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The visit from [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht didn't happen due to circumstances beyond anyone's control. That meant I didn't have to haul myself out of bed earlier than I'd wanted to, though I do rather wish I could have seen my friend at least in passing.

Instead, I dealt with a few things here then took the bus to downtown Seattle, where I did a fair bit of walking, and a bunch of elevator-riding at the federal building. I got a letter from the VA (actually three identical letters, because the amount I am getting didn't change until this January, for the first time in several years) stating the amount of my monthly benefit. I was a little puzzled by the building directory and went to the wrong IRS office the first time but found my way to the proper place eventually.

The IRS provided me with official stamped letters saying that I did not file tax returns for past years and providing information on social security, but their note didn't include the VA benefits, so having everything together is good. I suspect I am still going to have to go to an accountant and have them type up a quick letter citing the federal tax code that states I don't have to pay taxes (basically I don't want the Italian consulate thinking I'm not paying taxes because I don't feel like it, but to realize that I do not legally have to file a return because I have no taxable income). I think that would probably go over better than a letter just from me stating why I had no tax returns.

After dealing with the offices in the federal building, I wandered down toward the main Metro office and replaced my old photo ID bus pass for the disabled rate for a new orca card that pays the proper amount for the disabled rate and also has a photo ID on it. This one I can add money to online so that I don't have to go somewhere to buy a bus pass every month. Seems quite a bit more convenient, though it does have a chip that tracks your public transit use when paid with the card, so for people who value privacy, maybe not the best choice. Anyway, it's taken care of and now I won't have to sling cash in exact change if I take the bus anywhere.

I've got the contractor coming tomorrow to finish dealing with the bathroom ceiling. There's another person coming to view the condo tomorrow about noon. I got a call while I was down in Seattle from someone who wanted to see the place. I said I wasn't home, but that he could stop by and have a look. He paused for a minute and said "I need a realtor for that, don't I?" Yeah, buddy, you need a realtor to use the lock box. I guess I had thought he was one calling to bring a client by, but no. It's not that I'm unwilling to have my realtor entertain an offer from someone without a realtor, but I don't really want somebody in my place without a realtor with them if I'm not going to be hovering over them making sure nobody's making off with the laptop.

While I was downtown, I stopped and grabbed a little Thai food for a late lunch. It had been a while and I was feeling a bit of a peanut sauce craving. I took the bus home again and by the time I got back, I was feeling pretty exhausted. I spent some time sorting through the papers I'd been given today and putting them in order for the visa application, so that each year's papers are clipped together in separate little piles.

The consulate wants "original" papers from the credit union regarding my accounts, which I suspect means I can't just print my statement record from online. I have no idea if they want something with a signature on it or what, but I will try sometime next week to go and speak to someone at the BECU down at 99 and 112th. I find myself frequently wishing I had some guidance on this rather than just some confusingly-worded requirements from the consulate's email. I'm also still awaiting a response from my brother to my email. I'm guessing he's been busy at work for the most part.

Because I have to be up to let the contractor in at 9am, I'm going to try crawling off and getting some sleep. My head is kind of achy and I'm tired from everything I was doing today. So many things to do and not nearly enough spoons for all of them. feh.

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Date: 2013-08-25 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] varushka.livejournal.com
My understanding is that the consulate offices are notoriously non-responsive to emails seeking clarification on instructions, so I hope the folks at BECU can provide you with something official looking.

You could also ask the participants at the Expats in Italy forums, as some of them have been through the Extended Residency visa application process and it's likely someone there who jumped through these hoops successfully could provide useful info to guide you, although I understand different consulate offices may have differing documentation requirements.

A letter from some sort of tax professional about your income not being taxable (with a citation of the relevant federal code) sounds like an excellent idea.

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