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The US State Department is hosting an open comment period to reduce the renunciation fee from $2,350 to $450. This is a great opportunity for your voice to be heard about the tax problems forcing Americans abroad to renounce their citizenship in the first place (aka the tax compliance nightmare suffered by Americans abroad).
Here’s all you need to do:
- Go to the relevant State Department page at this link.
- Click the big green button on the right side that says “SUBMIT A FORMAL COMMENT.”
- Leave a comment! We’ll include a template below - but the more personal your comment is the better!
Comments close November 1, so be sure to submit before the deadline.
Template Messaging (But the more personal the better!)
Asking Americans to pay $450 to renounce their citizenship is still exorbitant (as compared to other consular fees that are substantially lower), but at least it’s an improvement.
But the real tragedy is that so many Americans feel like they have to cut ties in the first place. The fact that more Americans renounce their citizenship than any other nationality is deeply embarrassing - instead of penalizing them on their way out the door, the State Department should be asking why they’re leaving in the first place.
The obvious answer is the uniquely unfair tax system to which the US subjects its citizens living abroad. The State Department’s mission includes “shape[ing] an international environment in which all Americans can thrive.” Surely that involves helping guide the government toward policies that don’t massively complicate life for Americans abroad.
Instead of nickel-and-diming Americans forced to renounce their citizenship to escape double-taxation, the State Department should push Congress to bring the US into line with the entire rest of the world in the way it taxes its expats.
Thanks for your help!!
DA Global Taxation Task Force
Please share this with any friend or family member that might be interested in submitting a formal comment!
October 12, 2023
The webinar that was going to be tomorrow, Wednesday, September 27 at 12pm ET with Rep. Don Beyer to talk about the Tax Simplification for Americans Abroad bill is now cancelled.
We will come back to you once we are able to reschedule, but here's what you can do in the meantime:
- Click here to donate to Democrats Abroad. We recommend $10 or $20, but any donation amount is welcome.
- Click here to contact your House Representative *TODAY* and ask them to co-sponsor the bill. Because no one will be there to answer a call or check emails once the government shuts down on October 1. So act now!
Chair, Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force
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We are excited to announce that H.R. 5432 Tax Simplification for Americans Abroad Act has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Join us for a webinar with the sponsor of the bill, Congressman Don Beyer (D VA-08) on Wednesday, September 27 at 12pm ET to find out more!
The Tax Simplification for Americans Abroad Act will:
- Create a simplified tax return form to help make it easier for Americans filing from abroad who owe no U.S. tax
- Eliminate double taxation for pensions and retirement distributions (including Social Security benefits), scholarships, fellowship grants, disability benefits, childcare expenses, family medical leave, and unemployment benefits
- Consolidate the FBAR into FATCA, increase the filing threshold, and eliminate the requirement to report separately to FinCEN
Please call your House Representative today and ask them to co-sponsor the bill. Click here for how to call and what to say.
Need more info to make the call? Join us for the webinar where we will lay out clear instructions for how to call your House Representative!
Thank you for taking the time to help us pass the bill!
Don't forget to sign up for the Taxation Task Force mailing list by clicking here for the latest on tax updates.
Below is a copy of the letter from Democrats Abroad submitted to the Senate Finance Committee in response to the report "Credit Suisse's Role In U.S. Tax Evasion Schemes" released on March 29, 2023.