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
    [email protected]

    DA Taxation Leadership:

    Carmelan Polce
    | DPCA Representative, Taxation Task Force Chair
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    News

    DemsAbroad Action Items for Tax Reform Activists on 15 June - International Tax Filing Day

    Tax reform will happen when enough Americans abroad reach out to their members of Congress and demand it  that’s why we’re asking for your help.  We’ve prepared three tax action items for the coming week, as well as an advocacy guide, to make sure that our voices are heard back home. 

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    DemsAbroad Warns Treasury That FATCA Pain Will Grow With Reporting Expansion

    Democrats Abroad has written to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig about the proposal included, amongst many other measures, in the American Familes Plan Tax Compliance Agenda, to introduce reporting, by banks in the United States and not in the United States, on total cash inflows and outflows of the accounts of U.S. taxpayers.  For Americans abroad we fear it will expand the bank lockout, further restrict access to savings and investment vehicles and exacerbate stresses in dual-national families.  You can download our letter here.

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    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 07:00 PM London Time · 33 rsvps
    Zoom

    How to Write to your Members of Congress

    This webinar is for you if you want to help pass Residency Based Taxation now, you've never contacted your Member of Congress before, or if you've contacted your MoCs but you're not sure if you're doing it right, or if you're scared that you'll be red-flagged to the IRS for contacting your MoCs if you haven't filed your taxes. We’ll discuss why you should be contacting Congress, who they are, what to say to them, as well as review template emails and phone scripts including why adding your own personal touch makes a big difference. This event is focused on our tax issues, however, it can be applied to any issue you care about most!

     

    Thursday, July 08, 2021 at 08:00 PM Sydney Time
    Zoom or Webinar in Washington , DC

    Dems Abroad 2021 Campaign for Tax Reform For Americans Abroad

    Democrats Abroad Lion City Committee is hosting a presentation by the chair of Dems Abroad Taxation Task Force on the work to enact tax reform this year.  Come to this event to hear directly from the team driving our efforts to persuade Congress to provide relief for the burdens that the U.S. tax code imposes on Americans abroad. 

    Date:  Thursday July 8

    Time: 

    6pm Singapore/Hong Kong/Beijing/Manila/Taipei

    7pm Seoul/Tokyo

    5pm Bangkok/Hanoi/

    8pm Sydney/Melbourne

    10pm Auckland/Wellington/Fiji

    We need Congress to eliminate double taxation, remove barriers to banking, saving and investing and greatly simplify filing from abroad.  Come hear about how Democrats Abroad, in collaboration with the other organizations representing Americans abroad, is working to achieve those outcomes.  Bring your questions and comments. 

    This effort requires the engagement of everyone who needs U.S. tax relief.  Tax reform will happen when the many thousands of Americans abroad who need it reach out to their elected representatives and demand it.  Come to this presentation to learn what Democrats Abroad and other advocates are doing and what you can do as well.

    Democrats Abroad Lion City Committee and Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force