IL7 House Candidate Q&A

Illinois 7th District House Democratic Primary is on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Your ballot must be postmarked by Tuesday, June 28, 2022 and received by Tuesday, July 12, 2022. To find out more about voting in the June 28th primary, go to VoteFromAbroad.org


Danny Davis

Once elected, will you:

Join the Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus?

Yes

Co-sign these bills that will help Americans abroad?

Yes

Medicare portability: Would you support a pilot program allowing Americans currently receiving all or the majority of their Medicare benefits in the US to have the option of receiving these benefits overseas?

 Yes

Residency-based taxation (RBT): A majority of Americans abroad are working and middle class but are subject to excessively complex filing requirements and tax treatment more punitive than if we lived in the US. We suffer from unfair and outdated stereotypes that we are moving abroad to evade paying US taxes, when research confirms that most Americans move abroad to marry a non-US spouse or for work. Would you support adjustments to the tax code that align tax residency with physical residency, provided that they are resilient against abuse and are beneficial to the Internal Revenue Service? Such a change is commonly known and used in the rest of the world as “residency-based taxation.”

Yes

Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR): The reporting threshold of $10,000 has not been adjusted for inflation since its introduction in the 1970s. Would you support creating a higher reporting threshold for Americans living abroad and indexing the reporting threshold for inflation?

Yes

Global Intangible Low-taxed Income (GILTI) & Repatriation: Will you support an exemption for small American business owners from the erroneous filing and double taxation from the GILTI tax and retrospective relief from the repatriation tax?

Yes

Overall: Will you keep Americans abroad in mind when passing all legislation to ensure no further unintended consequences negatively impact Americans living outside the United States?

Yes


Denarvis Mendenhall

Once elected, will you:

Join the Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus?

Yes, I will consider joining the "Americans Abroad Caucus" once I'm elected.

Co-sign these bills that will help Americans abroad?

Medicare portability: Would you support a pilot program allowing Americans currently receiving all or the majority of their Medicare benefits in the US to have the option of receiving these benefits overseas?

 Yes

Residency-based taxation (RBT): A majority of Americans abroad are working and middle class but are subject to excessively complex filing requirements and tax treatment more punitive than if we lived in the US. We suffer from unfair and outdated stereotypes that we are moving abroad to evade paying US taxes, when research confirms that most Americans move abroad to marry a non-US spouse or for work. Would you support adjustments to the tax code that align tax residency with physical residency, provided that they are resilient against abuse and are beneficial to the Internal Revenue Service? Such a change is commonly known and used in the rest of the world as “residency-based taxation.”

Yes, I will support Tax code adjustments that align tax residency with physical residency.

Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR): The reporting threshold of $10,000 has not been adjusted for inflation since its introduction in the 1970s. Would you support creating a higher reporting threshold for Americans living abroad and indexing the reporting threshold for inflation?

Yes, I will support a review of the financial reporting threshold for Americans living abroad.

Global Intangible Low-taxed Income (GILTI) & Repatriation: Will you support an exemption for small American business owners from the erroneous filing and double taxation from the GILTI tax and retrospective relief from the repatriation tax?

I will need more information regarding (GILTl) before I can commit to supporting it.

Overall: Will you keep Americans abroad in mind when passing all legislation to ensure no further unintended consequences negatively impact Americans living outside the United States?

As an American who once lived abroad while serving in the U.S. Air Force; Yes, will keep Americans Abroad in mind when passing all legislation.


Kina Collins

Once elected, will you:

Join the Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus?

Yes

Co-sign these bills that will help Americans abroad?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Medicare portability: Would you support a pilot program allowing Americans currently receiving all or the majority of their Medicare benefits in the US to have the option of receiving these benefits overseas?

Healthcare is a fundamental human right and we need to ensure healthcare access for all Americans. Medicare for All would provide us with complete and equitable access to quality healthcare for all people. 2.2% of Americans living abroad are health care refugees- ensuring that no one is forced to move for health care access is a critical first step. As part of expanding healthcare access I support more research on medicare portability and how it would be impacted by H.R.5799.

Residency-based taxation (RBT): A majority of Americans abroad are working and middle class but are subject to excessively complex filing requirements and tax treatment more punitive than if we lived in the US. We suffer from unfair and outdated stereotypes that we are moving abroad to evade paying US taxes, when research confirms that most Americans move abroad to marry a non-US spouse or for work. Would you support adjustments to the tax code that align tax residency with physical residency, provided that they are resilient against abuse and are beneficial to the Internal Revenue Service? Such a change is commonly known and used in the rest of the world as “residency-based taxation.”

Its critical to make our tax system more just- the richest Americans aren’t paying their fair share while working and middle class families struggle. I support a shift toward a RBT or similar system that would create a more equitable tax system for Americans abroad.

Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR): The reporting threshold of $10,000 has not been adjusted for inflation since its introduction in the 1970s. Would you support creating a higher reporting threshold for Americans living abroad and indexing the reporting threshold for inflation?

Yes

Global Intangible Low-taxed Income (GILTI) & Repatriation: Will you support an exemption for small American business owners from the erroneous filing and double taxation from the GILTI tax and retrospective relief from the repatriation tax?

Yes, the GILTI tax is deeply flawed and needs to be fundamentally changed. We should make it easier for Americans to grow operations here as they grow abroad.

Overall: Will you keep Americans abroad in mind when passing all legislation to ensure no further unintended consequences negatively impact Americans living outside the United States?

Yes


*Democrats Abroad has not endorsed any candidate(s) and is committed to remaining neutral for the duration of the primary. ALL candidates for this race were invited to answer the list of questions. Candidate answers are published in the order received.