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
    TaxationTF@democratsabroad.org

    DA Taxation Leadership:

    Carmelan Polce
    | Taxation Task Force Chair
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    Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Safety (CARES) Act FAQs - subject to on-going revision

    Democrats Abroad has published these CARES Act aid FAQs from the emails we have received from members.  We are updating them continuously. Please plan to re-visit this document.

    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. If you do not have a tax adviser we recommend the U.S. Tax Return Preparer Directory published by American Citizens Abroad.  Many will offer payment plans. There are also FreeFile tax return systems for low income taxpayers that accommodate taxpayers with foreign addresses

     

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    Dems Abroad outreach about US Govt Coronavirus Aid for Americans Abroad

    Congress has passed the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the president has signed it into law.  Americans abroad will be interested in understanding the law's aid provisions and how they can access them.  This is a summary of key aid provisions that are or may be relevant to Americans abroad –

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 03:30 PM
    Elks Club in Makati City, Philippines

    Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

    Cancelled per COVID-19/Coronavirus.

    Nonpartisan event, organized by Democrats Abroad Philippines, open to all.

    The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) is a federal advisory committee to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that focuses on improving IRS services to US taxpayers--more about TAP here. Speaker Dr Laura Snyder lives in suburban Paris and is the only international member of TAP, where she currently serves a three-year term. She's a really valuable nonpartisan voice in the pro-repeal Citizen-Based Taxation (CBT) movement and will speak about: 1) improving IRS services to US taxpayers, 2) her survey on taxation and banking issues--more about Laura’s survey here, and 3) Association of Americans Resident Overseas (AARO) advocacy work.

    Laura works on tax and banking reform from a legislative or regulatory perspective, and legal and regulatory change in relation to US taxation and banking laws. She recently presented a paper in Prague and at AARO, participated in the Bloom Where You're Planted exhibit in Paris, recorded a podcast with American Citizens Abroad, and will be presenting at the Philosophical Association of the Philippines National Conference at the University of the East, Manila.

    Democrats Abroad (DA) is the official Democratic Party arm for nine million US citizens--civilian and military--living outside the United States. Our goals are to mobilize the overseas vote to elect Democratic candidates and help Americans abroad amplify issues that matter to them. We are best equipped than any organization to help overseas Americans engage in the US political process because the Democratic national party or Democratic Party known as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) recognizes us as an official "state" party. With DNC state-level recognition, we: (1) hold an official Democratic presidential primary, (2) help select the Democratic presidential candidate by also sending a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to represent DA Primary Voters and help decide the national party’s nominee for president, (3) represent US citizens abroad at all DNC meetings because we elect eight DA Members to hold eight positions on the Democratic National Committee to represent us, and (4) are the only official US political party of American citizens abroad because the Republican Party does not have an equivalent organization of this status. We work to reach as many US citizens as possible, in as many ways as possible, to ensure they have opportunities to stay engaged in the US political process and presidential election. In the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats Abroad helped grow the civilian overseas vote by 322% over the 2014 midterms. This year, we expect to help more than one million voters vote overseas, and win Democratic elections back home.

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    Press contact: email Democrats Abroad Philippines da-ph@democratsabroad.org