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11 SIMPLE STEPS FOR WHEN IT COMES TO TAX TIME FOR BRITS IN LA

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BRITS IN LA AND TAX TIME

So if your new to LA, you have probably heard how we all have to file our own taxes here. It's true I'm afraid, even if you are employed full time. I just wanted to share a few things with you that might help you get prepared. 



When you start any job unless it's freelance, you will fill out a form called a W-4 form. On this sheet it will ask you about how many dependents you are claiming etc... there is usually a chart on the back that will guide you through this, but basically the less dependents you claim, the more taxes will be taking out of your pay check and the less you will owe come tax time. And vice-versa, the most dependents you can claim, I believe is 9. which means they won't take a lot of taxes out at the time, however you will owe a lot more when it comes to filing.


1) Copy your receipts with your phone on this free app, Receipt catcher I like this because you can categorize them on the go. Keeping a clear receipt will prove valuable…

MEET A MEMBER - PIPPA HINCHLEY

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Meet Pippa Hinchley From London who moved to LA 6 years ago to pursue acting and screenwriting

Tell us a little history about you? I have been an actor since my teens with lots of TV, theatre and a few film credits, but most people remember me as superbitch Elaine Fenwick in Corrie  - if they remember me at all, that is. I became a screenwriter more recently, did an MA at LCC in London, then writing for the hit teen C5 drama Sophia's Diary and had my short Breaking Out  selected for competition in Cannes - which was nice. 
LA inspired my very silly live and web sketch show Live!Sex!Girls!  which has featured several BLA funny women. It has also led to a first foray into feature producing with my film LONDON 7/7 - a multi stranded ensemble piece set on the day of the London bombings and which will commemorate the 10 year anniversary.  I have a great team on board this very Brit project - CD Jane Deitch, up and coming Brit director Rebekah Fortune, and I am co-producing with fellow B…

Things British Ex-Pats Miss Most From Home

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A clue; it's not the cold.

On a recent trip home to the UK I started becoming nostalgic and satisfying my craving for all things British. so I started a picture journal of my top ten things. I'm sure I've missed a lot off, feel free add more of what you miss in the comments section below.


1. Family. Even better when it's in a pub over a few lovely cold frothy pints. 


 2. Fish and Chips from a proper chippy. This greasy stable comfort food smothered in salt and vinegar is a craving LA just can't seem to get right.



Yes those are mushy peas too. yum!
3. Trashy Tabloid Newspapers where else in the world can you get catchy headlines like these?

Yes that is another perfect pint on the table, in another pub.
4. Public Transportation Buses, taxi and and trains. Reliable fast and for the most part comfortable.
Yes still Chavtastic, no conductors anymore to tell the kids to take their feet off the chairs.

Two strategic placed telephone boxes to keep the homeless warm. Come on w…