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Thread: 180 days on Aruba.....the rules?

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    Senior Member robin's Avatar
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    I think there is a lot of misinformation on length of stay depending on websites. I have seen that you stay only 180 days a year and only 180 consecutive days. DIMAS doesn't have their info current. Their site actually says they are updating info after changes decided on in December. I know a couple who are not residents who are in Aruba for 4 months in the winter, two in the fall and two in the spring. That is more than 180 days. But then again, they might not be there as long as they claim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin View Post
    I think there is a lot of misinformation on length of stay depending on websites. I have seen that you stay only 180 days a year and only 180 consecutive days. DIMAS doesn't have their info current. Their site actually says they are updating info after changes decided on in December. I know a couple who are not residents who are in Aruba for 4 months in the winter, two in the fall and two in the spring. That is more than 180 days. But then again, they might not be there as long as they claim.
    Hi Robin... See if I can clear this up. The stay is per the calendar year. The calendar year ends December 31. So if you stayed 180 days in 2019 till December 31, then in 2020 you can stay another 180 as the calendar is reset. Personally, I had a situation here and needed to visit the minister responsible for DIMAS. I received a ministerial letter to provide at the airport on leaving that stated the reason ana approval for the long extended stay.

    Hope this helps, and yes the websites are a bit wonky. I showed the supervisor at DIMAS the info for the new rules. She rejected it and told me they only go by their official site.
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    A cautionary note: If one does stay beyond 180 days and become an Arubian resident, please understand that Aruba does NOT have a tax treaty with th eUS and they will tax your WORLDWIDE income including Social Security, 401K/IRA returns, military and other retirement, etc. Also, they have one of the highest marginal tax rates in the world. See: https://www.bdoaruba.com/en-gb/tax-s...nal-income-tax .

    As of January 2019 per the BDO Site:

    Tax rates. The Aruba personal income tax is a progressive system. As of an income of AWG 27,751, personal income tax is due. The maximum rate of 52.00% is reached at an income of AWG 141,783.
    The personal income tax law provides for a special 25% rate for:
    • Severance payments or pay-off of similar rights.
    • Gains derived from the sale of a substantial interest.
    • Dividends.
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    The taxes are one reason I would never become a full-time resident. I think our taxes are crazy in the US, our bill in Aruba would have me bankrupt, lol. Paying 52% tax on my income would only be a problem for a while....with those rates I would not have money for long.

    Quote Originally Posted by jfltdoc View Post
    A cautionary note: If one does stay beyond 180 days and become an Arubian resident, please understand that Aruba does NOT have a tax treaty with th eUS and they will tax your WORLDWIDE income including Social Security, 401K/IRA returns, military and other retirement, etc. Also, they have one of the highest marginal tax rates in the world. See: https://www.bdoaruba.com/en-gb/tax-s...nal-income-tax .

    As of January 2019 per the BDO Site:

    Tax rates. The Aruba personal income tax is a progressive system. As of an income of AWG 27,751, personal income tax is due. The maximum rate of 52.00% is reached at an income of AWG 141,783.
    The personal income tax law provides for a special 25% rate for:
    • Severance payments or pay-off of similar rights.
    • Gains derived from the sale of a substantial interest.
    • Dividends.

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