Surprise stimulus payment advantage for expats spotted, via Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

A little more than a month after Americans around the world have begun receiving “Economic Impact Payments” from the U.S. Treasury – as part of the government’s emergency US$2trn CARES Act stimulus package, unveiled in March – tax experts have begun to point out that some wealthy expatriates could potentially benefit from an apparently unforeseen quirk in the way these payments are being provided, that their Homeland counterparts could not.

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.

  • Tax

Bright!Tax's Allyson Lindsey: 'Yes, expats w/o a U.S. bank account can still get the payment'

 As Bright!Tax partner and managing Certified Public Accountant Allyson Lindsey explained last month, Americans who are resident outside the U.S. are potentially eligible to receive a "recovery rebate" check or automatic deposit, as part of a US$2.2 trillion bipartisan bill aimed at providing emergency relief to individuals and businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Here, she addresses further issues expats are having as they try to secure their COVID-19 rebate money, including the fact that they don’t need a U.S. bank account to receive it...

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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AARO webinar answers expats' questions about CARES Act payments

Questions about whether children who turned 18 in 2020, or who won't be born until August, would be considered "dependents" for the purposes of receiving a U.S. government CARES Act rebate check were among the highlights of a recent, hour-long webinar sponsored by the Association of Americans Resident Overseas.

  • Tax

Bright!Tax's Allyson Lindsey, to expats: 'How to go about getting a COVID-19 rebate payment'

As Americans who have been resident abroad for years know only too well, when the IRS has news for U.S. expats, it's usually not good. However, as the American Expat Financial News Journal and other media organizations reported last month, the U.S. government actually included Americans who are resident overseas among those U.S. citizens who would be potentially eligible to receive a "recovery rebate" check, as part of a US$2.2 trillion bipartisan bill aimed at providing emergency relief to individuals and businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown...

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Opinion

OPINION: The SEAT approach to residence-based taxation: 'Begin with the end in mind'

OPINION: The SEAT approach to residence-based taxation: 'Begin with the end in mind'

Convincing Congress and the Biden Administration of the need for the U.S. to move to a "residence-based" system of taxation is the No. 1 focus of American expatriate advocacy groups...

Jul-22-2021