updated 10:26 PM CEST, Jul 6, 2020

Opinion

Uncle Sam wants YOU… to vote!

Many overseas Americans – even more, in percentage terms, than their homeland counterparts – don’t vote.  A common attitude among such expats is expressed by one thirtysomething New Yorker, who was raised abroad and now lives in London, who says, “New York doesn’t need my vote. I’m a Democrat, like everyone else there. If I did vote, the outcome would be exactly the same as if I didn’t.”  

Others think their ballots won’t be counted. Still others aren’t even aware that they are eligible to vote, especially if they’ve been away from the States for many years, or even grew up abroad.

Bright!Tax's Allyson Lindsey: 'Yes, expats w/o a U.S. bank account can still get the payment'

 As Bright!Tax partner and managing Certified Public Accountant Allyson Lindsey explained last month, Americans who are resident outside the U.S. are potentially eligible to receive a "recovery rebate" check or automatic deposit, as part of a US$2.2 trillion bipartisan bill aimed at providing emergency relief to individuals and businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Here, she addresses further issues expats are having as they try to secure their COVID-19 rebate money, including the fact that they don’t need a U.S. bank account to receive it...

Bright!Tax's Allyson Lindsey, to expats: 'How to go about getting a COVID-19 rebate payment'

As Americans who have been resident abroad for years know only too well, when the IRS has news for U.S. expats, it's usually not good. However, as the American Expat Financial News Journal and other media organizations reported last month, the U.S. government actually included Americans who are resident overseas among those U.S. citizens who would be potentially eligible to receive a "recovery rebate" check, as part of a US$2.2 trillion bipartisan bill aimed at providing emergency relief to individuals and businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown...

Karen Alpert: Unforeseen consequences expected as 'Recovery Rebate' is distributed to expats

There has already been much speculation by media organizations, American expat groups and cross-border U.S. tax specialists about how the US$2trn federal stimulus package known as the CARES Act, signed into law last Friday by President Trump, will actually impact American citizens and Green Card-holders living outside of the United States.

Here, Karen Alpert, an Australia-based academic and tax expert who oversees a blog entitled FixtheTaxTreaty.org, considers some of the unforeseen consequences that seem likely to emerge from the U.S.'s well-intentioned plan to distribute a "Recovery Rebate" to such non-US-resident Americans... 

Opinion: Give trapped Americans abroad a break this tax season

The spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on most Americans’ finances, prompting the federal government to delay 2019 tax filing and payment due dates to July 15. 

Here, Ross Marchand, director of policy for the non-profit, Washington, D.C.-based Taxpayers Protection Alliance, notes this is little consolation to the estimated 9 million Americans living abroad who must report and pay their taxes to two authorities every year...

OPINION: FATCA at 10: Teenager-in-waiting

FATCA at 10 shares certain characteristics with a human 10-year-old, according to Ross McGill, one of the most knowledgeable experts on the controversial U.S. tax compliance law that was signed into law ten years ago today. Here, McGill, the founder and chairman of Hampshire, England-based tax and regulatory specialists TConsult, and author of ten books on regulatory compliance, technology management, anti-tax evasion frameworks and withholding tax, considers the rather unpopular ten-year-old who was born a decade ago today in a rose garden, somewhere in Washington, DC.... 

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