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Something for US citizens today for a change ;)
The other day I came across the excellent ACA information page for US expats on the subject of social security.
You should look at the page for the details, but the following are probably the most important points:
- US citizens can claim Social Security benefits while abroad
- They can also check the status of their accounts online
- Nenkin and Social Security eligibility can be combined
- Non-residents do not have to pay into Social Security
- In fact, if they work for a non-US employer abroad, they are not allowed to pay in voluntarily
- If a US citizen runs a business they may have to pay self-employment taxes which do contribute to Social Security*
*it is possible the US-Japan tax treaty means that people can choose to pay Japanese taxes instead (much cheaper)
Anything to add? Any other good resources out there for US citizens?