Americans and 'accidentals' in Europe react, after EU's Gentiloni quoted saying FATCA not a bloc issue

European Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni has again drawn fierce criticism from Americans and accidental Americans in Europe, with his remarks on the the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) – this time for saying that the European Commission is technically unable to directly address problems with "the monitoring and enforcement of EU data protection rules" that he acknowledges FATCA is causing. 

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Potential major precedent seen, as Dutch court rules in favor of 'unintentionally American' pilot Ariës

In a ruling that has left many "accidental Americans" (as well as ordinary American expats) cheering, a Dutch court ruled yesterday (Dec. 29) that a Dutch citizen born in the U.S., but with no other connection to that country, is entitled to keep his accounts with his local bank, even if he doesn't provide it with a U.S. Tax Identification Number (TIN), as long as his total holdings in these accounts don't exceed US$50,000. 

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UK-based wealth platform Nutmeg reported closing doors to American clients, in wake of JP Morgan buyout news

Less than two months after New York-based banking giant JP Morgan Chase announced that it was to buy what claims to be the UK's "first and now largest" digital wealth manager, that wealth manager – Nutmeg Saving & Investment Ltd – is telling its American clients that they must leave, a Mail on Sunday story is reporting.

According to the MoS, Nutmeg "withdrew its services to 'U.S. tax residents' via an email" last month, "warning them it was closing their accounts". 

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State Dept. responds to 'Accidentals' complaint over renunciation fees, citing 'costs'

The U.S. State Department has responded to a complaint over the recently-increased fee for renouncing one's American citizenship, which was filed last December by a coalition of so-called 'accidental Americans', by noting that it had increased the fee to reflect a rise in the government's renunciation processing costs, according to court documents seen by the American Expat Financial News Journal. 

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March 18, 2021: FATCA turns 11

Eleven years ago today, in the Rose Garden of the White House, President Obama signed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act into law – buried inside a domestic jobs bill known as the HIRE Act.

There's not much to say about FATCA that we and others didn't last year, when we marked the anti-tax evasion law's 10-year anniversary, as not a lot has changed about it since then.

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U.S. agrees to discuss FATCA-related issues with EU

In what some campaigners for fairer treatment of EU/American dual nationals, particularly 'accidental Americans,' today hailed as a significant development, U.S. Treasury officials are reported to have agreed to meet with their EU counterparts to discuss FATCA-related issues, including those that these dual nationals are struggling with. 

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Europe's 'accidentals' hoping for results, as EU Council plans follow-up meeting next week

Europe's accidental Americans say they're cautiously optimistic that a recently-announced follow-up to last week's ECOFIN discussion on FATCA may at last yield results – at least in the form of an agreement by top EU officials to prioritize the accidentals' concerns, as these officials prepare to meet in coming weeks and months with their counterparts in the new Biden administration. 

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AXFNJ Podcast: Dems Abroad’s Rebecca Lammers discusses the ‘suffocating’ U.S. expat tax situation with AXFNJ’s Richardson

AXFNJ Podcast: Dems Abroad’s Rebecca Lammers discusses the ‘suffocating’ U.S. expat tax situation with AXFNJ’s Richardson

In 2010, when President Obama signed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act into law – hidden inside a domestic jobs bill few still remember, called the HIRE Act – Rebecca Lammers had...

Dec-02-2022