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A213: I believe this may come from a change in the SGK law relating to couples covered under the SGK system. Under the new scheme, if a spouse is retired (read: receives a pension), then they are NOT covered under their partners SGK and they must apply for their own SGK (at a charge of 240TL). At the moment it's unclear if this is being actively implemented. --Editor
A212: Yes you have to complete forms and documents on the 1st March to the tax office in Bodrum to pay rental income tax and within a week or so they will tell you how much to pay. You also have to take a copy of the tapu. The valuation from the belediye and list of renters you have had how long and how much they paid you also need to complete 2001D form. If you need help please let me know - I sort rental income tax out for my owners. -- Dawn (SimplyVillaManagement - www.simplyvillamanagement.com)
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A211: First of all, despite whatever the part time worker is earning , they must calculate the hours that she is working and find how many days that would be in a month (each working day is considered to be 7.5 hours). Let's say she works 16 days in a month with that calculation. She needs 14 more days to complete to be able to pay SGK. So I guess the employer and employee shares the SGK payment for the minimum wage in Turkey which is 148,12 TL. However you should seek confirmation of this as there is only limited information out there about how it works in the real life! --Gamze Sharman (Sharman Avukatlik Burosu, www.sharman.av.tr)
Any activity out of doors at thirty-five degrees Celsius (ninety-five Fahrenheit) is not fun, even in the shade. So in the hot summers of countries like Turkey, open air trading has always been lively in the cooler hours of evening. I would like to tell you about a good idea which has started in my district - maybe it is also happening in Bodrum, but if not it could certainly be tried there.
A210.1: We drove to Turkey from Britain with our car but could only keep it here for 6mths. The retired system no longer exists here; you used to be able to get blue plates if you were state retired which would last for 2yrs but this has now finished. --Sue
A210.2: You are allowed to bring your car to Turkey as a tourist only if you were residing outside of Turkey for 185 days. If you came back with your car before 185 days are completed, Turkish authorities will not let you in with your car. If you are retired and have a residence permit, you can bring in and keep your car for as long as you live in Turkey. You should register it with the Turkish Touring and Automobile Club and obtain a temporary ‘entry carnet’ for foreigners from them. See their website for details of the documents you will need to submit. (http://www.turing.org.tr/eng/belgeler.asp).Once you have obtained your carnet you should go to the nearest customs office where your residency is and register with them. So if you have this carnet I do not see any reasons for them not to let you enter in Turkey with your car. -- Av. Gamze Sharman (Sharman Avukatlik Burosu, www.sharman.av.tr)