Press Event in Washington DC to mark June 15th Expat Tax Filing Deadline and Support H.R. 2729

On June 15, 2023 Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV-01) as the Chair of the Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus held a press conference in front of the Capitol to raise awareness of the issues faced by Americans abroad and to garner support for H.R.2729 - Commission on Americans Living Abroad Act of 2023. Read on for more information on the event and press coverage.

Livestream of press conference:

Congresswoman Dina Titus speaking during the press conference and shaking hands with Rebecca Lammers, Chair of the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force:

Rebecca Lammers, Chair of the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force, shaking hands with colleagues from American Citizens Abroad, AARO, and SEAT:

Congresswoman Dina Titus' tweet about the press conference:

TaxNotes News Coverage:

Politico PRO Morning Tax News Coverage:

American Citizens Abroad held a press conference Thursday morning in which members from the organization and Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) advocated for legislation to require a 10-person bipartisan panel to study, among other banking and voting issues, double taxation burdens that plague Americans who live in foreign countries.

One primary pillar that ACA has pushed for is residence-based taxation, which would tax U.S. citizens solely based on where the income is earned.

Another policy ACA would like to see enacted is the same-country exemption. As we’ve noted in previous newsletters, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) reporting laws have in many cases made life very difficult for Americans living abroad, with several prominent foreign banks refusing to do business with Americans because of the stringent requirements.

The same-country exemption would exclude reporting of accounts based in the country where an American permanently resides.

“There’s a misconception that people abroad are richer or somehow more entitled,” Titus said. “That is just absolutely not true.”

Laura Snyder, the co-founder of Stop Extraterritorial American Taxation, said Americans abroad are less able to save for retirement, face complex and expensive tax return filing and have difficulty operating small businesses, among a litany of other hardships that Snyder says causes real emotional distress for these taxpayers.

Titus noted that she had enlisted the help of Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) on the proposed legislation and had chatted with other Ways and Means committee members about it.

“I feel very strongly that we should get rid of double taxation,” Beyer said Thursday. "None of our allies — zero — tax their citizens abroad.”

Bloomberg Hill Tax Briefing News Coverage:

Americans Abroad

Reps. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) and Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced legislation that would establish a commission reporting on how US laws affect Americans living abroad, including taxation.

Among the issues the commission would tackle is whether US citizens living in other countries are unfairly subject to double taxation, Titus said at a press conference. Beyer, speaking separately to reporters, said individuals should pay taxes where they live, noting other countries don’t tax citizens living abroad. 

“I feel very strongly we should get rid of double taxation,” Beyer said.