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Nov 30th Weekly Action - Stop the Republican Tax Scam

Each week Democrats Abroad posts an issue for our members to work on. This week's action focuses on pushing the Senate Republicans to vote no on the tax scam bill currently on the floor. For more information visit our action page today!   


November Tax Advocacy Action Pack

The House and the Senate Republicans are in the process of trying to pass tax reform that favors the wealthy and large corporations at the tremendous expense of the working class. Worse, the Senate bill not only cuts taxes for those who don't need it but rips away health insurance for 13 million Americans. The Senate bill will go to a vote on the floor the week after Thanksgiving. Unless there are material changes to benefit working class Americans both in the U.S. and abroad Democrats Abroad opposes the Senate Finance Committee’s bill. Make sure your Senator returns from Thanksgiving break to a great big pile of messages condemning the GOP tax bill.

Click the image to open the tax activism pack.

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Use the sample language and contact your senators by using this link: http://www.democratsabroad.org/turkeyandtax

Please remember that when contacting your representatives to use your US voting address.


Call Congress about Taxation Reform now

RAISING YOUR VOICE FOR RESIDENCY BASED TAXATION

Democrats Abroad has had Residency Based Taxation as part of our platform for nearly two decades, but both Democrats and Republicans living abroad agree on the need for tax reform for Americans abroad. 

After two surveys in the past few years profiling the problems FATCA  and Citizenship Based Taxation cause for Americans abroad, countless meetings with members of congress, the IRS and Treasury, and thousands of calls from our members to their representatives these issues are finally being discussed in Washington!

The Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force is making another trip to Washington DC and we need your help putting a little more wind at our backs.  

Below is a list of members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.  

If your Representative or Senator is on this list please send them an email or better yet, give them a call. 

If you need help creating your message please use our Tax Reform for Americans Abroad campaign in a box.  http://www.democratsabroad.org/taxation_reform_campaign_in_a_box

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO TARGET WITH OUTREACH ABOUT TAX REFORM FOR AMERICANS ABROAD
 
The contact details (phone number, postal address and email address) for the members on this list are available on the their websites which you can find using an ordinary internet search.   Senators' website addresses are normally in the format of www.surname.senate.gov.  Representatives' website addresses are normally in the format of www.surname.house.gov.

HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE LEADERS
bold indicates members of tax policy subcommittee

Alabama
Terri Sewell - D7

Arizona
David Schweikert -R 6

California
Devin Nunes -R 22
Mike Thompson -D 5
Linda Sanchez -D 38
Judy Chu - D 27

Florida
Vern Buchanan - R 16
Carlos Curbelo - R 26

Georgia
John Lewis -D 5  

Illinois
Peter Roskam -R 6 
Danny Davis -D 7

Indiana
Jackie Walorski -R 2

Kansas
Lynn Jenkins -R 2

Massachusetts
Richard Neal -D 1

Michigan 
Mike Bishop -R 8
Sander Levin -D 9

Minnesota
Eric Paulsen -R 3

Missouri
Jason Smith -R 8

Nebraska
Adrian Smith - R 3

New Jersey
Bill Pascrell -D 9

New York
Tom Reed -R 23
Joseph Crowley -D 14

North Carolina
George Holding -R 2

Ohio
Pat Tiberi -R 12
Jim Renacci-R 16

Oregon
Earl Blumenauer -D 3

Pennsylvania
Mike Kelly -R 3
Pat Meehan -R 7 

South Carolina
Tom Rice -R 7

South Dakota
Kristi Noem -R 6

Tennessee
Diane Black -R 6 

Texas                                                   
Kevin Brady R- 8th
Sam Johnson -R 3rd
Kenny Marchant-R  24
Lloyd Doggett -D  35

Washington
Dave Reichert - R 8
Suzan DelBene -D 1

Wisconsin
Ron Kind -D 3

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

Republicans                                

  • Orrin Hatch, UT Committee Chair
  • Chuck Grassley IA
  • Mike Crapo ID
  • Pat Roberts KS
  • Michael Enzi WY
  • John Cornyn TX
  • John Thune SD
  • Richard Burr NC
  • Johnny Isakson GA
  • Rob Portman OH
  • Patrick Toomey PA
  • Dean Heller NV
  • Tim Scott SC
  • Bill Cassidy LA

 

Democrats 

  • Ron Wyden, Oregon Ranking Member
  • Debbie Stabenow MI
  • Maria Cantwell WA
  • Bill Nelson FL
  • Robert Menendez NJ
  • Thomas Carper  DE
  • Benjamin Cardin MD
  • Michael Bennet CO
  • Robert Casey Jr PA
  • Mark Warner VA

 




Letter for Senate Finance Committee Hearing on Int'l Tax Reform

 

This week Democrats Abroad hand delivered copies of this letter to members of the the Senate Finance Committee prior to the Tax Reform Hearings on October 3. Click below to read more. Thanks to Carmelan and her team on our Taxation Task Force for their hard work on these issues and their continued diligence.

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 Click here to view in PDF format


Tax Advocacy Webinar Presentation from September 29

If you missed the Tax Advocacy Webinar from today, you can watch the recording here https://www.facebook.com/DemsAbroad/videos/10159249048780005/

Also, you can find the presentation here:

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Tax Advocacy Webinar presentation in PDF format 


JOIN IN THE GLOBAL TAXATION SURVEY!

We invite Americans living outside the US to participate in a survey about their experiences of being a US taxpayer filing from abroad.

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Welcome to the Taxation Task Force Page

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


Residency Based Taxation - what it is and why Democrats Abroad support it

Get involved with our campaign for Residency Based Taxation today - join in today

The US is the only developed nation that taxes its citizens on overseas income earned while they live abroad.  This system is complicated, inefficient, and causes uncertainty for ordinary Americans living outside the US. Democrats Abroad favors Residency Based Taxation because it is a simpler, fairer, and more efficient system.

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