I´m a bit disappointed in your response. It feels as tho it is generic and not specific to me. But I will try to respond to the points you mention.
- Amount of time you spend in California versus amount of time you spend outside California;
I spend approx 5 weeks per year, 2 visits of about 2-3 weeks. This can be easily proven by the stamps on my passport.
- Location of your spouse and children;
My wife is Chilean and lives here in Chile with me. My children are over 40 years of age and live 1 in Canada, and 2 in Calif.
- Location of your principal residence;
My principal and ONLY residence is in Chile. I own no property in the US
- Where your driver's license was issued;
I carry an International DL (for use here in Chile) and still have 1 year left on my Calif DL. It has the address of my son who receives mail for me.
- Where your vehicles are registered;
I own one vehicle registered here in Chile, I own NO vehicles in the US
- Where you maintain your professional licenses;
As a retiree I maintain NO licenses.
- Where you are registered to vote;
I use the Absentee System to vote and continue to be registered in Santa Clara County, Calif I can not vote in Chile, therefore not reg´s in Chile.
Location of the banks where you maintain accounts;
As my retirement system will not send money outside the US, I maintain a bank account in San Jose Calif. I have had money wired to mutual funds held by Banco Chile and can easily draw out money in pesos from the local banks here.
- Location of your doctors, dentists, accountants, and attorneys;
As my med and dental is free with my retiremenet sys, and my med and dental is NOT accepted outide the US, my doctor, dentist, accountant and attorney are in Calif
- Location of the church, temple or mosque, professional associations, or social and country clubs of which you are a member;
I belong to a catholic church in Chile, a service club in Chile (Rotary), and a member of the bd of directors of the condo assn where I live in Chile. I have no similar affiliatations in the US
- Location of your real property and investments;
I own NO property and have no NO investments in the US. My home, my car, and some mutual funds are all here in Chile.
- Permanence of your work assignments in California
I am retired and have NO work assigments in the US. For a short while I had a temporary residence card and was employed in Chile as a teacher of English.
- Location of your social ties.
The Rotary club and the condo assn and my wifes family and our friends are ALL here in Chile. I will forever be connected to my adult children and grand children who live in Canada and Calif. I have family ties in the US, but my regular on-going ´social ties are here in CHile.
Although Social security may send money to a foreign bank - and I am not required to have a bank account, that is NOT true for my retirement from the Fire Dept. They will not forward money outside the US. I have automatic deposits sent to a Calif bank, then as needed use an ATM to draw money out here in Chile, or have them wire money to Chile if I have a big purchase like a car.
You say that If I reside in a foreign country - I most likely pay income tax in that country as a resident. So far I have NOT paid an income tax, but suspect that when I recieve my permanent residence in summer 2010 I will begin to be taxed. I DO PAY property taxes on my home in Chile.
IN SUMMARY....... having read the above which lists all my connections with Calif should I consider 1) getting another bank which is OUTSIDE of Calif where the my retirement could be sent, 2) change my Calif drivers license, that is let it expire and only use an International DL, 3) discontinue using the absentee ballot which allows me to vote in US elections from outside the US, 4) provide receipts to show I pay property taxes here, then later receipts for income taxes I will pay here in Chile, 5) find employment here in Chile.
If these things or others you can suggest help, I WOULD BE WILLING to do so.
If in fact I did the various things to help my situation, then what?? What is the procedure to officially declare I am not living in California.
Bob Delgado Viña Del Mar CHILE