Saturday, October 25, 2014

Two Filing Dates are fast approaching

by Tom Nunamaker on June 11, 2014

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June 15th is the filing date to apply for an automatic extension for your 2013 tax return. Living outside of the U.S. only automatically extends it for 60-days. File the extension (it’s easy) by the 15th to extend it another four months to October 15th. If you owe tax, you should have paid it by April 15th or you’ll have a penalty added on.

Download the IRS Form 4868 here.

June 30th is the filing deadline for the Foreign Financial Account filing. The penalty for not filing could be up to $10,000.00 so PLEASE file this one! You only need to worry about it if the account maximum value ever exceeded $10,000.00 during the year. Don’t forget to convert to Euros so multiply your Euro value by the exchange rate (about 1.36 now). The good news is you can file electronically. I just did it and it’s pretty fast. You will need your bank account information, including the bank’s address.

File at this web site.

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NetFlix is Coming To Germany

by Tom Nunamaker on May 24, 2014

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According to Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer, NetFlix is “pushing deeper into Europe with plans to launch its streaming video service in Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria by the end of 2014.”

I hope this is really good news. It is possible to access NetFlix from Germany but you have to use a proxy to get an IP address in the U.S. Apparently NetFlix is cracking down on proxy servers so having a service in Germany we could subscribe to would be fantastic. It would be so much easier and probably faster since you wouldn’t have to route your internet traffic through a far away server.

When I went to NetFlix just now, I saw this:

NetFlix in Germany optin form

You might be curious of what your internet speed is. I use http://speedtest.net/ to check what my actual internet speed is. It’s fun to see what speed you really have:

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I still can’t believe that we FINALLY got 100mbps internet in Hauptstuhl. It’s a small village of about 1200 people and our DSL was never very fast. When we bought our house we are on the main street and had access to cable modem (finally). That’s been 32mbps forever, but I kept checking Kabel Deutschland’s web page to see if they would ever upgrade it..and they finally did to 100mbps!

You can check what Kable Deutchland can offer you at your address at this web page:

https://www.kabeldeutschland.de/shop/verfuegbarkeit/adresse

So get your internet speed bumped up to enjoy NetFlix later this year! We’re looking forward to it.

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Heidelberg Castle: One of the most famous ruins in Germany

April 8, 2011

Image from WikiCommons When we have visitors at our home, they usually stay for a few days at least.  We like to take them to interesting places while they are here.  Castles are always a good choice.  Castles with indoor tours are a better choice in bad weather.  On those wet, cold days, a great […]

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Keukenhof: The Garden of Europe

April 6, 2011

Spring is one of our favorite times of the year.  The cold days and short nights are a fading memory as the plants come back to life.  I have allergies to pollens so the news is not all good, but Claratin is my friend in this season.  We have a great camera and a natural […]

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Burg Eltz: One of the Best Preserved Castles in Germany

April 5, 2011

Image from Wikicommons When our squadron was new, a co-worker who sat near me was in a one-person deep position.  He had several statues of medieval knights.  I believe he had three of them.  That was his staff for his staff meetings!  He really loved military history and was always finding interesting places and facts […]

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The Euro: What is it and What Do I need to Know About it?

April 4, 2011

When we first arrived in the KMC, we heard about a big grocery store just across the French border.  We didn’t know what to expect.  We heard we needed to bring French Francs with us because they didn’t take credit cards.  We had to go to the bank on base and exchange US Dollars for […]

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Porta Nigra: The Oldest Defensive Structure in Germany

April 2, 2011

Image from Wikimedia Commons My son and his wife had flown from Boston to visit us in December.  Spencer‘s wife, Amanda, had never been outside of the United States so we wanted to show her some things you just can’t see in the U.S.  There are so many things you can take a visitor to […]

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The Battle of Verdun, France

March 31, 2011

It was a day with clear skies and a light wind.  It was a perfect day for my first solo flight as a US Air Force student pilot.   The thrill of piloting a jet all alone is hard to describe.   It’s one of life’s experiences that never leave you.  There are other memorable things that […]

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Discovering Musée D’Orsay in Paris, France

March 30, 2011

My wife, Gaby, went to industrial art school in Antwerp, Belgium many years ago.  She has an art studio in our home and loves to visit museums.  Her favorite kind of museum is an art museum.   She’s always excited to go to a larger city and check out what museums that city has. We […]

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Fixing Camera Shake and Shutter Speed for Better Photographs

March 29, 2011

Now that you’re living in the KMC, you want your friends and family to see what it’s like to be here.  Your photographs are blurry most of the time and not very interesting.  Even after you bought a really nice DSLR camera with a good lens, you still can’t get good pictures. Who wants to […]

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