who wants expats' Social Security numbers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The U.S. State Department will seek Social Security numbers from
Americans who renew a passport. This is a rule that went into effect
American Citizens Abroad, an expat advocate group, said that while not
discussed in the regulations, it seems clear that with this information
the tax people, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, can check to
see whether tax returns are being filed.
"These rules do not provide that a passport will not be issued or will
somehow be invalidated or 'frozen' if forms/returns are not filed,"
said the association. "This subject is, in a fashion, addressed in
other proposed legislation that would, in
effect, freeze or cancel a
individual did not pay a sizable tax liability."
Congress is considering a bill that would prevent individuals with tax
liabilities from leaving the United States. Already forbidden to leave
are those who are in arrears with large child support payments.
The new regulation also asked those seeking passports to provide a
permanent address and a valid mailing address, either U.S. or foreign,
said the association. The rules apply if the passport is sought in the
United States or at State Department consular services overseas.
Some Latin American countries require proof that a citizen or resident
is current with income taxes in order to leave the country.
offered for new north Pacific coast airport
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica
An air strip could attract even more visitors to the popular cluster of
beaches in Costa Rica's northwest coast because Conchal-area businesses
have offered up a piece of land for the government to build one.
The Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, runway is planned to be about 900 meters
(about 2,950 feet) and in close vicinity to Playa Brasilito.
Aviación Civil, the country's aeronautical body, will be in
charge of planning and constructing the new strip.
In the coming weeks, necessary permits will be filed and technical
studies will be done. The project has an expected price tag of $1
Security Minister Celso Gamboa and Oldemar Madrigal, the head of the
ministry's air team, visited the property this weekend to inspect it.
They also were joined by Wilhelm von Breymann, minister of Turismo;
Carlos Segnini, minister of Obras Públicas y Transportes, and
Vice President Ana Elena Chacón.
Ms. Chacón said the government has always
Ministerio de Gobernación,
Officials study the map of
the proposed airport.
held onto the idea of making
the popular tourist destination accessible
to aircrafts, but this new donation from the Conchal businesses has
allowed it to push the project into the foreground.
Besides Brasalito and Conchal, the coast is known for big-name beach
spots like Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo, and Playa Avellana.
already has an airport.
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