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*Tiny Action* Add your signature in support of the FATCA Repeal Resolution

On Sunday, May 22nd, the Democrats Abroad voting body (known as the DPCA or Democratic Party Committee Abroad) will meet to vote on the FATCA Repeal resolution that the Taxation Task Force put forward to change Democrats Abroad policy. We are asking all DA members to please add your signature in support of the resolution. It takes only 1 minute.

Click here to add your signature to support the FATCA repeal resolution.

 

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*Tiny Action* Ask your House Rep to attend upcoming American Abroad Meeting!

The American Abroad Caucus will be hosting a meeting on Americans abroad tax and financial access issues on May 23rd, we'd like your help to get as many House reps to attend this meeting as possible. Unfortunately, it's not a public meeting, but it's a great opportunity to educate Congress on Americans abroad tax issues, and will get us one step closer to passing legislation that will provide the urgent relief we all need.

This action will only take *20 minutes* and will greatly help us advance our advocacy goals!

 

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Which Tax Strategy is Best for You? Webinar Recording

Here is the recording of the webinar we hosted called Which tax strategy is best for you? This webinar talked about the Foreign Tax Credit versus the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion.

This webinar was free to attend, but please consider donating to help us put on more events like this. The suggested donation for this event is $10. Click here to donate.

Click here to download the slides from the presentation

 

What else can you do?

  1. Register to vote in US elections at votefromabroad.org
  2. Join Democrats Abroad – it’s free! Go to democratsabroad.org to register today
  3. Donate to help us reach more Americans abroad! democratsabroad.org/donate_ttf
  4. Sign up for our tax mailing list at democratsabroad.org/taxation
  5. Volunteer for Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force democratsabroad.org/ttf_volunteer

Taxation Task Force Submission for House Financial Services Committee Hearing on April 28

Below is a copy of the submission the Democrats Abroad Global Taxation Task Force submitted to the House Financial Services Committee in advance of the hearing on Oversight of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network taking place on April 28 at 10am EDT. The TTF strongly encourages Americans abroad to submit their own statement for the record.

Click here to download a pdf of DA's submission to the House Financial Services Committee in full.

 

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Taxation Task Force Resolution to Update FATCA Policy from "Reform" to "Repeal"

The Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force Steering Committee today voted in support of submitting a resolution to update the Democrats Abroad FATCA policy from "reform" to "repeal".

What does this mean?
Since FATCA was implemented, Democrats Abroad has advocated on behalf of Americans abroad given the breath of damage it has caused to our lives. It was through Democrats Abroad advocacy work that Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) introduced H.R.5799 - Overseas Americans Financial Access Act (aka the FATCA Same Country Exception Bill).

The main reasons we have decided to submit this resolution at this time are:
  • The information that has come to light is the following from the recently released TIGTA government report from the US Department of Treasury which said: “When the law was passed in March 2010, the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that revenue from FATCA would be $8.7 billion from FYs 2010 to 2020. To date, the IRS has been unable to quantify revenue generated from FATCA compliance activity beyond the $14 million in revenue from penalties unrelated to the campaigns, despite spending over $574 million on implementation and establishing two campaigns that have sent out 847 letters to taxpayers.” This data unequivocally and with no doubt demonstrates that FATCA has failed to perform the purpose it was intended for which was to reduce tax evasion and money laundering.
  • DA has over a decade of testimonials, surveys, and data from DA members and Americans abroad that confirms the material harm that FATCA has caused - in the most extreme circumstances reports of divorce from a non-US spouse and suicide. We have always and will continue to demonstrate leadership on issues that impact Americans abroad, submitting a resolution demonstrates this leadership.
  • The deadline to submit a resolution in order to change DA policy is this coming Thursday, April 21 and so steps we are taking are to meet this deadline.

When will it officially become Democrats Abroad policy?

There is no guarantee it will become Democrats Abroad policy at this time. A number of steps need to be taken in order for it to become official DA policy. This Thursday is the deadline to submit resolutions for consideration at the DA annual global meeting that will take place May 21-22 online. Once the resolution is submitted, it is subject to changes based on feedback from DPCA reps and the Resolutions Committee. If the resolution is selected for the agenda at the global meeting, a certain amount of time will be allotted for debate and a vote will take place. Only DPCA reps are able to vote at this meeting, but any DA member can attend and observe.

What is a DPCA rep?

DPCA stands for the Democratic Party Committee Abroad. It is the acronym for the official name of Democrats Abroad. Every DA Country Committee has a certain number of DPCA reps proportionate to the number of DA members in that country. DA holds a meeting once a year called the global meeting, where resolutions are submitted to update DA policy positions. The meeting this year takes place on May 21-22.

How can I help?

  1. Sign your name in support of the resolution (deadline is this Wednesday) by clicking here. (you must be a Democrats Abroad member to add your name. You can easily join for free by signing up here).
  2. Share the link with friends and family to ask they add their name in support of the resolution, here's the link to share: https://forms.gle/38WihYb54WcjFNyf6
  3. Ask your DPCA voting representatives to co-sponsor the resolution in the country you live in. You can find a list of your DPCA voting reps by going to the DA country page on this website and clicking on the leadership list on the right-hand side of the page. The more co-sponsors we have, the higher the chance of it passing.

REMINDER: If you've not taken the 2022 Democrats Abroad Tax Survey of Americans Abroad yet, there's still time! Go here to take the survey: https://demsabroad.typeform.com/taxsurvey Deadline is April 30. For more information about the survey click here.



2022 Tax Survey of Americans Abroad Has Launched!

We are proud to announce that today, the Democrats Abroad 2022 Tax Survey of Americans abroad has launched!

Click here to take the survey now

Please share the survey link with all your American friends and family living abroad, and ask them to share it with people they know too. We need as many people as possible participating in the survey. You do not have to be a Democrats Abroad member to participate. Survey closes April 30th.

For more information go to the survey info page here or read the survey FAQs here.

Listen to the latest episode of the Democrats Abroad Podcast about the survey here.

 

 

 


2022 Taxation Task Force Advocacy Plan

The new Taxation Task Force has been hard at work behind the scenes for the last 3 months, and we're ready to share our plans for the rest of the year.

We have developed a 5 step plan that is aimed at helping us get legislative results for Americans abroad sooner rather than later.

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Get Ready! 2022 Tax Survey Launches In 1 Week

Get ready to tell us all about what you think about taxes and banking while living abroad. The Democrats Abroad tax survey launches on April 5th. We are encouraging all Americans abroad to complete the survey, to help us capture an up to date picture on what filing taxes from abroad looks like and how FATCA is impacting Americans abroad ability to bank.


About The Survey

The survey will take you approximately 25-30 minutes to complete. The survey is split up into the following sections:

  1. How you acquired U.S. citizenship
  2. Taxes and voting
  3. Why you live outside the U.S.
  4. Banking
  5. Filing & reporting U.S. taxes
  6. Taxes
  7. Relationships
  8. Children
  9. Employment
  10. Retirement
  11. Self-Employment

You may or may not be asked to complete all of the sections depending on your answers and your personal circumstances. The survey could be shorter or longer, depending on your answers as you make your way through the survey. You will also have the option to take a break from the survey and return to it later, up to 15 days later if you're using the same web browser. We designed the survey in this way to allow you to consider your answers carefully, if you so choose. Please note that the survey must be completed in order for your responses to be included.

Can I share the survey with a friend or family member?

Yes, please share the survey with any friend or family member who is an American living outside the U.S.

Why another global survey?

Our last survey we conducted in 2019. It's been a few years and things have changed or had an impact like the pandemic. We need updated research to share with the Congressional American Abroad Caucus and Members of Congress to raise awareness of the problems Americans abroad face. Democrats Abroad has a history of producing leading research in the area of tax discrimination faced by Americans abroad. We will use the data collected from the survey to help shape our advocacy priorities along with our Congressional and grassroots outreach strategy. Ultimately, we aim to use the data to compel Congress to take urgent action to pass legislation to provide tax and financial access relief for Americans abroad. By participating in this survey, you are helping Democrats Abroad better understand Americans abroad and develop tools to lobby U.S. Congress to enact tax reforms that support U.S. citizens living outside the U.S..

What will happen with the survey responses?

The survey results will be analyzed and the results will be shared on the Democrats Abroad website, with the Congressional American Abroad Caucus, and Members of Congress to raise awareness of the problems Americans abroad face. The ultimate goal is to compel Congress to take urgent action to pass legislation to provide relief for the 9 million Americans living abroad.

Is the survey anonymous?

Yes, the survey is anonymous. In our last survey we had just under 10,000 responses and we expect a similar level of responses this time around. The only identifying information that will be used in the final report will be by identifying the state you last lived in with your country of residence (eg. American abroad from Texas living in Germany).


What have you done about data privacy?

As a global organization, Democrats Abroad adheres to applicable data privacy laws. This is an anonymous survey, we will not ask you for your email address, name, or any other uniquely identifiable information. We are not tracking your IP address and we will do our best to make sure your answers can't be uniquely identified in the final report. The only identifying information that will be used in the final report will be by identifying the state you last lived in with your country of residence (eg. American abroad from Texas living in Germany). If you are not comfortable with anything you submit in the survey being used based on your zip code and country of residence, we advise that you at least share your zip code for where you last lived in the U.S. so we can include your data in our constituent level data set that will be shared with your Members of Congress. To be clear, the only reason we ask for the zip code of your last residence in the U.S. is so we can include your data in our constituent level data set that will be shared with your Members of Congress.


Volunteer for the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force

The Taxation Task Force will be hosting a new volunteer info session on April 19th. Anyone that's interested in rolling up their sleeves to help resolve the tax and banking problems Americans abroad face is welcome to join. RSVP here to join.

 

You don't have to attend the info session to volunteer. You can apply by clicking here to fill in the volunteer interest form so we can get a better sense of your strengths, interests, and time availability. After you've filled in the form, you'll be invited to a call to discuss next steps.

You can also learn more about what roles are available by clicking here for an outline of volunteering opportunities with the tax team.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email the team on [email protected].