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  1. Yes it can be done, we need to get permission from the Mexican FDA and have that permission copy included in shipment and original handy for when it arrives, best to send by a courier service that sends to Guadalajara directly and not Mexico City that way we can help.
  2. Solar is getting cheap and 6 580w panels can run most homes and you have a break even point after 3-5 years for most people and also the benefit of no brown outs and being able to generously use the heat and A/C those very cold and hot days
  3. My office can do them same day / next day. I am an official court translator authorized by Jalisco State Courts, Mexico Federal Courts, US Consulate
  4. We can help make appointment and review documents, renewals 300 pesos not too much
  5. Supposed to be 9am but with COVID 10, call them as they will know more than someone here
  6. Ive used https://www.worldnomads.com/
  7. I break more people out of hospitals than jail. Hospitals cannot hold people hostage and it is a game we need to play to get people out but some abuse foreigners and others have been stiffed by foreigners. An easy way to avoid hassles is to get international travel health insurance. I buy it for the US if I go for a week, it is cheap like $40US and avoids problems.
  8. Get a foot long masonry bit and look into cat6 or cat7 too
  9. Used Movistar years back and it worked as it is part of a Spanish telecom company
  10. Air quality was good last year and this year more than normal due to many things being shut down but now with much opening up it will be back to business as usual
  11. Ask, office in Chapala in the plaza does not do certification if apostille or legalization is required. FGR formerly PGR does do federal in Guadalajara but only if there is a consulate request.
  12. People fake deeds and forge documents, they trick notaries and other notaries do not catch the mistakes, notaries who make mistakes never own up to it and you are forced to sue the people involved and need evidence.
  13. Keep all receipts, more likely to need them if someone tries to steal your property than exempt capital gains.
  14. Or you can get an account online and then download statements and keep on cloud, computer or email
  15. A good fire extinguisher will spray them with chemical powder and you can be a good distance off and in the end hit them with it if they want more
  16. Now generally this has only been for cars driving in Guadalajara but... it is complicated, the smog check needs to be done to drive in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area which includes many municipalities including Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos AND with the inauguration of the new smog check center in Ocotlan they are saying it is required in Chapala although their main web page does not list Chapala and they have not changed the law but may do so soon so beware!
  17. Foreigners duped by fake smog stickers risk jail time and car impounded Today I was able to save a lady from going to jail and having her car impounded. What was her crime? Not wanting to take her car to Guadalajara for a smog check and sticker. She entrusted someone locally in the Chapala area and the car never went to Guadalajara for the smog check. She was sold a fake sticker. Falsification of official documents is a crime punishable under the Jalisco state Penal Code by a 2-6 year prison sentence and impounding of the vehicle. The mere display of the sticker is a crime. How do you know if you have a fake sticker? If you did not have your car taken to Guadalajara then you probably have a fake sticker (the closest inspection stations to Chapala are in Guadalajara and Ocotlan). Also many fake stickers and paperwork have a date of July, 2021, the program started in August so it is impossible to have stickers with a July date on them. How can you verify if your sticker is fake? If you are not sure if your car was actually taken to Guadalajara for testing and you have a date of August or after, you can verify the payment receipt for the smog test and if still unsure and you still suspect, you can try to request a reprint online of the documents at: https://emisiones.jalisco.gob.mx:4443/tramites/#/reimpresion_distintivo If you do have a fake sticker then remove it immediately as right now there are no penalties for no sticker at this time but a fake one subjects you to arrest, jail and having your car impounded.
  18. I live in both, Chapala has little to do midweek after 7pm whereas in Guadalajara my only problem is choosing where to eat and lobster or steak or Japanese or fusion or Italian, etc. I can bike to my office 10 minute or 5 minute drive, little smog and live in a secure high rise. Chapala is great for working as all is close but for museums, malls, places to eat, lots of gyms to choose from, the city offers much more but to live in both is divine.
  19. Mexico Tax and Financial Reforms 2022, the good, the bad and the ugly… The economic reform packages have been made official and were published in the Federal Register (Diario Oficial de la Federacion) on November 12, 2021 with additions, deletions and modifications to the tax laws to take effect in 2022. Reduction of confiscatory tax withholding Mexico has always had a sort of ridiculous tax well actually a tax withholding on savings, it really amounted to robbery at its highest level in 2020 at 1.45%. The withholding is on the principal balance without regard to how much you actually earned! So if you had a savings account paying 0.5% interest you would lose almost 1%, kind of a disincentive to savings and the only way to get the money back would be to file a tax return which many low income people are not obligated to do and which can have costs that would not justify the benefit of getting part of the withholding back. The tax withholding for 2022 will lower to 0.08% down from 0.97% in 2021, now the modest income savers may actually see a few pesos in interest payments without having to file a tax return to get part of an exaggerated withholding back. This we can file under something positive… Implementation of a flat tax system….. Mexico has always played a cat and mouse game with taxpayers who have been very creative with their write-offs in attempts to avoid the draconian tax rates where the IVA (VAT or GST for some countries) sales tax on goods and services is 16% and where the income tax rate is 35% so essentially you are giving over half your income (51%) to the Mexican government. The simplest tax system to date was the REPECO which was morphed years back (2013) into the Regimen de Incorporación Fiscal which was introduced to invite taxpayers to become part of the formal tax paying system with a 10 year phase in period with a 100% tax forgiveness the first year then 90% the second year and so on. Also there were bimonthly tax filings and no annual returns simple enough to do without an accountant. Taxpayers who did not issue facturas and had low incomes would be exempted 100% of the IVA tax for future years. This simplified tax system had a limit of $2,000,000 of gross receipts and people with a professional license like doctors and attorneys or real estate agents were not able to use the system. The new tax reforms are abolishing the old Regimen de Incorporación Fiscal and creating a new system called Regimen Simplificado de Confianza (RESICO). This new system looks good as it will not exclude professionals and is for people that earn $3,500,000 pesos gross or less. The tax rates are from 1% up to $300,000 pesos, 1.1% up to $600,000 pesos and the highest tax rate is 2.5% for those earning 2,500,000 to $3,500,000. This is a flat tax on earnings with no deductions so for those with few deductions, they will pay less tax, the government will not need to audit as there are no deductions and can focus on larger earners who try to evade taxes. Assume that under present system you earn $1,500,000 pesos gross and write off $500,00 so net income of $1,000,000 you would have a combined tax rate of 30% so pay $300,000 pesos in taxes on the $1,000,000 net. Under the new system you would pay 1.5% on the $1,500,000 or $22,500 pesos, saving over $277,000 in taxes. This ignores IVA as most pay it anyways so no change. The only problem here is that this new tax structure assumes that everybody gives out facturas to people or entities but those under the present Regimen de Incorporación Fiscal will pay higher taxes as they have not fixed a loophole which will hurt the lowest income taxpayers as the new law has no provision for an exemption of the IVA sales tax, so you have people who were previously in Regimen de Incorporación Fiscal with a blended tax rate of 11% for the ISR or income tax but no IVA sales tax of 16% assuming $300,000 pesos of income. Under the new system their ISR income tax will go down to 1% but now they will pay the 16% IVA sales tax for a total tax of 17% instead of 11% and that also assumes that they were finished with the 10 year period where they received tax breaks. People in the first few years of the Regimen de Incorporación Fiscal will see huge tax hikes as they may be only paying an effective tax rate of 2-3% now but come next year will be paying 17-19%, a large hike for people who entered a program to help them. Now the government may find that with nobody writing anything off then nobody will ask for facturas as nobody will need them and that could cause some reduction in tax revenue. This new part is a sort of wobbler, good for many but also the lowest income will be hit hard unless they amend the law and exempt IVA for the lower earners who do not issue facturas to others who write it off. Professionals who already pay the IVA tax and who do not have large expenses or write offs will see a large tax savings under this program such as doctors, real estate agents, attorneys, accountants, architects, engineers, etc. New AGAPE regimen where farmers, fisherman, livestock ranchers and similar can earn up to $900,000 pesos a year tax free. This seems to be great, help those in the food supply chain. SAT mandatory tax ID number for all adults Now it is the law that all people over 18 must have a tax ID number. Ok, well they seem to ask for it when opening bank accounts, buying vehicles so seems like no big deal. With the pandemic it has been hard to get appointments at a SAT office and each year they make it harder to do things online. Up until about 2 weeks ago in November, 2021 we could go online and sign people up to have them issued an RFC number (tax ID number) and get them a password and then they wouldn´t have to worry about driving into Guadalajara to the SAT tax office well if there were any appointments available. Now all adults need an RFC number and there are no appointments and no ability to get the number online. There is already gridlock and reports of corruption with people paying $3,000 pesos or more to get an appointment at SAT, it is poor planning to eliminate the online system to assign a tax ID number with an already overburdened system. Minimum wage rise and consequences… The good news for the poorest people is that the minimum wage for 2022 will go up a whopping 22% to rise from 141.70 pesos to 172.87 pesos in 2022. The bad new will be for people moving to Mexico. Even though a federal decree has substituted the new UMA (Unidad de Medida y Actualización) for the old minimum wage (salario minimo), the consulates outside Mexico still insist on using the minimum wage index. With the 22% rise in the minimum wage that means a 22% rise in the qualifications to get a temporary visa. With today´s (December 1, 2021) exchange rate being 21.27 pesos to the US Dollar, to qualify for a temporary visa you will need monthly income of 300 times minimum wage or $51,861 pesos per month or $2,438US. This is a rise of about $440USD needed to qualify. If you want to qualify by having investments / savings / assets the amount is $5,000 times the minimum wage or $40,637US minimum balance over the past 12 months. This is a rise of about $7,327USD needed to qualify. The consulates outside Mexico are still not operating at full capacity and the online appointment system is broken more often than working, more people are being vaccinated and starting at looking to move to Mexico. Beg, borrow or rob or find a way to get a consular appointment this month (consulates do not take the 2-3 weeks vacation like office inside Mexico) if the increases will hurt your qualifications. Mexico is becoming a residence destination for the rich, just a few years back $2,500US was sufficient for permanent residency. When the immigration law came out in 2011 and implemented in 2012 they had set unreal and high standards for the temporary visa qualifications which they lowered in October 2014, hopefully they mandate the consulates use the UMA index or people will find another warm and inexpensive place to live or retire. Lic. Spencer Richard Mc Mullen is an attorney and official court translator with offices in Chapala and Guadalajara, Jalisco serving the entire country of Mexico and helping people abroad.
  20. My office can apostille documents, we can do documents from Jalisco, the US and England.
  21. We can help if need be to get password assigned to print certificate sheet with QR and bar codes as many places only accept those
  22. New 2021 Regularization Program (Get legal if you overstayed your tourist visa) Immigration has been offering sporadic programs so that people who have overstayed their tourist visas can become legal. Many of these programs have been limited and come and gone. There is now an effort to offer the program nationwide. Details are still emerging as there is no official publication or law so each office has leeway to make some of their own rules about qualifying. Currently it is available in Jalisco so we can do it in Chapala and Guadalajara and we will nail down the guidelines in the next few days. It appears that the first requirement is for people to have an expired visa which was issued in 2019 or earlier. More to come as we verify it.
  23. Beware of legal frauds and fake attorneys. Only attorneys who have their degree and license (cedula) are able to call themselves attorneys (Abogado or Licenciado en Derecho) and represent you. There is a Federal Cedula and a Jalisco state one, an attorney needs to have both, one young guy is spamming Facebook pages calling himself an attorney and is not, not even sure if he speaks English, a guy gets out of jail in Canada for murder and opens a law office in Ajijic, you can´t make this stuff up but you can run their name in the federal system here https://cedulaprofesionalsep-gob.mx/ and Jalisco state system here https://serviciossgg.jalisco.gob.mx/pro.../wbfConsultas.aspx If they do not show up and they are offering services here in Jalisco or calling themselves Abogado or licenciado then they are frauds
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