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10:30 in the BCP Theater



Tuesday, Mar 29 – Don Joffe –of International Accounting Services, LLC will be presenting on U.S. tax compliance and planning for expats living in Panama. Many expats continue to have filing and reporting obligations, even if they no longer owe any tax to the IRS. Common situations include:

·  Foreign bank accounts

·  Ownership of foreign corporations or trusts

·  Income from wages or a business earned outside the United States

Penalties for failure to comply can exceed $10,000 per year, even if no income tax is otherwise owed. The presentation will cover the current compliance landscape, what people need to do in order to comply, and the myriad different IRS programs currently available to help non-compliant expats to get back in good standing with the IRS. Don will also be available for a few days for free one-on-one consultations in Boquete to answer any tax questions you may have about your personal income tax situation. He can be reached at don@intlaccounting.com or (765) 236-6739. FREE ADMISSION

Tuesday, Apr.  5A Month in Exotic Bali – Asia in Microcosm. New Boquete residents Patrick and Gabrielle Reynolds present a mini-documentary on their  journey to the Indonesian island of Bali,. Staying in a villa in the small, typical village of Batubulan (“Stone Moon” or the stone carvers’ village), Gabrielle and Patrick observed Balinese life as travelers, but were welcomed as friends. They got to know the territory on foot and by scooter, to talk with the expats and locals, visit their homes and enjoy the ritual processions. They met the macaques in the Sacred Monkey Forest, learnt how to create Balinese cuisine, and spent three days with rescued Sumatran. They toured the amazing, 4-story buildings in Green School and Green Village – built entirely of bamboo in fantastic structures with no square corners or even straight lines. “Like Swiss Family Mansion,” a patented boron-salt bath protects four types of bamboo to stand for well over a century, permitting the incredible, organic design – architecture perfected!


Tuesday, Apr.  12 – Maria Ruiz on merging the two cultures into the future of Boquete. Dr.Ruiz has more than 30 years experience working in the Panamanian coffee industry, including growing, green processing, roasting, tasting, and product development. She has participated in many activities at a national level as a representative of the private sector. She has also represented Panama in international forums such as the Specialty Coffee Association of America, Specialty Coffee Association of Japan, and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe. Currently she is the CEO of special projects with Casa Ruiz, S.A., in Boquete, Panama.

Tuesday, Apr.  19 -- Elizabeth Farrell de Rios presents “Tree-To-Cup Coffee: The history of a single bean at Villa Estrella Coffee” Why do different coffee farms have different coffee? Ever wonder about different roasts? What happens between the fruit and the drink?  For over 120 years, our family has tended this lush upland valley, where we steward some of the finest coffee on earth. We will explore every step of the artisan process and answer many of the common questions about coffee farming in Boquete, and production generally. Noobies, coffee snobs, and hobby farm owners are welcome to attend! http://www.villaestrellacoffee.com/

Tuesday, Apr.  26 -- Tom & Yella Werder speak about. "How Your Marriage Can Survive and Thrive in a New Culture".  They will tell the story of how they, after a disastrous beginning, have found tools and skills for staying sane and supportive with each other while they navigate a new culture and continue to adjust to living in Panama

Tuesday, May 3 – Who Ya Gonna Call???  Need help getting your utilities hooked up, or getting a drivers license, or finding a plumber, or getting transportation somewhere, or maybe just some translation services? Three accomplished, bi-lingual Panamanian ladies will take the stage to tell us about their services. Speaking will be Gloria Cruz (Boquete Services), Geovanna Caballero (Ask Geovanna), and Lorena Pitti (Boquete Bilingual Services). They each have their special talents and offerings.

Tuesday, May 10 – Hospice presents “Being Prepared”. Do you know the legalities in Panama if you were to die or become ill and unable to make very important medical decisions for yourself?  Laws you're familiar with in your home country do not apply! Did you know that you must have enough cash on hand to pay a doctor to pronounce someone dead and to have the mortuary pick you up? No credit cards.  No IOUs.  What will you do if you're hospitalized in an emergency and can't express what medical treatment you want?  And who can legally enter your home to feed your pets if you can't? What's your legal marital status?  What about wills?  There's a lot we ASSUME we know but we don't.

. Tuesday, May 24 – Jose Arias will speak his business Memorial Group which owns a private cemetery a new funeral home and his brand new crematorium in David.

Tuesday, May 31 Mikkel Moller on Entrepreneurship in Panama. Is there an urge to start a business in Panama - ready to do more than just retire (reading, watching TV or playing games) - does your mate see more for you? Come learn about skills and the background needed - for what it takes to be an Entrepreneur. Maybe you are the next creative genius waiting in the wings.

To suggest a speaker or topic for these meetings please email BCP Tuesday Meeting


To become a vendor at the Tuesday market, email Elena Serracin

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