Can I Claim the FEIE and Harvest Capital Gains?

Hey GCC, the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion is amazing! Thank you so much for making me aware of this – I’m able to pay no tax on my entire earned income! I also saw on your blog that it is possible for a married couple to earn about $100,000 in qualified dividends and long-term capital gains. Can I do that too?! That is, since the FEIE excludes all of my overseas work income, can I also harvest $100k of capital gains tax free?! Cuz that would be sweet!`

I agree that would be sweet. But no. Mostly.

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6 Years of (Nearly) Income Tax Free Living

The end of 2018 marked the completion of 6 full years of early retirement and world travel.

It’s been a fun ride so far… we’ve traveled a bit, had a few good meals, and taken many naps.

But how effective have these 6 years been in terms of implementing our tax minimization strategies? Are Roth IRA Conversions, Capital Gain Harvesting, and nomadic strategery just fantasies we keep while working, or do they actually produce results in the real world?

Let’s do a financial check-up and see how we are doing.

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The Go Curry Cracker 2018 Taxes

It’s April 15th again, time to play with taxes!

2018 is the first tax year under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, our 6th tax year as early retirees, and our 1st retirement year paying income taxes.

I guess it was good while it lasted… even if it was optional.

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Front-loading Frugality

Frugality is a popular concept in the world of retirement investing.

A low cost of living has a double benefit – you spend less/save more, and a lower net worth is required to support early retirement.

But most people don’t want to live uber-frugally, ourselves included.

That’s why we just front-loaded it.

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The Church of Curry Cracker (April Fools)

Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, persons of all faiths and creeds, welcome.

We are gathered here today in this sacred place to celebrate the birth of a new fellowship, the Church of Curry Cracker.

Together, we can overcome life’s obstacles, make the world a better place, and enhance financial and spiritual well being.

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