National Taxpayer Advocate Collins, to Congress: 'Harmonize FBAR and FATCA reporting requirements'

Erin M. Collins, who was named last March to succeed Nina E. Olson as National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA)  at the U.S. Treasury, forcefully called this week for the harmonization of FBAR and FATCA reporting requirements for overseas taxpayers – which she noted the IRS had failed to do until now, in spite of previous NTA recommendations, as well as those of such other stakeholders as the Government Accountability Office – in her first annual report to Congress.

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Richardson, Snyder, Alpert: 'Treasury could also fix CBT'

While there is apparently some disagreement as to whether Albert Einstein ever actually said that the "definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results," few would challenge the argument for changing one's approach when, after numerous attempts to do something, one is clearly making no progress whatsoever.

Among the latest advocates of this strategy are Toronto-based U.S. citizenship lawyer John Richardson, Paris-based attorney and U.S. taxpayer rights campaigner Laura Snyder, and Australia-based university lecturer and FixtheTaxTreaty.org founder Karen Alpert...

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New anti-extraterritorial taxation expat organization forms; launches survey

Stop Extraterritorial American Taxation, or SEAT, is the name of a new education and advocacy organization that's been formed by a half a dozen individuals who are already well known in the community of Americans living overseas.

As part of its launch, the international not-for-profit group, which is based in France and headed by lawyer and Taxpayer Advocacy Panel member Dr. Laura Snyder, is unveiling a survey it says is "aimed at learning more about how persons living outside the United States experience the extraterritorial application of U.S. taxation and banking policies".

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Foreign Earned Income Exclusion podcast: Tax experts analyze the complex (and some say imperfect) FEIE

At first, the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion might seem a potentially useful tool indeed in the tax-paying toolbox of Americans who are resident overseas. After all, notes Toronto-based citizenship lawyer and American expat rights campaigner John Richardson, in his preface to a just-posted set of online podcasts on the FEIE, it "allows you to exclude – Exclude! Exclude! – US$102,000 a year of income from your tax return!"

In fact, though, the FEIE is not anything like the solution to the long-suffering expat taxpayer's problems this statement suggests it might be, he, and four other participants in the three podcasts, go on to agree...

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Acting National Taxpayer Advocate calls for IRS 'culture shift' as annual report released

In her 2019 Annual Report to Congress, acting National Taxpayer Advocate Bridget Roberts said the U.S. IRS needed to significantly raise its game with respect to the way it carries out its role as the nation's tax collecting agency.

But to "truly transform the organization" – which, she noted in a  five-page preface to this year's NTA report, Congress effectively called on it to do last year when it passed the so-called Taxpayer First Act – the IRS "needs to rethink the way it operates", starting with "a culture shift".

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TAP's Laura Snyder, to all overseas U.S. taxpayers: 'Now's your chance to tell the IRS what needs fixing'

Laura Snyder, as we noted earlier this year, is the sole overseas member of a grass roots volunteer advisory organization known as the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel that works – alongside the office of the National Taxpayer Advocate – to call the IRS's attention to issues that American taxpayers are struggling with, but which the agency for various reasons may have failed to realize were problematic. 

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AXFNJ webinar: How U.S. citizenship taxation has impacted one British lawyer, his family, and other countries' sovereignty

AXFNJ webinar: How U.S. citizenship taxation has impacted one British lawyer, his family, and other countries' sovereignty

John Richardson's latest podcast guest is, like Prince Harry, a British citizen who fell in love with, and married, an American.   Unlike the prince, however, "Peter", a retired solicitor, didn't return...

Jan-06-2021