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