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What happens if my host country has a form of social security?

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Last updated: 16 Oct, 2012
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By Jason Watson ()

The United States has created tax treaties with several countries to coordinate the coverage and taxation of society security benefits. Every country has a different name for it, and each agreement is different. The specific agreement is called ‘totalization’ and prevents dual coverage and dual contributions. The following countries have entered into these types of agreements-

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea (South), Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and of course the United Kingdom.

Properly understanding your social security coverage by another country can save you thousands of dollars in potential dual taxation. Let us help!

You can also visit the Social Security Administration for more information on the agreements and their respective coverage rules. It’s a real page-turner.

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