UK turns down U.S.-born Brit's FATCA FOI request, after Canada, Oz obliged their citizens

UK officials have twice turned down a Freedom of Information request filed by a U.S. born British citizen who was interested in knowing the “extent of…the annual disclosure of British taxpayer information to the US Internal Revenue Service, as per FATCA’s requirements" – even though similar requests to the Canadian and Australian governments were recently granted, The American Expat Financial News Journal has learned.

U.S. Treasury finally cuts expat small-biz owners some GILTI slack

Campaigners for fairer treatment for American citizens abroad are claiming a victory this morning, as news emerged that the U.S. Treasury had finally cut owners of small businesses located abroad some slack yesterday, by enabling such individuals to choose to be treated like a corporation for tax purposes, and thus reduce their tax burden.

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson to retire

Nina Olson, who has spoken out forcefully on behalf of American expatriates a number of  times in recent years during her tenure as the IRS's National Taxpayer Advocate, has announced that she will be retiring at the end of July.

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European Banking Federation in complaint about FATCA enforcement burden

The head of the Brussels-based European Banking Federation, which represents some 3,500 banks across Europe, has warned U.S. Treasury officials that American expats may continue to struggle to get and keep bank accounts if something isn't done to address the problems his organization's members still face in their efforts to implement the American tax evasion law known as FATCA.

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Liz Zitzow: U.S. Treasury expected to unveil ‘good news’ for overseas small-biz taxpayers over GILTI, Section 965

Liz Zitzow, an American resident in London who runs a tax advice business for American expats, says the U.S. Treasury plans to announce “some good news on Monday” with respect to the recently-introduced global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) tax, which has been causing major problems for many Americans who own small businesses outside of the U.S.

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A renounced ‘accidental’ replies to UK gov’t’s Stride: ‘It’s not that we’re not British, we are – but we're also not really American'

A renounced ‘accidental’ replies to UK gov’t’s Stride: ‘It’s not that we’re not British, we are – but we're also not really American'

Last week, it was revealed that British Labour MP Preet Kaur Gill had received her second formulaic and non-committal response in two months to specific questions she had asked the...

Feb-19-2019