Disaster Readiness — Are You Prepared?

On March 29, 2011, in Main, by For the People

FemaThe recent events in Japan serve as a reminder that we should all take action to help protect ourselves and our families in the event of an emergency. In order to best prepare for disasters, either natural hazards or terrorism-related, we’d like to point you to a valuable resource created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “Are You Ready?: An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness” is an information source on citizen preparedness and contains step-by-step advice on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

Used in conjunction with information and instructions from local emergency management offices and the American Red Cross, Are You Ready? will give you what you need to be prepared.

Visit the FEMA website to download ” Are you Ready?”.

Overseas Taxpayers can use IRS Free File to prepare and E-File Tax Returns

On March 28, 2011, in Main, by For the People

IRS LogoThe Internal Revenue Service (IRS) advises that U.S. citizens and resident aliens living outside the United States can use IRS Free File to prepare and file their federal tax returns electronically.

IRS Free File is brand-name software that is offered exclusively at IRS.gov, through a partnership with the tax software industry. There are five companies that accept foreign addresses. Taxpayers should review the list of tax forms supported by the company to ensure it meets their needs, especially Form 1116, Foreign Tax Credit, and/or Form 2555, Foreign Earned Income.

To be eligible, taxpayers’ adjusted gross income in 2010 must be $58,000 or less. Some overseas taxpayers may exclude $91,500 of their 2010 foreign earnings, which would make more people eligible for IRS Free File [...]

American Citizen Services offered in Stuttgart on April 29th

On March 25, 2011, in Main, by For the People

For the People - StuttgartOn Friday, April 29th, from 10:00 – 12:00, we will be offering American Citizen Services at the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum in Stuttgart. Passport applications, reports of birth abroad as well as notarials are possible (credit card payment only, no EC cards).

Appointments are required.

To make an appointment, please go to the Stuttgart ACS appointment form.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in April.

All About Notarial services

On March 21, 2011, in Main, by For the People

NotarialsConsular officials at any U.S. embassy or consulate abroad can provide a service similar to the functions of a notary public in the United States. Notarial services can be performed for any individual, regardless of nationality, as long as the document being notarized is intended for use in the United States. The services provided include:

  • Affidavits: written declarations made under oath of affirmation; a sworn statement.
  • Acknowledgments: an acknowledgement of the signatures on documents that will be used in the United States attesting to the identity of the person executing the document. Generally used with deeds, powers of attorney, bills of sale, corporate acknowledgements, etc.
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