Taxation

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

We believe the 115th Congress has an opportunity to enact common sense reforms that clarify and simplify filing and make the tax code fairer for all Americans.  Our support for any tax reform – and certainly any package of reforms - will depend on how it aligns with our Democratic Party values.

We do not believe tax reform should be used to re-structure the federal government by starving programs that conservatives don’t like or that benefit indigent, elderly or otherwise vulnerable Americans.

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

DA Taxation Leadership:

Carmelan Polce
| Taxation Task Force Chair
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    Residency Based Taxation Campaign Pamphlet for your 2018 GOTV and resistance events

    The Taxation Task Force encourages Democrats Abroad Country Committees and Local Chapters to print some of these tri-fold, double-sided pamphlets about our Residency Based Taxation advocacy campaign to distribute at your events.  It explains our campaign and provides languagesupporters can use to call or write to their elected representatives.

    You can download a PDF version here.

    Please send questions or comments to TaxationTF@democratsabroad.org.  

    Thanks for your on-going support!

    Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force

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    Democrats Abroad Statement in Support of Accidental Americans

    Democrats Abroad was invited to be a part of a roundtable convened by Dutch politician and member of the European Parliament, Sophie In’t Veld, to discuss issues raised in a paper examining the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and its application to the international community and European affairs.   Democrats Abroad does NOT involve itself in host country politics or policies and so has declined the invitation.

    Democrats Abroad acts as the Democratic voice of all Americans abroad. The community of Americans abroad is as diverse in age, economic status, race, marital status, sexual identity and political persuasion as any other American community.

    Uniquely, however, the community of Americans abroad also includes a cohort of U.S. citizens who have little or no connection to the United States other than by accident of birth - "Accidental Americans."  Having no association or affiliation with U.S. culture or identity, nor a desire to maintain such artificial and bureaucratic ties, Accidental Americans bear the consequences of a citizenship condition that was not of their making.

    Democrats Abroad acknowledges that the only remedy on offer to Accidentals currently requires them to incur significant effort and considerable, material cost to renounce their American citizenship.  This is an effort no other nation on Earth imposes.

    Democrats Abroad takes an interest in all Americans living abroad – those who are living abroad temporarily; those who are living abroad indefinitely; and those whose lives have always been firmly rooted in countries other than the U.S.  We support policies that free and empower Americans to make responsible migration and citizenship decisions in the interest of themselves and their families.  Democrats Abroad supports a citizenship renunciation remedy for Accidental Americans consistent with this view and we stand with Accidental Americans in their work to secure one.

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    12 mos to get Congress to exempt Americans abroad from the TCJA “transition taxes”. Write them NOW!

    Committed activism by Americans abroad has succeeded in persuading Treasury to give us a 12 month reprieve from "transition tax" payments due under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  All your letters to Treasury and Congressional leaders helped us achieve this important campaign milestone.  We now focus our outreach on Congress.  Please help by writing to Congress now. Here's how.

    The 2017 TCJA was drafted in such haste that a great many errors were made.  The transition taxes in the law introduces will cause great harm to Americans business owners abroad.  Congress is being lobbied heavily by groups like us seeking to have the errors that impact them addressed in a "corrections bill".  We need an exemption from the Repatriation Tax and GILTI Tax regime in that "corrections bill"!

    The "corrections bill" may be introduced some time over the summer as an attachment to a bill renewing funding for a government department or agency, or it may be introduced in the "lame duck" session after Election Day (or other).  In any case, we have to use the time we have to keep our demands front of mind for Congress. 

    Whether you are an American business owner abroad or not, we ask that you participate in our Phase 2 campaign of outreach to Congress demanding an exemption from the "transition taxes" in the TCJA.  Please use this information and email message template to write to the key Congressional leaders noted AND ALSO TO your House and Senate members.

    Please let us know if you receive a communication back.  Send it, or any questions or comments, to us at taxationtf@democratsabroad.org.

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    On 15 June Intl Tax Filing Day tell Congress we're double taxed, we vote and we're not happy. Call!

    The 15 June U.S. tax filing deadline for non-resident citizens is upon us - making this the perfect time to raise our voices and remind Congress that we’re NOT HAPPY that the Americans abroad community was completely forgotten in the 2017 "tax reform". And worse, we were subjected to yet another punitive tax provision because tax writers, once again, didn’t stop to consider the impact of complex new tax provisions on Americans abroad.

    Let’s call Washington and remind Congress that we’re out here, we vote and we need their support for -

    • the Residency Based Taxation proposal under development in the Ways & Means Committee;
    • an exemption from the “transition taxes” in the 2017 tax law to prevent the destruction of many thousand of businesses owned by Americans living abroad;
    • HR 2136, the “Overseas Financial Access Act” – to eliminate the foreign financial accounts of Americans living abroad from reporting under FATCA;
    • HR 1205, the “Social Security Fairness Act” - to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision that prevents Americans abroad with pensions in their countries of residence from claiming the full amount of Social Security payments owed to them;
    • a remedy for Accidental Americans who want only to shed unwanted U.S. citizenship without lengthy procedures and undo penalties.

    We all need to call Congress and make our voices heard.

    All you need to make your voice heard on 15 June - International Tax Filing day is in this Campaign Guide.

    Send any questions or comments to the DA Taxation Task Force at taxationtf@democratsabroad.org.

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