A regular listing of events taking place around the world for American expatriates.
February 20: Democrats Abroad Thailand tax seminar, Bangkok, 7pm - 9 pm
Matthew Stevens, managing director of Bangkok-based U.S. tax specialists Global U.S. Tax Plan, will be the featured presenter at a two-hour tax event on Feb. 20 at the Foreign Correspondents' Club Thailand's central Bangkok clubhouse, sponsored by the Democrats Abroad Thailand (DAT).
The two-hour event is billed as being for US. citizens living in Thailand who aren't up to speed on their U.S. tax obligations. "In addition to a short history of how we got here " – an apparent reference to the U.S.'s globally-unique citizenship-based tax regime – "Matthew will demystify the often complex filing requirements that apply to individual U.S. citizens living abroad, regardless of how long they've been overseas, including reporting of foreign-sourced income and ownership of non-U.S. assets," according to an item on the DAT's website, detailing the event.
"If you're an American who has avoided dealing with all this, come learn what the options are for getting into compliance with the U.S. tax code. And if you own all or part of a small foreign business, you can't afford to ignore the latest U.S. tax code changes, which may have a very specific, and often dramatic, impact on your U.S. taxes.
"The presentation will be followed by a Q&A, so bring your toughest questions for Matt to answer."
The event is set to begin at 7pm, and run for around two hours. The Foreign Correspondents' Club is located in the penthouse of the Maneeya Center, at 518/5 Ploenchit Road, near the BTS Skytrain Chitlom station. Those wishing to attend will be asked to pay THB300 at the door.
To see a Facebook listing of the event, click here.
March 3 – 10: Democrats Abroad’s Global Presidential Primary
The Democrats Abroad, as the official overseas arm of America's Democratic Party, is holding what it calls a Global Presidential Primary for seven days in March, from the 3d to the 10th, to enable party members to express their preference for the 12 candidates officially running for president in the primaries. (Expats are entitled to vote in their home states, but their voice is likely to be heard more loudly if part of the expat diaspora, DA officials point out.) Also, while those who do vote in the Democrats Abroad's Global Presidential Primary, or GPP, may still vote in their home state's primary, they may not vote for the presidential nominee a second time.
One of the advantages of the GPP, which is scheduled to take place in more than 100 locations around the world, is that it enables U.S. citizens abroad to cast a ballot in-person, rather than having to vote by mail, although it offers postal and online voting options as well.
More information on the Global Presidential Primary may be obtained from the Democrats Abroad's website.
March 7: Papa C's Country Review (country music), near London
Free evening of American country music, at the Grange, Beddington Park, London Road, Wallington (SM6 7BT); featured artists will be the Wandle Creek Stompers. Entry is free, a collection will be taken for the band. Fans of American country music welcome.
Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:30pm.
March 10 – 11: U.S. Expat Tax Conference, London
DJH International Tax will hold its ninth annual U.S. Expat Tax Conference in a CCT Venues' facility located in London's historic and atmospheric Smithfield meat market, just outside London's financial district, near Farringdon Station, on March 10 and 11.
The two-day conference is set to feature more than a dozen speakers, including representatives of EY, Coutts, Forsters, Frank Hirth, Blick Rothenberg, Moore Global US Tax Services, Withers, Trowbridge Professional and Citizenship Solutions. As in previous years, the program will address what Deborah Hicks of DJH International Tax calls “some of the most pressing tax and financial issues currently facing Americans living overseas”, for an audience of tax, legal and wealth management professionals; and in doing so, will draw on the expertise of a number of well-known tax professionals from both sides of the Pond.
Scheduled speakers will include representatives of EY, Coutts, Forsters, Frank Hirth, Blick Rothenberg, Moore Global US Tax Services, Withers, Trowbridge Professional and Citizenship Solutions.
As in the past, attendees of this year’s conference may be eligible to receive a total of 12 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credit hours. CE credits for enrolled agents will automatically be given, Hicks said.
The conference will kick off both days at 9:30am. The first day will end with a drinks reception at 5:20pm, the second day will conclude with a review at 5pm.
The cost of attending is £800 plus VAT for members of the U.S. Professionals Association through Feb. 15; after that it's £850 plus VAT. For non-USPA members it’s £1,000 through Feb. 15, then £1,050 plus VAT. Course materials, lunch and refreshments throughout the conference are included in the price.
More information on the U.S. Expat Tax Conference may be found by clicking here.
March 18: FATCA at Ten: Events around the world will recognize the tenth anniversary of the signing into law of the HIRE Act, containing FATCA, by President Obama on March 18, 2010
Watch this space for details as they become finalized...