The Democrats Abroad has unveiled plans to visit members of Congress for three days later this month, as part of its ongoing efforts to advocate for a switch to a residence-based tax regime from the U.S.’s current citizenship-based tax system.
As part of this latest campaign, DA – which is the official organization of the Democratic Party for U.S. citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad – is urging its members to contact their Congressional representatives “in parallel with this visit, to help us show these issues are important and need to be addressed now,” according to a DA statement.
The "door knock" in Washington will take place on Tuesday, May 14 through Thursday, May 16, and will be led by Democrats Abroad taxation tax force chairperson Carmelan Polce. The number of participants is not yet known, but the plan is to meet with as many Congressional representatives, and/or their staff, as possible, "including but not limited to" members who are on the House Ways & Means Committee, a spokesperson said.
The door knock is DA's second thus far this year. Last year it carried out four of them, as part of the organization's efforts to educate lawmakers about the issues facing an estimated 9 million American expats around the world.
Another Democrats Abroad door knock is scheduled for May 20 and 21, which will cover a broader range of topics of concern to expats in addition to tax-related issues, including voting rights, Medicare and ongoing issues having to do with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services I-130 forms, which are used by Americans to obtain citizenship for relatives, such as children.
During their first door knock this year, in March, the Democrats Abroad met with such "allies in expat tax reform" as Rep. Carolyn Maloney, co-chairperson of the Americans Abroad Caucus; Rep. Jamie Raskin, a former member of Democrats Abroad France; Rep. Dina Titus, a former American abroad, who spoke at the Democrats Abroad 2016 global meeting in Berlin; and Rep. Don Beyer, a former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland.
One of these Democrats Abroad "allies", Rep. Maloney, is understood to be planning to reintroduce a bill known as the Overseas Americans Financial Access Act, which would exempt from FATCA reporting all accounts of Americans who live abroad, in their countries of residence; and also reintroduce her bill "proposing the establishment of an Americans abroad commission" that would "examine the range of U.S. laws and regulations that have an unfair, adverse impact on Americans abroad," according to a report on the Democrats Abroad's website.
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