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Chibs replied to the thread Tax on Package Allowance on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
Themariner initially posted:
I would like to know, if you are employed in Trinidad, you are subject for a Tax of 25 %, is all your package subject for a tax? or only the basic salary?
Chibs replied most recently with:
From what I have been told by my new employer everything is subject to tax. My wages will be taxed at 25% and so will my housing allowance and my bonus I get at the end of my contract.
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jray posted Urgent Sale Range Rover Evoque 2012 on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
Selling My 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Pure With Negotiation Well maintain low mileage,Full Options,Gulf Specifications,Accident Free,No Bruises,Very Clean like New.It was bought new and has not been used for long.I want to sell it out,If Interested. Price : 19,000 USD Contact me for more information about the 2012 Land Rover Email at
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Ledapq replied to the thread Best areas to live on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
Chibs initially posted:
I've excepted a job and will be working at piarco airport. The company I will be working for have estate agent to provide accommodation but I'm interested in knowing the best/safest area to move to in advance so I can have a look at what's available. I have been told maraval and west shore are good. Any other suggestions out there?
Ledapq replied most recently with:
Traffic in general is pretty bad during rush hour but I've heard that Maraval can get a bit worse than other areas. However, it is a very nice area. Other nice areas as St. Anns, Cascade. Or the west: Victoria Gardens, Westmoorings. All these neighborhoods are very nice, safe and it's also where most expats live. There's an international school in Westmoorings and a nice mall, both 10-15 min walk. I was told that I couldn't find a house for less than US$3000 but I found one for $1400, so be clear about your budget when you contact a realtor.
Chibs replied most recently with:
Does anyone know what Maraval is like? I've been told it's the best areas if we want a house? Are there shops, bars etc I the area and are they walking distance?
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Eb121 replied to the thread Renting with a Pet on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
Eb121 initially posted:
Hello, I am moving to Trinidad in August and I am having some trouble finding a rental that allows pets. I have a s mall dog. he is about 20 pounds. Does anyone have any advice about this? Thanks!
Eb121 replied most recently with:
Thank you for your help!
gingerbaby replied most recently with:
Thanks for info.
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TechRep replied to the thread Working at UWI, St Augustine on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
kolerabaNY initially posted:
Hello. I was offered a post at the UWI at St. Augustine. Salary is about I was wondering if anyone has any experience with working there, as well as with accommodation in the area and transportation on the island (i don't drive). Also, the salary is aboutt 18,000 TTD /month. How's that in relation to the cost of living? Any information will be really helpful. Thanks so much.
TechRep replied most recently with:
The work attitude doesn't change when the students leave school. I guess the few that are ambitious and seek to better themselves leave Trinidad.
Themariner replied most recently with:
Hello, I will give you my experience, it is similar to yours, I was offered a job at The University of Trinidad and Tobago UTT at Chaguaramas Campus ( West of the Island )in 2012, and leave in 2014. I was employed as senior maritime instructor for lecturing marine engineering based on my professional experience in the merchant navy, in my opinion, this job will be the perfect job for someone who spend almost all his life travelling and sailing, finally I will settle down and spend the rest of my life in the Caribbean. I was expecting so much from working in education, especially I was educated in UK. Unfortunately the work was a playground for politicians and we were suffering, since establishing the university in 2006 more than 26 lecturers left before completing their contracts, I was one of them ! Even I had advantages more than them to live and enjoy the life, I was Syrian and the Syrian really strong in Trinidad and very rich, but I never tried to use my connections. The Island is very beautiful and I really miss it but I did not miss my work which was just a waste of time with no one who respect my qualification or appreciate my work, my contract was for 3 years, but I terminate it after 18 months and return back to work in the Middle East. I do not want to be offensive, I enjoyed the company of Trinidadians outside work so much more than work colleagues, locals at work used to look at us why we are earning more than them?! But you cannot consider it like that, for someone who was used to earn 7000 USD per month tax free will not come to work with less especially if he can find a job with the same package or even more. For me money was not everything ( I was earning 41000 TT after TAX ), but was not happy, If my job was with UWI I may stayed longer, UWI is much better than UTT, some friends telling me that UWI is similar to UTT, anyway, You will face a lot of challenges, the students do not want to study, they do not want to make any effort to improve themselves, I really feel sorry for them, we did not get the chances for education similar to what they have now, beside work attitude at university is miserable, no matter if you work or no, who cares? The most important thing for them is to be at work, for some lecturer that was the best job, just come waste time and go home and at the end of the month you get your salary at the bank. Life is very expensive, I visited Europe many times, I always say Scandinavia is very expensive, but comparing to the service you get there, Trinidad is very expensive, I do not want to talk about crime issues, it is there, but I never experience it or noticed it, only what I read in newspapers , maybe because I was living in the West and its very safe there, but you must be careful, and I cannot imagine that crime rate for a very friendly people, honesty I enjoyed the company of Africans and Indians, but not the company of White people ( I am not racial ). For life expense, if I was earning that package I wont accept it, but maybe in St. Augustine you will survive. You will be subject for TAX of 25 %, that’s mean you will be ending with 13500 TT per month, rental is about 4000 TT close to UWI campus, beside you must pay about 500 TT for electricity and cable, you need also 4000 TT for grocery, entertainment, transportation, etc.. you will end with 5000 TT. Are you getting any flight tickets? I did not consider renting a car, you wont spend the weekends at home, you need to go out and enjoy life, assuming you will return home late night ! There is not any reliable transportation after sunset. Medical service is very expensive, I am not sure where are you from? But for me coming from Middle East, its free there, and even in private hospitals is very cheap. As an example: a normal visit to dentist in Trinidad will cost you around 1000 TT, in my country it will cost only 50 TT. I tried to give you a brief explanation about my experience and share the common things we faced while working in Trinidad, I wish you all the best and try making the best of it, YOU WILL MISS TRINIDAD when you leave it.
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Chibs posted Cost of renting on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
I hopefully will be recieving an offer tomorrow which includes a housing allowance. The wife is saying we need at least 3 rooms. So my question is what is the average rent per month for a 3 bed apartment say in west moorings? Oh and from what I can see tax is 25% of all earning and there is no protected earnings like the uk. Is this correct?
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ixxalita posted Health care on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
Hi everybody, I am moving with my Trinidadian wife. I need regular care from a rheumatologist from the area between St. Augustine to Arima. So if anyone can recommend one that would be helpful. How does health insurance work over there?
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ttfuture replied to the thread Weekend Events for Expats in Trinidad & Tobago on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
adminee initially posted:
What's going on in your part of Trinidad & Tobago this weekend? We're going to be starting a new topic each week asking members to post information about any weekend events in Trinidad & Tobago that would be of interest to fellow expats. Be sure to post as much information as possible or include a link. Thanks! Expat Exchange Team
ttfuture replied most recently with:
have since discovered shakers on aripiata ave, friday, sat. expats can meet - will keep posted
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ttfuture replied to the thread Holiday Events & Expat Gatherings in Trinidad & Tobago on the Trinidad & Tobago forum:
adminee initially posted:
What are your favorite holiday events in your area of Trinidad & Tobago? Help other expats in search of some holiday cheer by sharing information on events that are open to the public or for expats. If you would like to plan your own gathering to celebrate the holidays with other members of Expat Exchange in your area, we encourage you to plan it here. You could meet up with others at your favorite restaurant, a local coffee shop, a bar -- anywhere that's public!
ttfuture replied most recently with:
for 2014 - parang parties everywhere.aripiata ave, let's keep each other posted re: detaisl closer to holidays
ttfuture replied most recently with:
Sounds good adminee - unfortunately read this too late ;0). If anyone else is interested - will work with you. Might be fun!
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