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I am an american citizen, age 58. I am considering a job in

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I am an american citizen, age 58. I am considering a job in Spain. I would like to maintain my social security tax payments made from Spain until retirement age. Can I do that?

Good morning Antonio,

I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Under the rules of Social Security, unless you earn income based on work done in the US----for example you have a business in the US which pays you income while you are living in Spain---then no social security tax is owing, and under the rules, you cannot make voluntary social security payments if no taxes are due.

The US has a Totalization Agreement with Spain that insures that you are taxed only by the country where you are employed and working---and so taking a job in Spain would not allow you to pay into Social Security while you are working there.
Here is a link to the countries that the US has such agreements with:

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers/Totalization-Agreements



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Thank you,

Doug



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