A RAINBOW WAVE: WHAT’S NEXT FOR LBGTQ RIGHTS?
Martha McDevitt Pugh is the International Chair of the Democrats Abroad LBGTQ Caucus. She has been at the forefront of rights for the gay community since the 2000s and before, creating initiatives that have led to major changes in US Law, corporations, NGOs and communities.
Martha will be in Paris attending a McKinsey Master Class on LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace. She was invited to attend by a senior leader in the company she works at, and was delighted to have been accepted. Legal equality is great, she says, and engagement is needed to create social acceptance, inclusion and respect.
Co-Chair of the DAF Women's Caucus Sheila Malovany Chevallier will welcome Martha around refreshments. Her code will be sent to you upon receiving your rsvp.
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.
At this social event, the Grenoble chapter leadership committee will be elected that will remain in office for the next two years. We all know how important the 2020 presidential election is, so why not join us? If you are interested in being part of our leadership committee, contact: Info-FR-Rhone-Alps@democratsabroad.org
The different roles and responsibilities of our leadership committee can be found here.
Not ready to run for office yourself? Well, come anyway, meet us, have a drink and a snack, and see what we're about and how you might like to get involved.
Come vote for your Chapter's ExCom in person. Bring your ID. Meet other Dems and enjoy a projection of the play, Ann, about the famous Texas governor Ann Richards. Our member Jim Lovell, who worked with the Governor for many years, will introduce the film.
What are your US and French tax obligations? How do you avoid double taxation? What are FATCA and FBAR? Learn from our tax expert Pierre Taponier in the lovely riverside town of Vieux-Port. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
This social event is open to all our members, Americans and accompanying guests. We welcome you all to come and interact with fellow Americans in the region and engage in American political discussions. We will give a brief presentation particularly where these issues stand in the Washington political discourse. Join us to formalize our viewpoint as Americans living abroad by paying (€5) includes drinks, such as wine and water.
Parking: Palais de la Méditerranée or Grimaldi
Public Transport: several bus stops in walking distance: Grimaldi, Congrès-Joffre, Congrès-Promenade
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.
Tax Seminar w/ U.S. Tax expert Pierre Taponier (from Paris) PLUS our bi-annual Chapter Elections
FATCA, FBAR, Trump tax changes=Nightmare
Help is at hand!
Please join us for a presentation by Paris-based tax specialist Pierre Taponier, who wowed us all last spring with his excellent presentation.
Pierre's firm, located in Place de la Concorde in Paris, serves the American expat community in France. They provide the entire range of tax and legal services.
Read more about his practice here: http://taponier-avocat.com/?lang=en
Pierre was born in Paris to an American mother and a French father. He is a dual French-American citizen and completely bilingual. He graduated from Sorbonne University with a Masters in law and received an L.L.M. (Masters degree) from Georgetown Law in Washington D.C.
He is a New York attorney as well as a French avocat, admitted to the bar in New York and Paris.
Donation: 15€ payable in cash at the door to DAF members; 25€ to non-members.
RSVP essential as places are limited.
Following Pierre's presentation and Q&A session at 5:30pm, we'll break for refreshments and come back for the Chapter Elections at 5:45, planning to finish by about 6:15pm.
If you wish to attend the Chapter elections but NOT the tax talk, plan to arrive at 5:30.
There is NO CHARGE for the Chapter Election segment of the day.
If driving, be aware that parking on the street is often difficult. There is a nearby underground Indigo carpark on rue Varsovie.
Nearest METRO: Saint-Cyprien-République
THE STATE OF THE UNION - EUROPE
Join us for a discussion with PASCAL LAMY on Donald Trump’s impact on international and transatlantic relations.
GREGORY VISCUSI, Bloomberg News, Paris bureau covering a full range of topics, including company news, macro-economics, banking, European immigration issue and euro crisis.
PASCAL LAMY, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) (2005-2013). Head of the President of the European Commission’s Cabinet, Jacques DELORS, and its "sherpa" at the G-7 (1985-1994). Chair of the steering group of the Paris Peace Forum (2018). President of the French Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).President Emeritus of the Jacques DELORS Institute.
Mr. Lamy also lectures to the benefit of INSTITUT JACQUES DELORS among other engagements on issues related to globalization, global governance, international trade, international economics, regional integration, European and French issues.
PAY ON LINE You can register online (there is a service charge of 2 euros), but be sure to also RSVP below.
TO PAY BY CHECK Or you can send a check for 38€ made out to Democrats Abroad France to Brooke BURNS, 79 Boulevard Jean Jaures 92100 Boulogne Billancourt, and clearly indicate the names of the attendees. But be sure to also RSVP below.
Because of limited seating, please pay on line or by check in order to secure your rsvp. Thank you for your understanding.