Monday, 26 August 2013

Are you a Foreigner in Costa Rica?

Tax firms and CPA plan seminar for U.S. citizens in Escazu, Costa Rica

A new, innovative Costa Rican legal services company, Essentials, has recently entered into a joint venture with a long-established United States tax and accounting firm, U.S. Tax and Accounting Services S.A., and a Costa Rican certified public accountant, Jorge Granados, to put together an informational seminar for U. S. citizens and permanent residents living in Costa Rica.

They will be presenting an informational seminar this Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Hotel Wyndham Gardens in EscazĂș at 4 p.m.

Essentials was founded in 2010 by Costa Rican attorneys and a U. S. financial analyst to provide legal services specifically for U. S. citizens and green card holders residing in Costa Rica.

U.S. Tax and Accounting Services, S.A.,  was founded over 15 years ago in Rohrmoser by Enrolled Agent Randall Lindner to provide tax and accounting services to U. S. citizens living around the world.

The legal, accounting, and regulatory environment has become increasingly complex in Costa Rica and in the United States. U.S. citizens and green card holders have unique challenges complying with Costa Rican law and complying with their new U.S. tax obligations as expatriates.

These professionals are working to put together an informational seminar to help U.S. citizens with all of the various issues they may face. Scheduling individual meetings with a Costa Rican attorney, a Costa Rican CPA, and a U. S. tax accountant would cost several hundred dollars in consultation fees. However, this joint seminar will be priced at only $40 per person or $60 per couple for advanced registration, or $50 per person at the door, the firms said.

Essentials, U.S. Tax and Accounting, and Jorge Granados are presenting the informational seminar Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Hotel Wyndham Gardens in EscazĂș at 4 p.m. For more information or for registration, those interested can contact Jimena Ramirez at 8370-0373 or

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Win A FREE Poker Relocation with Poker Refugees

If you’ve ever heard of Poker Refugees, you know this company’s passion is to help online poker players and sports bettors continue their careers in countries all over the world. We started this mission just after Black Friday in 2011, and August is the two-year anniversary of the company's official launch.

In the spirit of helping you do what you love the most — play online poker — we'd like to give one of you a free relocation to one of Poker Refugees’ most popular country destinations.

Choose between the following locations, and you could be logging into your favorite poker sites from paradise very soon!

What is Poker Refugees?
Poker Refugees was founded in response to the needs of U.S. online poker players to continue grinding on international sites like Pokerstars. The company has helped nearly 300 online poker players and sports bettors get set up in foreign countries since Black Friday. Originally inspired by U.S. players who were essentially forced to move, Poker Refugees has since broadened its services, helping poker players from countries all over the world with a variety of travel-related, concierge, and consulting services. The company’s diverse and bilingual team helps players get set up fast and easy in many countries outside the U.S. where online poker and sports betting are legal. The service is 100% completely customized to serve the needs of online gambling professionals.

Here’s what you win:
One life-changing opportunity to travel outside your home country and play online poker.
You’ll receive the Poker Refugees Full Relocation Service, completely free, a value of up to $2,500. Depending on where you move, we’ll document your journey either in person or through photos, video and Skype interviews for other players to share in your experience.

Here’s how to win:
You can win in just two easy steps, and the winner will be randomly selected. Please note that you must complete both of these two requirements to be a valid entry:

1. Fill out the online entry form by clicking here.

2. Interact via social media: Spread the word about this free giveaway on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook (must choose at least one platform).

Or simply like the Poker Refugees Facebook page or post on their wall that you entered the competition.

Below are a couple sample tweets and Facebook blurbs to get you started:
  • I want a free poker relocation to __________ @PokerRefugees
  • I’m ready to win a trip to play online poker with @PokerRefugees!
  • .@PokerRefugees is giving away a FREE poker relocation! I entered here:
  • Can’t wait to play on PokerStars again with @PokerRefugees!

You can share as much as you’d like and use any wording you’d like as long as your post either (a) Tags #PokerRefugees or @PokerRefugees, or (b) contains one of the links to the contest entry form or giveaway (links may be shortened):

The fine print:
1. You can enter to win via our online entry form and sharing on any social media platform.
2. Tweets, Instagram, and Facebook shares must contain either #PokerRefugees hashtag or tag @PokerRefugees, or shortlink to either of these contest pages.
3. Entry deadline is 12 a.m. EST on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, and the winner will be announced shortly thereafter.
4. The definition of the “Full Relocation Service” is detailed and can be found by clicking here.
5. Winner is responsible for paying his or her own: passport application, airfare, rent, security deposit, bills & utilities, funding online bank roll and/or poker and gaming sites, any fees related to applying for a visa or other country-specific requirements and other living expenses detailed in the Poker Refugees sign-up forms.
6. The winning entry will be randomly selected.
7. The winner must sign the Poker Refugees waiver and sign up forms in order to receive the service.
8. The prize expires within one year of the date of issue and must be claimed by 12 a.m. EST on Sept. 1, 2014.
9. The winner agrees for his real or online screen name to be used in future Poker Refugees-related media.
10. The winner agrees for his relocation to be documented by Poker Refugees; this may include a video or recorded Skype interview.
11. The destination chosen must be a location served by Poker Refugees.
12. *Special consideration for the destination of Panama: Full Relocation Service does not include third-party assistance to open a bank account. This is available with an additional fee that varies depending on legal and translation services retained.

Visit for more info.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Poker Refugees Announces Special Neteller Service

In our effort to continually provide services that are valuable and useful to online poker players worldwide, we're excited to announce a special, new service to help players open NETELLER accounts. 

This is ideal for players who: 
  • Live outside the US & Canada
  • Had a NETELLER account years ago but it was closed for whatever reason
  • Have not been able to get verified by NETELLER since relocating offshore
  • Would benefit from a Net+ debit card to instantly access online funds
  • Have maxed out their Skrill limits or want additional cash-out/deposit options and flexibility
  • Want VIP Status without the hassle of notarizing documents

Even if you are American living abroad and had trouble opening an account in the past, we now have a way to approve US players (again, who are OUTSIDE the US) quickly and through a unique process.

Included in the Poker Refugees Service: 
  • Open your account in less steps
  • Automatic Silver VIP Status
  • Special dedicated customer service executives for "Poker Refugees"
  • Transfer limits of up to $400k/mo
  • Net+ Debit Card & Virtual Card that can be used anywhere in the world, including the US (We can FedEx it to you if you live in a 3rd world country with poor mail service)
  • No foreign bank account needed to verify your account and use the Net+ Debit Card
  • Immediate access to your funds when you don't feel like waiting on a wire/bank transfer
  • More options to Upload funds and Cash out

Accounts are usually verified within 1-2 business days. 

To sign up: email your request to