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Where to start the next chapter of my life?

breakpris

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Hey guys,

Just signed up here, but I have been consulting the forum for the past few weeks.
It is a pleasure to meet all of you.

I'm a french IT freelancer (27 yo) and I'm looking for a country to start the next chapter of my life.
France is too much. I played the game and created a company there (which will be closed soon), paid the taxes, but it is too much for me.
I want to move on, go somewhere I can focus on my work without being heavily taxed. Currently, it is 30% on benefits plus a 30% flat tax on dividends.
A good move for me seems to be creating an Estonian company (through Xolo Leap) and moving elsewhere. Unlike France, Estonia does not tax company benefits, which means I can just focus on making money.

Right now, all I'm looking for is a country where taxes are less than 30% and where I can live on $3k~4k a month (before tax).
Somewhere I could live for an extended period of time, find a girl, buy an apartment, have a family.

A lot of you seems to have more experience than me.
Where would you guys go? What would you recommend me to do?

No-go list:
- Estonia -> 20% income tax + 30% social tax (which are useless if you are not a PR)
- Malta + Cyprus -> Went in both as a tourist. I don't think I could live there.
- Dubai -> A bit too expensive

Why-not list:
- Malaysia: 28% tax for my income, still a burden, but the cost of living is low. (Perhaps I could cheat a bit and treat rent as a business expense)

PS: I don't really care about the weather, but I do care about the quality of life.
 
Thanks for your answers!
30% social tax in Estonia? What if you run a company? For example in nearby Latvia you can pay just 20% CIT from your profits + some social contributions from a small salary and that's it. Dividends are tax free.
Dividends is 20%, salary is 20% + 33% social tax (source). But one pre-condition for dividends is to also pay yourself an salary.
I will have a look at Latvia, but I'm afraid it is similar.

Why not French Polynesia?
It is really isolated, I don't think I could live there.
 
Thanks for your answers!

Dividends is 20%, salary is 20% + 33% social tax (source). But one pre-condition for dividends is to also pay yourself an salary.
I will have a look at Latvia, but I'm afraid it is similar.


It is really isolated, I don't think I could live there.
The world is full of countries where taxes are max 30%. For example Geneva or Vaud. If you make enough money you can also consider a flat tax country.
 
Thanks again for your answers!
If you want to stay in EU then Polish IP Box is an amazing opportunity both for taxation and lifestyle.
I did not know about that! It looks really promising.

Georgia Virtual Zone company + tax residency in Estonia (0 days presence required) = total tax 5% (only on distributed profits)
Can you really have tax residency in Estonia without living there? I never heard of this while doing research.

The world is full of countries where taxes are max 30%. For example Geneva or Vaud. If you make enough money you can also consider a flat tax country.
Sadly Switzerland is really expensive, with 3~4k a month you are poor there.
 
Sadly Switzerland is really expensive, with 3~4k a month you are poor there.
I was suggesting French speaking places that you might not consider boring. Probably with that income every other French speaking country applies a taxation below 30%. If language is not an issue, you can choose to move almost anywhere, including the USA for example. Go to Florida or Texas and you should pay 22%.
 
I was suggesting French speaking places that you might not consider boring. Probably with that income every other French speaking country applies a taxation below 30%. If language is not an issue, you can choose to move almost anywhere, including the USA for example. Go to Florida or Texas and you should pay 22%.
Georgia is not a French-speaking country but there are an estimate of 18,000 French speakers (0.5% of the population) in Georgia and the Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili lived in France and is fluent in French.

Georgia is an observer member of the International French-speaking Organisation (OIF) as the Georgian intelligentsia sustained close relations with France and the French language since 1460.

For someone making 4k/month, Georgian sole proprietorship could be decent option with 1% turnover based tax.

Can you really have tax residency in Estonia without living there? I never heard of this while doing research.
Indeed, in some EU jurisdictions merely registering residence triggers tax residence.
 
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Yeah, Romania might be what OP is looking for.

You can live very well on 2k actually, unless you're in Bucharest.

Also, you can make that corporate tax 1% if you are a micro company with less than 500k EUR income.

Somewhere I could live for an extended period of time, find a girl, buy an apartment, have a family.

After all of that, you'll realize French taxes were not so bad after all! :p
 
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You're so young...why not just "jump the fence"?
Surely out of EU\UK\US\AUSTRALIA ...etc you'll find more women for family projects for sure. Problem would be for all the rest (language, find a job...last but not least citizenship..)! ;)
But I strongly believe that building a second life in a less (by now) polluted environment would be only postponing same result in perspective...
 
- Dubai -> A bit too expensive
you may make more money, nothing is more nice than Dubai when it comes to privacy and freedom. If you're not into some sort of crap.