• RFC, Constancia de Situación Fiscal and CFE Requirements.
    Legal Q & A with Angel June 21, 2022
    Hi Angel, ... I have been following the confusion following the new RFC requirements, does this mean that under “UNIVERSAL” Mexican taxation that I will have to pay taxes on my USA-based pension investments, earning activity, or rental income, and is my ROTH IRA safe from foreign taxation?

    ... “any and all activities that bear financial gain” within Mexico are taxable.

    Rest easy your 401k, self-directed IRA, ROTH account, savings accounts, stock portfolio and pension funds abroad are safe from local taxation.
    Legal Q & A with Angel June 21, 2022
    Read the whole piece for more information and nuance and this is for informational or educational purposes and should not be construed as tax or legal advice. Contact a professional for advice about your situation.
  • Getting Sued for Defamation in Mexico
    Google ordered to pay 4 billion pesos for 2015 defamation of lawyer
    A post on Blogger linked the criminal lawyer to drug trafficking and other crimes
    Published on Friday, June 17, 2022
    A Mexico City court has ordered tech giant Google to pay more than 4 billion pesos (US $196.4 million) to a Mexican lawyer for allowing defamatory information to be published about him on a blogging platform it owns.
    Mexico News Daily. (Paywall)

    Also see: After millionaire "setback" in Mexico, Google describes sentence as "arbitrary and excessive"
    El Universal.
  • RFC, Constancia de Situación Fiscal and CFE Requirements.
    Living in Mexico indefinitely doesn’t mean you’ve necessarily escaped accountability with the Internal Revenue Service.
    By Sarah DeVries

    As a US citizen living in Mexico, do I need to file with the IRS?

    The US government can even get Mexico to collect your tax debt on its behalf.

    Since the article about the taxpayer registration requirements was published, there have been a lot of questions regarding the tax obligations of foreign residents in Mexico.

    This article will not address expats’ tax obligations to Mexico specifically but rather the tax obligations of United States citizens to their home country. ...
    Atención San Miguel
    Published by Atención San Miguel at June 14, 2022 9:27 am.
  • RFC, Constancia de Situación Fiscal and CFE Requirements.
    Angel Marin Diaz: Taxes, RFCs, and More.
    By Angel Marin Diaz. Tara and Greg from Newport, California, ask: Hello Angel, Thanks for this format. We follow it weekly and greatly appreciate the information you provide! Our question …
    Atención San Miguel
    Published by Atención San Miguel at June 13, 2022 9:07 am.
  • Coronavirus Dashboard June 13, 2022
    These are the official statistics. As noted above with the asterisk:
    * Covid case numbers have always been undercounted in Mexico, the state of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Based on national estimates from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) the actual number of cases in Mexico has historically been about 10 to 20 times more than the officially reported numbers.

    * Also see: Understanding Mexico's Covid Statistics. October 12, 2020.
    The Actual Number of Covid-19 Cases in SMA. July 16, 2021.
    The Delta Variant and the Covid Third Wave in GTO. July 17, 2021.
    SMA Covid alert. July 21, 2021.
    The Delta Variant and the Covid Third Wave in SMA. July 24, 2021.

    And, I suspect the disconnect between official numbers and current cases may be even greater now than the historical rate of 10 to 20 times. I won't disagree with "BS." Whatever the actual rate is, we can see that the trend as of late is upwards.
  • Covid Testing and Airline Travel. What you need to know.
    Update June 11, 2022:
    US to drop COVID testing requirement for international flyers Sunday
    The Biden administration announced Friday that the United States will no longer require a pre-departure COVID-19 test to enter the country starting Sunday. ...

    Requirements for travelers entering the U.S. by land or ferry remain unchanged: non-U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent residents can only enter if they are fully vaccinated. There is no testing requirement for land ports or ferry terminals.
    USA Today.
  • RFC, Constancia de Situación Fiscal and CFE Requirements.
    The SAT extends the new CFDI 4.0 electronic invoice; will take effect from January 1, 2023.
    MEXICO CITY (appro).- The Tax Administration Service (SAT) announced that the entry into force of the new CFDI 4.0 electronic invoice is postponed.

    Originally the provision would start on July 1st.
    Proceso (sp) | English.

    SAT gives extension for proof of the tax status.
    The SAT informs that the deadline for the delivery of the proof of tax situation is extended to January 1, 2023.
    Periódico AM (sp) | English.
    Published by Periódico AM at June 08, 2022 12:30 pm.
  • WOW Factor: An avo a day
    Are avocados healthy?

    You don't need to google it. You can just go straight to the best nutrition information website in the world: . (Disclosure: I am a volunteer for NutritionFacts.)

    Here are some posts at SMAFAQ about Avocados with material from NutritionFacts.

    From one of those posts:
    When paired with greens, healthy fat sources—such as from avocados—may maximize nutrient absorption, as many of the nutrients greens are famous for are fat soluble, including beta-carotene, lutein, vitamin K, and zeaxanthin. Similarly, adding some avocado to our salsa may triple the amount of fat-soluble nutrients that make it into our bloodstream.Nutrition Facts Topic: Avocados

    And another:
    So, do avocado eaters have more cancer risk or less cancer risk? Men who ate the most avocado, more than about a third of an avocado a day, had reduced risk of prostate cancer—in fact, less than half the odds. So, with the data on improved artery function, lower cholesterol, and, if anything, an association with decreased cancer risk, I’d suggest moving avocados back up with the other green-light foods.NutritionFacts: Are Avocados Associated with Greater Risk or Reduced Risk of Cancer?

    And one more:
    I previously touched on their burger study, in which adding avocado blunted the spike in inflammation one gets within hours of eating meat. They added more fat, more calories, but got less inflammation—perhaps because they were adding that fat and calories in the form of a whole plant food, which tends to be packed with antioxidants, which can inhibit the formation of oxidized fats that are formed when meat is cooked and when it hits your stomach acid.The Effects of Avocados on Inflammation

    So, if you haven't already, read the rest of Bonnie's post at The WOW Factor: An avo a day.
  • RFC, Constancia de Situación Fiscal and CFE Requirements.
    Why do I need to have a Federal Taxpayers Registry (RFC)?
    By Angel Marín Díaz. This question, and a follow-on that asks what is a tax status certificate—Constancia de situación Fiscal—are the most recent and most pressing questions I have been …
    Atención San Miguel
    Published by Atención San Miguel at May 30, 2022 8:38 am.
  • Booster shots
    We will post what we know when we know it in SMA News.
    Another place to follow for vaccine information is Covid-19 SMA.
  • Changes In Our Lives: Has the week been hot enough for you?
    Joanna is in and writing about Merida but there seems many parallels with SMA ...
  • WOW Factor: The Martha Stewart of Gabon
    Although, I can turn that off for individual posts ... :smile:
  • WOW Factor: The Martha Stewart of Gabon
    And thank you, Glenn, for posting it again.Bonnie Lee Black

    You're welcome. But, I didn't post it again, exactly ... that* happens automatically to any post that someone comments on.

    * - The post is moved to the top of the list of posts and will appear (again) in the next daily newsletter.
  • Creating a New Post (Discussions) and adding Comments to Posts
    The video in the original post above at the 45 second mark:
    "Add photos from your computer or device (0:45)" shows how to do that.

    We have no hard limit on the number of photos but you may find it easier to manage with just one or two in the post. You can also add more as a comment to the post.
  • Creating a New Post (Discussions) and adding Comments to Posts
    How to Embed a YouTube video on SMAFAQ

    The basics of creating a New Discussion are described in the main post and video above. This comment is a step by step illustrated guide to embedding a YouTube video into a post and assumes you are familiar with the basics of creating a New Discussion.

    1. On YouTube, from the page of the video you want to embed, click on the 'Share' option below the video.


    2. From the YouTube Share dialog, click 'Copy' to copy the video's url to the clipboard.


    3. On SMAFAQ, start a New Discussion if you haven't already and provide a title and select a category. Add any desired text and position the cursor where you want the video to be embedded.

    Click on the 'Media' icon above the text box. The media icon looks a bit like a movie camera and is between the eye icon and the Twitter bird icon.


    4. On the Insert Media dialog, paste (Control-V) the YouTube url copied to the clipboard earlier then click 'Go.'


    5. Then click 'Preview.'

    6. To see if it is perfect.

    7. Edit it further or post it, as desired.
  • Booster shots

    We just had a brigade here in SMA doing Covid-19 vaccinations including boosters from about April 22-28. This was reported in SMAFAQ daily from:

    We'll publish news on the next round when we know it. For the latest Covid-19 vaccination news you can also monitor Covid-19 SMA.
  • Tai Chi Qigong class
    The image in the post shows the address as Aldama 9, Centro and for more info you can contact them at the email in the post:
  • La Cabra Iluminada Coffee Shop and Restaurant.
    And tastes better than my photos look!

    They have Hazelnut gelato and in the pic of the Blueberry pancakes that is vegan butter on top .... but you've got me thinking about getting the pancakes with the gelato!
  • La Cabra Iluminada Coffee Shop and Restaurant.
    April 8, 2022: I updated the hours above to The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday 8:30 am - 4 pm.

    As promised, I went back for the blue berry pancakes. There were scrumptious!

    Pancakes with blueberries compote and plant based butter.

    Oatmeal, blueberries compote, basil, cacao nibs and olive oil.
  • How do you like the new email format?
    Actually, I didn't know that. Thanks!
  • How do you like the new email format?
    I received multiple questions or complaints about where did the news stories, the peso exchange rate and the pet videos go?

    The short answer is that they are where they had been before, in the "News" post -- the first post in the email Newsletter. I think that for some, including images in the email was disorienting and some were expecting to find the full content of the website in the email itself.

    Anyway, today for the SMAFAQ email Newsletter I am trying the same layout as yesterday but with no images. In the future (tomorrow?) I may try an even more minimalist layout for the SMAFAQ email Newsletter.

    I've also simplified the email Newsletter layout for NewsWireMexico and changed some content in the NewsWireMexico Newsletter.

    As always, feedback is welcome.

Glenn Wilson

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