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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    News

    Dems Abroad publishes Americans Abroad and CARES Act Aid Research and Recommendations

    Democrats Abroad is pleased to present our research on the experience of Americans Abroad access the aid programs in the CARES Act.  Click here to download the report and here for the Summary of Findings and Recommendations.  We are using the research in meetings with lawmakers to advocate for improvements to the administration and delivery of pandemic aid to Americans living abroad.  We anticipate another package of supports will be passed by Congress and will work to ensure our recommendations are embraced and implemented.

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    CARES Act and Americans Abroad research project - SURVEY NOW CLOSED

    THANK YOU to all who made submissions to this research into the experience of Americans abroad accessing the aid in the CARES Act.  A mighty 4,363 Americans abroad participated in the research, which will result in robust findings.  Democrats Abroad will publish a report on the research by mid November then use it to support our recommendations for improving access to the aid in a future COVID pandemic aid package for Americans abroad.

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    This year the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force has addressed the concerns of thousands of Americans abroad related to the financial aid available to eligible U.S. citizens under the COVID pandemic stimulus bill passed in March.  Our experience indicates the resources of the IRS fell far short of serving the needs of eligible Americans abroad.  (This fact is particularly vexing today, 15 October, the IRS extension deadline for U.S. tax filing and foreign financial account reporting.) 

    Today we are launching an Americans Abroad and the CARES Act research project to compile data to describe your experience accessing the aid and make recommendations to the IRS for improving the delivery of the next aid package.

    Please take the survey yourself.  Please share the survey with other Americans abroad and please post it on your social media platforms.  It will be open for submissions from 15 to 31 October 2020.  We expect to publish our findings in mid-November.

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, December 03, 2020 at 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 6 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    What You Should Know About Social Security Abroad

    Did you know that you're still eligible to receive Social Security retirement, disability, and medicare benefits as an American living in the UK? Many people are unaware they're eligible to receive payments, and this year is no exception.

    Jack Leuchtman from the Social Security Administration, based in the American Embassy in London, will join us to speak about Social Security eligibility for people living abroad. This event will take place online using Zoom.

    Topics discussed will include:

        • Social Security Number policy
        • Medicare
        • other federal benefits

    This webinar is for you if you are:

          • retired
          • disabled
          • a child of a retired or disabled US parent
          • a widow
          • are curious what kind of benefits are available for Americans living abroad
          • or just want to be aware of what benefits you could be eligible for in the future

    Please join us for this very useful and informative webinar that may help you during these trying times.

     

    We understand many people are suffering financially given the Coronavirus pandemic, so this is why we've decided to make this event free.

    If you have the means, please consider donating a suggested donation:

    • £5 student/retired
    • £10 employed

     

    For those unable to attend, a recording of the event will be made available to watch on YouTube after the event takes place. Please email taxcom@democratsabroad.org.uk to be sent a link for the video after the event takes place.

    You can also email taxcom@democratsabroad.org.uk to be added to the DAUK Tax Committee mailing list.

     

    Disclaimer: DA cannot provide individual tax advice. We are not tax lawyers, accountants or advisers. Please consult a professional tax adviser/accountant/return preparer when addressing your personal tax matters.

    We recommend the ACA Tax Return Preparer Directory to find a service provider who meets your needs and budget, though buyers need always beware. Democrats Abroad suggests Americans abroad in need of tax advice consult the ACA Tax Return Preparer Directory to find an advisor or tax return preparer near you or providing online services: http://acareturnpreparerdirectory.com