U.S. tax expert Goulder: Theory of 'strategic forbearance' could help explain EU reluctance to challenge U.S. over FATCA

In July of 2018,members of the European Parliament resoundingly approved a resolution which supported the right of Europe's estimated 300,000 "accidental Americans"  to be allowed to cast off their American citizenship (and thus their taxation by the U.S.) more easily and cheaply than is currently possible under U.S. law. (The vote was 470 to 43, with 26 abstentions.) 

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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EU lawmakers call for updating regs to address more 'innovative tax schemes'

The European Union should update its tax avoidance legislation and revamp its systems for assessing harmful tax regimes if it is to ensure that member states are not deprived of substantial revenue, European Parliament lawmakers agreed on Thursday, in a non-binding resolution that was seen to be a response to the release earlier this week of the so-called Pandora Papers.

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EU says it ‘deplores lack of FATCA reciprocity,’ in document implementing tax info exchange texts

In an 18-page document mostly containing formal texts having to do with the implementation of EU requirements for the exchange of tax information, the European Parliament has devoted several paragraphs to criticizing the 2010 U.S. tax evasion-prevention law known as FATCA, saying that it "deplores" FATCA's "lack of reciprocity," and adds that it is resulting in "the United States becoming a significant enabler of financial secrecy for non-U.S. citizens" as a result.

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FATCA petition in Germany, as 'accidentals' and others reported to struggle with banks there too

A German citizen has posted a petition on the website of the Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament) which calls on the  German government to intervene with respect to the difficulties many "German citizens" are struggling with as a result of the American tax evasion law known as FATCA – and says he is hoping for "wide support" from "accidental Americans" as well as other American expats and even non-Americans who simply care about privacy and data protection issues. 

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The FATCA/AEOI Papers: Mishcon publishes research trove, unearthed as part of crowd-funded UK FATCA case

Correspondence and other documents having to do with the way the U.S. tax evasion-prevention law known as FATCA was agreed upon, and is now enforced by EU governments – along with similar materials having to do with the OECD’s more recent automatic exchange of information (AEOI) regime known as the Common Reporting Standard – have been published by a campaigning lawyer with London’s Mishcon de Reya law firm.

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.

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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...

May-05-2022