Carmelan Polce rsvped for Democrats Abroad Australia AGM 2023-03-21 05:12:56 -0400
Democrats Abroad Australia AGM
The 2023 Democrats Abroad Australia AGM will take place in Canberra on the 1st of April 2023. The AGM will be held at Level 2, 71 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, ACT at 11:30 AM. At this AGM the outgoing Executive Committee will give its reports before elections take place.
The link for online attendance is:
- Meeting Title = Democrats Abroad Australia AGM
- Date and Time = Sat, 1 April 2023 11:30am AEDT
- Duration = 2.5 hours
- Meeting number = 23073137330
- Hosted by = Justin Underwood
- Meeting URL: https://democratsabroad.webex.com/democratsabroad/e.php?MTID=mb45b47340a0f82562e522f3298cd474f
Elections for the 2023-25 Executive Committee call for nominations.
At the AGM elections will be held to elect the 2023-25 Executive Committee. The positions up for election are:
- Vice Chair
- Legal Counsel
- 5 DPCA voting delegates
If you wish to nominate for any of these positions please fill out the nomination form at https://forms.gle/uV6vptqwwDogw79r9. Nominations will be open until Sunday 12 March 2023.
Since our last email the international executive committee announced Australia will be entitled to 7 voting delegates instead of 6. As the Chair and Vice Chair are automatically delegates this means we now have 5 elected delegate positions instead of 4.
Please note that the Chair and Vice Chair must be of different genders and no more then 3 of the 5 positions (excluding DPCA voting representatives) can be from the same state. If you have any questions about these positions or the elections process please contact the Nominations and Elections Committee at [email protected].WHENApril 01, 2023 at 11:30am
Carmelan Polce rsvped for DSP Town Hall 2023-03-20 17:12:52 -0400
DSP Town Hall
Town Hall on Democrats Abroad's Delegate Selection Plan!
Join us on April 02 at 03:00 AM US Eastern
(AP friendly time)
Across the US and world, all 57 Democratic state parties are at work planning the 2024 presidential primary contest, specifically by developing a Delegate Selection Plan unique to their state party. In a nutshell, the DSP is a binding document that defines how each state party will run their 2024 presidential primary and select delegates to send to the 2024 Democratic National Convention.
Each state party must submit a final delegate selection plan to the Democratic National Committee by May 3, 2023. Prior to that, there must be a 30-day public comment period, launched on March 6.
Please join this Town Hall to give feedback, learn more, and ask questions about the 2024 Delegate Selection Plan.
The final draft DSP must then be approved by Democrats Abroad's elected leaders (vote scheduled for April 22 DPCA Meeting) prior to submission on May 3, 2023.
You can review a copy of our draft 2024 Delegate Selction Plan which was posted for public comment on our website on March 6, 2023. Public comments on the draft are to be submitted on the form here through April 5, 2023.
(Please include the page and line number your feedback refers to in your email. Thank you!)
Convert to local time here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/.WHENApril 02, 2023 at 3:00amWHEREWebEx
Carmelan Polce rsvped for DPCA Global Meeting - Vote on 2024 Delegate Selection Plan 2023-03-14 05:00:19 -0400
DPCA Global Meeting - Vote on 2024 Delegate Selection Plan
Calling All DPCA Officers... to Vote On 2024 Delegate Selection Plan
We are excited to announce that the DPCA will be convening a Global Meeting on
Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 08:00 AM EDT (14:00 CET // 20:00 HKT // 22:00 AEST)!
❖ Roll Call 07:30 AM EDT ❖
The DPCA voting body will vote on the approval of the 2024 Delegate Selection Plan.
This will be held online via WebEx and is open to all DA members.
During this meeting we will also vote to confirm our 2023 Global Annual General Meeting dates and location
(announced as June 9-11, 2023, in Washington, D.C.).
Connection details will be emailed to all Democrats Abroad member RSVP's closer to the meeting date.
Every four years, the Democratic Party begins designing the Delegate Selection Rules and a resulting nominating process for the next presidential election.
While the Rules drafting process begins anew after each Presidential election, many norms and traditions carry over, including a rule that lets some states hold their nominating contest early, which in 2024 will be South Carolina, Nevada & New Hampshire, Michigan, and Georgia.
Democrats Abroad has worked hard at crafting our Delegate Selection Plan, which is the guiding document as we play our part in nominating our Party's 2024 nominees for President and Vice President of the United States.
You can review a copy of our draft 2024 Delegate Selction Plan which was posted for public comment on our website on March 6, 2023, and submit your by writing to [email protected] through April 5, 2023.
(Please include the page and line number your feedback refers to in your email. Thank you!)
NOTICE: This meeting will be recorded, including audio, video, and any materials exchanged or viewed during the session.WHENApril 22, 2023 at 8:00amWHEREWebex
Carmelan Polce published Dems Abroad 2021 Tax Advocacy Year In Review - thanks for your support! in Tax Blog 2021-12-30 16:16:33 -0500
Dems Abroad 2021 Tax Advocacy Year In Review - thanks for your support!
It’s been an enormously active year for Democrats Abroad in the fight for tax relief for Americans abroad. Our execution around a 5 point strategy for enacting tax reforms that provide consequential tax relief for the vast majority of Americans abroad yielded a bill in the House of Representatives that has a chance of being embraced by the Senate and passed into law. Dems Abroad is proud of our achievements and reaffirms our commitment to the goal of tax fairness for Americans abroad.
Read on for our annual Year in Review statement and click here for a full accounting of our work in 2021 to achieve tax reform for Americans abroad. Contact the Taxation Task Force at [email protected]
@Carmelan tweeted link to Pandora Papers Prove FATCA Fails. 2021-12-20 21:37:37 -0500Pandora Papers Prove FATCA Fails. @DemsAbroad calls for FATCA relief for Americans abroad. https://www.democratsabroad.org/carmelan/pandora_papers_prove_fatca_fails?recruiter_id=1448
Pandora Papers Prove FATCA Fails
New York Times Op-Ed published June 15, 2021
The Washington Post published further revelations from the Pandora Papers this week, expanding upon what was already understood from the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers about how the really big Fat Cats hide their money from tax authorities. They hire formation agents, like one of the fourteen whose documents were leaked to the Pandora journalists, to stash their untaxed cash in anonymous shell companies whose legal filings, financial disclosures and bank records never reveal the Fat Cats’ identities.
In 2010 Congress enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), creating a system to catch tax cheats and other financial criminals who use foreign bank accounts to hide money from the IRS. Foreign bank accounts with no account holder names don’t make FATCA reports to the IRS. The Fat Cats go free.
Meanwhile FATCA causes real pain for ordinary, law-abiding, working class Americans living abroad. Foreign banks lock them out to avoid FATCA reporting; 1 in 3 report having accounts closed or bank products denied. Non-US spouses remove them from financial accounts and assets to avoid FATCA reporting. And they lose employment and business opportunities.
The Pandora Papers revelations prove that FATCA fails to discourage and apprehend tax cheats; but it traps Americans abroad in a damaging and unfair system never meant for them. It’s time for Congress to direct policy at the right enemy and exempt from FATCA the bank accounts of ordinary Americans abroad in the countries where they live.
Carmelan Polce published Is YOUR Representative in the Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus? Check here. in Tax Blog 2021-12-12 18:02:04 -0500
Is YOUR Representative in the Americans Abroad Caucus? Check here.
Thanks to all who participated in our YOUR REPRESENTATIVE BELONGS IN THE AMERICANS ABROAD CAUCUS campaign to build the membership and the profile of the Americans Abroad Caucus. The caucus now has expanded leadership, more members and a new agenda. Read on to see if YOUR Representative has joined the caucus. If they're not, ask them to join!Read more
@Carmelan tweeted link to Tax Simplification for Americans Abroad Act - FAQs. 2021-12-01 05:35:12 -0500Learn about the Tax Simplification for Americans Abroad Act. @DemsAbroad FAQs are here. bit.ly/OSTaxSimplificationAct https://www.democratsabroad.org/carmelan/tax_simplification_for_americans_abroad_act_-_faqs?recruiter_id=1448
Tax Simplification for Americans Abroad Act - FAQs
Click here for FAQs on the Tax Simplification for Americans Abroad Act introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA08) on Friday 19 November 2021.
Carmelan Polce published We have an Overseas Tax Relief Bill!! Contact Congress and help push it through. in Tax Blog 2021-11-19 19:50:24 -0500
We have an Overseas Tax Relief Bill!! Contact Congress and help push it through.
A new bill - H.R. 6057 the Tax Simplification For Americans Abroad Act – has just been introduced in Congress by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA08). It’s currently building support in the House and Senate. If we want the provisions in this bill to be enacted into law, it’s up to us to fight for it. If you support tax simplification for Americans abroad, then there is no more important time to make your voice heard back in DC. Read on for how to call or message your members of Congress and what to say.
Tax reform will happen when enough Americans abroad reach out to our members of Congress and demand it.
Carmelan Polce published Introducing the Tax Simplification for Americans Abroad Act of 2021 in Tax Blog 2021-11-19 19:40:48 -0500
Introducing the Tax Simplification for Americans Abroad Act of 2021
On Friday November 19th, 2021 Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA08) introduced the Tax Simplification for Americans Abroad Act, a bill to greatly simplify tax filing for most Americans abroad. Download the draft here.Read more
Carmelan Polce published Americans Abroad can now have IRS online accounts in Tax Blog 2021-11-18 21:31:03 -0500
Americans Abroad can now have IRS online accounts
July 11, 2022 UPDATE:
Users who live outside of the US must verify their identities with a video chat agent.
To verify your identity:
- Navigate to the desired IRS application.
- Click the green Sign in with ID.me button.
- Follow the prompts to either log in with your existing ID.meaccount, or create a new one.
- Confirm your email address.
- Select and set up the multi-factor authentication option of your choice.Next, choose to verify with a Video Chat Agent:
- Enter & confirm your personal information.
- Choose and upload eligible documents to use for verification. You may upload either two primary documents; or one primary and two secondary documents.
- Your uploaded documents will then be sent for review.
- Once your documents are reviewed and approved, you will be invited to join a video call to verify your identity
The IRS has upgraded its online tools, portals and applications, improving the identity verification and sign-in process. It now enables American taxpayers with non-US ISPs to create and access accounts. We are hearing from DA members who have created new online accounts and logged into their IRS records for the first time. It's a great step forward. DA applauds this progress for American taxpayers abroad and will continue encouraging the IRS to improve its support for our vastly under-served community. Click here for DA's most recent correspondence with the IRS National Taxpayer Advocate. Read on for more from the IRS about their system upgrades.Read more
Carmelan Polce published It's Crunchtime for Tax Relief for Americans Abroad and other Tax Task Force Updates in Tax Blog 2021-10-21 23:52:55 -0400
Crunchtime for Tax Relief for Americans Abroad and other Tax Task Force Updates
Thanks for your on-going interest in the work Democrats Abroad is doing to secure tax relief for Americans abroad. It’s been a busy time, with outcomes for our 2021 advocacy goals still uncertain. Which puts us into the same position as a great many others pushing Congress for important reforms this year. This week and next week may be critical to understanding what important reforms from the Biden American Families Plan and American Jobs Plan get into the Build Back Better Bill. Or, there may be many weeks of negotiation to come. We will be pushing continuously on behalf of the Americans abroad community.
These are important updates on our work.Read more
Carmelan Polce published Democrats Abroad Joins the RBT Coalition in Tax Blog 2021-10-14 22:36:31 -0400
Democrats Abroad Joins the RBT Coalition
Democrats Abroad is pleased to announce that it has joined the RBT Coalition, adding our name to a non-partisan list of organizations, individuals and entities who support a switch from our current system of citizenship based taxation to residency based taxation, also known as RBT. Of all the Americans abroad issues, taxation is THE issue that impacts every single one of us. It affects young and old, married and single, regardless of economic status and party affiliation. We believe that this growing community of RBT advocates and activists will demonstrate to Congress the enormous demand for tax fairness for Americans abroad and persuade them to work with us on a workable RBT implementation model. Click here to download our expression of interest letter in joining the RBT Coalition and the RBT Coalition Media Announcement.
Carmelan Polce published The IRS can do better! Contribute to DA research on Stimulus Payments to Americans Abroad in Tax Blog 2021-10-11 20:01:05 -0400
The IRS can do better! Do this Survey on Your Stimulus Payments.Contribute to research on stimulus payments to Americans abroad so that we can make the case for improvements to IRS service and support.
Carmelan Polce published Help Fix GILTI This Year! Let's talk to Congress in Tax Blog 2021-10-11 01:50:55 -0400
Help Fix GILTI This Year! Zoom with Congress about GILTI and your business.
Democrats Abroad is scheduling zoom meetings with Congress for Americans abroad who own small to medium size businesses getting hit by GILTI tax. Congress doesn't understand the enormous pressure GILTI tax is putting on the businesses of Americans abroad. Let's tell them.
If you want to talk to your Representative about GILTI and your business abroad, please click here to register. Leave the rest to us.
Carmelan Polce published Friends in Congress Ask for 2021 Tax Relief for Americans Abroad in Tax Blog 2021-09-27 22:31:47 -0400
Friends in Congress Ask for 2021 Tax Relief for Americans Abroad
Thanks to all who responded to the DA campaign in support of a letter from Congress to Ways and Means Chairman Richie Neal asking that tax relief for Americans abroad be included in the House Build Back Better (budget reconciliation) Bill. Click here to download the letter.
Look out for a social media campaign pushing U.S. Senators to back tax relief for Americans abroad in the Senate budget reconciliation bill.
Tax relief will happen when enough Americans abroad reach out to their elected representatives and demand it.
DA Taxation Task Force
Carmelan Polce published WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR: Tax Relief for Americans Abroad in the 2021 Budget Reconciliation Bill in Tax Blog 2021-09-07 19:01:35 -0400
WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR: Tax Relief for Americans Abroad in the 2021 Budget Reconciliation Bill
Americans abroad need action from Congress to eliminate double taxation, remove barriers to banking, saving and investing and simplify filing. We have been talking to Congress for many years about a switch to Residency Based Taxation (RBT). Americans abroad won’t be taxed fairly and on a par with the rest of the world until we have RBT.
Work is on-going on a model to introduce RBT that would provide lasting relief to Americans abroad and not create tax loopholes. We support that work wholeheartedly, as RBT is still the goal that Democrats Abroad has in it sights. We commit to continuing the work to persuade Congress to embrace RBT, but we cannot let this critical year for ground-breaking legislation finish without achieving some practical, consequential tax relief for Americans abroad.
We believe Congress can adopt and enact these reforms for Americans abroad this year.Read more
@Carmelan tweeted link to Democrats Abroad responds to the Sen Fin Comm International Tax Framework proposals. 2021-09-02 01:57:51 -0400[email protected]DemocratsAbroad responds to the Sen Fin Comm International Tax Framework proposals. If your business is burdened by #GILTI tax now is the time for you to let your elected reps know that the tax is wrong and relief is essential. https://www.democratsabroad.org/carmelan/democrats_abroad_responds_to_the_sen_fin_comm_international_tax_framework_proposals?recruiter_id=1448
Democrats Abroad responds to the Sen Fin Comm International Tax Framework proposals
Democrats Abroad joins fellow activists seeking tax relief for Americans abroad in responding to the Senate Finance Committee's International Tax Framework Discussion Draft. Click here to download our submission. Included in our submission is a Briefing Note summarising our August research findings on the experience of American business owners abroad and GILTI Tax. Click here to download the GILTI Tax and American Businesses Abroad Briefing Note. The whole of the research is available here.Read more
@Carmelan tweeted link to Democrats Abroad publishes new data on the experience of Americans abroad and the GILTI Tax. 2021-09-02 01:40:50 -0400Democrats Abroad publishes new data on the experience of Americans abroad and the GILTI Tax https://www.democratsabroad.org/carmelan/democrats_abroad_publishes_new_data_on_the_experience_of_americans_abroad_and_the_gilti_tax?recruiter_id=1448
Democrats Abroad publishes new data on the experience of Americans abroad and the GILTI Tax
In August 2021 Democrats Abroad hosted a research project to examine how the small to medium size businesses of Americans abroad are coping with the onerous new tax burdens created by the 2017 TCJA.
Click here to download the research report.
Click here to download the datapack.
We are using the findings in our work to persuade Congress to embrace our GILTI Tax reform recommendation for American business owners abroad: an exemption from the GILTI tax for American business owners abroad with income under $400,000.
We hope this data is useful to lawmakers, advocates and activists interested in understanding the experience of Americans abroad and GILTI Tax and working on ways to provide support and relief to the Americans raising families and building a future off the operations of their small to medium size businesses registered abroad.
Please contact the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force with questions: [email protected]
Carmelan Polce published DA Summer Successes on the Road to Tax Relief for Americans Abroad in Tax Blog 2021-08-26 19:52:55 -0400
DA Summer Successes on the Road to Tax Relief for Americans Abroad
Democrats Abroad work through the dog days of summer has set up tax reform activists for a powerful drive through the autumn months to get tax relief for U.S. citizens abroad into the 2021 Budget Reconciliation Bill.
Read on for updates on:
- Expat tax relief currently being drafted into legislative language for the 2021 Budget Reconciliation Bill;
- GILTI Tax research findings being used to persuade Congress to also include GILTI Tax relief in legislation this year;
- Discussions with the IRS to secure access for Americans abroad to IRS online accounts and other service portals, and to halt automatic assessment notices; and
- Planning for DA webinars in the coming months about restoring U.S. tax compliance.
Carmelan Polce published July Progress on Tax Relief for Americans Abroad in Tax Blog 2021-08-15 04:00:12 -0400
July Progress on Tax Relief for Americans Abroad
Democrats Abroad is working extremely hard to get tax relief for Americans abroad into legislation being written RIGHT NOW. July was a huge month of activity and achievement in the fight for tax reform for Americans abroad.
In this update we share -
- DA’s success in getting tax writers in Congress to support a filing simplification for Americans abroad included in legislation this year
- DA’s GILTI Tax research survey NOW CLOSED for submissions by Americans abroad who own small businesses and need GILTI Tax Relief; and
- DA’s engagement with the National Taxpayer Advocate about improvements to IRS service for Americans abroad.
Details ARE below. Contact us at any time with questions: [email protected]Read more
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