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Your Representative Belongs in the Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus. Ask them to join TODAY!

Having a Congress that understands and supports the Americans abroad community is essential to building critical Congressional support for our reform recommendations. That's why we are working to increase membership in the Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus - a group of Congressional leaders motivated to address the unique issues of the Americans abroad community.

Invite your Congressperson to join the American Abroad Caucus TODAY.

Find a script, ways to get in touch and more details about the caucus and our caucus membership drive.  CLICK HERE if you are on a handheld device.  CLICK HERE to download our Americans Abroad Caucus Membership Drive Participation Guide. 

 

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American Rescue Plan stimulus payments are STILL GOING OUT! More information here.

On Friday 23 April the IRS published a bulletin describing the 2 million payments they distributed in the 6th batch of Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) from the American Rescue Plan Act.  This is the U.S. Government's 3rd round of EIPs since the pandemic started: EIP1 = $1200 (Mar 2020); EIP2 = $600 (Dec 2020); EIP3 = $1400 (Feb 2021).  The IRS 23 April bulletin is copied in full at the very end of this post.

Democrats Abroad continues to hear from eligible Americans abroad waiting for their EIP(s) and wanting to contact the IRS.  The IRS has published this information about how to contact them from abroad.  The International Call Center contact numbers listed at this website, open Monday through Friday from 6am to 11pm Eastern time, are: 

Tel: 267-941-1000 (not toll-free)
Fax: 681-247-3101 (for international tax account issues only)

You have the best chance of being near the front of the queue if you begin dialing at 6am US Eastern time, though many have reported long wait times even if they started dialing early.

You might also try to reach the IRS with a question through your member of the House of Representatives.  Your Representative has constituent services officers, usually in the district office, to handle a range of constituent issues.  You can request that your Representative's Constituent Advocate access the Congressional Liaison to the IRS on your behalf.  You may be able to get in contact with the IRS in this way, though, again, many have reported to us that their outreach to constituent services staff was fruitless.  It's no magic bullet, but it is worth a try.  Here's how:

1.  If you do not know who your Representative is then use this link to find the name of your Representative by entering the zip code of your voting address.  

2.  Once you have the name of your Representative you can use this link to find the name of their Constituent Services Officers/Constituent Advocates.  Put your Rep's last name in the Search bar at the top of the page and hit return.  The search will produce a list of ALL of your Representatives staff members and their titles.  The staff member you are searching for will be identified as Constituent Advocate or Constituent Services Officer.  The phone number and email address of the Constituent Advocate is listed next to the person's name. 


Lastly, information about getting a pandemic aid payment and tax filing was the subject of a DA UK Webinar held last Thursday 22 April.  This is a recording of the Webinar, which might contain information helpful to you.
DEMOCRATS ABROAD TAXATION TASK FORCE
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Democrats Abroad Response to Senate Finance Committee proposal to overhaul international taxation

Democrats Abroad has published a submission to the Senate Finance Committee in response to its proposal "Overhauling International Taxation".  In our submission we make the case for reforming the way the Repatriation Tax and GILTI Tax impact Americans abroad.  Click here to download our submission.

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Help us build the Americans Abroad Caucus and so build Congressional Support for our Reforms

Having a Congress that understands and supports the Americans abroad community is essential to building critical Congressional support for our reform recommendations. That's why we are working to increase membership in the  Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus - a group of Congressional leaders motivated to address the unique issues of the Americans abroad community.

Invite your Congressperson today to join the American Abroad Caucus. Find a script, ways to get in touch and more details about the caucus here

The Americans Abroad Caucus is currently chaired by Rep Carolyn Maloney. The caucus helps guide us when we have reforms to present, problems that require government support or questions that relate to the federal government. They are critical help in our work to provide tax relief for Americans abroad, plus expand voting rights, address our immigration issues, and so much more.

We have prepared this Campaign Guide which includes everything you need for participating in the Americans Abroad Caucus Campaign.  If you have any questions about the campaign or the advice in the guide please send questions to [email protected]

Thank you for your support for this campaign and for our work on behalf of the Americans abroad community.


Updates from the IRS on Pandemic Aid Payment #3 and Advice for Contacting the IRS about Yours

Herein we have included the announcement made by the IRS on Wednesday 14 April about progress made in paying out the 3rd round of pandemic aid payments (Economic Impact Payments or EIP3) to eligible Americans.  In brief it says to date 159m EIP3 payments worth $376m have been distributed, rolling out on a weekly basis, most via electronic transfer.  Payments in this 5th batch include "top ups" to EIP2 or EIP1 for those whose 2020 income made them eligible for a higher payment than the ones made earlier based on their 2019 income. 

Although payments are automatic for most people, the IRS continues to urge people who don’t normally file a tax return and haven’t received Economic Impact Payments to file a 2020 tax return to get all the benefits they’re entitled to under the law, including tax credits such as the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the Earned Income Tax Credit. 

Filing a 2020 tax return will also assist the IRS in determining whether someone is eligible for an advance payment of the 2021 Child Tax Credit, which will begin to be disbursed this summer.

The full IRS update on EIP3 is included at the end of this post.

CONTACTING THE IRS ABOUT YOUR EIPS

This information is for those seeking advice on contacting the IRS as an American abroad to inquire about your Economic Impact Payment.

The correct IRS helpline for EIP assistance for Americans living outside the U.S. is 1-267-941-1000.

  • “Press ‘1’ for English”
  • There’s information about the website for questions about economic impact payment information, followed by a series of options
  • “If you are calling outside the US, or need assistance with an international tax issue press ‘4’ ”
  • “For questions about your individual refund, press ‘1’ 

We encourage you to reach out to the IRS for assistance.  Please let us know what you think of the support and service.

Read on for the entirety of the IRS EIP3 update report.

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Democrats Abroad highlights U.S. taxation of Americans abroad with the Senate. You can too.

On March 25 the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on "International Tax Policy and the Impact on American Workers, Jobs and Investment".  Democrats Abroad provided written testimony to the Committee hearing to raise the issues Americans abroad face in complying with U.S. taxation and financial account reporting compliance.  You can download the Democrats Abroad submission here.  You will note that we have joined our colleague organizations advocating on behalf of the Americans abroad community in asking for hearings on U.S. Taxation and Americans abroad and a switch to Residency Based Taxation.

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COVID aid mark III is coming. What you need to know and how to prepare.

Democrats Abroad continues to receive messages with questions about pandemic aid and how to access it.  If you have questions we encourage you to read on and also to:

  1. review our past postings about accessing the first two aid programs and about how to cash a U.S. government check from abroad;
  2. view a recording of our webinar about the second round of COVID aid; and
  3. consider attending one of these upcoming tax webinars being hosted by DA Country Committees. 

The next (third) round of pandemic aid for individuals is coming as part of the American Rescue Plan, which was passed in the Senate this past weekend.  The bill is widely expected to be passed by the House and signed by President Biden by the end of the week commencing Monday March 8. 

We think this is the best reporting on the American Rescue Plan aid to individuals, or Economic Impact Payment 3 (EIP3) e.g. eligibility; how to get the $1,400 payment; how and when it will come.  Read on for further advice on positioning yourself to receive EIP3 as quickly as possible.

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Dems Abroad appeals to Sec Yellen for improvements to pandemic aid delivery to Americans abroad

In line with the Democrats Abroad 2020 outreach to Treasury Sec Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Rettig regarding the delivery of pandemic relief to Americans abroad, and with the American Rescue Plan with its $1,400 pandemic aid payment expected to be signed by President Biden later this week, Democrats Abroad has written to Biden-Harris Treasury Sec Janet Yellen requesting changes to improve both aid delivery efficiency and agency engagement with the Americans abroad community.

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Pandemic Aid Update: IRS announces all stimulus payments have been issued. Now what?

The IRS announced on 16 February 2021 that all first and second round Economic Impact Payments (EIP) have now been issued.*  Get My Payment, the online IRS platform for taxpayers to track EIPs, was last updated on Jan. 29, 2021, to reflect the final payments and will not be updated again for EIP1 or EIP2. 

What if you are still waiting for your payment?

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Jan/Feb 2021 Updates on DA Tax Advocacy Work

These are updates from the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force on our work advocating for relief for Americans abroad from U.S. taxation and financial account reporting. In 2021 we will also carry on our work from 2020 to improve the access of Americans abroad to pandemic aid.

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