We have already been to the tax office in Turkey. It is our understanding that as we receive no income
in this country that we owe no taxes
here other than the tax we paid in order to apply for the Residents permits. It might be a different situation if we had a Turkish bank account and received pension income
into that Turkish bank, as non-Turkish residents who do not live on their own boats might do.
Turkey has implemented special rules for visiting sailors on their own boats who wish to remain in Turkey under the Residents permits. The rules are not the same as for people living on land under Residents permits. Sailors are not required to open Turkish banking accounts. As residents are not allowed to be gainfully employed in Turkey, there is no income in Turkey to be taxed. Our pensions are received into USA banks. And we are only temporary residents in Turkey, not permanent residents. I think that 'permanent resident' status is the key here.
"In Turkey, income taxation is defined in the 1960 Income Tax Law...... Turkey taxes
on worldwide income for any residents of a period longer than 6 months on the following incomes:
--Income from any self-employment
--Income from capital investment
--Any other income and earnings; this is where non-recurring capital gains tax is dealt with by Turkish income tax law"
USA pensions received into a USA bank do not fall into any of those categories.
But that is our understanding after visiting just the one tax office. Maybe we are in for a surprise later.