Straight from the donkey’s mouth:
THE GOOD – The IRS announced on June 18 that the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures (in place since late 2012 to help delinquent filers become tax compliant) would from 1 July be even more streamlined for non-filers who wish to become compliant. In his statement, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said, “We’re expanding the streamlined procedures to cover a much broader group of U.S. taxpayers we believe are out there who have failed to disclose their foreign accounts but who aren’t willfully evading their tax obligations. To encourage these taxpayers to come forward, we’re expanding the eligibility criteria, eliminating a cap on the amount of tax owed to qualify for the program, and doing away with a questionnaire that applicants were required to complete.” If you want to know more about the changes see the Special Report posted on the DA website.
THE BAD – Residence-based taxation will not replace citizenship-based taxation, no matter how hard other groups representing overseas Americans argue for it. Although it is baffling that the US is paired with Eritria as the only other citizen-based taxation regime, that’s where we are! And, FATCA will come to be – but read on to see what your DA FBAR/FATCA Task Force is working toward.
THE UGLY – A Senate controlled by the Republicans will NOT be able to repeal FATCA, no matter what they say. But a Republican Senate (and Republican House) can only make things worse for the nation and the world – and for us living and working around that world.
SO – What to do?
1. Vote in November. Please request and return your ballot so that we may keep the Senate in the hands of Democrats and perhaps even see Democrats take back the House. Go to www.votefromabroad.org!
2. If you haven’t already done so, please complete the DA FATCA Survey – and do it right away. The findings will strengthen our advocacy to Congressional committees (House Ways and Means, Senate Finance and the Joint Committee on Taxation) and to the regulators (IRS and Treasury) and persuade them FATCA needs to be reformed urgently.
Our position is that banking and other financial services provided to overseas Americans should be treated as local activities and therefore not subject to FATCA reporting. We are advocating that FATCA should be reformed to include an exemption for accounts in our countries of residence – a mechanism known as the same country exception. Read more about it on our website.
We have good reason to believe we will succeed. Your DA FBAR/FATCA Task Force, along with other overseas Americans groups, has already helped achieve the establishment of the initial Streamlined Financial Compliance Procedures, plus the enhancements announced last week, as well as helping to raise the FATCA reporting threshold for overseas Americans.
SO VOTE, COMPLETE THE SURVEY AND KEEP THE FAITH!
Democrats Abroad FBAR/FATCA Task Force
Joe Green – Canada
Stanley Grossman – UK
Maureen Harwood – Canada
Carmelan Polce (Chair) – Singapore
Joe Smallhoover – France
Contact us at any time with questions or comments on firstname.lastname@example.org