Taxation


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    The Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force (TTF) was formed to 1) research U.S. tax policy as it affects Americans living outside the U.S. and 2) consider, develop and execute initiatives aimed at enacting reforms that resolve adverse impacts.

    We undertake research-based advocacy to describe the problems U.S. taxation causes Americans abroad and support our reform recommendations.  Our latest research on the tax filing and financial account reporting experience of Americans abroad was published in March 2019.  Click here to download the report.

    Democrats Abroad has published a "laundry list" of tax code provisions that discriminate against Americans abroad - with accompanying reform recommendations on how to fix them.  The list is here:  smarturl.it/HowToFix23

    We fear Congress is too divided to find remedies for each of the many and myriad tax problems we have identified.  But we are determined to demand it of them.

    We are committed to Residency Based Taxation as a remedy, requiring little effort by Congress, that addresses the vast majority of the tax problems faced by Americans abroad.

    Further, we will continue to promote:

    • the elimination of FATCA reporting for the accounts of Americans abroad,
    • the repeal of the Windfall Elimination Provision,
    • an exemption for American business owners abroad from the transition taxes in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and
    • a citizenship remedy for "accidental Americans".

    We support tax reforms that help reduce inequality, boost opportunity for all Americans and raise enough revenue, predominantly from those with the greatest ability to pay, to meet public needs.

    Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force
    [email protected]

    DA Taxation Leadership:

    Carmelan Polce
    | Taxation Task Force Chair
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    News

    Democrats Abroad highlights U.S. taxation of Americans abroad with the Senate. You can too.

    On March 25 the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on "International Tax Policy and the Impact on American Workers, Jobs and Investment".  Democrats Abroad provided written testimony to the Committee hearing to raise the issues Americans abroad face in complying with U.S. taxation and financial account reporting compliance.  You can download the Democrats Abroad submission here.  You will note that we have joined our colleague organizations advocating on behalf of the Americans abroad community in asking for hearings on U.S. Taxation and Americans abroad and a switch to Residency Based Taxation.

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    COVID aid mark III is coming. What you need to know and how to prepare.

    Democrats Abroad continues to receive messages with questions about pandemic aid and how to access it.  If you have questions we encourage you to read on and also to:

    1. review our past postings about accessing the first two aid programs and about how to cash a U.S. government check from abroad;
    2. view a recording of our webinar about the second round of COVID aid; and
    3. consider attending one of these upcoming tax webinars being hosted by DA Country Committees. 

    The next (third) round of pandemic aid for individuals is coming as part of the American Rescue Plan, which was passed in the Senate this past weekend.  The bill is widely expected to be passed by the House and signed by President Biden by the end of the week commencing Monday March 8. 

    We think this is the best reporting on the American Rescue Plan aid to individuals, or Economic Impact Payment 3 (EIP3) e.g. eligibility; how to get the $1,400 payment; how and when it will come.  Read on for further advice on positioning yourself to receive EIP3 as quickly as possible.

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 01:00 PM London Time
    Via Zoom - RSVP to be sent link in London, United Kingdom

    Tax Day Special: Tax Lunch Power Hour

    Join Democrats Abroad on Tax Day to talk about US taxes, debunk tax myths, and discuss self-filing

    Join us on tax day (April 15th) for tax lunch power hour. This event will be an open discussion on US taxes, we'll talk about debunking tax myths, and discuss self-filing or choosing an accountant.

    This event will not be recorded so everyone feels able to share and talk freely.

    RSVP here to join.

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 09:00 AM Berlin Time
    Zoom call

    Americans Abroad and the $1,400 Economic Impact Payment

    Join Democrats Abroad as tax expert Nathalie Goldstein MsC, EA and CEO of MyExpatTaxes discusses how to receive your third $1,400 Economic Impact Payment as an American living abroad, plus discusses 101 tax basics.

    The webinar will cover common questions like:

    • How can I receive my payment if I moved?
    • Can I still receive the $1,200 from last year?
    • How can I receive a direct transfer rather than a check?
    • How can I receive my payment if I haven't filed my US taxes for a long time?
    • How do I obtain the additional $600 per qualifying child?
    • Can I get $1,200 if I'm married to a non-US spouse?

    WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 9am CET View in your time zone

    WHERE: Zoom call

    RSVP below, and we will send you an email with access details.

    While there is no donation required to attend, we hope you’ll consider a donation of $10. Click here to donate.

    Thank you for your support - we look forward to you joining the webinar! 

    IMPORTANT:  Democrats Abroad does not provide personal tax advice or recommendations.  We recommend that you engage a qualified, professional tax adviser to address questions related to your personal financial situation.