23-page EU Council 'working paper' on AEOI regs emerges, prompting concerns

A "Working Paper" issued by the European Council on Sept. 11, four days before the European Data Protection Board was due to meet to discuss how the EU should best prepare to participate in the worldwide move towards ever-greater automatic exchange of information, is being seen by some observers as an indication of the willingness of EU governments to take measures behind the scenes aimed at quietly ensuring a consistent pan-EU data protection message that also fits in with their "Realpolitik" objectives – including avoiding a public, political showdown with the U.S. over FATCA.

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New U.S. lawsuit reveals how billionaire alleged to have avoided FATCA while keeping wealth hidden offshore

The U.S. Justice Department last week announced that it had charged a Houston billionaire with having allegedly hid US$2bn from the government overseas, through the use of entities in the names of nominees – thus managing to avoid being flagged up by the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or any other financial transparency programs.

Prosecutors are calling it "the biggest case ever" brought against an American citizen, media reports noted, including the Financial Times. 

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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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Yue: Meadows said to be 'very interested' in legislative action plan, but 'after the election'

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows did in fact receive a letter sent to him last month by the Republicans Overseas that urged him to call on President Trump to use his presidential authority to issue an "executive order" aimed at fixing certain tax issues expat Americans are currently struggling with, and is "very interested in doing something to end double taxation [for expats] legislatively after the election", according to RO chief executive and vice president Solomon Yue.

Democrats Abroad responds to RO letter to Meadows; Biden camp still silent

The Democrats Abroad has forcefully rebutted arguments contained in a letter its Republican counterpart organization sent last week to President Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, in which the Republicans Overseas called on Meadows to use an executive order to address some of the key tax issues U.S. expats have been struggling with.

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Republicans Overseas calls for executive order to help expats ahead of prez election

In what many American expats will hope could at last bring expat issues onto the agenda in the final weeks of the U.S. presidential campaign, the Republicans Overseas has asked White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to call on President Trump to use his authority, as president, to begin to make some of the changes these expats have long been calling for, but which Congress has failed to address.

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The AXFNJ YouTube interview: The Federal Register's 'Name and Shame List' at a time of record renunciations

The AXFNJ YouTube interview: The Federal Register's 'Name and Shame List' at a time of record renunciations

The latest U.S. Government posting of the Internal Revenue Service's "Quarterly Publication of Individuals Who Have Chosen to Expatriate" brought total U.S. citizenship renunciations in 2020 a record high of...

Feb-11-2021