SEAT reminder: 'April 7 is deadline for you to tell Senate Finance C'ttee how well U.S. int'l tax regime works for you'

As we reported here last week, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee held a hearing last month on “How U.S. International Tax Policy Impacts American Workers, Jobs, and Investment." Many in the American expatriate community felt that the hearing focused almost exclusively on major U.S. corporations, with no mention made at all of America's 7 million to 9 million tax-paying expats, let alone the tax issues many of them struggle with...

SEAT, to American expats: 'Tell Senate Finance C'ttee how U.S. int'l taxation regime affects you now'

Last Thursday (March 25), the U.S. Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on “How U.S. International Tax Policy Impacts American Workers, Jobs, and Investment."

We, at Stop Extraterritorial American Taxation, believe the hearing revealed a concerning lack of awareness on the part of many, if not most, top U.S. lawmakers about how a significant proportion of America's expatriate community actually lives, files U.S. tax returns, and when required, pays taxes to the U.S...

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Recruitment for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel's only expat rep seat to begin shortly

American citizens who are resident overseas, and who would like a chance to make the American Internal Revenue Service better and more accountable to taxpayers, may wish to consider applying for the soon-to-be-vacated only international seat on the IRS's Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, currently held by suburban Paris-based Laura Snyder.

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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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SEAT reminder: 'April 7 is deadline for you to tell Senate Finance C'ttee how well U.S. int'l tax regime works for you'

SEAT reminder: 'April 7 is deadline for you to tell Senate Finance C'ttee how well U.S. int'l tax regime works for you'

As we reported here last week, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee held a hearing last month on “How U.S. International Tax Policy Impacts American Workers, Jobs, and Investment." Many in...

Apr-06-2021