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.

    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
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    DA Taxation Leadership:

    Carmelan Polce
    | DPCA Representative, Taxation Task Force Chair
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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]

     

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