A Reader Asks: 'I renounced in 2019, but I got a CARES Act payment anyway. What should I do?'

One of those stories quietly running in the background of the Covid-19 pandemic has been that of the American expats who have struggled to obtain the so-called CARES Act stimulus payments they're supposed to be receiving – even as people who aren't U.S. citizens, and therefore shouldn't be receiving them, have been.

One such person is a former American whom we'll call Franz, who lives in Switzerland, and who renounced his U.S. citizenship in 2019...but received a check anyway...

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Dems Abroad invites expat responses to new CARES Act survey

The Democrats Abroad has unveiled an online survey to determine how well the U.S. CARES Act "stimulus payments", introduced earlier this year in response to the Covid pandemic, have served expats needs – and is inviting expats around the world to take it.

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Renounced U.S. citizens, foreign workers reported among those to receive CARES Act payments

As lawyers representing plaintiffs in a number of U.S. states prepare to bring legal challenges against the U.S. government and key government officials for denying certain American taxpayers the right to receive CARES Act "Economic Impact Payments" because they most recently have been filing their tax returns jointly with their non-American citizen spouses, reports have emerged of renounced Americans as well as foreign workers living overseas getting the payments.

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Latest on CARES Act relief payments from ACA, IRS

The American Citizens Abroad has asked the IRS to extend its deadline for those American expats wishing to use its online "Get My Payment" tool to input their direct deposit information beyond this coming Wednesday, as messages and updates having to do with the one-off CARES Act economic impact payments continue to be issued on a seemingly daily basis. 

Latest ACA TaxCast: Greenback's David McKeegan, Daria Prohorenko on Covid-19 tax law changes, coronavirus rebates

David McKeegan, co-head and co-founder of Greenback Expat Tax Services, and Daria Prohorenko, one of the firm's expat tax experts, join the American Citizens Abroad's legal counsel and ACA Global Foundation chairman Charles Bruce, pictured, in addressing expat Americans' concerns about "the implications of Covid-19 tax law changes, coronavirus rebates" and related subjects, in the ACA's third "TaxCast" episode, which is live as of today (April 30). 

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U.S. officials warn of possible CARES Act payments frauds

A U.S. federal office that oversees government funding measures has warned U.S. taxpayers to "be on the look-out for fraudulent activity" in connection with the so-called CARES Act Economic Impact Payments that are due to be going out to Americans around the world over the coming days and weeks.

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Essential Financial Acronyms for Americans Living Abroad

Essential Financial Acronyms for Americans Living Abroad

The American Expat Financial News Journal’s “Essential Financial Acronyms for Americans Living Abroad” is designed to help our fellow Yanks in Expatland to navigate the international seas of the financial...