It's tax time again, and as US citizens living abroad, we again find ourselves in the unpleasant situation of having to file US income tax returns on our worldwide income (the USA is one of only two countries on the planet with this requirement, the other being Eritrea). Thankfully, Pierre Taponier, an experienced, dual US/French tax attorney, will give us a Tax Talk in Lyon on March 23rd from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, including a question and answer period.(1)
Proposed subjects include:
- Recent changes in US and French tax laws
- Filing requirements (Do I need to file?)
- "Non-resident alien" spouse - Head of Household, Joint, or Separate return?
- Important dates
- Avoiding double taxation
The tax talk will be immediately followed by Lyon chapter elections. The afternoon's agenda will be as follows:
2:30 - 3:00pm: Registration
3:00 - 4:00pm: Expert Tax Attorney Talk
Americans living abroad are generally required to file a US income tax return, which can be a daunting task, especially the first time through. The tax law changes passed last year raise even more questions. Thankfully, help is coming. Pierre Taponier, an experienced dual French - US tax attorney will be coming from Paris to give a presentation and answer questions.
4:00 - 4:30pm: Q & A
4:30 - 5:00pm: Lyon Leadership Committee Elections
Elections for our local chapter of Democrats Abroad will be held after the tax talk. Candidates will present themselves and members will have the opportunity to vote if they have not already done so by electronic ballot. (2)
(1) Places are limited for the Tax Talk. In order to reserve your place, we ask that you click below on "Purchase Tickets." Suggested donation for DA members is 15€, for non-members 25€. All donations will go to cover the cost of this event and to fund DALyon activities throughout the year.
(2) No reservation is necessary for attendance at election event.
Immediately following the Tax Talk event:
We will hold our second Leadership Election for the Lyon Chapter of Democrats Abroad France. Please join us for this election and an apéro! You will be able to meet other DALyon members, hear from the candidates, and elect your new Lyon leadership!
Note: The elections will take place immediately following the Tax Talk event. To reserve a place for the Tax Talk, please click here.
4:30 - 4:40 Registration
4:40 - 5:00 Welcome, Candidate Speeches & Election Results
New members are welcome but must join DALyon by Friday, March 22nd. To join, please click here. You must be a US citizen, 18 years of age or older by Nov. 3, 2020.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAN'T ATTEND THE MEETING? YOU CAN VOTE VIA ABSENTEE BALLOT!
In addition to the in-person Election on March 23rd, an Absentee Ballot will be made available by email to all DAF-Lyon members to encourage broad participation in the election. (As a result, no nominations from the floor can be allowed.)
Please note that the Absentee/Early Vote Ballot can be voted either electronically or via postal delivery. In either case, your voted ballot must be received by end of day Thursday, March 21st. After the Early Vote Ballot has closed, you can vote by attending the Election Meeting.
If you are a member of DALyon but do not receive an early vote ballot by March 10th, please contact the Lyon Election Officer at email@example.com.
We continue to add new ways for our Democrats Abroad Lyon community to meet and connect. Michelle Obama is coming to Paris on April 16th to promote her new book, Becoming. What better way to celebrate her visit to France than for us to meet and discuss her book?
So we wanted to give you ample warning to allow you to read the book (in case you haven’t already). And like good Book Club hosts, we will try to have a few “extras” to share - so come for the discussion even if you haven’t read it.