Europe’s ‘accidental Americans' react to EU commissioner’s FATCA letter response

 American expats who have been calling on governments across Europe – and on the EU itself – to rally on their behalf against what they say is the unfair burden of being expected to comply with the U.S.’s Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act have been reacting with disappointment today to a letter from a key EU politician that they say shows their struggles still aren’t being acknowledged.

FATCA expert sees challenges for 'accidentals,' as Moscovici seen reflecting int'l consensus

Accidental Americans in Europe and elsewhere may not want to hear it, but a top personal tax expert – with the high-end, London-based Withers law firm – has said European politician Pierre Moscovici's recent response to the struggles such "accidentals" have been having with the difficulties they face as a result of the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act is actually "in line" with the direction of international tax policy efforts.

Accidental Americans' latest: Dutch EU parliamentarian writes to Moscovici

European Parliamentarian Sophie in 't Veld has called on French politician Pierre Moscovici to ensure that the European Commission for Economic and Financial Affairs – which he heads up – “starts taking [the problems that Accidental Americans are facing in Europe because of FATCA] seriously,” and “stops hiding behind excuses."

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European Banking Federation in complaint about FATCA enforcement burden

The head of the Brussels-based European Banking Federation, which represents some 3,500 banks across Europe, has warned U.S. Treasury officials that American expats may continue to struggle to get and keep bank accounts if something isn't done to address the problems his organization's members still face in their efforts to implement the American tax evasion law known as FATCA.

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UK MP vows to continue speaking out on behalf of ‘accidental Americans’ living in Britain

Preet Kaur Gill, a British Labour Party member of Parliament from the greater Birmingham area,  has said she plans to continue asking questions of the UK government on behalf of U.S.-born British citizens – like at least one of her constituents, who are facing unprecedented “negative financial implications” as a result of the way such individuals are pursued for tax by the U.S. authorities.

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UK official responds to MP written question on 'accidental Americans'

A U.K. government official responded to a written question on the matter of so-called 'accidental Americans' posed by a British Member of Parliament by noting that they weren't "created" by FATCA, but rather, that the 2010 legislation "created a mechanism for the financial accounts of overseas U.S. citizens to be reported to the U.S."

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A renounced ‘accidental’ replies to UK gov’t’s Stride: ‘It’s not that we’re not British, we are – but we're also not really American'

A renounced ‘accidental’ replies to UK gov’t’s Stride: ‘It’s not that we’re not British, we are – but we're also not really American'

Last week, it was revealed that British Labour MP Preet Kaur Gill had received her second formulaic and non-committal response in two months to specific questions she had asked the...

Feb-19-2019