Carmelan Polce published Democrats Abroad highlights U.S. taxation of Americans abroad with the SFC in Taxation Task Force Blog 2021-03-31 02:50:41 -0400
On March 25 the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on "International Tax Policy and the Impact on American Workers, Jobs and Investment". Democrats Abroad provided written testimony to the Committee hearing to raise the issues Americans abroad face in complying with U.S. taxation and financial account reporting compliance. You can download the Democrats Abroad submission here. You will note that we have joined our colleague organizations advocating on behalf of the Americans abroad community in asking for hearings on U.S. Taxation and Americans abroad and a switch to Residency Based Taxation.Read more
Carmelan Polce published COVID Aid Mark III is coming. What you need to know and how to prepare. in Taxation Task Force Blog 2021-03-07 20:40:03 -0500
Democrats Abroad continues to receive messages with questions about pandemic aid and how to access it. If you have questions we encourage you to read on and also to:
- review our past postings about accessing the first two aid programs and about how to cash a U.S. government check from abroad;
- view a recording of our webinar about the second round of COVID aid; and
- consider attending one of these upcoming tax webinars being hosted by DA Country Committees.
The next (third) round of pandemic aid for individuals is coming as part of the American Rescue Plan, which was passed in the Senate this past weekend. The bill is widely expected to be passed by the House and signed by President Biden by the end of the week commencing Monday March 8.
We think this is the best reporting on the American Rescue Plan aid to individuals, or Economic Impact Payment 3 (EIP3) e.g. eligibility; how to get the $1,400 payment; how and when it will come. Read on for further advice on positioning yourself to receive EIP3 as quickly as possible.Read more
Carmelan Polce published Dems Abroad appeals to Sec Yellen for improvements to pandemic aid delivery to Americans abroad in Taxation Task Force Blog 2021-03-07 19:27:19 -0500
In line with the Democrats Abroad 2020 outreach to Treasury Sec Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Rettig regarding the delivery of pandemic relief to Americans abroad, and with the American Rescue Plan with its $1,400 pandemic aid payment expected to be signed by President Biden later this week, Democrats Abroad has written to Biden-Harris Treasury Sec Janet Yellen requesting changes to improve both aid delivery efficiency and agency engagement with the Americans abroad community.Read more
Carmelan Polce published CARES Act Aid up date: IRS announces all stimulus payments have been issued in Taxation Task Force Blog 2021-02-16 18:33:13 -0500
The IRS announced on 16 February 2021 that all first and second round Economic Impact Payments (EIP) have now been issued.* Get My Payment, the online IRS platform for taxpayers to track EIPs, was last updated on Jan. 29, 2021, to reflect the final payments and will not be updated again for EIP1 or EIP2.
What if you are still waiting for your payment?Read more
Carmelan Polce rsvped for Democrats Abroad Australia Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2021-02-14 16:38:47 -0500
Democrats Abroad Australia Annual General Meeting (DAAU AGM)
It's that time of year for our AGM!
We've had a tremendous result from our efforts over the past two years. We acted in solidarity and unity with our fellow Americans back home to Get Out The Vote from down under to ensure that we had a new direction for our country.
In this process, we saw an incredible amount of volunteer interest and new Americans joining DAAU.
This year, we'll be celebrating that as we elect a new National leadership for DAAU. Details will be released soon by the Nominating Committee for the process for nominating and how elections will occur.
We will hold this meeting online due to the uncertainty of the border situation in Australia. This is to ensure that there is equity in the election process and accessibility for attendance.
Our draft agenda will include:
- The Chair (and Vice-Chair) Report
- The Treasurer’s Report and approval of the accounts
- Secretary’s and Membership Report
- Election of New Officers
- Any Other Business
Please register below if you plan to attend, details will be released soon about how to join!WHENApril 17, 2021 at 10amWHEREOnline
Sydney, NSW 2000
Google map and directions
@Carmelan tweeted link to DemsAbroad speaking to lawmakers next week about CARES Act Aid research to Americans abroad. 2020-12-03 19:07:09 -0500DemsAbroad speaking to lawmakers next week about CARES Act Aid research to Americans abroad https://www.democratsabroad.org/carmelan/demsabroad_speaking_to_lawmakers_next_week_about_cares_act_aid_research_to_americans_abroad?recruiter_id=1448
Further to the publication of our October research into the experience of Americans abroad access the aid in the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Democrats Abroad has scheduled a series of meetings with lawmakers in a position to help us implement our recommendations to improve the delivery of aid such as the economic impact payments.
We have also written to the U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, IRS Commissioner Rettig, Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Americans Abroad Caucus co-chair Carolyn Maloney, Senate Finance Committee Chair Grassley, House Ways and Means Committee Chair Neal, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Wyden and House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Brady to share the research findings and recommendations. Download the correspondence here.
We will report out on our meetings after next week.
DEMOCRATS ABROAD TAXATION TASK FORCE
Carmelan Polce published Dems Abroad launches Americans Abroad and the CARES Act research project - take the survey today in Taxation Task Force Blog 2020-10-13 18:34:55 -0400
THANK YOU to all who made submissions to this research into the experience of Americans abroad accessing the aid in the CARES Act. A mighty 4,363 Americans abroad participated in the research, which will result in robust findings. Democrats Abroad will publish a report on the research by mid November then use it to support our recommendations for improving access to the aid in a future COVID pandemic aid package for Americans abroad.
This year the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force has addressed the concerns of thousands of Americans abroad related to the financial aid available to eligible U.S. citizens under the COVID pandemic stimulus bill passed in March. Our experience indicates the resources of the IRS fell far short of serving the needs of eligible Americans abroad. (This fact is particularly vexing today, 15 October, the IRS extension deadline for U.S. tax filing and foreign financial account reporting.)
Today we are launching an Americans Abroad and the CARES Act research project to compile data to describe your experience accessing the aid and make recommendations to the IRS for improving the delivery of the next aid package.
Please take the survey yourself. Please share the survey with other Americans abroad and please post it on your social media platforms. It will be open for submissions from 15 to 31 October 2020. We expect to publish our findings in mid-November.Read more
Carmelan Polce published An Executive Order that might materially reduce the harm of US tax on Americans abroad in Taxation Task Force Blog 2020-09-07 20:25:01 -0400We note this letter to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows requesting Trump sign an Executive Order implementing a range of reforms to provide regulatory relief for Americans abroad.We have this response to the initiative.
Carmelan Polce published Are you waiting for your CARES Act aid payment? in Taxation Task Force Blog 2020-06-10 08:59:12 -0400
More than ten weeks have passed since Congress passed the CARES Act, providing, among other things, aid to low income Americans to supplement their household income during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. According the House Ways and Means Committee the IRS has sent out nearly 160 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) – some by direct deposit (120 million), some by check sent by traditional mail, (35 million) and some by mailed Visa debit card (4 million).
If you are eligible for an EIP but have not received it, it might still be coming.Read more
Carmelan Polce published Dems Abroad outreach about US Govt Coronavirus Aid for Americans Abroad in Taxation Task Force Blog 2020-03-27 19:04:42 -0400
Congress has passed the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the president has signed it into law. Americans abroad will be interested in understanding the law's aid provisions and how they can access them. This is a summary of key aid provisions that are or may be relevant to Americans abroad –
@Carmelan tweeted link to Join. 2020-03-07 00:48:32 -0500Living abroad doesn't make you any less American. Join Democrats Abroad, vote, volunteer, and raise your voice! https://www.democratsabroad.org/join?recruiter_id=1448
Carmelan Polce published September 2019 Congressional Door Knock Report in Taxation Task Force Blog 2019-09-24 21:14:49 -0400
The DemsAbroad Tax Team had another productive week of meetings with Congressional tax writers in Washington DC the week commencing 16 September 2019. We are continuously reminded about the importance of turning up in person to present the serious personal and financial problems that U.S. tax, banking, securities and other laws cause Americans abroad. Not only have we - the many dedicated individuals and organizations advocating on behalf of Americans abroad - built important relationships with the members who are championing our cause (Maloney (D-NY), Holding (R-NC), Titus (D-NV), Raskin (D-MD) and Beyer (D-VA)), but we’ve firmed up our relationship with the House Ways and Means Committee (W&MC) which is so critical to progressing a bill to enact Residency Based Taxation (RBT).
We had a very interesting discussion with the W&MC team working on expat taxation legislation. While we expected their work to be farther advanced than it is, we now have a clearer understanding of their approach to shaping the bill which has as its foundation the administration of the law once it is in place. Their emphasis is on ensuring the law can work for the many categories of Americans abroad: short to medium to decades-long expats; short term corporate placements; love exiles; aid workers; retirees; students of all kinds; healthcare exiles; adventurers; pensioners; and more. We were pleased to offer our on-going advice and feedback on the design elements of the RBT bill and we are determined to keep pushing the work along.
Outreach to Congress
Aside from the in-the-weeds work on the bill, there is of course more work to be done educating members on the problems we need addressed. As you know, our focus is on persuading members in the all-important W&MC that our problems are serious and urgent. Aside from the five members noted earlier, we also met in the office of these W&MC members: Rep Larson (D-CT), Rep Murphy (D-FL); Rep Walorski (R-IN), Rep Pascrell (D-NJ) and Rep Westrup (R-OH). We door-knocked 25 other W&MC members and passed our Leave Behind Pack to the legislative staff. Our meetings on the Senate side included Sen Brown (D-OH) and Sen Portman (R-OH), both serving on the Senate Finance Committee, as well as Sen Paul (R-KY), known for his determination to block reforms to U.S. tax treaties critical to our experience navigating the intersection of U.S. and residence country taxation.
We find that the most compelling cases we present are those that profile the constituents of the offices we visit navigating these challenges: the enormous complexity and cost of U.S. tax compliance; bank lockouts; double-taxation of pensions; the obstacles to ordinary investing; and the existential threat the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “transition taxes” pose for small to medium sized business owners.
To that end, we continue to encourage all Americans abroad suffering from the burdens of U.S. taxation to call and/or write to your elected representatives about your experience. Use our language or use your own. If there’s any chance you can get to Capitol Hill yourself, then deliver your message in person! The Senate and House offices are open to all – take advantage of it! Find your members’ office address, walk right in (after passing through ground-floor metal detectors), introduce yourself, ask for an aide who has time to speak to a constituent for 10 minutes and then tell your story.Transition TaxesIn all of our meetings we discussed the impact the Repat and GILTI taxes have had on small and medium sized American business owners abroad. We had a particularly successful meeting in the House Committee on Small Business. Officials there confirm that the impact of GILTI is much more widespread than they had initially thought. We will continue to engage with the Committee to keep pressure on Congress and Treasury to establish a solution.
You can be sure that we will be back on Capitol Hill at least one more time before the end of the calendar year, working in concert with all the other Americans abroad organizations to make the case for a switch to RBT and for other legislative remedies that address the serious discrimination we suffer as non-resident citizens.
Please send comments and questions to [email protected].
Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force
Carmelan Polce published Rep. Maloney re-introduces bills to provide relief and support to Americans Abroad. in Taxation Task Force Blog 2019-09-17 14:18:56 -0400
On Tuesday 17 September Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY12) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA08) introduced two bills to provide support and relief to Americans Abroad. They are the Commission on Americans Living Overseas Act and the Overseas Americans Financial Access Act. Democrats Abroad endorses these bills and thanks Rep. Maloney and Rep. Beyer for their on-going interest in and support for the Americans abroad community.
Commission on Americans Abroad Act
The Commission on Americans Abroad Act, first introduced by Rep. Maloney and former New York Rep. Charlie Rangel in the 113th Congress, would create a commission to establish the impact of U.S. laws and regulations on Americans living abroad and make reform recommendations. You can read about it here.
Overseas Americans Financial Access Act
The Overseas Americans Financial Access Act, first introduced by Rep. Maloney in the last Congress, provides an exemption for Americans abroad from all Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) reporting for the accounts we hold in the countries where we live. FATCA was created to discourage and apprehend Americans using foreign financial accounts to hide money from the IRS; it was never intended to track the accounts we use in the places where we live to pay our bills and save for the future. You can read about it here.
Democrats Abroad is in Washington DC this week (18-20 September) for more talks about expat tax reform and will be discussing these bills in our meetings. Expat tax reform activists are encouraged to participate in our Congressional CallStorm this week to tell our elected representatives that we need relief from the unjust burden that the U.S. tax code and other laws and regulations place on Americans abroad.
Please send comments and questions to [email protected]
@Carmelan tweeted link to DA is in DC next week. Expat Tax Reform Activists, it's time to call Congress.. 2019-09-09 08:36:31 -0400DA is in DC next week. Expat Tax Reform Activists, it's time to call Congress. https://www.democratsabroad.org/carmelan/da_is_in_dc_next_week_expat_tax_reform_activists_it_s_time_to_call_congress?recruiter_id=1448
Democrats Abroad is back on Capitol Hill again next week to talk to Congress about Residency Based Taxation, FATCA reform, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act fixes and other recommendations aimed at reducing the burden U.S. taxation places uniquely on Americans living abroad. We especially look forward to meetings we have scheduled with the Ways and Means Committee for updates on their work on legislation to enact a switch from Citizenship Based Taxation to Residency Based Taxation.
Please help us demonstrate the enormous support that exists across the Americans abroad community for these critical reforms by reaching out to your elected representatives some time between 16 and 20 September. This campaign guide has all you need to call or write your members of Congress.
Democrats Abroad UK is hosting a Webinar on 17 September for those who would like a tutorial about how to contact their members of Congress. Click here for more information and to register.
As usual, in the follow-up to next week's expat tax reform meetings we will publish a report on what we learned. Please send comments or questions to [email protected]
DEMOCRATS ABROAD TAXATION TASK FORCE
@Carmelan tweeted link to Democrats Abroad Residency Based Taxation FAQs - Update through June 2019. 2019-07-03 17:51:02 -0400Democrats Abroad Residency Based Taxation FAQs - Update through June 2019 https://www.democratsabroad.org/carmelan/democrats_abroad_residency_based_taxation_faqs_-_update_through_june_2019?recruiter_id=1448
Happy Fourth of July!
Best wishes for glorious celebrations of our nation's 243rd birthday, filled with delicious BBQs, refreshing beverages and fabulous fireworks.
And when the celebrations are over if you are interested in turning your mind to work by Democrats Abroad and the rest of the expat tax reform coalition to persuade Congress to enact a switch from our current system of Citizenship-based Taxation to Residency-based Taxation (RBT), then you might want to see our RBT Frequently Asked Questions doc. We have updated it for progress achieved through June of 2019 and are hereby publishing it for your reference.
Please send comments or questions - or FURTHER questions for us to add to this document! - to [email protected]
DEMOCRATS ABROAD TAXATION TASK FORCE
Carmelan Polce published US Double Tax Treaties, Expat tax reform coalition at work on the Hill and More GILTI regs in Taxation Task Force Blog 2019-06-21 09:15:12 -0400
Thanks to all who participated in the Congressional CallStorm organized by Democrats Abroad to mark the 2019 International Tax Filing Day. With the help of all you expat tax activists we continue to build the profile of Americans abroad struggling to comply with double taxation and to bring our problems to the attention of members of Congress in both parties and across both chambers. We need the support of all those interested in expat tax reform in order to make it happen. Thanks again for your support.
Tax Treaties at last on the Congressional agenda
You may be aware that since Senator Rand Paul took office in 2006 he has blocked all tax treaties from coming to the floor of the U.S. Senate for a vote. During this time tax treaties between the U.S and Hungary, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Chile, Spain, Poland, Japan and Portugal (at least) have been stuck in limbo, not to mention reforms made to the Model U.S. tax treaty. We recommend that all Americans abroad who vote in Kentucky to contact Sen. Paul and urge him to lift his holds on these treaties.
This week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to begin consideration of the treaties with Hungary, Chile, Spain, Japan and Portugal. Double taxation treaties address a range of matters that impact U.S. citizens living abroad, most especially the treatment of savings and retirement plans that receive beneficial tax treatment in our countries of residence but no favorable treatment under the U.S. tax system. When U.S. tax treaties are silent on this matter they leave payments made from foreign pensions, including those to which we may be legally mandated to contribute, subjected to double taxation.
It’s perhaps too early to anticipate those eight treaties moving closer to a floor vote in the Senate, but reporting suggests Sen. Paul is meeting with Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin to discuss his privacy concerns. We are following this issue and look forward to reporting back.
Americans abroad on Capitol Hill
Democrats Abroad gives an enormous shout out to our colleagues at Association of Americans Resident Overseas (AARO) and Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO) for their amazing week of meetings on Capitol Hill about expat tax reform. DA’s Tax Task Force was pleased to brief some members of their delegation and share with them an extensive list of members of Congress for them to meet (including names of key aides to speak to). We have since de-briefed with them and, to put it very briefly, they learned that: a) our concerns and recommendations are getting through to Congressional tax writers, and b) there remain a few outliers who either CONTINUE to harbor major misunderstandings about the demographics of Americans abroad or have concerns that RBT will open the flood gates to mass exploitation by wealthy Americans using real or faux off-shore residency to move assessable income to low-tax or no-tax countries.
Yes, we’ve heard it all before but at least these prejudices are well outside the mainstream.
Big, big THANK YOU to AARO and FAWCO for hitting it hard and fighting the good fight for a switch from citizenship-based taxation to residency-based taxation, financial account reporting reform and more. Heroic work by excellent colleagues (who, like us, are volunteers and) who share our goal of persuading Congress to fix the Internal Revenue Code and other laws and regulations that cause serious personal and financial harm to Americans living abroad.
Treasury announces more changes to GILTI regs
It’s been almost 18 months since Americans who own companies registered abroad were shocked to learn of two new taxes in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that could destroy not only their businesses but also their life savings. Regulations implementing the Repatriation Tax and GILTI Tax announced last year failed to provide material relief to Americans abroad. Last Friday June 14th Treasury issued “final regulations” on GILTI, Subpart F income and tax credits. You can read about them here (IRS and Treasury advice) or here (The Tax Adviser tax blog).
Democrats Abroad does not provide personal advice on tax matters.
Tax advice should be obtained from a qualified tax professional (accountant, lawyer, adviser or return preparer) who understands both the U.S. tax system and the tax system of the country where the taxpayer lives (including any applicable tax treaty).
If you need tax advice Democrats Abroad recommends the Tax Return Preparer Directory published by our colleagues in expat tax advocacy, American Citizens Abroad. Click here to reference their directory.
Please send comments or questions to [email protected].
DEMOCRATS ABROAD TAXATION TASK FORCE
@Carmelan tweeted link to Intl Tax Filing Day CallStorm - Thur June 13 2019 - time to call Congress!!. 2019-06-05 15:00:15 -0400Intl Tax Filing Day CallStorm - Thur June 13 2019 - time to call Congress!! https://www.democratsabroad.org/carmelan/intl_tax_filing_day_callstorm_-_thur_june_13_2019_-_time_to_call_congress?recruiter_id=1448
The 2019 deadline for U.S. citizens living abroad to file their taxes is Monday June 17 (as the usual international tax filing deadline of June 15 falls on a Saturday this year).
In order to draw attention to International Tax Filing Day Democrats Abroad is hosting a Congressional CallStorm. We invite U.S. citizens who support expat tax reform to participate in this campaign on Thursday June 13 (neither Friday June 14th nor Monday June 17th are House and Senate sitting days) and call their members of Congress asking for relief.
Everything you need to participate in the CallStorm is in this guide for campaign participants.
Date for calls: Thursday June 13, 2019
Date for written and electronic messages: Through the month of June
Who to contact: your two Senators and your member of the House of Representatives. If you don't know who they are advice for finding them and their contact details are in the guide.
What to say: scripts for calls and sample language for emails, letters and postcards are in the guide. If you can add your personal story about why expat tax reform is important to you that would be even better. Specifically, we are asking for -
- A switch from our current system of citizenship based taxation to residency based taxation, in which we’d still be required to report US-based income to the IRS, but not the income we make in and pay tax on abroad
the Overseas Americans Financial Access Act, which would exempt us from disclosures of the financial accounts we hold in our countries of residence which we use to pay bills and save for the future
Further details on our tax advocacy ideals, strategy and asks are in the guide.
Thanks in advance for your support. As noted in the guide, our work with the House tax writing subcommittee is making serious progress, but we need to build support for expat tax reform right across Congress. To do that we need all who are seeking relief from the burden of complying with two tax jurisdictions to call your elected representatives and ask for it.
Please send questions or comments to [email protected]
Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force
@Carmelan tweeted link to Thanks to Rep Dina Titus (D-NV01) for telling Ways & Means that Americans abroad need tax relief. 2019-06-04 12:44:51 -0400Thanks to @RepDinaTitus for telling Ways & Means that Americans abroad need tax relief now https://www.democratsabroad.org/carmelan/thanks_to_rep_dina_titus_d-nv01_for_telling_ways_means_that_americans_abroad_need_tax_relief?recruiter_id=1448
Democrats Abroad is enormously grateful for the long-standing support that Rep. Dina Titus has extended to the Americans abroad community. She's always in our corner and never refuses an opportunity to show her concern for our problems - with the U.S. tax system and otherwise - and to push for common-sense reforms to address them.
In response to our outreach about the Ways and Means Members Day Hearing, Rep. Titus has published this statement calling upon the Ways & Means Committee to ease the financial burdens placed upon Americans abroad by the U.S. citizenship-based taxation system. Thank you, Rep. Titus, for noting that Americans abroad have been for too long neglected by Congress and for calling upon Congress to work together to provide us with relief.
Please also see this statement from Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD08) telling the Ways & Means Committee we need a switch from citizenship-based taxation to residency-based taxation.
It's not too late for rank and file members of Congress to join their voices to those of Reps Raskin and Titus in raising with the Ways and Means Committee the serious problems facing Americans abroad in complying with the filing obligations of two tax jurisdictions. Please reach out to your representative and ask him/her to contact Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richie Neal and Ranking Member Kevin Brady about the urgent need for expat tax reform. This guide will help you do so.
Please contact us at [email protected] with comments or questions.
Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force
@Carmelan tweeted link to Thanks to Rep Jamie Raskin (D-MD08) for telling the Ways and Means Committee we need RBT. 2019-06-03 23:06:18 -0400Thanks @ RepRaskin for standing by Americans abroad and profiling our taxation problems to the Ways and Means Committee. @DemsAbroad and Americans living right around the world are grateful for your support. https://www.democratsabroad.org/carmelan/thanks_to_rep_jamie_raskin_d-md08_for_telling_the_ways_and_means_committee_we_need_rbt?recruiter_id=1448
Further to our report from last week, we are delighted that Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD08), a former member of Democrats Abroad-France, has responded to our request to provide a submission to the June 4 House Ways & Means Committee Members' Day Hearing about the urgent need for expat tax reform. We send our sincere thanks to the Congressman for his on-going support for our community and for legislation to address the serious personal and financial harm we suffer due to citizenship-based taxation. Click here to read Rep. Raskin's submission.
As you will know from DA's previous tax advocacy reports, we now have a bi-partisan team from the House Ways and Means Committee working on the development of a proposal to enact residency-based taxation. But there's much more work to do to persuade the other 40 members of that committee that this reform is urgently needed and can be sensibly implemented. We continue our outreach to those important members, educating them on the harm citizenship based taxation causes ordinary, middle-class American families and persuading them to act urgently on our behalf.
We are counting on all Americans abroad supporting residency-based taxation to reach out to their elected representatives and reinforce our work. Please call, write or message your members in Congress and tell your personal story about why a switch to residency based taxation is so important to you. If you have trouble getting started then please refer to this guide to find your representatives and to add your voice to the cause. It's imperative that members across Congress, in both houses, on all committees and of all political stripes hear from their overseas constituents about the urgent need for a switch to residency based taxation.
Thanks for your help. Please contact us on [email protected] with comments or questions.
Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force