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  1. OK, good to know that it wasn't on the cuota. Article didn't distinguish.
  2. I am reading an AP article about the highway ( cuoto) between Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo where 50 people have disappeared in the past several months.
  3. I had understood it that US/Canada coverage can be added as a rider only at renewal time.
  4. Dogs and cats don't need the certificate. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/by-country/pettravel-mexico
  5. OK, good. I had read elsewhere that the International Health Certificate is no longer needed as of Dec 2019. Probably best to keep the used Flea and Tick prevention container.
  6. There was a time when a local vet had to be called, at great expense, to clear a dog from customs at the Guadalajara airport. Then it was reported that it was a lot easier, just the international pet form. Any updates? Thanks
  7. When I book a Volaris flight, I do it thru my Expedia account.
  8. Alejandro lives on Zaragoza in Ajijic. 2nd door east of Juarez on north side of street. He drives a dark blue pickup. If it is there, he is there. Best go before 8am.
  9. tomgates


    Used to love that place--meat, salsa, tortillas and beer. Bring your own salad. It is on the south side of the highway and with the new median barriers, you have to travel west until the first place you can cross the highway and proceed back.
  10. This is from the Grumpy Economist: Vaccines and liability Posted: 26 Apr 2021 03:52 PM PDT I learned something from the New York Times lead editorial on Sunday. Why are we not shipping mega quantities of vaccines to countries like India? Well, you can sort of see the problem. You're a drug company. You sell a billion units of a brand new drug -- still on emergency use authorization in the US -- to, say, India. 10 people get a rare blood clot that may or may not be due to your vaccine. Local courts sue you for a gazillion dollars. Who wouldn't want liability protection? As the Europeans allowed trillions of GDP and quite a few lives to vanish while they haggled over a few billion in cost of vaccines, perhaps the onus on countries should be, to say, we want your vaccine, we understand it's brand new and there may be risks, we'll take them? The NYT is, predictably, full of bad ideas. "Suspend patents." Great. Just in time to discourage drug companies from working full steam to identify the new variants stewing around the world and get moving on updated vaccines. Once again, all you need to know about cost benefit analysis is that trillions > billions. The profits' of drug companies are drops in the bucket. Related to a twitter stream going on, it's always time for that "once and never more" property expropriation isn't it? But most of all, "absurd indemnity clauses that protect company profits over human lives?" If you mean it, dear Times, here's a suggestion: You offer to pay for any legal damages that foreign courts assess to US drugmakers over vaccines gone wrong. Not that hot to put "people" over your own "profits," eh? I'll given them the first, but not the "wise." DPA was silly in the first place. We're not building aircraft carriers for WWII, and it is beyond hypocritical to complain about Chinese and others banning exports to us while we do that. Instead our newly internationalist administration should work to stop all export bans worldwide in such situations. The world needs to work together, and that means to use our global supply chains when we need speed and efficiency. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGrumpyEconomist/~4/GJswSiZRdU4?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email
  11. They aren't going to send them to other countries because of liability issues. The drug companies are protected in the US but not outside.
  12. The vaccinations in the US are no cost. To say Mexico has a free market system is a stretch.
  13. On Monday, in the US, anyone over the age of 16 is eligible. With the increase in supply, especially when JNJ is back in the market, combined with decreased demand (much to everyone's chagrin), anyone will be able to get the vaccine. As for "jumping ahead", it is a free market.
  14. Nothing "major". Several minor ones, always rearender from following too close, and a stalled vehicle or two. That would be the longer time.
  15. I have done the drive from Ajijic and best time is 45m and worst is 1hr 10m.
  16. Have you tried the Garden Center in Riberas? Or perhaps Luis at Rainbird?
  17. Take Zinc and Vitamin D. Some are saying this is not a virus pandemic but a Vitamin D deficiency.
  18. Eve's, La Pacena, Panino, Smokehouse
  19. When we were there, we dined a couple times, to mixed reviews in all honesty. I suspected that the whole enterprise was some kind of money laundering project for some cartel.
  20. If you take the Aguas and Zacatecas route to or from Laredo, you will see lots of KSC rail activity south of Monterrey.
  21. All the gringo stores, Pancho's and SuperLake, had the hard shells and the taco seasoning packets.
  22. What I posted is from the IRS's website. I recall some issues in the past concerning managing a non-profits funds. In the US, the organization would get a taxpayer identification number and use that in opening an account to hold funds. In Mexico that isn't so easy.
  23. Just Google FBAR and FATCA. This is from the IRS website regarding FBAR. Note the filing threshold is $10,000us or more at "any point in the calendar year. Every year, under the law known as the Bank Secrecy Act, you must report certain foreign financial accounts, such as bank accounts, brokerage accounts and mutual funds, to the Treasury Department and keep certain records of those accounts. You report the accounts by filing a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) on FinCEN Form 114. Who Must File A United States person, including a citizen, resident, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, trust and estate, must file an FBAR to report: a financial interest in or signature or other authority over at least one financial account located outside the United States if the aggregate value of those foreign financial accounts exceeded $10,000 at any time during the calendar year reported. Generally, an account at a financial institution located outside the United States is a foreign financial account. Whether the account produced taxable income has no effect on whether the account is a “foreign financial account” for FBAR purposes. But, you don’t need to report foreign financial accounts that are: Correspondent/Nostro accounts, Owned by a governmental entity, Owned by an international financial institution, Maintained on a United States military banking facility, Held in an individual retirement account (IRA) you own or are beneficiary of, Held in a retirement plan of which you’re a participant or beneficiary, or Part of a trust of which you’re a beneficiary, if a U.S. person (trust, trustee of the trust or agent of the trust) files an FBAR reporting these accounts. You don’t need to file an FBAR for the calendar year if: All your foreign financial accounts are reported on a consolidated FBAR. All your foreign financial accounts are jointly-owned with your spouse and: You completed and signed FinCEN Form 114a authorizing your spouse to file on your behalf, and your spouse reports the jointly-owned accounts on a timely-filed, signed FBAR. Note: Income tax filing status, such as married-filing-jointly and married-filing-separately has no effect on your qualification for this exception. The FBAR Reference Guide PDF) and FBAR instructions PDF provide more detailed information. The FBAR webinar explains how to calculate the aggregate value of your accounts to figure if you need to file an FBAR. When to File The FBAR is an annual report, due April 15 following the calendar year reported. You’re allowed an automatic extension to October 15 if you fail to meet the FBAR annual due date of April 15. You don’t need to request an extension to file the FBAR. If you are affected by a natural disaster, the government may further extend your FBAR due date. It’s important that you review relevant FBAR Relief Notices for complete information. For certain employees or officers with signature or other authority over, but no financial interest in certain foreign financial accounts, the 2018 FBAR due date is deferred to April 15, 2020. See Notice 2018-1 PDF. How to File You must file the FBAR electronically through the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s BSA E-Filing System. You don’t file the FBAR with your federal tax return. If you want to paper-file your FBAR, you must call FinCEN’s Regulatory Helpline to request an exemption from e-filing. See Contact Us below to reach this Helpline. If FinCEN approves your request, FinCEN will send you the paper FBAR form to complete and mail to the IRS at the address in the form’s instructions. IRS will not accept paper-filings on TD F 90-22.1 (obsolete) or a printed FinCEN Form 114 (for e-filing only). If you want someone to file your FBAR on your behalf, use FinCEN Report 114a PDF, Record of Authorization to Electronically File FBARs, to authorize that person to do so. You don’t submit FinCEN Report 114a when filing the FBAR; just keep it for your records and make it available to FinCEN or IRS upon request. Keeping Records You must keep records for each account you must report on an FBAR that establish: Name on the account, Account number, Name and address of the foreign bank, Type of account, and Maximum value during the year. The law doesn’t specify the type of document to keep with this information; it can be bank statements or a copy of a filed FBAR, for example, if they have all the information. You must keep these records for five years from the due date of the FBAR. Exception: An officer or employee who files an FBAR to report signature authority over an employer's foreign financial account doesn’t need to personally keep records on these accounts. The employer must keep the records for these accounts. Penalties You may be subject to civil monetary penalties and/or criminal penalties for FBAR reporting and/or recordkeeping violations. Assertion of penalties depends on facts and circumstances. Civil penalty maximums must be adjusted annually for inflation. Current maximums are as follows: U.S. Code citation Civil Monetary Penalty Description Current Maximum 31 U.S.C. 5321(a)(5)(B)(i) Foreign Financial Agency Transaction - Non-Willful Violation of Transaction $12,921 31 U.S.C. 5321(a)(5)(C) Foreign Financial Agency Transaction - Willful Violation of Transaction Greater of $129,210, or 50% of the amount per 31 U.S.C.5321(a)(5)(D) 31 U.S.C. 5321(a)(6)(A) Negligent Violation by Financial Institution or Non-Financial Trade or Business $1,118 31 U.S.C. 5321(a)(6)(B) Pattern of Negligent Activity by Financial Institution or Non-Financial Trade or Business $86,976
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