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cgage



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:31 pm    Post subject: 50% income tax!!?? Reply with quote

That's what I heard, at least for the first year of work. At seven or eight dollars/hour and half of it taken out, it's not worth getting out of bed. I guess that's what all the illegal teaching jobs are all about.

There seems to be few posts on the peru sight these days. No answer from Trujillo. Problem working in Peru?
I've got to retire somewhere (not backpack adventure) so I have to do a huge amount of research
This is a good site. Expat is for the rich.
Thanks
cgage
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TOMASB



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just interviewed for a non teaching job in Peru, though not in Lima, but Cusco. My potential salary was mentioned in my interview at about $950 US, which is pretty good for Peru. However, I just found out from my employer that my tax index rate is 30% and social security is an additional 14% or so. Pretty close to your 50%.

So basically, I would have to survive on about $500 per month.

I have social security income and some rental income in the states to supplement this salary if I end up working there but it would be virtually impossible to sustain a US life style at that income even in Peru.
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

30 for the first year, then drops to 15 to 20%
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MotherF



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TOMASB wrote:

I have social security income and some rental income in the states to supplement this salary if I end up working there but it would be virtually impossible to sustain a US life style at that income even in Peru.


If you want to sustain a US life style in retirement--I highly suggest you retire in the US. Living well in Latin America is not living as if you were in the US. Those of us who are long term expats in Latin America are here and happy here because we do not maintain nor want to maintain a US life style.
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cgage



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've lived in foreign countries and dont crave the American lifestyle. I lived in places where there wasnt always hot water.
In many ways I dont like "the American lifestyle". Mcdonalds and all that I hate. I dont like owning a car. i dont watch television. I dont think I've ever watched the SuperBowl once in my life. I want to retire to a country where I can teach and paint.
My inquiries were more based around availbilty of things that I am used to or have to have as a diabetic, like diet soft drink.


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cgage



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cgage wrote:
I've lived in foreign countries and dont crave the American lifestyle. I lived in places where there wasnt always hot water.
In many ways I dont like "the American lifestyle". Mcdonalds and all that I hate. I dont like owning a car. i dont watch television.
My inquiries were more based around availbilty of things that I am used to or have to have as a diabetic, like diet soft drink.


Not to mention diet wine, diet beer and diet whiskey : )
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BadBeagleBad



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MotherF wrote:

If you want to sustain a US life style in retirement--I highly suggest you retire in the US. Living well in Latin America is not living as if you were in the US. Those of us who are long term expats in Latin America are here and happy here because we do not maintain nor want to maintain a US life style.


I think this is good advice for anyone who wants to live abroad, retired or not. I have never been able to understand people who move to another country and then want everything to be the same as it was in their home country. Of course, everyone will have things they cannot live without, but to expect it to be the same isn't very realistic and I think will lead to being very unhappy for most people.
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