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Nov 26th 2014, 12:56 am
Replies: 297
Views: 17,220
Posted By paul32x

Re: Chip + PIN in the US! I used it!

My wife got asked for her PIN a couple of months ago by a Wal-Mart checkout machine -- she has a UK credit card -- and she didn't know it, so had to use a US card instead. It had worked in the same...
Nov 26th 2014, 12:53 am
Replies: 1,021
Views: 39,177
Posted By paul32x

Re: Going to be a hot night in Ferguson

I seem to recall in the press conference last night, the prosecutor outlining the decision was asked the breakdown and he said the rules for a grand jury don't allow him to publish that.
Forum: USA
Nov 15th 2014, 9:47 pm
Replies: 215
Views: 10,853
Posted By paul32x

Re: Obamacare...

That's a good idea. Unfortunately I'm self-employed, so that option isn't open to me! I ended up with a Silver plan on the ACA, so I'll just have to keep fingers crossed.
Forum: USA
Nov 15th 2014, 8:50 pm
Replies: 215
Views: 10,853
Posted By paul32x

Re: Obamacare...

Thanks. Having a Republican president next time worries the hell out of me, as well as this coming Supreme Court challenge in March! I'm fortunate in that I get a decent subsidy, but being in...
Forum: USA
Nov 15th 2014, 8:28 pm
Replies: 215
Views: 10,853
Posted By paul32x

Re: Obamacare...

Personally, I am grateful and thrilled to have health insurance provided through the ACA. For the previous 6 or 7 years prior to the ACA I was priced out (they wanted £1,500 a month) and then when I...
May 4th 2014, 3:11 am
Replies: 21
Views: 2,587
Posted By paul32x

Re: Delta Amex and EMV chips... Target too.

Not only that, but my wife went into Walmart yesterday where she tried to use our UK business card for a couple of things -- we have done many hundreds of times since being here with no problem and...
Apr 21st 2014, 5:52 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 12,320
Posted By paul32x

Re: Council Tax on a Tourist Visa

I entirely agree, I'm sorry to say. It's been going on so long and become so entrenched now, there is, I am afraid, absolutely nothing to be gained by making a fuss about it, it's going to continue...
Apr 21st 2014, 5:49 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 12,320
Posted By paul32x

Re: Council Tax on a Tourist Visa

No, you're right, they can't (or shouldn't) do it at random, you have to have some sort of connection to a benefit of some sort (though I've even had cases where friends or relatives have been...
Apr 21st 2014, 5:38 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 12,320
Posted By paul32x

Re: Council Tax on a Tourist Visa

When Universal Credit comes in, it just makes it easier to keep an eye on things, no more data-matching with that particular database as it's all in one.
Apr 21st 2014, 5:30 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 12,320
Posted By paul32x

Re: Council Tax on a Tourist Visa

No, didn't read it in the DM, though I'm sure it's been in there. I've been in this profession for 30 years, that's how! I run a business that provides not only court stenographers, but we...
Apr 21st 2014, 5:25 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 12,320
Posted By paul32x

Re: Council Tax on a Tourist Visa

They are, but paid not by local government, by HMRC -- again, all linked to council databases, so they have access to all your tax records, national insurance, et cetera, et cetera. Don't fret...
Apr 21st 2014, 5:01 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 12,320
Posted By paul32x

Re: Council Tax on a Tourist Visa

Afraid so. If you are in the UK, claiming ANY sort of benefit, not just the most common ones that most people think of, they have access. I get it time and time again in interviews where people put...
Apr 21st 2014, 4:21 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 12,320
Posted By paul32x

Re: Council Tax on a Tourist Visa

Don't even think about not telling the council anything. I do dozens of interviews a month from local councils and you'd be amazed at the powers and things they get up to to keep a track on people,...
Apr 20th 2014, 4:42 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,079
Posted By paul32x

Re: Four years in - and want out!

My initial reaction is if you do move back, I think you can more or less forget your insurance claim over here. Whilst you can still do it, it's going to be much more difficult to handle from the UK...
Apr 14th 2014, 11:06 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 838
Posted By paul32x

Re: Stupid Paypal limited my account

I think we had the same problem when we opened pay pal accounts, but fortunately we had a UK mobile number still, so we used that, and now it works fine and we can move as much as we want either...
Apr 13th 2014, 7:50 pm
Replies: 71
Views: 3,754
Posted By paul32x

Re: How do you respond to "how are you?"

I generally just say 'Fine, thank you, and you?' I realised yesterday I've been here far to long, I was in Publix car park and asked some guy if I could steal his cart (not trolley, I got out of...
Apr 3rd 2014, 8:47 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 8,039
Posted By paul32x

Re: DX Secure: Complaints

My company in the UK uses DX every day, mostly between them and the courts and solicitors, and whether you use the regular service or secure, it's a pretty ropey service. Stuff gets mislaid,...
Apr 3rd 2014, 8:38 pm
Replies: 53
Views: 2,271
Posted By paul32x

Re: Eggy question

I'm sure I saw a BBC or C4 programme recently called The Truth about Taste in which a few people were trying to reproduce seeds from the past as apparently tomatoes, and I dare say a lot of other...
Apr 3rd 2014, 7:27 pm
Replies: 1,297
Views: 140,052
Posted By paul32x

Re: UK TV Programs

Can anyone recommend another good foreign detective series as good as The Bridge or The Killing? I'm just getting to the end of Season 2 of The Bridge and I can feel the withdrawal symptoms coming...
Apr 3rd 2014, 5:38 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 767
Posted By paul32x

Voting -- anyone else sad like me?

Just received a request for a mail ballot today in the mail, covering the Primary in 2014, General Election 2014 and all other elections through 2016. I voted once already last Presidential...
Apr 3rd 2014, 5:34 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,188
Posted By paul32x

Re: N-400, Naturalization and dual citizenship

That's what I do. If you're a USC you have to re-enter the US using your US Passport.
Apr 1st 2014, 5:24 am
Replies: 33
Views: 3,363
Posted By paul32x

Re: Theoretical Question - UK Lottery win and US tax implications.

"Hasn't this come up before?
There is absolutely no bar on a non-U.K. resident holding Premium Bonds, or receiving a prize. So as it appears they may have been in breach of their own terms and...
Mar 31st 2014, 5:13 am
Replies: 33
Views: 3,363
Posted By paul32x

Re: Theoretical Question - UK Lottery win and US tax implications.

I wonder, because if you look at the terms and conditions of playing the lottery, you have to be a UK resident to indulge, so would they even be entitled to a pay out? Oh, no, the win was on the...
Mar 20th 2014, 1:00 am
Replies: 315
Views: 28,730
Posted By paul32x

Re: Future of the NHS

What I find disturbing is the new guy in charge of the NHS comes from a big Healthcare company in the USA and has already said how many huge changes need to be made!
Forum: USA
Mar 20th 2014, 12:54 am
Replies: 5
Views: 603
Posted By paul32x

Re: Passport Fees Reduced

Bit too late for me, I'm afraid, but something from the government getting cheaper? Surely some civil servant ticked the wrong box on something or other!
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