Worried or confused about what you need to do about your U.S. taxes? Wondering how the 2021 American Rescue Plan applies to you?
While tax support isn’t part of Democrats Abroad’s mission, it’s a common concern for our members that we want to help address. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents are subject to file US taxes for their worldwide income, even if they never lived in the USA and even if they hold dual citizenship.
Come to an online tax information session on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7:30pm, to learn more about what you need to do as an American citizen or permanent resident living abroad. This event is co-hosted by the Berlin and Dusseldorf-Ruhr chapters of Democrats Abroad Germany.
(You MUST RSVP in advance. See details below)
Monique Luegger, EA from Americans’ Income Tax Service, will be presenting and fielding your questions.
Topics will include
- legal tax requirements
- German-American tax treaties (income, gift & estate, Totalization/Social Security)
- Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Form 2555 / Foreign Tax Credit Form 1116
- Overseas self-employment and US Social Security Tax
- FATCA & FBAR
July 15, 2021 is the deadline for all filers for the tax year 2020, and everyone must file!
**We ask that if you have questions or topics that you would like addressed, please submit using this form by Friday, May 14th. We will share your questions with our tax expert so she can include them in her presentation.
How to get into the U.S. Tax Info Session
To attend Democrats Abroad’s U.S. Tax Info Session, you’ll need to
1) RSVP below
2) Donate 10€ to Democrats Abroad Germany
How to Donate to Democrats Abroad Germany
U.S. citizens and permanent residents must make a donation of 10€ to participate in this event.
Please note, as an official part of the Democratic party, the U.S. Federal Election Commission prohibits us from accepting any funds from foreign nationals. This also means that the bank account where the donation is being transferred from has to include the name of a U.S. citizen.
Acct Name: Democrats Abroad Germany
IBAN: DE04 5405 0220 0140 2702 99
Note (Verwendungszweck): Berlin Tax Event
Become a sustaining donor!
Pledge 5€ per month or more towards for a year to become a sustaining donor. That's just 60€ over the course of the year. This donation will help us…
- Print flyers and materials
- Advertise to U.S. citizens online and offline
- Fund postcard writing campaigns to the United States
- Set aside money for larger 2022 election expenses
- Provide travel for students and low-income members to attend Democrats Abroad Germany annual meetings and retreats (once in-person meetings are allowed again)
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Join us virtually for the next gathering of the the Democrats Abroad Berlin book club!
For the May book club, we will be discussing Päntdrunk (Kalsarikänni): The Finnish Path to Relaxation (Drinking at Home, Alone, in Your Underwear), by Miska Rantanen.
With this book club we aim to provide a shared reading experience and relaxed discussion space for Democrats Abroad members. Just so you know, you don’t have to have finished the book entirely to attend. Each month we have attendees who only had time to make it partway through and we welcome them! New faces are always welcome.
Päntdrunk (Kalsarikänni): The Finnish Path to Relaxation (Drinking at Home, Alone, in Your Underwear), by Miska Rantanen
Peel off your clothes down to your underwear. Place savory or sweet snacks within reach alongside your bed or sofa. Make sure your television remote control is nearby along with any and all devices to access social media. Open your preferred alcohol. Your journey toward inner strength, higher quality of life, and peace of mind has begun.
Please RSVP in advance below so we can send you the link to join the online video call (Zoom).
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“State Outreach Teams” represent a new and exciting addition to DAG’s GOTV efforts. Join us and help build a global community of activists working to get out, protect and defend the vote!
No matter what shade of purple your voting state is, there are plenty of ways to get involved.
On Saturday, May 29 at 4pm, we will be following up with newly established state-specific groups and sharing tips, strategies and information on all three of our State Outreach pillars:
-Legislation: coordinate with Global efforts to track bills being introduced to state legislatures; mobilize voters at home and abroad around relevant issues.
-Ballot Protection: develop and deepen overseas voting expertise in conjunction with Vote From Abroad; build relationships with election officials and state legislatures.
-Voter Mobilization: educate and mobilize overseas voters; hold informational and community-building events; build coalitions with affinity groups on the ground.
This is the second of two State Outreach meetings. Missed the first one? You’re still welcome to attend! A recording of the previous event and supporting materials will be made available.
Please RSVP for the Zoom link below. Bring your friends, spread the word, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions!
Teresa Ritterhoff, DAG GOTV Coordinator [email protected]
Jennifer von Estorff, Texans Abroad EMEA Captain /DAG Secretary/ Vice-Chair Göttingen-Hannover [email protected]
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This Tuesday, join us for our May meeting: Organized Labor's Role in U.S. Elections, with guest speaker Thomas J. Adams, whose research focuses on the history of American labor, political economy, and social movements as well as New Orleans.
Our U.S. tax info session will be on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019. If you haven't RSVPed yet, the venue is currently at capacity. You're welcome to come, in case there are no-shows ►Details
May political pub nightwill be at Zosch in Mitte on Wednesday May 15th, 2019. Get a beer with Americans and friends, and maybe even catch some New Orleans jazz later in the evening. ►Details & RSVP here
We're also really excited to announce the Democrats Abroad Book Clubin Berlin. The first meeting will take place on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at Coffee Fellows in Prenzlauer Berg. We'll be discussing the novella "The House on Mango Street" and choosing books for the next few months. ►More Book Club info
Want to get involved? Drop us a line by emailing [email protected].
We need your help this summer: 4th of July & LGBT Stadtfest
Do you throw a great party? We're looking for help for our summer events, when we reach out to the greater American community in Berlin. If you'd like to help us coordinate these events (or another one), please get in touch! [email protected]
Host a Democrats Abroad Berlin meetup!
We're asking for your help to make more events happen in more parts of Berlin. If you'd like to put together a playground gathering, a letter-writing group, discussions over dinner, or anything else that helps bring Americans living in Berlin together, please get in touch. We'd love to see more diverse get-togethers in all the Berlin neighborhoods -- from Friedenau to Weissensee and everywhere in-between.
Write in with your idea or proposal: [email protected]
Democrats Abroad Germany's Volunteer Survey
Democrats Abroad's Germany-level leadership is conducting a survey of potential volunteers, to figure out what your interests, unique talents, and special skills are. If you'd like to respond, take the survey
2019 Elections in KY, LA, MS, NC, NJ, PA, & VA
There are local, state and federal elections in 2019. If you vote in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, or Virginia, there are elections in 2019. Pennsylvania's 12th District and North Carolina's 3rd and 9th districts will have special elections for seats in the US House of Representatives. It may not be a presidential election year, but please remember to request your ballot and vote!
Organized Labor's Role in U.S. Elections - May Meeting
Taco Tuesday in Dresden
Info Session: U.S. Taxes While Living Abroad
May Political Pub Night – Zosch
Book Club Kickoff: The House on Mango Street
🌈LGBT Streetfest🌈- Save the date!
Sat. & Sun. July 20-21, 2019
We are excited to be part of the Lesbisch-Schwules Stadtfest(Motzstrassenfest) on July 20 & 21 in Schöneberg. The street festival is an annual highlight for Democrats Abroad Berlin. We will have a booth on both days where we’ll mingle with attendees, sell DA swag, and register Americans abroad to vote. We're looking for volunteers to help out for shifts of a few hours (or more) over the weekend. It's a fun festival with a great atmosphere, so grab a friend and sign up for a shift or two together: https://volunteersignup.org/48B78