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Welcome to the official page for Democrats living in Canada!

Volunteer: We need chapter leaders and local committees! Our chapters in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Niagara Region, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal and Atlantic Region are waiting for YOU! Volunteers are planning fun and informative events where they live. They are helping voters to register, phoning voters, and helping bring together some of the one million Americans in Canada!
For more information, contact chair@democratsabroad.ca or call toll-free at 1-877-336-2008. In Toronto/GTA, call 416-916-2022

 

 

DA Canada Leadership:

| Country Chair
| Vice Chair
| Canada Legal Counsel / Toronto Co Vice-Chair / DPCA Voting Rep
| DA Canada Executive Vice Chair/Global GOTV Co-Chair
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  • News

    Are you a US citizen operating a business in Canada? Please read this and act today!

    TAX CUTS & JOBS ACT HAS A NASTY SURPRISE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS ABROAD

    A great many flaws exist in the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act due to inadequate consultation and hasty drafting. One of those flaws causes enormous harm for Americans abroad who own businesses in their countries of residence.

    If you are an overseas American with a business abroad, click here to reach out to Washington and demand a remedy!

    Background

    The new tax law ushers in a system of Territorial Taxation for Corporations. The new system has 2 troubling components.

    1. Repatriation Tax: In transitioning to the new system, overseas subsidiaries of U.S. corporations who have profits that have not been repatriated to the U.S. parent company will be subjected to a Repatriation Tax on profits going back to 1986. The profits will be deemed to have been repatriated to the U.S. parent, even if there is no movement of cash or on paper, and then taxed at a discounted corporate rate, after certain offsets and credits for tax paid to the country of incorporation. If the offshore company is owned by a U.S. Person living abroad, rather than a U.S.- based corporation, the deemed profits are afforded no offsets nor credits for tax already paid. Clearly, this is an error in drafting.
    2. Global Intangible Low-Tax Income (GILTI) Tax: Disregard the name entirely because it is a misnomer. Going forward foreign businesses owned by U.S. based corporations and individuals and U.S. Persons living abroad will, again, be subjected to U.S. corporate tax on their profits, less about 10%, whether or not the profits are repatriated to the U.S.. As with the Repatriation Tax corporate owners of foreign businesses are afforded deductions (50%) and offsets (80% of foreign taxes paid) (in many instances the result will be no taxes owing) that U.S. Persons owning foreign businesses are not afforded. The U.S. Person owner of a foreign business will be paying tax twice on the same dollar of income. Clearly, this is another grievous error in drafting.

    Last week a Democrats Abroad delegation spoke to members of the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee about, amongst other things, the need for an urgent remedy for this policy flaw. Congress is working on an Omnibus appropriations bill to approve spending for this year that must be passed no later than 23 March. This matter is on, we understand, a lengthy list of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act problems that need to be addressed. Sadly, we also understand that very few of them will be addressed in the appropriations bill.

    Demanding a remedy

    Democrats Abroad and a number of others are demanding an urgent remedy for this policy flaw. Our proposal:

    Americans abroad with interests in foreign corporations should be exempt from the Repatriation Tax and from the GILTI regime for any given year so long as two conditions are met.

    1. We meet the conditions required for exemption under IRC Section 911 (bona fide non-resident for tax purposes), and
    2. We are individual U.S. shareholders.

    In the absence of Congressional action, we will urge the Treasury and IRS to take the following actions:

    1. Issue an immediate notice stating that for Americans abroad, the first payment under IRC Section 965 (transition tax on untaxed foreign earnings) is due the earlier of October 15, 2018, or the issuance of further guidance.
    2. Issue a further notice in line with our proposal.

    As in all matters requiring the attention of lawmakers and regulators, robust outreach from affected parties is essential. Repatriation Tax declarations are to be made in 2017 filings, so time is of the essence.

    Time to take action!

    If you are the owner of a foreign business impacted by the Repatriation and GILTI Taxes we need you to send this email right now.

    The script for this letter has been prepared by third party taxation advocates, in collaboration with Democrats Abroad’s Taxation Task Force. Democrats Abroad supports the collaborative, non-partisan campaign behind this grassroots advocacy initiative and believes it is essential for addressing this problem urgently.

    Letter Campaign Contacts

    Department of Treasury

    Mr David Kautter
    Assistant Secretary of the Treasury – Tax Policy
    david.kautter@treasury.gov

    Mr Chip Harter
    Deputy Assistant Secretary (International Tax Affairs)
    lafayettechip.harter@treasury.gov

    Mr William Paul
    Acting Chief Counsel, IRS
    william.m.paul@irscounsel.treas.gov

    Arlene Preston
    Assistant to Mr Paul
    arlene.preston@irscounsel.treas.gov

    Leni C Perkins
    Office of IRS Chief Counsel (Repatriation Tax)
    Leni.c.perkins@irscounsel.treas.gov

    Democrats Abroad
    Taxation Task Force
    RepatRemedy@democratsabroad.org

    U.S. Congress

    House Ways & Means Committee

    Barbara Angus
    Chief Tax Counsel, Ways & Means Committee
    Barbara.angus@mail.house.gov

    Aaron Junge
    Tax Counsel, International Matters, House Ways & Means Committee
    aaron.junge@mail.house.gov

    Kara Getz
    Tax Policy, Leading Democrat Richard Neal, House Ways & Means Committee
    Kara.getz@mail.house.gov

    Senate Finance Committee

    Mark Prater
    Chief Tax Counsel - Republicans, Senate Finance Commitee
    Mark_Prater@finance.senate.gov

    Tiffany Smith
    Chief Counsel- Democrats, Senate Finance Committee
    Tiffany_smith@finance.senate.gov

    We also encourage calling your representatives in Congress, whether they be a Democrat or Republican. On this page you’ll find contact information for your Senator or Representative, along with useful tips for making effective calls to Congress.

     Demand a remedy for the Repatriation and GILTI Taxes!

    Please contact us at any time with questions: taxationtf@democratsabroad.org

    Democratically yours,

    Steve Nardi
    Chair, Democrats Abroad Canada

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    Bus Trip from Ontario to March for Our Lives~March 23rd-25th

    Students can ride for free. Minors need to be accompanied by an adult. 

    Ride with us by bus to Washington, DC. Let President Trump know on Saturday, March 24th that we stand with the brave kids and families of Parkland, FL. Show your support for gun control now and vow that #NeverAgain shall students die for the lack of common sense in gun legislation.

    Register now for the DA Canada Delegation Charter Bus. Round-trip ticket is $150 CAD. We have places for 56 persons. Ten places are reserved for US citizen high school students to ride free. Bus pick-ups in Toronto, Burlington and Fort Erie.

    The bus leaves Toronto for a 8:00-9:00 pm pick-up. We are also scheduling stops in Burlington and Fort Erie. Thereafter, we will travel overnight in a Coach Canada deluxe charter bus to Washington, DC, rolling up to Pennsylvania Ave on Saturday, March 24th. After attending the rally and march, we will leave DC Saturday night and travel overnight back to Ontario, Canada. The round-trip cost is $150 CAD on a first come first service basis.

    "At the Democratic National Committee Meeting last week, a resolution was passed to support The March for Our Lives. Ken Sherman, DNC member in attendance, was so moved by the energy in the room, he notified us from the floor of the meeting that he will sponsor the first 10 US citizen high school students to join us! We are most grateful for his generosity and so looking forward to having these special guests and families on the bus."

    Please sign up today! If you have one high school child you'd like to bring and have considered for sponsorship, we plan to provide one free ride per family, up to 10 families! Adult students can travel alone. Please email neveragain@democratsabroad.ca with any questions. 


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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 05:30 PM · 6 rsvps
    Picaro in Saskatoon, SK, Canada

    Tacos With Democrats

    Come join us for some tacos at Picaro in Saskatoon to plan our presence at summer events and prepare for the mid-term elections!

    Space is limited so please RSVP.