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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Lion City Committee (DALCC), the Country Committee of Democrats Abroad for those living in Singapore.  We offer a community and point of contact for Democrats seeking to connect and stay informed and engaged while living abroad.
Activities include hosting voter registration events in election years, bringing Democrats together through social events and volunteer opportunities, providing updates on legislation and races back home through our Facebook Page, tracking expat issues, and supporting Democratic candidates.

How to find us and get involved:

1 Join us now—it’s easy and free. 
As a member of Democrats Abroad you will get emails about our activities and events.

2 Like our Democrats Abroad Lion City Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/DemocratsAbroadLionCity
Use the drop-down menu under ‘liked’ to ensure you are notified whenever new updates are posted.  Here you can follow local activities and the latest postings about issues/campaigns back home (including legislation directly affecting expats).  You can also post your comments.

3 Most important, if you haven’t already done this, please register to vote from abroad and request a ballot in each year that you want to vote.  This site makes it quick and easy.   https://www.votefromabroad.org

Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party organization for more than 8.7 million Americans living outside the United States.  It has the status of a ‘state’ in the Democratic Party, so is represented by voting members on the Democratic National Committee and has its own delegation to the Democratic National Convention. 

We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you at a future event!

Democratically yours,

Patricia Reed, Chair, Democrats Abroad LCC

Chair-SGP@democratsabroad.org

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    DemsAbroad Lion City - Residency Based Tax Action Pack

    Democrats Abroad is hosting a global campaign urging Congress to shift from Citizenship Based Taxation to Residency Based Taxation.  We are hoping that hundreds of thousands of Americans living right around the world will raise their voices in unison around June 15th, the tax return deadline for international filers, and demand that the package of tax reforms to be built by the 115th Congress includes a provision that ends mandatory reporting of offshore income by Americans that live outside the United States. 

    We hope this ACTION PACK is useful for you to understand the issue and how to call, write or email your members of Congress asking for their support for Residency Based Taxation.

    What is Residency-Based Taxation?

    • Residency-based taxation (RBT) is a system in which you pay taxes according to the country in which you live, rather than the one in which you are a citizen. This latter system is known as citizen-based taxation (CBT).
    • Every developed nation follows an RBT system, with one notable exception: The United States of America! The main rationale for such a system is that the benefits of U.S. citizenship follow Americans no matter where they live.

    Why is Citizen-Based Taxation a problem for overseas Americans?

    • An estimated nine million U.S. citizens live, for numerous reasons, outside the U.S.  CBT means that overseas Americans (who, together, make up a population greater than that of the U.S. state of New Jersey) face the financial and administrative burden of taxation in two nations.
    • Many overseas Americans must pay expensive professional tax preparers to comply with complex and ever-changing tax laws and to keep them up to date on other new and changing reporting requirements.
    • Most U.S. citizens living abroad are not rich “fat cats” who use overseas residency to “game” the system but rather are ordinary working Americans.
    • Globalization means that the number of Americans living overseas will only grow with time.
    • Increasing numbers of Americans living abroad are denouncing their citizenship as the costs of maintaining U.S. citizenship have become too high and do not justify whatever benefits they may have.
    • Not all benefits of U.S. citizenship seem to follow overseas Americans, at least with regard to these major areas:
      • Many areas of the tax code discriminate against Americans abroad: Double or punitive taxation can occur in the treatment of foreign retirement savings plans, capital gains, non-qualified, non-U.S. pension plans, and bequests to surviving foreign spouses, to give a few examples.
      • The IRS outreach to overseas Americans has been woefully inadequate over time, and budget cuts have resulted in overseas IRS offices being closed, making the misinformation and confusion about U.S. tax filing even worse.
      • State Department budget cuts mean fewer services for Americans abroad and longer wait times for appointments to renew passports or conduct other important business.

    How is Democrats Abroad participating in the efforts to bring about a change to RBT?

    • Democrats Abroad has supported a change to RBT since its creation.  Using its resources of thousands of dedicated volunteer activists, DA is working with other organizations of overseas Americans to campaign in support of RBT.
    • Now that Congress is again turning its attention to comprehensive tax reform, DA believes that it has a genuine opportunity to influence the process.

    How can I help DA in its work on RBT?

    Remember, you have a voice! And that voice is best directed to your elected Federal lawmakers: The member of Congress and the senators of the district/state in which you last voted in the U.S.

    If you don’t know your member of Congress and/or your senators, you can look them up using these online tools. All you need is the zip code of the last place you voted in the U.S.

    House

    http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

    There are also some Frequently Asked Questions on this page about how to contact your member of Congress.

    To find the address and phone number of your representative, look on the home page of their website, usually at the bottom. Sometimes this information is at the right hand side of the page.

    Senate

    If you know your voting state you can find your 2 U.S. senators in the table at this link:

    https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

    Clicking on the Senator’s name will take you to their website.  To find the address and phone number of your Senator, look on the home page of the website, usually at the bottom. Sometimes this information is on the right hand side of the page. You also may find a “Contacts” tab at the top of the home page.

    Here are some concrete actions you can take to make your voice heard.

     Contact Carmelan Polce at any time with questions (cpolce@tpg.com.au or 9380 1084)

    • Participate in the Congressional Call Storm – Thursday June 15!

    Organizations like DA sometimes plan “Congressional Call Storms” - an agreed day (and sometimes time period) for campaign participants to blitz Congress with phone calls about the same topic. The idea is to create a mass of calls that, literally, disrupt the day!  See the sample script below.

    Even if you can’t participate in the Congressional Call Storm, you can call your member of Congress and senators at any time to express your views on RBT – as well as any other issues of importance to you!

    Here is a sample script for calling your representative or senator regarding RBT. Make changes as necessary so that it relates to your own situation!

    The phone will be answered by the office receptionist.

    Hello, my name is ______________ and I am Representative/Senator ______________’s constituent in _____________ County, [State].  [If calling a Representative - My zip code is ___________.]

    I currently live in [city, country] and I am hoping to speak directly to the Senator/Representative or his/her staffer about a tax matter that impacts constituents like me who live outside the United States.

    [The receptionist may find you someone to talk to or may or speak to you themselves. This is the message you may want to relay. ]  

    I am calling to ask Representative/Senator _____________ to support Residency Based Taxation. As you may know, the U.S. is the only country that taxes its citizens on their world-wide income even when those citizens live abroad and no matter how long they’ve lived abroad. That means I pay taxes in [name of country] where I live, and I file a tax return to the IRS every year.  IRS tax forms for declaring foreign income are a lot more complicated, so besides being a nuisance, filing abroad is complex, costly and very stressful.

    I’m an ordinary US citizen. I moved to [country] to [be with my partner/ be with my family/ to take an exciting job/ other]. I/my family cannot afford to be double-taxed. I’m/we’re not wealthy, with lots of disposable income to spend on tax return preparers.

    I value my US citizenship. I vote every year I can. I pay attention to U.S. politics as much if not more than the average citizen. But I don’t think it’s fair that I must pay taxes in [country of residence] as well as to the IRS.

    The current law is costly, punishing, and unfair and is causing many of us to consider renouncing our U.S. citizenship.  I hope that shocks you because it shocks me.

    That is why I am asking Representative/Senator _________ to change the US tax laws from Citizenship Based Taxation to Residency Based Taxation.

    Can you please pass this message to Representative/Senator ________________ and ask her/him to support Residency Based Taxation. Thank you.

    • Write your member of Congress or your senators!

    Here are templates for creating your own letter to your representative and to your senators:

    Sample Letter Language – House of Representatives

    Writer’s Name

    Address 1

    Address 2

    City, State

    Country Post Code

     

    Date

     

    Representative Name

    Address 1

    Address 2

    Dear Representative ___________________

    Re:  Seeking your support for Residency Based Taxation

    I vote in [state and district #].  My voting address zip code is [zip code].  I currently live in [city and country of residency]. 

    As you may know, the U.S. is the only country that taxes its citizens on their worldwide income - no matter where they live and no matter how long they’ve lived abroad. Citizenship Based Taxation forces Americans like me who live abroad to report our income both to our country of residency and to the IRS.  Many of us are double-taxed, and all of us endure costly, stressful and complex filing of overseas income – which is much more complicated than filing income generated in the US. 

    The burden the law places on Americans living abroad is causing many to consider renouncing our US citizenship. This is intolerable. We are asking Congress to change the law from Citizenship Based Taxation to Residency Based Taxation. I ask for your support for Residency Based Taxation. 

    My personal story is as follows:…

    [Personal stories are very important and can be highly compelling.]

    I hope this has been helpful to you in understanding the serious and detrimental impact Citizenship Based Taxation has on the lives of ordinary Americans like me whose life happens to have taken abroad. 

    I value my U.S. citizenship. I vote every year I can. I pay attention to U.S. politics as much if not more than the average citizen. But I don’t think it’s fair that I must pay taxes in [country of residence] as well as to the IRS. 

    Thank you.

    Kind Regards,

    Name

    Voting address

    Voting city, state, zip code

    Sample Letter Language – Senate

    Writer’s Name

    Address 1

    Address 2

    City, State

    Country Post Code

     

    Date

     

    Senator’s Name

    Address 1

    Address 2

    Dear Senator ___________________

    Re:  Seeking your support for Residency Based Taxation

    I vote in [city and state]. My voting address zip code is [zip code]. I currently live in [city and country of residency]. 

    As you may know, the U.S. is the only country that taxes its citizens on their worldwide income - no matter where they live and no matter how long they’ve lived abroad. Citizenship Based Taxation forces Americans like me who live abroad to report our income both to our country of residency and to the IRS.  Many of us are double-taxed, and all of us endure costly, stressful and complex filing of overseas income – which is much more complicated than filing income generated in the U.S. 

    The burden the law places on Americans living abroad is causing many to consider renouncing our US citizenship. This is intolerable. We are asking Congress to change the law from Citizenship Based Taxation to Residency Based Taxation. I ask for your support for Residency Based Taxation. 

    My personal story is as follows.  .....

    [Personal stories are very important and can be highly compelling.]

    I hope this has been helpful to you in understanding the serious and detrimental impact Citizenship Based Taxation has on the lives of ordinary Americans like me who life happens to have taken abroad. 

    I value my U.S. citizenship. I vote every year I can. I pay attention to U.S. politics as much if not more than the average citizen. But I don’t think it’s fair that I must pay taxes in [country of residence] as well as to the IRS. 

    Thank you.

    Kind Regards,

     

    Name

    Voting address

    Voting city, state, zip code

    • Send a postcard to your member of Congress/senators!

    Here are templates for creating your own postcard to your representative and to your senators:

    Sample Postcard Language – House of Representatives

    Dear Representative__________________.

    I vote in [state and district #]. My voting address zip code is [zip code]. I currently live in [city and country of residency]. Americans like me who live abroad are forced by the U.S. tax system of Citizenship Based Taxation to report our income both to our country of residency and to the IRS. The U.S. is the only country that taxes its citizens on their worldwide income, no matter how long they’ve lived abroad. I/my family am/is not wealthy. I/we cannot afford to pay tax in both the US and [country of residence]. The current law is costly, punishing, stressful, and unfair and is causing many of us to consider renouncing our U.S. citizenship. That is why we are asking Congress to change the U.S. tax laws from Citizenship Based Taxation to Residency Based Taxation. I ask for your support for Residency Based Taxation. Thank you.

    Sample Postcard Language – Senate

    Dear Senator _______________________

    I vote in ___________ County, [State]. I currently live in [city and country of residency]. Americans like me who live abroad are forced by the U.S. tax policy of Citizenship Based Taxation to report our income both to our country of residency and to the IRS. The U.S. is the only country that taxes its citizens on their worldwide income, no matter how long they’ve lived abroad. I/my family am/is not wealthy. I/we cannot afford to pay tax in both the U.S. and [country of residence]. The current law is costly, punishing, stressful, and unfair and is causing many of us to consider renouncing our U.S. citizenship. That is why we are asking Congress to change the US tax laws from Citizenship Based Taxation to Residency Based Taxation. I ask for your support for Residency Based Taxation.  Thank you.

    • Participate in Democrats Abroad’s RBT Email Campaign!

    Democrats Abroad has initiated a campaign on the Democracy.io website, a platform for communicating with elected officials in both houses of the U. S. Congress. With Democracy.io, you can write an email message and send it automatically to both of your senators and to your member of Congress!

    Please use this link to access the Democracy.io messaging platform:  WeNeedRBT

    The WeNeedRBT campaign link enables DA to track how many supporters of RBT have sent messages to Congress. Thanks for using this link and being counted in our campaign!

    Here is some sample language for your Democracy.io message:

    I vote in [state and district #]. My voting address zip code is [zip code]. I currently live in [city and country of residency]. 

    As you may know, the U.S. is the only country that taxes its citizens on their worldwide income - no matter where they live and no matter how long they’ve lived abroad. Citizenship Based Taxation forces Americans like me who live abroad to report our income both to our country of residency and to the IRS. Many of us are double-taxed, and all of us endure costly, stressful and complex filing of overseas income – which is much more complicated than filing income generated in the US. 

    The burden the law places on Americans living abroad is causing many to consider renouncing our US citizenship.  This is intolerable.  We are asking Congress to change the law from Citizenship Based Taxation to Residency Based Taxation.  I ask for your support for Residency Based Taxation. 

    My personal story is as follows:…

    [Personal stories are very important and can be highly compelling.]

    I hope this has been helpful to you in understanding the serious and detrimental impact Citizenship-Based Taxation has on the lives of ordinary Americans like me who life happens to have taken abroad. 

    I value my U.S. citizenship. I vote every year I can. I pay attention to U.S. politics as much if not more than the average citizen. But I don’t think it’s fair that I must pay taxes in [country of residence] as well as to the IRS. 

    Thank you.

    Kind Regards,

    Name

    • Vote from abroad!

    Last but not least, make sure you vote in whatever elections you are eligible! For more information, check out www.Votefromabroad.org 

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    DA Lion City Earth Day Postcard Campaign "Home Pack"

    Democrats Abroad Lion City is commemorating Earth Day 2017 with an event on 22nd April that includes a post card campaign. We are sending them to elected representatives calling on them for greater action and commitment to environmental protection. We urge you to join us at the event and should you be unavailable to attend please consider preparing a post card, a letter or two to your elected representatives. Several sample texts are provided below for your convenience.

    Sample Text for Post Cards

    Earth Day 

     

    From an Adult Re Rein’s Act S.21:

    [Your First Name and Surname]

    [Your US Address if you have one. Do not use your Singapore Address]

                                                   [Date]    

     The Honorable [Name of the elected official-First and Last]

    [Address Line 1]

    [Address Line 2]

    [City, State, Zip Code]

     

    Dear Senator [Surname]:

    I am a regular [district number] voter.  I am writing from Singapore where I [or my spouse] am [is] on a temporary work assignment.  

    Please vote NO on the REINs Act S.21, which would require congressional approval for any new rule from federal agencies.  This would be a big hand out to special interests and prevent any meaningful regulations from being passed without massive gridlock. 

    Thank you, 

    [Signature]

    [US address if you have one, if not, name of town you are registered in and zip code]  

     

    Address your postcard to:

     

    The Honorable [Name of elected official First and Last Name]

    [Address line 1]

    [Address line 2]

    [City], [State] [Zip Code] USA

     

    From a Child Re Rein’s Act S.21:

     

    Dear Senator [Surname],

     

    My parents are regular voters from [district number].  I am writing from Singapore where my [parents] are on a temporary work assignment.  

    Please vote NO on Reins Act S.21, which would require congress to approve new rules from federal agencies.  This will make it too hard to get anything done.  

     

    With Respect and Thanks,

    [Signature] Grade [number]

    [U.S. address if you have one, if not, name of town where your parents are registered and Zip Code]

     

     

    From Adult Re S.J Res. 11

     

    Dear Senator [Surname],

    I am a regular [District number] voter.  I am writing from Singapore where I [or my spouse] am [is] on a temporary work assignment.  

    Please Vote NO on S.J Res. 11, which would overturn the BLM Methane and Gas Waste Rule.  The rule requires the oil and gas industry to reduce leaks on public and tribal lands by deploying widely accepted technology.  Leaked gas has VOC, which causes asthma and cancer and can easily be captured.  In addition, according to BLM, capturing this gas would lead to net revenues of 46 to 204 million per year. 

    Thank You,

    [Signature]

    [US address if you have one, if not, name of town you are registered in and zip code]  

     

    Address your postcard to:

    The Honorable [Name of elected official First and Last Name]

    [Address line 1]

    [Address line 2]

    [City], [State] [Zip Code]  USA

     

    From a Child Re SJ Res.11:

     

    Dear Senator [Surname],

     

    My parents are regular voters from [district number].  I am writing from Singapore where my [parents] are on a temporary work assignment.  

    Please Vote NO on S.J Res. 11, which would overturn the BLM Methane and Gas Waste Rule.  The rule requires oil and gas companies to reduce leaks on public and tribal lands by using proper technology.  Leaked gas has VOC, which causes asthma and cancer and can easily be captured.  The BLM says that capturing this gas could earn 46 to 204 million dollars per year. 

    With Respect and Thanks,

    [Signature] Grade [number]

    [U.S. address if you have one, if not, name of the town where your parents are registered and Zip Code]

     

    From Adult Re the HONEST Act H.R. 1430

     

    Dear Senator [Surname],

    I am a regular [District number] voter.  I am writing from Singapore where I [or my spouse] am [is] on a temporary work assignment.  

    If a Senate version of the Honest Act H.R. 1430, which passed the House, is introduced please do not support it.  The Act prevents the EPA from using any scientific research that is not publically available.   This can hamper taking action in emergency situations where not all information is publically available; discourages industries from sharing confidential information with regulators; and creates massive conflicts of interest. 

    Thank You,

    [Signature]

    [US address if you have one, if not, name of town you are registered in and zip code]  

     

    Address your postcard to:

    The Honorable [Name of elected official First and Last Name]

    [Address line 1]

    [Address line 2]

    [City], [State] [Zip Code]  USA

     

     

     

       

    From Child Re the HONEST Act H.R. 1430

     

    Dear Senator [Surname],

    My parents are regular voters from [district number].  I am writing from Singapore where my [parents] are on a temporary work assignment.   

    If a Senate version of the Honest Act H.R. 1430, which passed the House, is introduced please do not support it.  The Act prevents the EPA from using any scientific research that is not publically available.   I do not understand why my government would want scientists to just research on the Internet.  This will not allow them to do their job very well.  

    With Respect and Thanks,

    [Signature] Grade [number]

    [U.S. address if you have one, if not, name of the town your parents are registered in and Zip Code]

     

    Address your postcard to:

    The Honorable [Name of elected official First and Last Name]

    [Address line 1]

    [Address line 2]

    [City], [State] [Zip Code]  USA

     

     

    Talking Points for Phone Calls and a Sample Letter:

     

    Dear Senator, 

    I am writing to you this Earth Day to encourage you to do everything in your power to protect our public health and environment.  In the 1970s America’s rivers were catching on fire, and the great lakes were declared dead. Today, we have made great progress in increasing the health of our air, water, soil and wildlife. However, such progress is currently under regulatory threat and we humbly ask your support in taking the following key actions:

     

    • Please vote NO on the REINs Act S.21 
      • This bill would require congressional approval for any new rule from federal agencies.
      • No major regulation could take effect unless it is approved by both houses of congress.
      • This would be a big hand out to special interests and prevent any meaningful regulations from being passed without massive gridlock
    • Please Vote No on Overturning the BLM Methane Rule S.J Res. 11. 
      • S.J Res 11 would use the Congressional Review Act to overturn BLM Methane and Gas Waste Rule
      • The rule has required oil and gas industry to reduce venting, flaring, and leaks on public and tribal lands by deploying widely accepted methane mitigation technology. 
      • Leaked gas has VOC that cause asthma and cancer and can easily be captured
      • Moreover capturing this gas would lead to net revenues of 46 to 204 million per year according to the BLM
      • A Similar law to the BLM Methane Rule has been passed in Colorado and NG production has increased and the rule has been popular 
    • If a Senate version of the HONEST Act H.R. 1430, which was passed by the House, is introduced to the Senate please do not support it.   
      • This Act would prevent the EPA from using any scientific research that is not publically available 
      • Many of the studies that form the backbone of public health standards include patient medical records.
      • Allowing industries to give the EPA information that they know will be kept confidential is critical to the effectiveness of the EPA. 
      • This Act can hamper taking action in emergency situations where not all information is publically available, discourage industries from sharing confidential information with regulators, and create massive conflicts of interest. 

     

    Attaining a liveable environment is good for our economy for it creates jobs and provides us with a healthy work force.   Clean water and air are not partisan issues and neither is accepted scientific research. I urge you as a concerned US citizen to uphold our nations environmental and public health protection. 

     

    Thank you,

     

     

     

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