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  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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Moving to the Caymans!?!
« on: November 29, 2018, 02:20:34 PM »
Hi everyone

As the subject title suggests, I am (most likely) moving to the Cayman Islands.

I wanted to reach out to the infinite wisdom of the MMM forum to hear people’s thoughts, ideas, recommendations (?), criticisms (?), and tax issues of making the move.

A little about me:

- married no kids
- age 29 (me) 27 (wife)
- currently live in Australia

- assets (all jointly owned):
-—home ($800K)
-—VTS ($65K)
-—superannuation ($70K))
—-cash ($10K)

—-home loan (~$500K)
—-HECS ($30K)

We both work fairly high paying jobs which bring in a total of $240K per year.
We save about $9300 per month (this includes compulsory superannuation contributions).

That’s easy:
- live on a tropical paradise island
- work less
- earn (a lot) more

I’ve done the sums and, provided I successfully migrate our tax residences to the Caymans, we should (at a minimum) be saving an extra $4000 per month (AUD).

The above number is based on a couple of assumptions:
- our living expenses increase DRAMATICALLY to about $9000(AUD) per month. This includes a mortgage in Aus, rent in Caymans and everything else in Caymans.
- my wife doesn’t earn a cent. Although this is not realistic, the nature of our income over there will have me as the primary earner. There are job prospects for her over in the Caymans, but (at least right now) they’re less certain so I’m discounting them. The good thing about discounting her salary now is that anything she does earn will be complete and utter gravy - straight to the bank.

Based on our current stash and our projected incomes, a move to the Caymans fasttracks our FIRE date by 3 (or so) years. If all goes to plan, we could be retired in 3 (maybe 4) years from when we move.


- has any one here done the same? Help me out!

- tips for ensuring my residency is migrated over from naughty taxing Australia to nice non-taxing Caymans?

- I plan on renting out my home. What should I think about? I’ve assumed I can’t still treat it as my “home” for CGT purposes (I know there are rules for doing so even though you don’t live there and rent it out for 6 years....but I’m fairly sure that wouldn’t play nicely with the whole “residency” thing.

- once I’m there - WHERE should I invest? I currently use SelfWealth to invest. I’m assuming the best bet for me would be to invest in something local?

- IF I do come back to Australia after hitting FIRE, what happens with my offshore investments? This sounds like a tricky question that I’ll get professional advice on, but still - if anyone has experience doin it I’d love to hear!

Thanks for your time!

« Last Edit: December 05, 2018, 12:17:01 AM by FIREupDOOON »


  • Walrus Stache
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Re: Moving to the Caymans!?!
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2018, 02:42:33 PM »
Had a work friend move to the Caymans (for work - consultancy for those evil Big4 bastards), with a wife and 2 babies in tow. They had to put everything in a 1 cubic metre shipping crate and leave everything behind in their Sydney Northern Beaches enclave which is now being rented out.

He now basically walks to work along a beach in thongs.

You are going to need specific tax advice for this, lots of traps to navigate.

Good luck.


  • Bristles
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Re: Moving to the Caymans!?!
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2018, 01:45:33 PM »
Echoing Marty - get professional advice!

Also, make sure you understand the impact on your eligibility for Medicare.