://yucalandia.com/answers-to-common-questions/labor-law-for-household-employees-in-mexico-what-must-we-pay/

… and   https://yucalandia.com/answers-to-common-questions/mexicos-new-2012-labor-law-and-the-effects-on-expats-with-household-help/

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