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  1. Hi sunny, thanks for the well-wishing. It's just funny how concerned I was about things that now seem very irrelevant. I hope if anyone else ever reads this thread they'll ask me questions if they have them .
  2. Thanks so much, friend. You just about saved my life with this one. If you don't mind my asking, what was it you forgot? Is it something I too might have forgotten?
  3. Just revisited TurkeyCentral today for ikamet questions and had to laugh at this post of mine. We're still together and probably getting married next year. I can't believe I survived 4 years on that opening note! Life is crazy
  4. Wow, awesome. So I guess I should make photocopies tonight! Why don't they write that anywhere! I almost sent my docs without it.
  5. @kabasakal, I am about to submit my documents and don't want to include the old ikament and don't see any evidence of it being necessary. Did you ever hear back about it? How did the rest of your application process go? Thanks
  6. Hahah you guys rock. And I can't believe that story, Hobbit. That's nuts! I've taken a couple of naps and I already feel fine. Hahah. I do plan to return to the US, but in like...a million years. Thanks for the advice, again... xx
  7. Hey HobbitTR, I get the whole "they will find you" thing. I guess my point is that when they do, they won't find much. I've filed every year and I never owe tax. My concern is whether or not saying I'm an employee is enough, when my contracts say "independent contractor." The IRS very clearly states that employees living abroad, making less than $95,000, do not owe tax. I've read and re-read the definition of employee, and I fit it. But will the IRS somehow deduce that I should be filing as self-employed? (I don't even know if I should be!) If that's the case, I will be in trouble. My whole point with the original post was basically "has the IRS ever approached you while living in Turkey." Because if none of you have been questioned, and no one you know of has been "found out," my guess is that this is not one of the countries they are worried about. And I am definitely not trying to evade anything. I'm just trying to figure out how careful I have to be. Is this a walking on eggshells situation, or is the risk relatively light for not being 100% sure I'm doing it right. If you don't mind my asking (and assuming you're a citizen who files every year), how do you file? As an employee or a self-employed?
  8. Thanks guys, this was super informative and helpful. Yeah, I'm not sure what would happen if the IRS checked out my case. I'm sure they would just be really confused. The fact is that even if I'm supposed to be paying some tax back home, it's a really small amount. Don't they have bigger fish to fry? I was kind of hoping someone else doing freelance/independent work here in Turkey had experience with this. It would be so much easier to just say I'm an employee abroad. Obviously that means no W-2s or any other paperwork. Hell, even when I had a work visa teaching English I didn't get a pay stub. I'll let you know what happens and whether or not the IRS ever finds me. Thanks again, guys.
  9. Hi all, I'm sorry if this topic has been beaten to death, but I recently realized that I was very mistaken about filing taxes. I was under the impression that if you made less than a certain amount abroad, you weren't obligated to file taxes and would not meet any problems with the IRS. The truth is that the best thing to do is file a tax return every year to keep records, even if you owe no tax. In this way the IRS can only ever investigate up to 3 years back. So, if one day you have to pay fines or penalties, you've prevented a very serious situation by at least having filed a tax report every year. So, about my situation: I was contracted as an employee of a company based in the tax-free zone of Dubai Media City (the company has an office in Istanbul). I didn't pay taxes anywhere and I was considered an employee. Then, the company changed our contracts so that we would be considered "independent contractors." This happened mid-way through 2012. I filed a tax report in 2013 (for 2012) as an "employee," making approximately $20,000 per year. However, I now realize that if I'm ever asked to prove that by the IRS, they will undoubtedly find that I was actually working as an "independent contractor" and should have filed as "self-employed" (which, by the way, would require me to pay upwards of $3,000 in taxes...money that I definitely do/did not have)! Now I'm working for a new company under a similar premise. This means I do not pay taxes in Turkey, do not have a work visa, and should most likely be filing as a "self-employed" person abroad for 2013. I am exempt from normal taxes since I make under $95,000, but I still have to pay self-employment tax for earning a profit of over $400. Every month, I send most of the money I make in Turkey to a US account in order to pay my college loan, which runs me about $1000/month. The remainder I use for everyday expenses in Turkey, leaving me with nothing at the end of each month. I have no savings in Turkey and have barely ever saved any money since I moved here: it all goes to my loan (which I also claim on my tax return). I wouldn't really consider this tax evasion, since my loans are owned by the government, anyway!! So, the question is: am I going to wind up in serious trouble? What are the chances that I get flagged by the IRS? What do you guys do?
  10. As far as I know, it's just at the one office in Mecidiyekoy, unfortunately, unless someone has more up-to-date info...
  11. CELTA is basically designed for people who don't have formal teacher training. In Turkey, lots of schools are looking for people who have CELTA and a university degree, doesn't matter if you're Turkish or foreign. You can definitely teach in Turkey with JUST a CELTA. But as others have said, you won't get a work permit. Whether or not you need one is up to you and your appetite for risk.
  12. Hi Meral, I talked to my boyfriend about the vaccines, there are three vaccines administered at once: meningitis, tetanus, hepatitis b. He said the whole experience was quite terrifying as all three needles are injected at once, 2 on one arm and 1 on the other
  13. As a follow-up, I'd like to say that once you do hire an agent (which worked very well for me)! they will be able to fake almost everything (for example, book fake flights/hotel reservations). The main thing you will have to do is show funding, so for a tourist visa that means a hefty $5,000.Good news is that can be faked also, just get someone to put the money in your account and print the statement. They can take it right out after you print it :PI got my visa finally after a 1 month jumping-through-hoops experience. Don't follow my example and just hire an agent -- it's the only way in Turkey and costs just 75 TL at Setur. Turnaround after I gave them everything was 7 days.Now, to apply for a Brazilian visa...
  14. Hi Louise, After your briefing it sounds like you know what's up, and now that he's called it's even better! Wish you two all the best, good luck with your Turk! Going to the army doesn't seem to straighten them out all that much :PThe time will go by fast. You can relax in the knowledge that he has no access to other women for all that time, especially if you are away! :)best,Emily
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