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  • **OUT NOW** 2022 Americans Abroad Tax Report

    Announcing the release of the 2022 report on tax and financial access issues for Americans abroad!


    Click here to read the report

    Share the report with your Members of Congress

    Thank you to all that participated in the tax survey earlier this year! This report is a summary of what you shared about your tax and financial access issues. Overall, your feedback confirmed the compounding effect of tax discrimination, unintended consequences, and banking rules and regulations impose a substantial burden on Americans abroad.

    We encourage you to read the report and share it with your Members of Congress, who are the ones with the power to change the tax laws.

    A BIG thank you to the 40+ volunteers who contributed both big and small to this report. This report is nearly 2 years in the making, and we're very excited that it's now publicly available for all to read. Our hope is that this report will be an effective advocacy tool for the upcoming 118th Congress, and we look forward to engaging in productive conversations with Congress in 2023 to further our advocacy efforts for tax reform.

    Please send any questions or feedback on the report to [email protected]


  • published 2022 Report in Taxation 2022-11-27 09:49:39 -0500

    2022 Report

    A 2022 Update on Tax and Financial Access Issues of Americans Abroad
    ONCE UNCOMFORTABLE, NOW SUFFOCATING


    The Tax Survey of Americans Abroad was open for responses in April 2022. It was designed to collect up-to-date information on how Americans living outside the U.S. experience U.S. taxation and financial access. The report analyzed the survey responses and presents our findings.

     

    Report one page summary (pdf)


    2 page executive summary (pdf)


    Download the full report (pdf)

    View interactive data graphics here (website)


    The 3 most important things you can do to help resolve the tax problems for Americans abroad

    1. Share this report with your Members of Congress. Click here for instructions on how to do this.
    2. Join Democrats Abroad, it's free! Click here to sign up now.
    3. Donate to Democrats Abroad to help us get out the vote and support our tax advocacy work. Click here to donate now.

    Have you been impacted by Americans abroad tax and financial access issues and you'd like help?

    We want to hear your stories. Click here to tell us about the problems you've experienced. We especially want to hear from you if you've experienced any of the following problems:

    • Were unfairly double taxed on your income
    • Had a bank account closed on you for being a U.S. citizen in your country of residence
    • Refused to open or had a bank account closed in the U.S. due to not having a U.S. address
    • Asked to return the 2021 Child Tax Credit
    • Have been hit by the GILTI tax and/or Transition tax as a business owner

    Want to get involved?


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  • DA Taxation Task Force Volunteer Info Session (APAC/EMEA Friendly Time)


    Are you passionate about American abroad tax issues and have the skills or time to help?
    The DA Taxation Task Force is hosting this volunteer information session to explain what's involved in being a volunteer and to answer any questions you might have about volunteering. Click here for an outline of volunteering opportunities for the TTF.

    The DA TTF is a group of dedicated volunteers working towards fixing the tax code for Americans living abroad. We are under new leadership for 2022 and in preparation, we are currently looking to restructure the team as well as inviting new volunteers to join us.

    We have a number of volunteer positions available, from people with no experience who want to help out with social media, to subject matter experts that can help us lobby Congress - everyone and anyone is welcome to contribute!

    Once you attend the info session, we encourage you to complete this application to the best of your ability. You will then be invited to a follow-up one-to-one 30 minute Zoom call to figure out which teams you fit into and to get you started.

    Note: Attending an info session is optional, you do not need to attend to express interest in volunteering. Feel free to go ahead and fill in the application form here.

    You can also express interest in volunteering by emailing [email protected] and including as much information as possible about your background and how you think you can help.

    Please feel free to forward this event page to friends or family that you think might be interested in getting involved!

     

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  • *20 Minute Action* Ask your Members of Congress to read the 2022 tax report

    Your help is needed this week! Contact your Members of Congress and ask them to read the 2022 Update on Tax and Financial Access Issues of Americans Abroad. This report is based on the 7,000 Americans abroad who filled in the tax survey in April this year, so this is helping your voice be heard in Congress! Now that the report is available, your help is needed to make sure that all Members of Congress are made aware of it and receive a copy.

    This action will only take *20 minutes* and will greatly help us advance our advocacy goals!

    Click here to watch a quick video on how to participate in this campaign to help you save time.

    Follow these 3 Steps -

    1. Find your 2 Senators and 1 House Representative's Washington D.C. office phone numbers

    • Click here and search for the last address you lived at in the U.S. or your U.S. voting address (if you've never lived in the U.S., use the last address your American parent(s) lived).
    • The page should list the Washington D.C. phone numbers for all three of your Members of Congress (they will start with area code 202).

    2. **CALL** their offices

    We want you to call, not email, because calling is generally more effective than emailing to get the correct name.

    • When the receptionist answers the phone read the following script:

    Hi, my name is [insert your name here], I am a constituent and I would like to send a copy of a recently released report on tax problems for Americans abroad to the person in charge of tax on the Congress[wo/man]'s legislative team. This is an issue that matters to me since I live abroad in [country]. Do you know who would be the best person to send a copy of the report to?

    Tips:

    • If you don't have a usual method of calling the US, we recommend adding the minimum credit (usually about $5) to a Skype account so you can call through any device connected to the Internet. This will greatly reduce your costs to make an international call.
    • You'll need to call during Washington D.C. office hours to increase the chances of you getting a person to answer the phone, between 9am to 5pm ET on weekdays.
    • The person on the phone should then give you the email address for the correct person of staff in charge of tax legislation.
    • If when you call, the phone goes to voicemail or no one answers, try again another time, don't leave a voicemail. If you call up to 3 different times and you don't have any luck email us on [email protected] and we'll see if we can help.
    • If you don't have time to call all 3 and you only want to make 1 call, then call your House representative.

    3. Now send 3 separate emails!

    • Copy, paste, and customize the following email (send the same email to each Member of Congress, do not just send one email to all 3).
    • And attach to each email the one page summary and report here.

    To: Tax staff email
    Cc: [email protected] (this is very important, don't forget to cc us so that we know that you contacted your reps! This helps us track who contacted whom.)

    Dear [Tax staff's first and last name],

    My name is [your name], I am a proud constituent living in [city and country you live in].

    [Please add your own personal story about how you've been impacted by tax and financial access issues. The more personal, the better.]

    Solutions to these issues of concern to the estimated nine million(!) Americans abroad are non-controversial and bipartisan. With the 118th Congress just around the corner, fixing these problems could garner bipartisan support.

    Please find attached a one pager and copy of a recently released report on Americans abroad tax and financial access issues. Can you please add this report to your records?

    Please contact [email protected] to arrange a meeting with the authors who can walk you through the report and currently introduced legislation available to co-sponsor.

    Thanks,

    [Your name]

    If you do not receive a reply in 24 hours, send a follow-up email asking for them to confirm that they received your email for their records (which will only take 1-2 minutes of your time):

    • If the Congressional staff requests additional information or wants to do a call with you about the report but you're not confident in doing this, reply and cc in [email protected] and say that someone in Democrats Abroad will be happy to speak with them.
    • If you receive any reply, please forward it to [email protected] so Democrats Abroad knows how the member's office responds to your request.
    • Don't be afraid to message them on all their social media platforms to ask if they saw your email too - offices are very busy and get hundreds of emails a day so this helps bump your email up to the top of their inbox.
    • If you can't send an attachment to your email, use these links to share the report:

    Click here to watch a quick video on how to participate in this campaign to help you save time!

    That's it! Thank you so much for helping us with this very important work. If you have any questions on this action, please email us at [email protected].

    Feel free to share this website page with anyone you think is interested in helping fix the tax problems for Americans abroad!


  • published IN2 House Candidate Q&A in 2022 Midterms 2022-11-09 02:18:30 -0500

    IN2 House Candidate Q&A

    About the Indiana 2nd Congressional District

    The Indiana 2nd District House election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, along with other important elections for the Midterms this year. Due to redistricting, the new Indiana 2nd district boundaries include part of Randolph and Kosciusko counties and all of LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, DeKalb, Whitley, Allen, Huntington, Wells, Adams, Blackford, and Jay counties. Click here to see a detailed map to see if you're an Indiana 2nd district voter. Every vote from abroad matters! The more of us that vote, the more Congress will prioritize Americans abroad issues. This is why it's so important for everyone living abroad to vote. To read more about this race click here.


    Paul Steury

    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?

    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


  • published NY3 House Candidate Q&A in 2022 Midterms 2022-11-09 02:05:12 -0500

    NY3 House Candidate Q&A

    About the New York 3rd Congressional District

    The New York 3rd District House election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, along with other important elections for the Midterms this year. Due to redistricting, the new New York 3rd district boundaries include part of parts of Nassau and Queens. Click here to see a detailed map to see if you're a New York 3rd district voter. Every vote from abroad matters! The more of us that vote, the more Congress will prioritize Americans abroad issues. This is why it's so important for everyone living abroad to vote. To read more about this race click here.


    Robert Zimmerman

    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?

    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


  • published OH13 House Candidate Q&A in 2022 Midterms 2022-11-09 01:56:54 -0500

    OH13 House Candidate Q&A

    About the Ohio 13th Congressional District

    The Ohio 13th District House election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, along with other important elections for the Midterms this year. Due to redistricting, the new Ohio 13th district boundaries include part of Stark county and all of Summit county. Click here to see a detailed map to see if you're an Ohio 13th district voter. Every vote from abroad matters! The more of us that vote, the more Congress will prioritize Americans abroad issues. This is why it's so important for everyone living abroad to vote. To read more about this race click here.


    Emilia Sykes

    Once elected, will you:

    Join the Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus?

    Yes

    Co-sign these bills that will help Americans abroad?

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Unsure, and would like further information from Democrats 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

    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


  • published OH8 House Candidate Q&A in 2022 Midterms 2022-11-09 01:55:00 -0500

    OH8 House Candidate Q&A

    About the Ohio 8th Congressional District

    The Ohio 8th District House election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, along with other important elections for the Midterms this year. Due to redistricting, the new Ohio 8th district boundaries include part of Miami and Hamilton counties and all of Darke, Preble, and Butler counties. Click here to see a detailed map to see if you're an Ohio 8th district voter. Every vote from abroad matters! The more of us that vote, the more Congress will prioritize Americans abroad issues. This is why it's so important for everyone living abroad to vote. To read more about this race click here.


    Vanessa Enoch

    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?

    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


  • Student Loan Relief Application Form Now Accessible for Americans Abroad!

    UPDATE! As of Friday, October 28 at 2:45pm ET, the Department of Education's online application form is now available for Americans abroad, thanks to Democrats Abroad! (Read more about our advocacy on this issue here)

    If for any reason you are STILL getting an error message when trying to access the form, please try these troubleshooting steps:

    • Check back later or another day. The website has been overwhelmed with over 22 million people having applied in the first week the application form went live so give it some time then check again later.
    • Click here to follow steps to use a VPN to get around the geo-blocking of the website. If you find that this fix resolves the issue, be sure to then report your application form error message using this quick form: https://demsabroad.typeform.com/to/DGPna1tS 

    Here are some additional tips for submitting your online application form as an American abroad:

    • You may see an error message at the top of the application form saying that debit discharge is paused, but the application form is still open. As a result of a court order from a group of Republicans, Federal Student Aid is temporarily blocked from processing debt discharges. Application forms are still open, so you are encouraged to apply. Applications will be processed as soon as possible. The news on this is changing quickly right now, so we recommend you periodically check back for updates.
    1. Filling in the form looks like it requires a U.S. phone number, but it doesn’t. Here’s the advice received from the U.S. Department of Education as of Tuesday, Nov 1 at 6pm ET: If you only have a foreign phone number, you can enter 555-555-5555 in the phone number field in the Debt Relief Application. This will not affect the processing of your form, which will occur through your email address. We understand not everyone will feel comfortable doing this, in which case you can use a family or friend's U.S. phone number or set up a virtual U.S. phone number. Some free and paid options to set up a U.S. phone number outside the U.S. are available by clicking on this link.
    Thanks to the Biden-Harris administration, the federal student loan relief is one of the most recent examples of Democrats delivering real, material improvement to the lives of the American people, including Americans abroad. If you've not yet sent your absentee ballot back to the U.S. for the November 8th election, please do so ASAP. Overseas mail delivery is slow, please opt for email ballot if your state allows. For more info on how to return your ballot click here.

    Last updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 11:21pm


  • Democrats Abroad Letter to the U.S. Department of Education About Federal Student Loan Relief Application Form Inaccessible for Americans Abroad

    Below is a copy of the letter Democrats Abroad sent to the Department of Education and Financial Student Aid about the Federal Student Loan Relief application form being inaccessible for Americans Abroad. Democrats Abroad strongly encourages Americans abroad impacted to contact their Members of Congress.

    Click here to download a pdf of the letter.

    Read more

  • Applications for student loan relief are now open!

    Early reports confirm that the Department of Education's application form page is blocked outside of the U.S..

    In order for Americans abroad to apply for the student loan relief online right now, follow these 3 steps:

    1. Use a VPN to access the online form. Click here to follow simple instructions on how to enable a U.S. VPN on your computer. More secure options include ProtonVPN (free) and PrivateInternetAccess (paid).*
    2. Once the VPN is enabled, go to the student loan relief website by clicking here or copy and paste this link: https://studentaid.gov/debt-relief/application
    3. Filling in the form requires a U.S. phone number. You can use a family or friend's U.S. phone number or set up a virtual U.S. phone number. Some free and paid options to set up a U.S. phone number outside the U.S. are available by clicking on this link.

    Democrats Abroad have reported these issues to government officials and they're aware of the problems and they're working on fixing it, but we do not know how long it will take to fix. In the meantime, you can follow these instructions for how to access and submit the form online.

    For the time being, the application is online only in English and Spanish. A paper application will be available later when you'll be able to mail or fax.

    As a result of a court order from a group of Republicans, Federal Student Aid is temporarily blocked from processing debt discharges. Application forms are still open, so you are encouraged to apply. Applications will be processed as soon as possible. The news on this is changing quickly right now, so we recommend you periodically check back here for updates. If you've not yet sent your absentee ballot back to the U.S. for the November 8th election, please do so ASAP. Overseas mail delivery is slow, please opt for email ballot if your state allows. For more info on how to return your ballot click here.

    What can you do to help us get these problems fixed sooner rather than later?

    1. Report your application form error message using this quick form: https://demsabroad.typeform.com/to/DGPna1tS 
    2. Call your Members of Congress and tell them to remove the block and requirement for a U.S. phone number on the student loan relief application form by clicking here. Then email us at [email protected] to let us know that you contacted your Members of Congress.

    Not sure if you qualify for the federal student loan relief or how to get it?

    Watch the Student Loan Relief for Americans Abroad webinar to find out if you qualify:

    Click here to download the slides from the webinar.

    Spot the scams

    Click here to read from the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Advice about spotting student loan debt relief scams. Remember, no one will ever ask you to pay for student loan debt relief.

    * Any information you submit using a 3rd party software can subject your personal information to being sold and use is at your own risk. Democrats Abroad does not endorse or recommend any VPN companies or software. No liability is accepted by Democrats Abroad.

    Last update: Saturday, October 22, 2022 4:04pm EDT

     


  • published MD4 House Candidate Q&A in 2022 Midterms 2022-10-10 12:50:39 -0400

    MD4 House Candidate Q&A

    About the Maryland 4th Congressional District

    The Maryland 4th District House election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, along with other important elections for the Midterms this year. Due to redistricting, the new Maryland 4th district boundaries include part of Delaware, Holmes, and Tuscarawas counties and all of Knox, Coshocton, Licking, Muskingum, Guernsey, Fairfield, Perry, Morgan, and Athens counties. Click here to see a detailed map to see if you're a Maryland 4th district voter. Every vote from abroad matters! The more of us that vote, the more Congress will prioritize Americans abroad issues. This is why it's so important for everyone living abroad to vote. To read more about this race click here.


    Glenn Ivey

    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?

    Unsure, and would like further information from Democrats Abroad

    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.”

    I need more information on this subject

    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?

    I need more information on this subject

    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 need more information on this subject

    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


  • Join us on Friday to learn how to contact your candidates

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  • *Tiny Action* Ask your Dem House Candidate where they stand on Americans Abroad Issues

    We need your help this week! Contact your House Democratic candidate to fill in the Americans abroad questionnaire before overseas absentee ballots go out this Saturday.

    This action will only take *20 minutes* and will greatly help us advance our advocacy goals!

    3 Steps:


    1. Click here to see if your candidate has already answered the Americans abroad questionnaire.

    If they've already answered the questionnaire, then you're done! But if they're still missing, carry on to Step 2.

    2. Find your Democratic House candidate's e-mail

    • Click here and use the ballot look-up tool to search for the last address you lived at in the U.S. (if you've never lived in the U.S., use the last address your American parent(s) lived).
    • Click through to view the ballot for the November 8 election and scroll down to view your Democratic candidate for "U.S. House". Click on their name, and it'll take you to the candidate's info page - on the right side you'll see the info box and at the bottom of it will be their contact section which will look like this:
    • Click through to the campaign website (NOT the official website, if they're an incumbent House rep) and search on the page for the email address (note, not all campaigns have an email address, many will have a contact form on their website, you will contact them using this if you can't find their email address). If their website doesn't have their email, check their social media about or contact pages - sometimes they list their contact details there.

    3. Email your Democratic candidate

    • Note: you may not find an email address on the candidate's website so you may have to contact the candidate using their contact form on their website. If this happens, please email [email protected] to let us know which candidate you contacted so we keep track of who has contacted whom.
    • Copy and paste and customize the following email:

    To: Candidate's email
    Cc: [email protected] (this is very important, don't forget to cc us so that we know that you contacted your candidate! This helps us track who contacted whom.)

    Dear [Candidate's first and last name],

    My name is [your name], I am a proud [your state-district] voter living in [city and country you live in].

    Would you please answer this Democrats Abroad questionnaire before the voter registration deadline on October 11? Here's the link: http://www.democratsabroad.org/housequestionnaire

    Democrats Abroad will then publish your answers on democratsabroad.org/2022_midterms You can see a number of answers from incumbent and non-incumbent candidates already published on the website. Although voting for stateside Americans isn't until November, voting from abroad has already started. So the sooner your response is received, the sooner this will help you get more overseas absentee votes for your race.

    Americans abroad issues are non-controversial and bi-partisan, so answering the questionnaire won't take any time at all and is an easy win-win!

    Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I look forward to seeing your answers published on the Democrats Abroad website.

    Thanks,
    [Your name]

    If you do not receive a reply in 24 hours, send a follow up email asking if they received your email or if there's another email address you should contact (which will only take 1-2 minutes of your time):

    • If the campaign or candidate requests additional information or wants to do a call with you about the questionnaire but you're not confident in doing this in cc in [email protected] and say that someone in Democrats Abroad will reply.
    • If you receive any reply, please forward it to [email protected] so Democrats Abroad knows how the candidate's campaign responded to your request.
    • Don't be afraid to message them on all their social media platforms to ask if they saw your email too - candidates are very busy and get hundreds of emails a day so this helps bump your email up to the top of their inbox.

    If you'd like to participate in the campaign but you're struggling or not sure how to follow the steps, we'll be offering a drop-in webinar this Friday at 10am Paris time to help advise how to find contact details, send the email, respond to answers from campaigns, and anything else related to contacting candidates to answer the candidate questionnaire. Be sure to click here to RSVP and join us for this additional help.

    That's it! Thank you so much for helping us with this very important work. If you have any questions on this tiny action, please email us at [email protected].

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  • published OH10 House Candidate Q&A in 2022 Midterms 2022-09-18 05:48:39 -0400

    OH10 House Candidate Q&A

    About the Ohio 10th Congressional District

    The Ohio 10th District House election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, along with other important elections for the Midterms this year. Due to redistricting, the new Ohio 10th district boundaries include part of Clark county and all of Green and Montgomery counties. Click here to see a detailed map to see if you're an Ohio 10th district voter. Every vote from abroad matters! The more of us that vote, the more Congress will prioritize Americans abroad issues. This is why it's so important for everyone living abroad to vote. To read more about this race click here.


    David Esrati

    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?

    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.”

    I believe the entire US Tax code is overly complex and needs massive simplification. It's embarrassing that people should have to pay someone to file taxes.

    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?

    Absolutely.

    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


  • published OH14 House Candidate Q&A in 2022 Midterms 2022-09-18 05:48:36 -0400

    OH14 House Candidate Q&A

    About the Ohio 14th Congressional District

    The Ohio 14th District House election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, along with other important elections for the Midterms this year. Due to redistricting, the new Ohio 14th district boundaries include Lake, Ashtabula, Geauga, Portage, and Trumbull counties. Click here to see a detailed map to see if you're an Ohio 14th district voter. Every vote from abroad matters! The more of us that vote, the more Congress will prioritize Americans abroad issues. This is why it's so important for everyone living abroad to vote. To read more about this race click here.


    Matt Kilboy

    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?

    Unsure, and would like further information from Democrats Abroad

    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.”

    I would support such adjustments.

    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?

    I would have to better understand the issue before supporting a change to the threshold.

    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 would need someone knowledgable about this topic to explain the issue. What I found online was not very helpful to help me understand the issue.

    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


  • published OH7 House Candidate Q&A in 2022 Midterms 2022-09-18 05:48:34 -0400

    OH7 House Candidate Q&A

    About the Ohio 7th Congressional District

    The Ohio 7th District House election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, along with other important elections for the Midterms this year. Due to redistricting, the new Ohio 7th district boundaries include part of Cuyahoga and Holmes counties and all of Medina and Wayne counties. Click here to see a detailed map to see if you're an Ohio 7th district voter. Every vote from abroad matters! The more of us that vote, the more Congress will prioritize Americans abroad issues. This is why it's so important for everyone living abroad to vote. To read more about this race click here.


    Matthew Diemer

    Once elected, will you:

    Join the Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus?

    Yes

    Co-sign these bills that will help Americans abroad?

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Unsure, and would like further information from Democrats 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?

    Unsure, and would like further information from Democrats Abroad

    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?

    I would consider this. As a former ex-pat who has worked abroad, I am familiar with this issue and would be interested in legislation to address this issue.

    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


  • published OH2 House Candidate Q&A in 2022 Midterms 2022-09-18 05:48:27 -0400

    OH2 House Candidate Q&A

    About the Ohio 2nd Congressional District

    The Ohio 2nd District House election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, along with other important elections for the Midterms this year. Due to redistricting, the new Ohio 2nd district boundaries include part of Fayette county and all of Pickaway, Clinton, Hocking, Ross, Vinton, Highland, Pike, Jackson, Meigs, Gallia, Clermont, Brown, Adams, Scioto, Lawrence counties. Click here to see a detailed map to see if you're an Ohio 2nd district voter. Every vote from abroad matters! The more of us that vote, the more Congress will prioritize Americans abroad issues. This is why it's so important for everyone living abroad to vote. To read more about this race click here.


    Samantha Meadows

    Once elected, will you:

    Join the Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus?

    Unsure, and would like further information from Democrats Abroad

    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?

    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 do not believe that most Americans living abroad are trying to avoid paying US taxes.

    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


  • published OH5 House Candidate Q&A in 2022 Midterms 2022-09-18 05:48:14 -0400

    OH5 House Candidate Q&A

    About the Ohio 5th Congressional District

    The Ohio 5th District House election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, along with other important elections for the Midterms this year. Due to redistricting, the new Ohio 5th district boundaries include part of Wood and Wyandot counties and all of Henry, Paulding, Putman, Hancock, Seneca, Huron, Lorain, Van Wert, Mercer, Crawford counties. Click here to see a detailed map to see if you're an Ohio 5th district voter. Every vote from abroad matters! The more of us that vote, the more Congress will prioritize Americans abroad issues. This is why it's so important for everyone living abroad to vote. To read more about this race click here.


    Craig Swartz

    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?

    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 would be in full support of making any adjustments necessary to reducing the complexity of living abroad when it comes to taxation.

    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


  • published OH12 House Candidate Q&A in 2022 Midterms 2022-09-18 05:48:12 -0400

    OH12 House Candidate Q&A

    About the Ohio 12th Congressional District

    The Ohio 12th District House election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, along with other important elections for the Midterms this year. Due to redistricting, the new Ohio 12th district boundaries include part of Delaware, Holmes, and Tuscarawas counties and all of Knox, Coshocton, Licking, Muskingum, Guernsey, Fairfield, Perry, Morgan, and Athens counties. Click here to see a detailed map to see if you're an Ohio 12th district voter. Every vote from abroad matters! The more of us that vote, the more Congress will prioritize Americans abroad issues. This is why it's so important for everyone living abroad to vote. To read more about this race click here.


    Amy Rippel-Elton

    Once elected, will you:

    Join the Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus?

    Unsure, and would like further information from Democrats Abroad

    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?

    Unsure, and would like further information from Democrats Abroad

    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?

    More info

    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?

    More info

    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

     

    Please include my phone number 614-772-5794. With this message from me. I know I am undereducated about the situations that Americans Abroad face. The things I do come to the table with is an open mind and a willingness to learn. Today I spoke with a lady whose birth home area is about 40 minutes away from where I live. Today she lives in London with her British Husband. She helped me see the extraordinary tax burden Americans Abroad face, and the complexities of the red tape involved. I am already reaching out to others with a bigger voice in politics asking them to speak out about it. If a 40 minute conversation can accomplish that with me, what do you think 2 years in office can do? Please help me be the change you want to see in the world. If you have any questions please feel free to call me or text me. The phone number included only gets its volume turned off when I absolutely have to, and goes everywhere with me. Keep it, share it, use it if you need to and I will be there. Hopeful to be your loyal public servant, Amy Rippel-Elton Democratic candidate for Congress in Ohio’s district 12.