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#61
Atlanta area, Georgia, USA
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I am seriously considering a WC in Jan 2020 with HAL. The comments on this thread are very helpful. One thing that hasn't been covered is Income Tax. The tentative dates of the cruise are Jan 4 through May 12. How would I handle my taxes? You can't file for an extension until at least January and that gives no extension for payment. I never really know until I get my brokerage statement in January what my final tax bill will be. I have found that even though you have internet access on the ship, it is often not easy to open some web sites and I really wouldn't want to have to open a brokerage site on the ship. It isn't a secure connection, right?
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#62
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Originally posted by love_the_sea
I am seriously considering a WC in Jan 2020 with HAL. The comments on this thread are very helpful. One thing that hasn't been covered is Income Tax. The tentative dates of the cruise are Jan 4 through May 12. How would I handle my taxes? You can't file for an extension until at least January and that gives no extension for payment. I never really know until I get my brokerage statement in January what my final tax bill will be. I have found that even though you have internet access on the ship, it is often not easy to open some web sites and I really wouldn't want to have to open a brokerage site on the ship. It isn't a secure connection, right?
Anne, we have done several extensions as we have sailed a number of World Cruises.

I would not do it on the ship. I know of someone on a current world cruise and it didn't work.

What I do is in November I begin to guesstimate what our taxes will be based on all that I know. In December
I fill out the extension form, print it and then give it to a family member to mail to the IRS for us. I error on the
side of higher taxes. I also ensure that my taxes for the first quarter of the following year are covered. Again
I error on the high side. I've done this numerous times.

Keith
#63
Tampa, Florida
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Also, the new request for extension can be done in 2 minutes on the computer, through one of the IRS approved sites. It no longer requires estimating what your annual income was and the taxes paid. Simply: How much additional you are paying, if any. You submit, and you get back an immediate confirmation of your extension from both the website and the IRS.

I gave up actually mailing in an extension a few years ago when it got lost in the mail. This way I have proof of the application, and confirmation both from the website and another from the IRS.
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I would just be sure you can do this from the computer.

As I said someone on a World Cruise right now cannot using the site he wanted to use.

Keith
#65
Centerville, Ohio, USA
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Originally posted by Keith1010
Anne, we have done several extensions as we have sailed a number of World Cruises.

I would not do it on the ship. I know of someone on a current world cruise and it didn't work.

What I do is in November I begin to guesstimate what our taxes will be based on all that I know. In December
I fill out the extension form, print it and then give it to a family member to mail to the IRS for us. I error on the
side of higher taxes. I also ensure that my taxes for the first quarter of the following year are covered. Again
I error on the high side. I've done this numerous times.

Keith
This is exactly what I did for my Grand World Voyage other than giving the paperwork to a relative/friend to be mailed. Since my cruise sailed after January One, I took the extension paper work and check with me and mailed it from Fort Lauderdale prior to embarkation.

As Keith did, I was generous in what I sent to Uncle Sam in January. But, it surely was nice to have a nice sized refund once I filed in late Spring to help pay the credit card bill!
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#66
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Thanks Keith1010, Tampa Girl, and rkacruiser for your very detailed answers. This really helps. I have never filed for an extension so was not very comfortable with that process and it was easier to ask you all than to check out the IRS site. For the last 5 or 6 years I have done everything online, including my estimated payments which I set up in advance. I would think I could do that before I leave. And as rkacruiser said, I could do everything from Ft. Lauderdale right before we sail. I seem to already be at least half committed to doing the 2020 HAL WV. Just have to make sure all the details will work (I don't have anyone that I want to impose upon to take care of things).
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#67
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I'm lucky that my world cruise will be leaving January 30, 2019. I'm planning to download my tax info in early-mid January, then figure out my taxes (I use Turbo Tax) right before I leave. Always send it electronically and refund is directly deposited.
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#68
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Originally posted by love_the_sea
Thanks Keith1010, Tampa Girl, and rkacruiser for your very detailed answers. This really helps. I have never filed for an extension so was not very comfortable with that process and it was easier to ask you all than to check out the IRS site. For the last 5 or 6 years I have done everything online, including my estimated payments which I set up in advance. I would think I could do that before I leave. And as rkacruiser said, I could do everything from Ft. Lauderdale right before we sail. I seem to already be at least half committed to doing the 2020 HAL WV. Just have to make sure all the details will work (I don't have anyone that I want to impose upon to take care of things).
I am pleased that my post was helpful to you. And, I also share your statement that I don't want to impose on others due to my travel plans. But, I do suggest that you have a trusted friend/relative to periodically check your residence while you are gone. You don't want to return to your home finding that a water pipe broke, USPS failed to stop/re-direct your mail for a period of time, etc.
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#69
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I pay a neighbor $200 a month to take care of things
Pool clorean and lowering pool water
Mail
House
Mailing out already prepared cards
Filling in a pry signed check for house taxes
Watering house plants
Check landline phone
Emailing us weekly updates
And more
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#70
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Originally posted by we're sailing away....
I pay a neighbor $200 a month to take care of things
Pool clorean and lowering pool water
Mail
House
Mailing out already prepared cards
Filling in a pry signed check for house taxes
Watering house plants
Check landline phone
Emailing us weekly updates
And more
Thanks...... It is helpful to get an actual amount, and to know what services are being provided for that amount.
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#71
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We are considering our 2nd WC in 2020, but travel every year for 6 or 7 months. For all financial issues we have given power of attorney to our daughter, who also has a Visa card on our account. She pays any bills that are not pre-authorised and pays for pet food, etc in our absence.

For vehicles, we give the car to our son & DIL and the truck to our daughter & SIL, who use them periodically.

When on cruises, we get a pet/house sitter, who are normally free. When RV'ing we take the pets with us.
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#72
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Great info here. We will be on a 42 Day WC segment Feb 12 to March 26. We are both still working so this will be the longest we have ever been away from home. We live in Atlantic Canada and during our time away the temps will be between minus 15 celcius and minus 30 celcius...perhaps lower. We have decided to hire a service to come in every second day to tend to our 2 young cats, and we will ask the neighbor across the street to clear our driveway of the often 25 to 30 cm of snow that falls in a single storm. I am thinking of getting a camera/smart door bell so I can use an app on my phone to check things out. I have been paying all bills online and on auto pay for the past 5 years, so that is already set up.....we are really looking forward to this trip...but I will be more in planning mode after final payment in early November.
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#73
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Originally posted by MortgageChick
I am thinking of getting a camera/smart door bell so I can use an app on my phone to check things out.
I wonder if this will work with the poor connectivity (and high cost) on board? Also, given the time difference, if it does work, do you want to be woken in the middle of the night by someone ringing your doorbell?
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#74
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Originally posted by Smokeyham
I wonder if this will work with the poor connectivity (and high cost) on board? Also, given the time difference, if it does work, do you want to be woken in the middle of the night by someone ringing your doorbell?
Two things.

The only way you would be woken is if you had wifi connectivity up 7x24.

I think it is a good thing to do.

One could check it from time to time by getting up on wifi and my experience is that the app will work from the ship. At least it did for us on the ship we sailed.

Keith
#75
British Columbia
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Originally posted by MortgageChick
Great info here. We will be on a 42 Day WC segment Feb 12 to March 26. We are both still working so this will be the longest we have ever been away from home. We live in Atlantic Canada and during our time away the temps will be between minus 15 celcius and minus 30 celcius...perhaps lower. We have decided to hire a service to come in every second day to tend to our 2 young cats, and we will ask the neighbor across the street to clear our driveway of the often 25 to 30 cm of snow that falls in a single storm. I am thinking of getting a camera/smart door bell so I can use an app on my phone to check things out. I have been paying all bills online and on auto pay for the past 5 years, so that is already set up.....we are really looking forward to this trip...but I will be more in planning mode after final payment in early November.
Might want to check out this website - https://www.housesitterscanada.com/home

We haven't actually used them, but when researching we found a number of potential sitters in our local area. Rather than leaving our 2 dogs & cat with our daughter & SIL for our 2020 WC, we are considering a sitter. Will try one in November for a week, while we head over to Victoria.
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1979 Uganda - Meddy
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2002 Radiance of the Seas - Alaska
2005 Coral Princess - Panama
2005 Dawn Princess - West Coastal
2007 Dawn Princess - Mexico
2008 Island Princess - Panama
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#76
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Would it work if you took the car battery out of the car??

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#77
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Originally posted by we're sailing away....
Would it work if you took the car battery out of the car??
Hadn't thought about the car. I suppose we would get someone to move it once in a while, so the tires don't get bulges. It's inside, so otherwise alright.

We already have two homes (that might change if we do this cruise!) Since we spend so much time "away", we don't have any houseplants to worry about, and no plowing or yard care (condos.) My elderly cat will have left us by the time we're thinking (2021), although our son has been taking care of him in the winter for years, so not a problem.
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#78
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I have had a dead (and could not be revived) battery during both of my world voyages even though someone was starting the car and driving it periodically. I asked the shop where I take the car and was told disconnecting the battery was a good idea.
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#79
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When deciding what to do with my car during my 6 month long world cruise, I've chosen to sell it and buy a new one when I return.

I would have had to ask my daughter to drive it weekly and I would have had to keep paying the car loan and pay for insurance even though I wouldn't have used it for half the year. A coworker is buying it so I'll just bank the money until I get another car.
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#80
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The ideal is to disconnect your battery or some people use a trickle charger.

In our case we do have a neighbor start up our car but the key is to let it run for awhile.

Time of year and the climate where you live is a factor.

Keith