Remember when you were a kid and felt homesick at overnight camp? Well, you probably thought you’d never be homesick after you grew up and became an adult.
Homesickness is a natural feeling that many expatriates experience. An expatriate is defined as a person who lives outside their native country. Many expats enjoy their new life living and working abroad. They may even feel like their new country is “home,” but they still feel homesick for the United States. For some expats, the homesickness may come about at certain times of the year. American holidays like Thanksgiving, Fourth of July/Independence Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day can leave many American expats longing for the traditions of back home in the U.S.A. For other expats, it might be on relatives’ birthdays or other milestones in which they feel particularly homesick. Some American expats report feeling particularly homesick if they have to miss a celebration or a funeral for a loved one back in the U.S.
No matter where an expat lives around the world, there’s one thing that they don’t feel homesick about… and that’s paying taxes. Even though expats no longer live or work in the United States, they still have the responsibility of filing expatriate tax returns. Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes. And that’s true. You can’t get away from paying taxes. Even if you no longer live or work in the U.S. you’ll still have to file taxes. So, while expats may continue to feel a little homesick for the good ole’ US of A (at least in the first few years), the good ole’ US of A will be sure to keep in touch.
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Meet Sarah: Original from North Carolina, moved to Madrid and is now living in Denmark. Hear her story about being an American living abroad for the holidays.
Around 5 and half years ago I moved from North Carolina to Madrid, to work on a 2 year project for my company. Having studied Spanish in college and living a semester in Santander, I thought this was the perfect solution to scratch my travel itch before returning to the US to “settle down”. It would give me the opportunity to really experience life in another country, travel throughout Europe, perfect my Spanish, and in general just have a great adventure. Although I achieved all of these goals, I found myself very homesick over the holidays, making up for cozy family filled thanksgiving dinners by surrounding myself with expats in the same boat, and finding whatever distractions I could around Christmas time, with other expats who “didn’t have anything better to do” over Christmas. I still remember sitting on the metro in Madrid, riding to a friend’s home for Christmas dinner having tears stroll down my cheeks as I mustered up memories of random Christmas time memories, like my father’s bowl of oranges and pecans for which no one ever really bothered to use the nutcracker he left suggestively next to the bowl to crack open and enjoy. Essentially, as I knew my time in Madrid was limited, even though I adapted to the language and culture quite easily, I never thought of myself as truly residing there, but rather, as a visitor who would be leaving shortly.
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