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, DA Australia; Taxation Task Force Chair
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    News

    Democrats Abroad Joins the RBT Coalition

    Democrats Abroad is pleased to announce that it has joined the RBT Coalition, adding our name to a non-partisan list of organizations, individuals and entities who support a switch from our current system of citizenship based taxation to residency based taxation, also known as RBT.  Of all the Americans abroad issues, taxation is THE issue that impacts every single one of us.  It affects young and old, married and single, regardless of economic status and party affiliation.  We believe that this growing community of RBT advocates and activists will demonstrate to Congress the enormous demand for tax fairness for Americans abroad and persuade them to work with us on a workable RBT implementation model.  Click here to download our expression of interest letter in joining the RBT Coalition.

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    Upcoming Events

    Monday, November 15, 2021 at 08:00 PM Lisbon Time · 2 rsvps
    Zoom in Porto, Portugal

    DA Expat Tax Advocacy: What Are We Fighting For in 2021

    Please join us for this informative discussion on a topic that affects all Americans living abroad.

    Carmelan Polce from the DA Taxation Task Force will be speaking on “DA Expat Tax Advocacy: What Are We Fighting For in 2021.”

    Americans living abroad need action from Congress to eliminate double taxation, remove barriers to banking, saving and investing, and simplify tax filing from abroad. Democrats Abroad has been talking to Congress for many years about a switch to Residency Based Taxation (RBT). Americans abroad won’t be taxed fairly and on a par with the rest of the world until we have RBT. We have not as yet persuaded Congress to enact RBT but we continue to work towards that outcome.

    In the meantime, we cannot let this critical year for ground-breaking, progressive legislation finish without achieving some practical, consequential tax relief for Americans abroad. Come hear about the work the Tax Task Force is doing to persuade Congress to include tax relief for Americans abroad in 2021 legislation. You can also read about the work on this posting on the democratsabroad.org/taxation page of the DA website entitled "WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR IN 2021."  

    Please RSVP for the Zoom link.

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 02:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 9 rsvps
    Zoom (RSVP for the Zoom Link) in Washington, DC

    DA Australia/New Zealand Tax Advocacy Webinar: What Is DA Fighting For in 2021 - Tue 16 Nov 2am US ET

    In this ground-breaking year for progressive legislation Democrats Abroad is working hard to achieve consequential tax reform for Americans abroad.  Come hear from DA Taxation Task Force Chair Carmelan Polce about the work the Tax Task Force is doing to persuade Congress to include tax relief for Americans abroad in 2021 legislation. 

    Agenda:

    Congressional work on tax legislation in 2021 - state of play

    DA Tax Reform Recommendations

    DA Strategy for Achieve Tax Relief for Americans Abroad in 2021

    Q&A

     

    You can also read about the work on the posting on the taxation page of the DA website entitled "WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR IN 2021".

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