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    GDPR Training - November10, 2021

    Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    18.00 Paris, 9:00 Vancouver, 11:00 am Mexico City, noon Toronto

     

    An introduction to principles and practices in data protection.

    Participants must have a Confidentiality Agreement on file

    There will be a walk through of our processes and some background on GDPR in Democrats Abroad, followed by a general Q&A session for you to ask any questions you may have. 

    It's recommended to have looked at the GDPR Guide & Workbook and taken the self-correcting test at least once.

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  • Call to help achieve tax reform for Americans abroad this year!

    Call your Elected Representatives today and ask them to include tax relief for Americans abroad in the reconciliation bill!

    Democrats Abroad has been advocating on your behalf for many years in Washington, and we're excited to share that our tax reform recommendations are close to getting into the upcoming reconciliation bill -- but we need your help!

    Contact Washington by calling, messaging, or both. The more the better!

    Here are instructions on how to call Congress:

    1. Go to this website and enter your US voting address.
    2. Call the numbers listed for your 2 senators and 1 House representative.

    Read this script:

    Americans abroad are always forgotten in the tax-writing process. This has caused a compounding of unintended consequences and made it difficult for everyday middle-class Americans, like me, to file a US tax return.

    Can you include two simple reforms to the tax code for Americans abroad in the upcoming reconciliation bill?

    1. A filing modification for Americans abroad who owe $0 in US taxes.
    2. An exemption for small and medium sized American abroad business owners from the GILTI tax.

    The $0 tax owed filing modification has already won support in the House from Representatives on the Ways & Means Committee including Don Beyer (D-VA-08), Brendan Boyle (D-PA-02), Judy Chu (D-CA-27), Danny Davis (D-IL-07), Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), Tom Suozzi (D-NY-03), and Mike Thompson (D-CA-05). Legislative language is in the process of being drafted nowWill you help ensure this filing modification is included in the final version to greatly simplify tax filing for Americans living outside the US who owe $0 in US taxes?

    We also ask for your support in exempting small American abroad business owners from the GILTI tax. When the GILTI tax was passed in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it forced many American abroad business owners to close or become non-compliant in order to survive. GILTI was intended for the Googles and the Apples of the world, not mom and pop Main Street businesses. There has been little appetite to fix GILTI since implementation, even though everyone knows it's the right thing to do. What can be done, can be undone. We urge you to ensure an exemption for small and medium sized American abroad business owners from the GILTI tax is included in the reconciliation bill.

    [Insert your own personal story that's relevant here]

    Thank you in advance for your support for including Americans abroad in the reconciliation bill.

     

    If you'd like more detailed information on how to Contact your Members of Congress, watch this video:

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  • What can you do to help achieve tax reform for Americans abroad this year?

    Write to your Elected Representatives today and ask them to include tax relief for Americans abroad in the reconciliation bill!

    Democrats Abroad has been advocating on your behalf for many years in Washington, and we're excited to share that our tax reform recommendations are close to getting into the upcoming reconciliation bill -- but we need your help!

    Copy the text below then click here to paste it into a message to your Members of Congress. Click here if you prefer to call.

    Note: You need to use the last US address you lived at (even if it was many years ago!) and put in 000-000-0000 for the phone number in order to submit the form. Also, we've had a high number of submissions so if the system gets hung up, don’t worry. Check that your email was sent by checking your emails for the confirmation receipt or go back and try again later. You can also contact all 3 of your Members of Congress individually by clicking here.

    Subject: Please Put This Tax Relief for Americans Abroad in the Reconciliation Bill

    Americans abroad are always forgotten in the tax-writing process. This has caused a compounding of unintended consequences and made it difficult for everyday middle-class Americans, like me, to file a US tax return.

    Can you include two simple reforms to the tax code for Americans abroad in the upcoming reconciliation bill?

    1. A filing modification for Americans abroad who owe $0 in US taxes.
    2. An exemption for small and medium sized American abroad business owners from the GILTI tax.

    The $0 tax owed filing modification has already won support in the House from Representatives on the Ways & Means Committee including Don Beyer (D-VA-08), Brendan Boyle (D-PA-02), Judy Chu (D-CA-27), Danny Davis (D-IL-07), Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), Tom Suozzi (D-NY-03), and Mike Thompson (D-CA-05). Legislative language is in the process of being drafted nowWill you help ensure this filing modification is included in the final version to greatly simplify tax filing for Americans living outside the US who owe $0 in US taxes?

    We also ask for your support in exempting small American abroad business owners from the GILTI tax. When the GILTI tax was passed in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it forced many American abroad business owners to close or become non-compliant in order to survive. GILTI was intended for the Googles and the Apples of the world, not mom and pop Main Street businesses. There has been little appetite to fix GILTI since implementation, even though everyone knows it's the right thing to do. What can be done, can be undone. We urge you to ensure an exemption for small and medium sized American abroad business owners from the GILTI tax is included in the reconciliation bill.

    [Insert your own personal story that's relevant here]

    Thank you in advance for your support for including Americans abroad in the reconciliation bill.

    Sincerely,

    [Your name]

     

    If you'd like more detailed information on how to Contact your Members of Congress, watch this video:

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  • How Democrats Abroad is Fighting for U.S. Tax Relief in 2021

    We are in a very exciting and dynamic political cycle for tax reform.  The work of the Dems Abroad Taxation Task Force reflects the big opportunity we have to see reform recommendations we have been working on for many years included in legislation going through Congress this year.

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  • Help us build the Americans Abroad Caucus and so build Congressional Support for our Reforms

    Having a Congress that understands and supports the Americans abroad community is essential to building critical Congressional support for our reform recommendations. That's why we are working to increase membership in the  Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus - a group of Congressional leaders motivated to address the unique issues of the Americans abroad community.

    Invite your Congressperson today to join the American Abroad Caucus. Find a script, ways to get in touch and more details about the caucus here

    The Americans Abroad Caucus is currently chaired by Rep Carolyn Maloney. The caucus helps guide us when we have reforms to present, problems that require government support or questions that relate to the federal government. They are critical help in our work to provide tax relief for Americans abroad, plus expand voting rights, address our immigration issues, and so much more.

    We have prepared this Campaign Guide which includes everything you need for participating in the Americans Abroad Caucus Campaign.  If you have any questions about the campaign or the advice in the guide please send questions to [email protected]

    Thank you for your support for this campaign and for our work on behalf of the Americans abroad community.


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    Donations of any size will help us "Get Out the Vote" and support the Biden/Harris Administration in the mid-term elections.

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  • Received a US Govt stimulus check and not sure how to cash it? Try these steps

    **Update**

    PayPal is now allowing you to deposit your stimulus check for free with a US PayPal account. This requires setting up a free PayPal account but you need to verify it with a US phone number. More information on how to cash your stimulus check for free with PayPal is here.

     

    1. Make inquiries with banks in the country where you live about U.S. Government check cashing facilities.

    Not all banks do, but at least a few in each country are likely to. They may or may not charge a fee. You will need to inquire.

    The following banks accept U.S. checks. If you know of any more, please email us so we can add more to the list:

    • Lloyd's Bank (UK)
    • Bank of Scotland (UK)
    • NatWest (UK)
    • Barclays (UK)
    • HSBC (International)
    • DKB (German online bank)
    • Sparda Bank (Germany)
    • Sparkassen (Germany)
    • UBS (Switzerland)
    • Credit Suisse (Switzerland)
    • Crédit Agricole (France)
    It may not be preferable, but you might need to consider opening a bank account a new account in one of these banks in order to cash your stimulus check.

    2. Sign the check over to a friend or family member with a U.S. bank account.

    Keep in mind that this person doesn't have to be in the U.S. or even a U.S. citizen in order to cash the check for you. It can be anyone with a U.S. bank account that you trust. And keep in mind that not all U.S. banks allow signing a check over remotely. The process for how to sign a check over is explained in this article. It's a lot simpler than it may initially sound, especially for those that have lived outside the U.S. in a country where checks are not typically used. 

    But you do need to trust the person to make sure that once the money is in their account, they'll definitely transfer the money to your account. So if you go this route, be sure you pick someone that you trust.

    3. Open a U.S. bank account.

    There are a number of commercial banks that will allow you to open a U.S. bank account from a non-US address. They may charge you to open an account or require some other fee(s). This is obviously less than ideal, but if it solves the problem then it might be worth the effort.

    You can set up a U.S. bank account with the State Department Federal Credit Union if you live abroad and have no U.S. address. SDFCU accounts are not free of charge. See here for details.

    4. Call the IRS

    You can call the IRS, explain your situation, and ask if there are any other options available for you to get the money. They may say that you can wait to claim it back on your next tax return filing; that means a long wait which may be intolerable in your situation. But it's worth a try to see what options the IRS may make available.


    5. Contact your Members of Congress and seek assistance from the constituency services staff.

    This is your absolute last resort option when:

    • You can't open a new U.S. bank account or an account at a local bank that will cash the check;
    • You don't have any friends or family you can sign the check over to; and
    • You can't wait until your next tax return is filed.

    You can go to this website to find your House representative. You'll enter your zip code for the last place you lived at in the U.S. to find your representative (if you've never lived in the U.S., then use the address of the last place in the U.S. your American parent lived). Go to their website, click on the "constituency services" section, fill in the form with your issue and select the IRS as the agency you'd like your representative to contact on your behalf. A member of staff should reply to your message within 2 weeks.

    HOW TO AVOID PROBLEMS WITH CASHING CHECKS

    Democrats Abroad has received hundreds of messages from Americans abroad unable to cash their U.S. stimulus checks over the last year. When Congress passes legislation implementing the American Rescue Plan, more checks will come. If you are one of those who have been unable to cash a pandemic aid check we recommend you ready yourself for the next round of payments to ensure it can be paid via a bank transfer rather than a U.S. government check, which can be difficult to cash if you don't have a US bank account and your local bank won't cash a US check.


    1. Provide the IRS with a U.S. Bank account using the Get My Payment Tool.

    At this stage, the IRS is not making pandemic aid payments to non-U.S. bank accounts. Democrats Abroad wrote to the IRS 4 times last year asking them to give Americans abroad the option of having pandemic aid paid via electronic transfer to non-U.S. bank accounts; we await a response from Treasury.  

    The next best option to having the aid paid by direct deposit into your local account is to have the aid paid by direct deposit into a U.S. bank account the IRS has on file for you. To send the IRS a U.S. bank account number LOG ON TO THE IRS GET MY PAYMENT TOOL.


    2. Open an online money transfer account and give the details to the IRS using the Get My Payment Tool.

    Transferwise.com is a well-known service that allows you to transfer money between countries, but they can also provide you with U.S. bank details so you can receive transfers directly from the IRS into your Transferwise account. You can then transfer the money to your local account. Although it's free to open a Transferwise account, keep in mind that there might be transfer and exchange rate fees. Also opening a Transferwise account is not the same as opening a U.S. bank account, so they can't cash a check for you.

    We received reports for the first two economic stimulus payments that many Americans abroad provided their Transferwise U.S. bank details to the IRS using the Get My Payment Tool, and they were able to receive the money without any issues. Although occasionally the Transferwise bank details didn't work, which then triggered the IRS to send the payment via check in the mail. So keep this in mind that there is still a risk that it may not work. There are a number of other online money transfer services that offer similar services that might be able to do the same thing, although Transferwise was the main one we heard from members that worked the most often.


  • Americans Abroad and the $600 Economic Stimulus Payment

    Here is the recording of the webinar we hosted on how to obtain the $600 stimulus payment as an American abroad.

     

    Click here to download the slides from the presentation


  • Help us get RBT into the Democratic Party's 2020 Platform

    As part of efforts to make the Democratic Party's convention the most inclusive and engaging yet, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) has launched a digital engagement campaign inviting everyone to share what ideas, values, and beliefs they want to see reflected in the 2020 Party Platform.

    The main ways to participate in this campaign are by:

    Democrats Abroad is working to see Residency Based Taxation (RBT) included in the 2020 Party Platform, so that it helps us gain more support in Congress to make RBT a reality.

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  • TAXATION TASK FORCE WEBINAR ON HOW TO CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

    Democrats Abroad will be going to Washington DC to speak to Members of Congress (MoCs) on Wednesday, September 18th to Thursday, September 19th in our continued effort to advocate for a switch from Citizenship Based Taxation (CBT) to Residency Based Taxation (RBT).

    We need your help and support to contact your Members of Congress during our visit to show Congress how important our issues and that they need to take action.

    You are invited to attend this webinar on Tuesday, September 17 at 3pm EST to learn how to contact your Members of Congress in support of our tax advocacy efforts and to ensure your voice is heard!


    Click here to RSVP to attend the webinar
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    Click below to receive periodic updates from the Taxation Task Force on our tax advocacy work.  We will message you when there are important updates and developments to report.

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