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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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Video and Slides from April 15 CARES Act Webinar

Many thanks to everyone who joined our webinar yesterday on the CARES Act and Americans abroad. Thanks also to everyone who donated to support getting out the vote around the world. Every dollar you give supports our work to elect Democrats who will fight to make a better life for ALL Americans. If you haven't had the chance yet to donate and are interested, here's the link to the webinar's donation page.  

Here is a link to the slides: https://www.myexpattaxes.com/wp-content/uploads/MyExpatTaxes_Deck_DA-Global_04_15_2020_Shared.pdf
Note that Democrats Abroad does not provide personal tax advice or recommendations.  We recommend that you engage a qualified, professional tax adviser to address questions related to your personal financial situation.

And here is a video of the webinar:


Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA08) asks IRS to make CARES Act aid tools accessible to Americans abroad

Democrats Abroad thanks Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA08) for writing to the IRS on behalf of the Americans abroad community asking for changes to be made to the IRS' online CARES Act aid tools - Non-Filers-Enter Information Here and Get My Payment - in order to make the accessible to Americans abroad.  Click here to download the letter.

The letter asks the IRS to add a field to the online tools for Americans abroad to submit the numbers for their accounts in their non-US banks and and a field for non-US phone number.

The Get My Payment tool went on online on Wednesday 15 April and anecdotal evidence suggests it has some sort of a glitch that results in many users - both in the U.S. and living abroad - getting a "Cannot Determine Your Eligibility" message.  We expect the system is being overwhelmed.  If you received such a response please try the tool again in a day or so.

Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force


Coronavirus Aid "Get My Payment" tool now online but not yet stable

The IRS CARES Act aid Get My Payment tool went on online on Wednesday 15 April and has been created for taxpayers who have submitted a 2018 or 2019 tax return but have not included their bank account details to the IRS in the filing. The IRS is using bank account details it has on file to expedite Recovery Rebates to taxpayers eligible for the aid.  The IRS's announcement about the launch of Get My Payment is copied in full below.

Anecdotal evidence suggests Get My Payment has some sort of a glitch that results in many users - both in the U.S. and living abroad - getting a "Cannot Determine Your Eligibility" message.  We expect the system is being overwhelmed.  If you received such a response please try the tool again in a day or so.

Note also that both the Get My Payment and Non-Filers: Enter Information here online tools for arranging the delivery of CARES Act aid payments (the Recovery Rebate) cannot at this time take non-US bank account information.  They also cannot accommodate many non-US phone numbers.  We have written to Treasury and the IRS asking for changes to the tools so they can take both non-US bank accounts and non-US phone numbers. Rep Don Beyer has done so as well.

Please visit our CARES ACT Aid FAQs for more information.

Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force

 

IRS GET MY PAYMENT TOOL LAUNCH ANNOUNCEMENT -  WEDNESDAY 15 APRIL

Treasury, IRS unveil online application to help with Economic Impact Payments; Get My Payment allows people to provide direct deposit information and gives payment date

WASHINGTON – Working with the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service today unveiled the new Get My Payment with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposit information.

With an initial round of more than 80 million Economic Impact Payments starting to hit bank accounts over the weekend and throughout this week, this new tool will help address key common questions. Get My Payment will show the projected date when a deposit has been scheduled, similar to the “Where’s My Refund tool” many taxpayers are already familiar with.

Get My Payment also allows people a chance to provide their bank information. People who did not use direct deposit on their last tax return will be able to input information to receive the payment by direct deposit into their bank account, expediting receipt.

Get My Payment will offer people with a quick and easy way to find the status of their payment and, where possible, provide their bank account information if we don’t already have it,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Our IRS employees have been working non-stop on the Economic Impact Payments to help taxpayers in need. In addition to successfully generating payments to more than 80 million people, IRS teams throughout the country proudly worked long days and weekends to quickly deliver Get My Payment ahead of schedule.”

Get My Payment is updated once daily, usually overnight. The IRS urges taxpayers to only use Get My Payment once a day given the large number of people receiving Economic Impact Payments.

How to use Get My Payment
Available only on IRS.gov, the online application is safe and secure to use. Taxpayers only need a few pieces of information to quickly obtain the status of their payment and, where needed, provide their bank account information. Having a copy of their most recent tax return can help speed the process.

  • For taxpayers to track the status of their payment, this feature will show taxpayers the payment amount, scheduled delivery date by direct deposit or paper check and if a payment hasn’t been scheduled. They will need to enter basic information including:
    • Social Security number
    • Date of birth, and
    • ailing address used on their tax return.
  • Taxpayers needing to add their bank account information to speed receipt of their payment will also need to provide the following additional information:
    • Their Adjusted Gross Income from their most recent tax return submitted, either 2019 or 2018
    • The refund or amount owed from their latest filed tax return
    • Bank account type, account and routing numbers
  • Get My Payment cannot update bank account information after an Economic Impact Payment has been scheduled for delivery. To help protect against potential fraud, the tool also does not allow people to change bank account information already on file with the IRS. 

A Spanish version of Get My Payment is expected in a few weeks.