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    I am seeing 80k to 135k tax free to basically be a repair man in Iraq for a year.

    I can see it maybe worth it for a young single person other than that no way.

    Danger, staying in an unknown place, food probably sucks, miss out on everything back home, you don't know anyone, no good looking women, no good bars, no porn, (Hell you have nothing to live for there). I would maybe do it for 250k tax free with a sign on and contract completion bonus of 10k and a bullet proof Cadillac Escalade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluetooth751 View Post
    I am seeing 80k to 135k tax free to basically be a repair man in Iraq for a year.

    I can see it maybe worth it for a young single person other than that no way.

    Danger, staying in an unknown place, food probably sucks, miss out on everything back home, you don't know anyone, no good looking women, no good bars, no porn, (Hell you have nothing to live for there). I would maybe do it for 250k tax free with a sign on and contract completion bonus of 10k and a bullet proof Cadillac Escalade.
    Only the first 85k is tax free. Food is actually not that bad and some bases have burger kings, pizza hut, taco bell, popeyes, subway, baskin robbins, cinnabon, hardees, and many others. You get to meet people you would never have met otherwise, you do meet alot of a**holes but alot of good people too. There are some good looking women here (1 for every 1000 guys and a million to one odds you will ever get close to one, but hey they are here.). There is alot of porn here you just can't let certain people know you got it. Okay, so there are no bars you were right on that one, but just that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deq1269 View Post
    Only the first 85k is tax free. Food is actually not that bad and some bases have burger kings, pizza hut, taco bell, popeyes, subway, baskin robbins, cinnabon, hardees, and many others. You get to meet people you would never have met otherwise, you do meet alot of a**holes but alot of good people too. There are some good looking women here (1 for every 1000 guys and a million to one odds you will ever get close to one, but hey they are here.). There is alot of porn here you just can't let certain people know you got it. Okay, so there are no bars you were right on that one, but just that one.
    Can you explain why only the first 85k is tax free?
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    Can you explain why only the first 85k is tax free?
    Its the IRS that decided that. It states that if you spend 330 days out of a consecutive 365 days outside of the country then you qualify under what they call the "physical presence test". For example: I came over here in Nov 04. So from NOV 04 to Nov 05 I came to the states less than the 35 days and qualified tax free for the for 80 k of the 100k that I made (it was only 80k back then)

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    What I mean to ask is why, if you are out of the country for the requisite amount of time, do you not qualify for ALL of your income to be tax free?

    I mean, if you are meeting the physical presence test, wouldn't all of your income during that period be tax free?
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    I believe the IRS only allows 85 grand.
    A agent I spoke with when I was looking overseas was going to show me a way to bring my cash in through Canada, I was actually born in Canada. came to the US when I was 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    What I mean to ask is why, if you are out of the country for the requisite amount of time, do you not qualify for ALL of your income to be tax free?

    I mean, if you are meeting the physical presence test, wouldn't all of your income during that period be tax free?
    The IRS has set the limit at 85k. If you go to the IRS web site they have more details. Now, not all overseas places qualify under that rule. For example if you take a job in Antartica then you don't qualify for any tax free.

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    I just applied for a job in Kuwait, the more i thought about this the more it made since to me as a tech that is trying to establish myself in this career field. I lived overseas for 11 years on a military base called Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands and absolutely loved the Military life style and the fact that the weather was 85 degrees yr around.

    I think this would be a great way for me to pay off my college loan and while i do recognize there are risks involved but there is risk every time you step out out your front door.

    If there is anyone who could give me good advise on getting the ball rolling i would greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmac055 View Post
    I just applied for a job in Kuwait, the more i thought about this the more it made since to me as a tech that is trying to establish myself in this career field. I lived overseas for 11 years on a military base called Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands and absolutely loved the Military life style and the fact that the weather was 85 degrees yr around.

    I think this would be a great way for me to pay off my college loan and while i do recognize there are risks involved but there is risk every time you step out out your front door.

    If there is anyone who could give me good advise on getting the ball rolling i would greatly appreciated.
    If you are asking for info on how to get on here in Iraq or Kuwait (Kuwait pays less). I can give you information on how to get in touch with KBR, just email me. Otherwise, you can look at companies like L3, Mantech, Dynacorp and others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deq1269 View Post
    If you are asking for info on how to get on here in Iraq or Kuwait (Kuwait pays less). I can give you information on how to get in touch with KBR, just email me. Otherwise, you can look at companies like L3, Mantech, Dynacorp and others.
    i just emailed you

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    Quote Originally Posted by deq1269 View Post
    I can't remember how much they ask for but 5 years seems to sound right. But most important is the CFC universal card. They don't seem to be to selective from my perspective. I have met alot of lousy HVAC mechanics. Met some really great ones too in the 3 years I have been here.

    Hiring process takes 7 to 14 days but could take longer (took me 3 weeks because the flying in was shut down during the attack on fallujah in 04). You process in Houston Texas. They don't pay you while there but put you up in a hotel and feed you.

    I work on package units, window units, mini splits. Some bases have chillers, ice plants, reefers and there is a construction outfit.

    I sleep in my own trailer with shower and toilet but that varies from base to base. KBR also has the contract in Afghanistan and they are all in tents there.

    We have internet and phone at all camps. I call my wife everyday.

    i applied for a hvac position in Iraq and Kuwait last night and was wondering how long did it take for KBR to contact you after you applied. I seem to fit their criteria for a hvac technician unless they don't count a year and a half of schooling as experience. I will be graduating in under two weeks and have my universal epa liscense. Any info would be a great help. I love traveling the world and went to Sri Lanka last year after the Tsunami to help clean up. The day after i left Colombo International Airport it was attacked by insurgants so i know what it is like to be in a dangerous area. we had to have an amored guard with us 24/7 while we were there.

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