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CARES Act and Americans Abroad research project - tell us your stimulus story. Take the survey today

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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An Executive Order that might materially reduce the harm of US tax on Americans abroad

We note this  letter to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows requesting Trump sign an Executive Order implementing a range of reforms to provide regulatory relief for Americans abroad.
 
We have this response to the initiative. 
 
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There's no better time to ask for tax reform. Send your Voice From Abroad with your Vote From Abroad.

 

There is no better time to ask for tax reform for Americans abroad than when candidates are asking for your vote. Click here to send your Voice From Abroad along with your Vote From Abroad.

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Help us get RBT into the Democratic Party's 2020 Platform

As part of efforts to make the Democratic Party's convention the most inclusive and engaging yet, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) has launched a digital engagement campaign inviting everyone to share what ideas, values, and beliefs they want to see reflected in the 2020 Party Platform.

The main ways to participate in this campaign are by:

Democrats Abroad is working to see Residency Based Taxation (RBT) included in the 2020 Party Platform, so that it helps us gain more support in Congress to make RBT a reality.

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Are you waiting for your CARES Act aid payment?

More than ten weeks have passed since Congress passed the CARES Act, providing, among other things, aid to low income Americans to supplement their household income during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. According the House Ways and Means Committee the IRS has sent out nearly 160 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) – some by direct deposit (120 million), some by check sent by traditional mail, (35 million) and some by mailed Visa debit card (4 million).

If you are eligible for an EIP but have not received it, it might still be coming.

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Coronavirus Aid Debit Cards and Helpline coming

On Monday 18 May the US Treasury announced it would be sending CARES Act aid, known as the Economic Impact Payments, to eligible Americans who have no bank account details on file with the IRS and who file their returns at either Austin, TX or Andover, MA.  Americans abroad who file Form 2555 to claim the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion file their tax returns at the IRS processing center in Andover.

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Democrats Abroad recommends ways for the IRS to expedite CARES Act aid to Americans Abroad

Democrats Abroad has written to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Rettig yet again to report problems being experienced by Americans abroad accessing coronavirus aid and making recommendations for improvement.  Download our letter here.

 

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Americans Abroad Guide to CARES Act Aid for Individuals

Democrats Abroad has fielded many hundreds of messages from Americans abroad seeking information about CARES Act aid.  The CARES Act Aid FAQs document developed from those messages is still available at this link. However we will no longer be updating it daily.  When the CARES Act was enacted on 27 March there were many questions unanswered about how the aid would be delivered by the IRS.  A lot of those questions have been resolved, some to our satisfaction and some not.   

We now refer Americans abroad to this Guide to CARES Act Aid for Individuals which we think will be more helpful to those seeking information at this time on aid eligibility and delivery.  

We are hearing that economic impact payments are being delivered into the U.S. accounts of many Americans abroad and others are finding aid checks arriving by post.  Whilst we are pleased to hear that some are receiving much needed support, we will continue to push the IRS for improved access to the aid for those without U.S. bank accounts and those who are still unable to use the Non-Filers and Get My Payment tools.

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Rep Titus champions Congressional ask for fixes for CARES Act tools for Americans Abroad

The Americans abroad community thanks Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV01) for leading members of Congress on a letter to the federal government asking for system adaptations to ensure Americans abroad can access aid in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for which they are eligible.  Download the letter here.

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Democrats Abroad asks the IRS to fix glitches in CARES Act aid resources

Democrats Abroad continues to field hundreds of messages a day from Americans abroad struggling to access CARES Act aid.  The online tools published by the IRS to facilitate and expedite the payment of economic stimulus payments to U.S. citizens suffering financially during the coronovirus pandemic have been undermined by glitches that are barring Americans abroad's access to the aid.

Democrats Abroad has written to the Treasury Secretary and the IRS Commissioner outlining a range of problems - with the Non-Filers: Enter Information Here and Get My Payment tools and other - that are obstructing the flow of aid to Americans abroad.  We have recommended fixes for the glitches and problems and will, in association with our friends in Congress, be chasing them up. 

Click here to download our letter to Secretary Mnuchin and Commissioner Rettig about improving CARES Act aid resources for Americans abroad.

For information about the economic impact/stimulus payments in the CARES Act (Recovery Rebate) see our CARES Act Aid FAQs.

To see the Democrats Abroad 15 April CARES Act aid webinar or the presentation slides click here.

Send comments or questions to info@democratsabroad.org.

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