Nursing in Afghanistan, Iraq etc - page 4
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A P.A. friend of mine was talking to a nurse that he works with at the E.D. that said he took a 9 month nursing contract in Afghanistan that paid 180k tax free. Anyone know where these jobs can be found online? Is this working... Read More
- 0Okay. To clarify the tax free part of this:
You must be out of country (the US) for at least 330 days out of ANY 365 day period. So, you go over in the middle of the year, and stay gone for any 330 days during the next 365 day period, you do not pay taxes on approximately the first $80,000 (that amount changes every year) and then will pay full taxes on the rest. I know this to be the truth because for the last 3 years, this is how I've filed taxes for my husband. There are very clear forms to fill out that help with these matters when it comes to taxes. Go over in June, then in April file for an extention on your taxes (because you will not have reached the required 330 days yet) and then once you're officially out of country for those 330 days, file your taxes without paying for the first $80,000. Notice, "out of country" is the phrase I keep using. What that means is that you can work 9 months and then stop drawing income but as long as you do not return to the US for 330 days out of that 365 day period, then you do not owe taxes on the first $80,000. My husband didn't finish his last contract but didn't want to pay taxes on all that money since he was only short by 2 weeks, so we met in Europe and took a two week vacation and still didn't have to pay taxes on that money 'cause he was out of country for 330 days out of the 365 day period. That also means that for those other 35 days out of the 365 day period, you can come home to the US. This I know to be true too because he would come home for R&Rs during the year and we've never had to pay taxes on the first $80,000.
Now, before you ask, my husband is not a nurse and did not have a nursing job with his company. The nursing jobs were few and far between and at that time his company only had 3 nurses on staff. The job is not easy and you will be without family and friends for 330 days at least. I do not have any information for the nursing job in Iraq or Afghanistan so please do not ask. I was just trying to clear up some misinformation about the tax free situation. Again, I know what I'm talking about in this matter.
- 0And, yes the pay can be that much. The first company that my husband worked for paid the three nurses on their staff approximately $200,000. Now, those three nurses were for his company's clinics and did not treat any military personnel. Remember, you are tax exempt on only the first $80,000 (approximately. it changes every year) and are required to pay full taxes at the rate set for the $200,000 on the remaining income. You still pay medicare on all of it.
The new company that my husband is with pay a lot better. I mean almost twice as much. They do not advertise their nursing jobs though. I figure they probably have all the nurses they need since they are a government contractor and only need medical staff for their employees. I do not know of any contractors that exclusively hire nurses to work with the military personnel.
So, yes, you can make $200,000 a year. No, you do not have to pay taxes on the first $80,000 if you are out of country for any 330 days during a 365 day period. But, nursing jobs with these companies are few and far between.
And, again, I know what I'm talking about. I was asked by my husband's first company to apply for one of their nurse jobs but at the time I hadn't yet graduated with my BSN and was not a nurse but merely a nursing student. They said to apply once I graduated but all their nursing jobs were filled by then. I missed out on a great opportunity but I was secretly glad it worked out that way because I wasn't sure if I wanted the job. It's very dangerous and I just don't find it appealing like my husband does.
- 0And, my husband in not military or ex-military. Has never been in the military and never had any desire to be in the military ... until he got to Iraq and started working in the middle of the marines. That's when he realized he had missed his calling and should have been a marine from day one. He is now working with army SOCOM with a different government contractor in Afghanistan.
It is true and it is available out there but to get your foot in the door is a long, hard process and once you're in, hold on to it for as long as you can 'cause it could all end tomorrow.
My husband has many, many friendships gained with the military personnel that he works right along side. He is treated really good by the soldiers and has gained their respect. Believe it or not, most of the military people don't give a flying leap about how much money the contractors make. Most of them over there in Iraq and Afghanistan were there to do their job (a job that they love and believe in) and didn't care about money. They were true Americans and are to be held with the utmost of respect.
- 1Oct 8, '10 by Fiona59Wow, you're military is very different from ours.
My husband is on his latest tour. They loathe civilian contractors and despise the fact that they are there for the money, while the Forces are there for "Queen and Country" and only earn their hard earned danger incentives.
- 0Oct 9, '10 by Fiona59Quote from qtnursestudentSorry use of you're instead of YOUR.I guess my husband works with a different breed of military. I don't know but they all treat him really really good.
And "you're military" is not correct. Like I've already said my husband is not military and neither am I.
But remember the US gave the world Blackwater and Halliburton.
Most of the coalition forces don't have a lot of time for any contractors. I have friends in the Cdn., UK, Australian military and hang with a few Marine wives. So I guess your husband is in a really unique spot.
- 0Oct 9, '10 by qtnursestudentAll I wanted to convey was the issue about paying taxes or not paying taxes.
I'm sorry if some of the other countries do not like their contractors. My husband is working down in the trenches with Americans and Italians and he's loving it. I think most of his good experiences have to do with the type of man my husband is. I do hope that it has something to do with the type of people he's around also. Again, he has had absolutely NO problems out of anyone he's come in contact with. I know there are plenty of people that understand the importance of the government contractors and appreciate what they are doing. Luckily (and by the grace of God) he has had wonderful experiences and has had no problems. They love him and admire him as if one of their own.
I pray that everyone can be as accepted and appreciated as he has been. Again, all I can give is my knowledge on the US tax situation as I know it and I can pass on what my husband's wonderful experiences have been as a government contractor.
(And, when I first read the statement "you're military" I just wanted to clarify that we are NOT military. After rereading it, I see it was just incorrect grammar. Sorry.)
- 0Oct 10, '11 by aflack41Hello, I was curious as to the name of the contractor your husband worked for. Would they hire an LPN and how much experience do you need? I know someone who said the nurses make about 180,000 out there and 97,000 is tax free. He has been there under a different position and he said he thinks the people out there were paramedics, not nurses, there were some nurses, and he said they would get paid higher of course, what do you think?
- 0Oct 30, '11 by annie_bee135there are jobs in Afghanistan but they are hard to find and are offen on obsure web sites, i worked in Afghanistan as a nurse but also as a medic (not a paramedic) money there is not as good as it used to be due to the number of nurses wanting to go there. alot of the work is primary health ( coughs, colds and sore holes) and as a woman you are working in a mans world, its not always easy. but if you trat all the guys like they are married there are no problems. main issues are getting supplys for ur clinic, dust, gastro, heat, and more dust and the usual war stuff like rockets and bullets etc. but it has rewards not just the money but the diversity of people you meet and the skills that you learn. and yes id go back again even though the $$$ is lots less than it was