Amerikids! Learn about the USA

On June 29, 2013, in Holidays, Independence Day, Kids, by Hyderabad ACS

Kids, young and old:How much do you know about American Presidents?  Can you name them? Check out

 

 

 

 

Did you know that Thomas Jefferson offered his own huge book collection as a replacement when British troops burned the Library of Congress? Or that John F. Kennedy was the youngest man ever elected president—and the youngest to die in office? Visit Mr. President to learn the facts about each of our nation’s presidents. It’s a great place for browsing, research, or homework help.    
 

http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/president/GalleryDetail.aspx?section=a

Amerikids! Learn about the USA

On June 28, 2013, in Holidays, Independence Day, Kids, by Hyderabad ACS

 

 

 

Let’s listen to the “Star Spangled Banner” while our kids learn more about the history of the National Anthem!

         http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/songs/patriotic/anthemmp3.htm

Protect your SSN

On June 6, 2013, in Advice, Did you know?, by Hyderabad ACS

 Protect your SSN

We have received reports from Pennsylvania about a female bank employee, who stole the identities of 18 customers for personal gain. She obtained the names, Social Security numbers and account information of the 18 customers by means of unlawful use of the bank’s computer and securing execution of documents by deception.

The bank employee obtained the names and Social Security numbers of the customers and sold them to a third party for $20 per name. The third party then used the information to create 15 fraudulent business checks that were cashed in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

Although the 18 bank customers had not necessarily been careless with their personal details (they entrusted their bank to safeguard their identities), it is nonetheless a reminder to all of us to take better care of our personal information.

The moral of the story is: Please take care of your Social Security number. Please destroy all correspondence that carries your name, your number and/or your address. Bank details are valuable pieces of information. Please destroy all bank correspondence, as it will have everything an identity thief will need to defraud you.

For more information on Identity Theft please see our publication on the subject: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10064.pdf

IPCA Awareness Month
Did you know that May is International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA) Awareness Month?
The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is committed to preventing international child abductions. The State Department places the highest priority on the welfare of children who have been abducted across an international border and is encouraging foreign governments to join the U.S. as parties to The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Hague Abduction Convention is the primary civil law mechanism for parents seeking the return of the children from other treaty partner countries. The Convention does not address who should have custody of the child; it addresses where the custody case should be heard. Today the U.S. is a treaty partner with 70 countries (Hague Abduction countries).

May is also an important month for children because May 25, 2013 is the 30th annual Missing Children’s Day. The first annual Missing Children’s Day was proclaimed by President Reagan in 1983. Although we remember the plight of missing children particularly on this day, it is important to remember that all year long organizations in the U.S., like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), are working to promote children’s rights and protect them. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Childrenopened in 1984 to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. Today NCMEC is authorized by Congress to perform 19 programs and services to assist law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them. Organizations like NCMEC and the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs are both working hard to prevent child abductions and serve the needs of children.

Special Advisor to Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs spoke to the US Congress on May 9, 2013 about International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA) Issues. Here is a link to her testimony, as well as the testimony of members of Congress and parents who have been victims of IPCA.

CATCH UP ON TAX FILING OBLIGATIONS

On March 11, 2013, in Taxes, by Hyderabad ACS

In June 2012 the Internal Revenue Service announced a plan to help U.S. citizens residing overseas, including dual citizens, catch up with tax filing obligations and provide assistance for people with foreign retirement plan issues.”Today we are announcing a series of common-sense steps to help U.S. citizens abroad get current with their tax obligations and resolve pension issues,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.
Shulman announced the IRS will provide a new option to help some U.S. citizens and others residing abroad who haven’t been filing tax returns and provide them a chance to catch up with their tax filing obligations if they owe little or no back taxes. The new procedure went into effect on September. 1, 2012.
The IRS is aware that some U.S. taxpayers living abroad have failed to timely file U.S. federal income tax returns or Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs). Some of these taxpayers have recently become aware of their filing requirements and want to comply with the law.
To help these taxpayers, the IRS offered the new procedures that will allow taxpayers who are low compliance risks to get current with their tax requirements without facing penalties or additional enforcement action. These people generally will have simple tax returns and owe $1,500 or less in tax for any of the covered years.
The IRS also announced that the new procedures will allow resolution of certain issues related to certain foreign retirement plans (such as Canadian Registered Retirement Savings Plans). In some circumstances, tax treaties allow for income deferral under U.S. tax law, but only if an election is made on a timely basis. The streamlined procedures will be made available to resolve low compliance risk situations even though this election was not made on a timely basis.
Taxpayers using the new procedures announced today will be required to file delinquent tax returns along with appropriate related information returns for the past three years, and to file delinquent FBARs for the past six years. Submissions from taxpayers that present higher compliance risk will be subject to a more thorough review and potentially subject to an audit, which could cover more than three tax years.
The IRS also announced its offshore voluntary disclosure programs have exceeded the $5 billion mark, released new details regarding the voluntary disclosure program announced in January and closed a loophole used by some U.S. citizens. See IR-2012-64 for more.

Remember that if you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, the rules for filing income, estate, and gift tax returns and paying estimated tax are generally the same whether you are in the United States or abroad. Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside.

More information about filing from abroad

 

Permanent IRS Offices Outside the United States

Office Address Office Phone Numbers and Email
U.S. Consulate
Frankfurt
Giessener Str.
30
60435 Frankfurt am Main
Germany
Taxpayer service by appointment only.
Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
To schedule an appointment, call +49 069-7535-3811
U.S. Embassy
24/31 Grosvenor Square
London W1A 1 AE
England
Walk-In Assistance:
Tu-Th: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone Service:
M-F: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tel: +44-207-894-0476
Fax: +44-207-495-4224
U.S. Embassy
2 Avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris Cedex 08
France
Walk-In Assistance:
M-F: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Phone Service:
M-F: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m
Tel: +33-1-4312-2555
Fax: +33-1-4312-2303
Email: irs.paris@irs.gov
U.S. Embassy
No. 55 An Jia Lou Lu
Beijing 100600
China
Taxpayer service by appointment only.
To scheduled an appointment, call the Telephone number below.
Tel: +86-10-8531-3983
Fax: +86-10-8531-4287

 

SMART TRAVELER ENROLLMENT PROGRAM

On February 15, 2013, in Message for U.S. Citizens, by Hyderabad ACS

Are you a Smart Traveler?

 

One of the highest priorities of the U.S. Mission in India is the protection of U.S. citizens who travel and live overseas.  The U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad encourages all U.S. citizens to sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step/ so enrollees can stay safe, connected, and informed while traveling or living abroad.  Millions travel to India every year and encounter no difficulties, but there are times when we need to reach you to let you know what security or emergency situations may be happening in the region.  By informing us about your trip or residence abroad, you help us make contact when you might need us the most.  Signing up is voluntary and costs nothing, but it should be a big part of your travel planning and security.  Smart Traveler is also available as an official State Department app.  The free app invites you to see the world with easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more. For more information visit the iTunes store at http://itunes.apple.com; or, for an Android version of the app http://play.google.com/store/apps.

 

If you are already enrolled, would you have a story of how U.S. Embassy/Consulate personnel helped you while you were traveling or living abroad? Please share your thoughts with us by writing in at HYDACS@state.gov or posting a comment on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AmericanCitizenServicesIndia.

Safe travels!

American Citizens visiting or residing in Andhra Pradesh (AP) may be required to register their presence with the Indian Government at the Foreigners Registration Office.  American Citizen parents who transmit citizenship to their children in AP may have to apply for an Indian visa or an appropriate permit.  For more information you may contact the Foreigners Regional Registration Office at the Old Airport in Begumpet, which is located near the U.S. Consulate General at the Paigah Palace.  

 

 

Foreigners Regional Registration Office

Bureau of Immigration, Beside Vijaya Bank Counter

Rajiv Gandhi Terminal

Begumpet Old Airport, Hyderabad

Phone: 040-27900211, 040-27901022, 040-27900388

http://hyderabadpolice.gov.in

 

 

Window Hours:

Registration: 14:30 – 16:00 hours

Other Services: 10:00 -12:30 hours

Happy Holidays from American Citizen Services!

On December 7, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Hyderabad ACS

As always, we want to be sure that U.S. citizens in India have quick and easy access to information related to their health and safety as well as information about our services.  To this end, we have created an American Citizen Services India Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanCitizenServicesIndia.

If you are on Facebook, we encourage you to “like” our page and share the link.  Please note that anyone interested in receiving our posts is encouraged to “like” the page whether a U.S. citizen or not!

We also encourage all American citizens – including your relatives and friends who might be traveling abroad this holiday season – to register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.  Through STEP, U.S. citizens can enter information about upcoming foreign travel so that the Department of State can better assist them in an emergency. 

Enroll in STEP here:  https://step.state.gov/step/.

Save Energy and Resources This Holiday Season

On December 6, 2012, in Advice, Holidays, Kids, People, by Hyderabad ACS

Make “green” holiday choices when you are shopping, traveling, sending cards, decorating, and choosing gifts. When you save energy and resources, you protect the environment and safeguard health both now and for the future.

The winter holidays are nearly here! Some of us are ready for the festivities, but many of us are still planning and shopping for decorations and gifts and organizing holiday gatherings. We want to enjoy the fun and spirit of the season, but we don’t want to spend too much money or use too many resources in the process. And most of all, we want to enjoy quality time with those we love.

The good news is that we can participate in all these holiday activities and still manage to conserve resources. In doing so, we also protect our environment and protecting our environment can safeguard our health now and in the future. 

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If you live in or near Hyderabad – or are travelling through Hyderabad – you could always drop off your voted ballot at the American Citizens Services Unit in the U. S. Consulate, Monday through Friday from 12:30 pm to 4 pm. It would take about 15 days of pouch transit time. Please consider this timeline before submitting the ballot. If you prefer mailing the ballot to the Consulate, you could either courier it to us or use the Indian postal system. For forecasting workload, we would prefer if you take an appointment to drop off your ballot (under “Notarial and Other Services”), but if after checking it appears that appointment slots are full, it is more important to send these as soon as possible, so you may call us at +91-40-4033-8300 to arrange for dropping off the ballot without an appointment.