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March 2011 American Citizens Services (ACS) Newsletter

U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau

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Continuing Topics of Interest

IRS Tax Workshops and Consultations – March 15-17

As tax season approaches the U.S. Consulate General is pleased to once again host our Regional IRS Tax Attachés as they provide workshops and consultations addressed specifically to the needs of overseas taxpayers.

All events will take place in Hong Kong, at the U.S. Consulate located at 26 Garden Road, Central

One-on-One Appointments (15 minute time slots*)

  • Tuesday, March 15 - 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 16 - 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 17 - 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Workshops

  • Wednesday, March 16 - 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 17 - 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

*If space is available, you may sign up for more than one 15 minute slot if you feel you will need more time with the IRS representative.   Please let us know if you would like more than one slot and we will confirm whether we can accommodate your request.

Sign-up:
To secure your space, please email us at acshk@state.gov with the following information for each participant (regardless if you are in the same household):

  1. Your Full Name
  2. Your Local Contact Phone #
  3. Your Email Address
  4. Your U.S. Passport # or HKID
  5. If you are signing up for a Workshop, please indicate only one: March 16 or March 17.
  6. If you are signing up for a One-on-One Meeting, please indicate March 15, 16, or 17 and your time slot preference.  We will do our best to accommodate your preference; please note that slots are allocated on a first come, first serve basis so it is best to email us with your preferred date and time slot as soon as possible.  

IRS Tax Corner

Filing season for the 2010 income tax return is upon us.  During this filing season, the IRS will provide some tax tips and answer some frequently asked questions.  If you have a question that you believe may apply to other local U.S. taxpayers, please send it to us by e-mail at acshk@state.gov and we will share the answer in the next IRS Corner.    

Question – I'm new to Hong Kong.  Do I need to pay U.S. taxes?  Where can I get forms and instructions?

Answer – 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.
The IRS website (www.irs.gov) is the best place to start for tax information, forms and instructions.  Information for overseas filers can be found at: U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad and tax forms and publications are available at:  Forms and Publications.   A very helpful publication for overseas filers, Publication 54 - Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad (PDF 1.43 MB) is available at Internal Revenue Service website.  The Consulate has a very limited supply of forms and publications for those who do not have access to the internet.

Macau Day: April 13

On Wednesday, April 13, our staff will travel to Macau to provide limited consular services for American citizens. Services to be offered during this visit include voter registration, notarials (US$50 for each signature of the consular officer), passport application (US$105, US$110, or US$135 depending on age and type), birth registration (US$100 for each child), and adding additional visa pages (US$82 per set of pages). Please note that we will only be able to accept credit cards as payment - there are no cash transactions. Customers may pay using MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club or Discover card. Customers must present their card at the time of payment and the person whose name is listed on the card must be present to sign the payment slip. All charges will be in U.S. dollars.

Except for notary services, we will only accept applications and fees in Macau. Passports, additional pages and report of birth abroad applications will be completed at the Consulate and returned to you by post or you may make arrangements for pick up at the Consulate. If you need same day service for a passport renewal or added pages, please make an appointment online and make arrangements for your passport to be delivered to and fees paid at the Consulate.

Services will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Academy of Music (see map - PDF 867 KB), located at Rua de Santa Clara, No. 19, 2/F, adjacent to City Hall and near Catholic Social Services. Individuals who are physically challenged and/or require special arrangements to access this location may call (852) 2841-2211 in advance to facilitate access.

To enable us to best assist you in Macau:

  • Please check our website for information on what specific identification, forms, fees and supporting documents are required for each service. Download the appropriate forms and bring them with you.
  • Please present your U.S. passport for all services.
  • Please bring the original and one photocopy of each piece of identification and/or supporting document (such as passports, birth certificates, marriage and divorce certificates, Macau ID cards, etc.).

If you need a service not listed above, please contact us in advance at (852) 2841-2211. We may be able to bring with us what you need for that service.

Pandemic Influenza Awareness

Hong Kong remains at the "Alert Response Level" for pandemic influenza as the Hong Kong government continues to assess the nature and level of influenza risks.  For recent updates related to the H5N1 virus in Hong Kong, please visit the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection's Influenza page  or the Hong Kong government's Prevention of Avian Influenza page.

For more information about flu prevention, pandemic flu and the flu situation in the United States please visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website: Flu.gov

Travel Safety Notices and Updates

Worldwide Caution: On January 31, the Department of State issued a Worldwide Caution to all American citizens regarding the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.  U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.  For additional information, you may find the Worldwide Caution here: Worldwide Caution 

The following Travel Warnings and Alerts remain in effect for the East Asia and Pacific Region:

  • Nepal (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_927.html)
  • Philippines (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_2190.html)

Also, please be aware of the volatile political situations in the Middle East and North Africa:

  • Middle East and North Africa (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_5354.html)

As you make your travel plans, don't forget to check the Bureau of Consular Affairs web site for the most current safety and security information. 

You may also receive travel alert tweets by joining the Twitter for Bureau of Consular Affairs. 

 


This newsletter is published by the American Citizens Services Unit, U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau. Tel: 2841-2211; fax: 2845-4845; e-mail: acshk@state.gov; website: American Citizens Services. All services are by online appointment only. The return address listed above does not accept replies directly from this message.


Last modified: March 1, 2011

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