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Formalized Tax Collection Through Airbnb in Quintana Roo

Travelers have changed over the years; nowadays many people prefer to stay in homes rather than large resorts. Airbnb has become a popular choice,  an intimate, less expensive way to travel and see the world. Many travelers make lasting connections in these homes and neighborhoods and experience more culture than they would if they were staying at a large resort. Airbnb’s popularity continues to grow and because of its success has triggered concern from the hotel industry regarding tax obligations and the lack of regulations for this type of accommodation. The Mexican government also recognizes the importance of home sharing for...

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September is Will Month in Mexico, Is Your Estate in Order?

Each year, Mexicans are encouraged to have a Will completed in September. If you are a foreigner who owns property in Mexico, you also need to have a Will created in Mexico. Death is not a subject we enjoy discussing, however, you need to be prepared. Mexicans, as a culture, have a unique relationship with death. They celebrate and venerate their ancestors on los días de los muertos, which is celebrated from October 31 to November 2. As a prelude to the celebrations, every September in Mexico is considered Will month. Mexicans are encouraged to prepare a Will, and notaries...

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Is Trump Using a Travel Warning For NAFTA Renegotiation?

Recent travel advisories from the US warning Americans not to travel to Mexico have people questioning the motive. Journalist Andres Oppenheimer’s recent editorial in the Miami Herald discusses the recent travel warning which now includes Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, where popular tourist destinations Cancún and Los Cabos are located, stating that this warning should not be taken too seriously. Oppenheimer wrote, “The so-called travel warning of the US Department of State should not be taken too seriously since the level of crime in some North American cities is much higher than that of Cancun or Playa del Carmen.”...

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Five Important Factors to Consider When Purchasing Insurance in Mexico

Yes, your agent was very nice, or maybe it was the policy´s low cost that attracted you. But, do you really know how your policy works and what you are covered for? There are five things you should know about your policy protecting the most valuable asset of your life: your health. Deductibles and Copays In Mexico, most insurance providers have deductibles per event, not per year. Many people are unaware of this, and you can end up paying several deductibles if you use your policy more than once during the year. Does your policy have copays? A...

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Becoming a Naturalized Mexican Through Marriage

As a foreigner married to a Mexican citizen, you can apply and receive your temporary residency right away by providing proof of the marriage and proof that your Mexican spouse can financially support you here in Mexico. The married foreigner will receive one year of temporary residency; the residency will be renewed for a second year. Upon renewal, in the third year, you may apply for either permanent residency which never expires, or you may wish to apply for Mexican citizenship. This method of naturalization or citizenship is an option for foreigners who have lived continuously in Mexico for two years previous...

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The Ejido, a Mexican Concept Misunderstood by Foreigners

Plots of land located near the beach, specifically in Playa del Carmen, Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca, and the Riviera Nayarit are most likely part of an Ejido. Foreigners frequently ask, “What is the significance of an Ejido property and why am I prohibited from buying land there?” An Ejido or ‘propiedad comunal’ is an area of communal land mainly used for agriculture, on which community members farm designated plots and collectively maintain communal holdings. While this was the original intention and was once an accurate description of Ejido activity, today many Ejido properties are abandoned, with no farming activity taking place. Why...

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Traffic Regulations, Fines, and Bribes in Quintana Roo

Before deciding to drive a vehicle abroad, One must be aware that as in other countries, Mexico has its own traffic laws which govern all drivers and their vehicles. These regulations must be respected as it aims to maintain and protect the public. When the driver has violated the law, the police officer is obliged to stop the vehicle, advise the driver which traffic regulation has been violated, request the license and vehicle documents to verify that everything is in order and determine if the violation deserves a penalty. If the violation is not serious, the safety of pedestrians, passengers, and...

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THE IRS GETS ITS SHARE, EVEN ON THIS SIDE OF THE WALL

REPORTING OBLIGATIONS OF U.S. CITIZENS IN MEXICO* A recent incident that occurred to a local U.S. ex-pat living in Mexico emphasizes the IRS’ efforts to collect taxes and enforce taxation reporting legislation, even on the fun side of the wall. While on a return trip to the U.S., Tom Smith (the individual’s identity is being withheld) and his family were intercepted at customs and repeatedly asked whether he was the “Tom Smith” that was identified by the passport. After confirming his identity, his family was authorized to enter the U.S., and he was detained. Hours later, a representative of the IRS introduced...

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Diversifying Tourism in The Riviera Maya with Dora The Explorer and Shrek

Is the Riviera Maya ready for the Ninja Turtles and Spongebob Squarepants? They are coming soon. Nickelodeon plans to open a family themed all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya by December 2017 or early 2018. The construction of this complex has generated 1,800 jobs, so far. The beachfront resort will cater to children and their families and will feature swim up suites, slime machines, Nickelodeon characters, a child-friendly spa, zip lines, pools, and a theater. The Riviera Maya will be Nickelodeon's second theme park resort; the first is located in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The 440-room hotel offers cartoon themed suites...

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Foreigners Living in Mexico Need Estate Planning

The Embassy of Canada in Mexico recently published a reminder to all Canadians living or working abroad, specifically in Mexico. The focus of the reminder was on Canadians residing in Mexico, but all nationalities are reminded to consider the possibility of passing away outside of their homeland. When a loved one dies while living in another country, it makes an emotional situation even more stressful. Documenting your wishes can save your friends or family a great deal of stress and aggravation. Death is not a subject we enjoy discussing, but in the circle of life it is inevitable, you may as...

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