ACA confers Eugene Abrams Citizenship Award for 2017 on Jackie Bugnion
THE EUGENE ABRAMS CITIZENSHIP AWARD 2017 WINNER
excerpts from the ACA site:
American Citizens Abroad, Inc. (ACA, Inc.) is proud to confer its Eugene Abrams Award for 2017 on Jackie Bugnion.
The Abrams Award, named for Eugene B. Abrams, ACA Executive Director from 1992-1994, honors Americans abroad who have contributed outstanding volunteer service to their community. This year, it is being presented to an American abroad who has been of invaluable service to the overseas American community around the world.
Mrs. Bugnion served on the ACA Board and Executive Committee for 12 years, from 2003 to 2015, and she was the driving force behind the development of Residency-Based Taxation (RBT), writing detailed RBT proposals, visiting lawmakers and giving speeches on several different continents. She was instrumental in creating relationships with key legislators and the tax writing committees on Capitol Hill, and she wrote policy papers which helped establish ACA as the premier thought-leader on issues affecting the community of Americans living and working overseas.
…….ACA and ACAGF owe a great debt of gratitude to Mrs. Bugnion for her years of service to the organization. She always had excellent insight into the problems facing Americans overseas and worked tirelessly to find practical solutions to these problems. Jackie’s dedication and commitment to the cause of Americans overseas and her committed focus to the issues of overseas taxation and compliancy issues helped bring RBT to the forefront of discussions in Washington.
The following are a set of videos, interviews and reports that demonstrate how clearly Jackie understands the problems of Americans abroad and her no-nonsense approach to fixing them.
CFA SOCIETY SWITZERLAND SPONSORS DEBATE – FATCA, THE WORLDWIDE END OF BANK SECRECY? JUNE 25-26, 2012 GENEVA & ZURICH
The CFA Society, Switzerland sponsored debates on June 25 & 26, 2012 in Geneva & Zurich. Of particular interest is listening to the architect of FATCA, J. Richard (Dick) Harvey, Jr. For a fine review of this by Wellington (a Brocker who attended the debate in Zurich) please see callousness of Mr Harvey & the U.S. government .
full debate – 2 hours
ACA DIRECTOR JACKIE BUGNION TALKS ABOUT #FATCA WITH JENNIFER CORDINGLEY OF DUKASCOPY TV – NOVEMBER 15, 2012
This short interview with Jennifer Cordingley of Dukascopy is very concise and you won’t find a better one anywhere. This is the one to convince your family and friends-no hysterics or complaining, just, “this is what it is” (and “oh by the way, its terrible“).
There is no direct representation in Congress or in the Administration for Americans residing overseas in Washington D.C., yet U.S. law seriously impacts the lives of Americans overseas through rules related to transmission of citizenship to children born overseas, through specific penalizing measures related to Social Security payments, and, in particular, through its unique citizenship-based taxation whereby the United States continues to impose its tax regime on Americans living outside of the country, even though they pay taxes where they reside. Most recently, in 2010, Congress passed the FATCA legislation (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), which makes it very difficult for Americans abroad to maintain bank accounts in the country where they live.
ACA DIRECTOR JACKIE BUGNION TALKS ABOUT OVERSEAS AMERICAN WEEK ON DUKASCOPY TV – MARCH 6, 2013
Jackie is in the studio with Dukascopy TV journalist Natalie MacDonald to discuss Overseas American Week (OAW). In addition to describing the purpose of OAW, she outlines major issues for expats; tax, banking-(specifically, inability to obtain U.S. accounts while having a foreign address due to the Patriot Act), citizenship and voting. She also delves into the lack of representation due to low percentages of concentration in districts, with the only additional support of the Americans Abroad Caucus headed by Rep. Christine Maloney. The attempt (HR 597) to set up a presidential, bi-partisan committee to address all of these issues is mentioned. As well as the fact that as of the video (March 2013), there has not been a study done concerning overseas issues, in over 35 years. In that time-frame, the issues have become far more complex. She also points out problems with Social Security & WEP and Medicare; as well as the fact that if arrested overseas, Americans do not have the protections of the Vienna Convention; no right to legal counsel, etc, in spite of the fact that the U.S. signed the Convention.
JACKIE BUGNION SUBMISSION TO INTERNATIONAL TAX REFORM WORKING GROUP (W&M) APRIL 10, 2013
Jackie Bugnion writes the best arguments against citizenship-taxation ever (See USCitizenAbroad’s comment below).
ACA DIRECTOR JACKIE BUGNION TALKS ABOUT UPDATES ON RESIDENCE-BASED TAXATION (RBT) ON DUKASCOPY TV (JULY 2013)
This interview with Monica Gibson (Dukascoy) focuses on RBT highlights; if adopted, RBT would produce more revenue than the current CBT system; it would reduce costs to the IRS and would be better for US business by increasing competitiveness abroad. The fact that a US employee costs two times the cost of hiring a foreigner hurts the U.S. in this global economy and she asks “who better is there to represent the interests of American than Americans themselves”?
The possibility of tax reform is mentioned due to the Ways and Means request for submissions. ACA’s report as well as a very supportive report from JCT as well as the SFC paper, INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS -Senate Finance Committee Staff Tax Reform Options for Discussion all point to a strong case for RBT.
In this video Jackie speaks passionately about the fact that lives are being destroyed; that “destroyed” is not too strong a word to use. She in fact claims that the situation is “very dramatic.” It is amazing that persons like herself, Nina Olson etc are incredibly clear about this and someone like Mr. Stack claims that such aspects/effects of FATCA are “myths.”
JACKIE BUGNION SPEAKS ABOUT THE FOREIGN EARNED INCOME EXCLUSION WITH BENJAMIN JONES ON DUKASCOPY TV JAN 9 2014
Here Jackie discusses what the FEIE really is (a “fix” for CBT) and tries to clear up common, stubborn misconceptions (i.e., that Americans abroad get a “tax break”). The FEIE is “low-hanging fruit” and always in jeopardy. Making the case for FEIE is simple; without it, anyone in a low tax country will be severely affected and those in high-tax countries (where 80-90% of Americans abroad live) will simply switch to the FTC. She discusses what happened when the FEIE was repealed due to The Tax Reform Act of 1976. Tens of thousands of Americans in the Middle East, particularly in engineering and the oil fields, received tax bills that were higher than the income they made. Consequently they came home, businesses were lost and the export markets were lost. Though the legislation was repealed retroactively, the damage had been done. This was discussed often by Roger Conklin most effectively in his submission to the Ways & Means Committee .For the first time in nearly 100 years, the trade balance turned negative. The reality is that the low-tax people would leave and enter the unemployment rolls in the U.S. and the U.S. would not receive an extra penny from the high-tax people. Jackie mentions an ACA paper The 911 Mirage .
Another complication has developed due to the Net Investment Income Tax (funds for the Affordable Care Act aka “Obamacare”). Here one has to ask whether this was a deliberate act of Congress to punish Americans abroad. This 3.8% tax on passive income is a Chapter 2 tax (from the Internal Revenue Code) rather than a Chapter 1 tax. Chapter 2 taxes are ineligible for the FTC. This is clearly sheer discrimination that Homelanders do not face. Also, those who are self-employed are required to remit 0.9% of their income for Social Security; may sound minuscule but represents an actual 6% rise in social security taxes. There is a reference made to the new expansion of ACA into the United States as the ACA Global Foundation.
ACA’s TAXATION OF AMERICANS ABROAD IN THE 21ST CENTURY:CITIZENSHIP-BASED TAXATION VS RESIDENCE-BASED TAXATION TORONTO ONTARIO CANADA MAY 2 2014
We were lucky to meet Jackie at ACA’s Taxation of Americans Abroad in the 21st Century:
Citizenship-Based Taxation vs. Residence-Based Taxation held in Toronto on May 2, 2014. The Isaac Brock Society posted live comments from Brockers present during the meeting. Dr.Stephen J. Kish was academic host for the meeting and John Richardson was the moderator for the debate.
She was delightful to work with and I am glad I had the chance to meet her. A video was made of the actual debate between Prof. Michael S. Kirsch & Dr. Bernard Schneider, “Citizenship-Based Taxation vs. Residence-Based Taxation”
video is 2 hours
TAX ANALYSTS PUBLISHES “CONCERNS ABOUT THE TAXATION OF AMERICANS RESIDENT ABROAD” by JACKIE BUGNION AUG 24, 2015
“Permission is contingent on properly crediting the article to the author and to Tax Analysts as the original publisher. Using the PDF attached above covers proper attribution.”
“Concerns About the Taxation of Americans Resident Abroad” This article is a “must-read.” You will not find a clearer or better description anywhere.
RADIO INTERVIEW WITH GOLDSTEIN ON GELT – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EXPAT TAXES, WITH JACKIE BUGNION SEP 13 2015
JACKIE BUGNION RETIRES FROM ACA – SPRING 2015
John Richardson comments on his reaction to the news that Jackie was retiring:
On May 7, 2015 I received notification that Jackie Bugnion had submitted her resignation to the Board of ACA “American Citizens Abroad“. I read the notification with a combination of sadness and total appreciation for the incredible efforts that Jackie has made in advocating for the rights of Americans Abroad. Jackie was largely responsible for organizing the “Citizenship Taxation Conference” (featuring the debate between Michael Kirsch and Bernard Schneider) that took place in Toronto on May 2, 2014. Some of you may have had the privilege of meeting her there. It’s unlikely that she could be replaced by any one individual.
In my humble opinion Jackie has done more than any single individual in both:
- Helping Americans Abroad in day-to-day practical ways; and
- Leading the broader educational initiative which I believe will lead to the United States transitioning from CBT to RBT.
While the task is far from over, I am pleased to know that ACA has managed to get RBT on the table of tax reform. As you know the Senate Finance Committee has taken a positive stand on this. The number of public submissions on tax reform to the Senate Finance Committee in April 2015 showed significant input from Americans abroad. There were 350 submissions to the “international” group compared to 450 for the “personal” group. When related to the interested populations – 7 million vs 250 million, this demonstrates a major input from overseas. Congress is sensitive to this level of participation.
Last but not least, some quotes from those who have worked with Jackie, all appreciative of her long service to Americans abroad via ACA. Some of us perhaps, have not really been around long enough (i.e., we were just Americans living in our new countries, completely oblivious to all this…….) to truly appreciate all that people such as Andy Sundberg, (boy, was he ever handsome), Roger Conklin (a very kind soul) and now Jackie have done for us. The best thing we can do is learn from their examples; of putting our all into getting this situation reconciled so our kids and grandkids will not have to deal with this………..
“Jackie is a real worker. There are projects that require a big effort and a great deal of attention to detail, and Jackie would commit big blocks of time to working on something and making it a success. This was true of the Residency-Based Taxation project and the Canadian conference a few years ago. Things don’t happen by themselves. Jackie made things happen, and I was always amazed and appreciative.”
— Charles Bruce, Chairman, American Citizens Abroad Global Foundation
“Jackie has a brilliant mind and an incredible command of detail, and I’ve been present in meetings where she blew away legislators with her detailed knowledge of the issues. Her proposals were always incredibly well researched and totally pragmatic. ACA would not be where we are today without Jackie’s expertise.”
— Anne Hornung-Soukup, Director, American Citizens Abroad Global Foundation
“Jackie selflessly invested in developing the deep subject knowledge needed to propose improvements that now benefit millions of people she will never meet. She embodies the altruism upon which the United States was founded.”
— Roland Crim, Director, American Citizens Abroad, Inc.
Your work for “American Citizens Abroad”, as an organization, has been tireless, relentless, purposeful and generous. Your contribution to ACA’s many achievements has been extraordinary. Your influence will continue long after your retirement. But, that’s on the ACA organizational level.
For individual Americans abroad, your contributions have far exceeded your many accomplishments on the ACA level. Your greatest contributions have not been what you have done. Rather your greatest contribution has been who you are as in individual.
As an individual you have represented the finest of American values: a generosity of spirit, a beacon of hope and a consistent and stable compassion.
To put it simply, you have cared. It’s who you are.
On behalf of all American citizens living outside the United States, I thank you.
—-John Richardson, Toronto, Canada
Is this some sort of a joke? I feel Keith has done more than ACA!
Jackie Bugnion may be a tireless and dedicated worker for ACA. She is up against such a large and unscrupulous bureaucracy in dealing with US political system, I doubt her efforts will be successful. Sad to say.
I assure you it is no joke. Did you watch any of the videos, listen to the radio interview and/or read any of the writings? Or did you just make an assumption based upon recent linkings of ACA with DA etc? Do you have any sense of what ACA has done since 1978?
I am a very close friend of Keith. And I have great respect and admiration for him, just as I have for many of the people who are actually doing something about the mess we find ourselves in. That said, what Keith and many of us are doing, have many, many more years of hard work and dedication before we even come close to what Jackie Bugnion has done.
Jackie is actually retired from ACA.
I think this work has been going on for a long time and if there’s one thing we’ve seen in our 5 years of it, is that nothing comes quickly. Everyone has thought tax reform was just around the corner. They said it in 2013. We thought so when the Senate Finance Committee solicited submissions in 2015. And now everyone thinks it’s possible – and there are clear movements in the direction – but who knows? It’s not just Jackie’s fight, but all of ours and I am sure glad that she has done all that she has. Nobody in Congress would be listening about RBT if it were not for her.
Thank you for writing this tribute to Jackie Bugnion. In her many years with ACA she worked tirelessly and effectively in identifying the problems of CBT and making the case of for RBT. I note that your post specifically links to her 2015 article in Tax Notes (which is an incredibly piece of work).
I would like to also reference a one of your posts from 2016 (and the comments) written after Jackie’s retirement from ACA titled:
“Even in retirement, Jackie Bugion writes the best arguments against citizenship taxation ever”.
The body of that post includes the following written by Jackie Bugnion (part of her 2013 submission to the House Committee):
Nobody has ever better expressed, the problems that CBT have inflicted on Americans abroad.
Thanks for pointing out section I missed. The beginning of her submission rather reminds me of a sort of reversed- Ride of Paul Revere. It is interesting to note she is discussing renunciation in April 2013. (Brock wasn’t even 2 years old yet). There certainly wasn’t anything she missed and she wasn’t afraid to “tell it like it is.”
“It is interesting to note she is discussing renunciation in April 2013. (Brock wasn’t even 2 years old yet).”
Someone else was already discussing it in June 2012. “Get out while the getting is semi-good.”
Some of us already knew earlier. Some knew way earlier.
Yes, some of us knew earlier.She knew too, the date only refers to the paper.
But what is more important, one knowing about it or the one who is actually taking that information and doing something with it for the betterment of all?
Jackie Bugnion is great. But it is like somebody is giving an award to themselves. I would like to see her get an award from somebody ELSE- somebody in the homeland who recognises her work and the problems abroad.
She has gotten an award from her own. Let American citizens in the homeland recognise her efforts!
This post is about Jackie Bugnion not about somebody else.
This post is about Jackie Bugnion and not about somebody else.
The award (regardless of who honours her) is evidence of the work she has done for Americans abroad. As an earlier comment above implies:
“Even in retirement, Jackie Bugnion writes the best arguments against citizenship taxation ever”.
For years, year in and year out, day in and day out, Ms. Bugnion has worked hard for Americans abroad. She continued this work after having left ACA. She continues this work to this very day.
Why is it so difficult for commenters on this site to recognize that basic fact and appreciate her entirely volunteer efforts?
Great tribute to someone who deserves all the recognition given to her. Congratulations Jackie.
@ Patricia Moon and all
Jackie’s effort’s are certainly appreciated. I hope she enjoys her award and retirement.
However, I recently returned from a trip south of the border. It happened that I spoke with some of the homelanders about FATCA and CBT. Most are totally unaware of these issues. I spoke with one person only who was knowledgeable about FATCA. This person was a Canadian working in the US. Even though I’d like to see FATCA and CBT disappear, it looks like a long shot. There are so many other problems in the US that FATCA hardly seems to be on the radar.
I add my congratulations and thanks to Jackie as well. I learned about FATCA/CBT several months before the Isaac Brock Society came into being and I was spending six hours a day scouring the internet for anything that would help me. Just a few days into my search I found an article by Jackie in Tax Notes International and my blood pressure began to return to normal. Just knowing that someone like her was out there fighting so knowledgeably and eloquently on my behalf gave me some degree of hope. She kept me going. Thanks, Jackie!
Judging by the response we most often get from homelanders, the less they know the better. They would only act as an obstruction to our cause if allowed an opinion on the matter, just as we would have been had we been consulted before FATCA was made law.
Great tribute and timeline of Jackie’s work, Patricia.
I view the organization, American Citizens Abroad, as representing *US homelanders abroad*, though I’d prefer that advocacy were for all US-deemed Americans Abroad, including every one *accidentally so*. I support getting rid of CBT without any watering down as I’ve seen in ACA’s more exceptional proposals to the US government.
That aside, I salute Jackie Bugnion’s years of selfless efforts, inside and outside ACA, for what she believes in and on behalf of so many living outside US borders. Respect to Jackie — and as always to Roger Conklin and to Andy Sundberg, also part of ACA’s history.
I thank you, ‘fatcalicious’, for the kind words but I must agree with Patricia MOON. Jackie has done so much over many years for Americans overseas. It is important to note not to confuse the ACA of today with the ACA of yesterday when Jackie was involved. She well deserves this award and I say BRAVA to her!
Oh I absolutely acknowledge her achievements and have been a fan for years. What I am saying is that it would be nice if somebody OVER THERE acknowledged her work.
A tribute to tireless and friendly Jackie, who I met at the 2014 CBT vs. RBT conference in Toronto, is well-deserved.
I like Jackie, in part, because she is an honest straight-shooter, as Tricia points out. At the time when some organizations did not give the ok to mention the obvious — that renunciation of U.S. citizenship is a logical response to citizenship-based taxation — she explicitly acknowledged this fact:
“For more and more individuals, renunciation is the only solution to an intolerable situation created by the U.S. imposing its laws beyond its borders.”
“Why is it so difficult for commenters on this site to recognize that basic fact and appreciate her entirely volunteer efforts?”
The effort is appreciated, along with the efforts of Roger Conklin and Eric and a professor and some plaintiffs and others. I was just pointing out that 2013 was hardly a pioneering year for the issue.
Too bad the only people doing the appreciating are us victims and around 190 countries of the world. 2 countries won’t learn from it.
“CBT vs. RBT conference”
That sounds like nuclear weapons vs. http://www.dummies.com/education/philosophy/ethics-for-dummies/
But then I found this: http://www.dummies.com/education/philosophy/ethics-for-dummies-cheat-sheet/
What I am amazed at, admire and am thankful for is the length of time that Ms. Buignon has been involved in these issues but that she has persisted – and managed to continue to meet with and speak truth to the opposition and yet remain calm and unflappable in her presentations. After >5 years, I myself sometimes feel weary and I’m not even doing any of the heavy lifting – such as that being done so ably, steadily and consistently by dedicated unpaid volunteers here at IBS, at Maple Sandbox, ADCS, Keith Redmond’s site, etc. It has been such a relief to be able to have had outlets for forthrightly telling it like it is.
I don’t know what I would have done if like Jackie I had had to repeatedly be in the same room with the FATCAnatics and US extraterritorial CBT crusaders over the years and decades. I don’t think I could do that over the marathon she has run (difficult for me to remain calm about even in the short term, and even now after I relinquished).
Just what I’ve seen and read and experienced since 2011 has been enough to feel so tired at the continued and escalating recalcitrance and arrogant threatening and bullying by the US. It is clearly so deeply willful and without any reasonable cause – practically a cult in the baselessness of the conviction and willingness to make others sacrifice and suffer for a belief system like FATCA, that appears to be based on somebody’s back of the cocktail napkin numbers and a navel gazing worldview.
I appreciate that Jackie stayed the course for so long and so ably, and was also willing to acknowledge (unlike some other expats) that the US has pushed people into a corner such that renunciation ( though difficult to achieve and often only very reluctantly) was the only way for many to survive the onslaught. I appreciated that initial impulse of the ACA Foundation to hold that debate in Canada and engage Canadian duals, ex-Green card holders, their families – bringing the debaters outside of their comfy US ‘homeland’ context and into the reality of the rest of the world. It probably had no lasting impact on the prophets of US extraterritorial CBT and FATCAfanatics, but I do hope we relayed the strength and depth of opposition on our home turf – Canada (still unfortunate though that the ACA chose not to release any of the Q and A and the audience remarks portion – no matter the length).
While Ms. Bugnion is admirable some of the defiance manifested here towards the ACA comes from their RBT proposals that include a departure tax and same country exemption.
Their current philosophy is on their website: “ACA believes that it is best to present Congress with a measured proposal than to ask for the impossible and work backwards towards a compromise.”
I fantasize that Republicans will somehow succeed in obliterating FATCA in 2017 and all will be well. But this probably won’t happen, and if it does it will probably not bring simple RBT. Therefore there is a point to ACA being so reasonable – to obtain at least some progress. Another point is that when Schumer and friends regain power they could reinstate FATCA. Whereas bringing them on board with a reasonable compromise is safer in the long run.
ACA believes that it is best to present Congress with a measured proposal than to ask for the impossible and work backwards towards a compromise.
In other words ACA (as it exists today) starts from the assumption that it’s impossible for the US to adopt RBT as practiced by the rest of the world.
Mr Bruce’s various proposals don’t sound to me at all like RBT. They sound like they’ve been written by the IRS.
Although I have not had any contact with her in many years, I can say that Jackie has a strong understanding of the issues and has been dedicated and unrelenting in her support of our interests. She is a person who, in my opinion, truly believes in “the cause”.
The ACA historically has fought for recognition of the descendants of Americans abroad and Americans resident abroad long-term who were deprived of nationality and/or voting rights. CBT and FBAR (and later, FATCA) have become more of an issue since about (2004?) when congress changed the way the FEIE affected the tax bracket for income remaining after the FEIE threshold amount and FBAR started to be more vigorously enforced after some brazen idiots at the UBS and other banks actively went trolling for homelander customers with unreasonable promises and got in the gunsights of the IRS circa 2008.
I can understand that people are disillusioned with some of the ACA’s proposed solutions for the CBT/FBAR/FATCA issues. I for one was flabbergasted a few years ago when ACA gave some award to the US Ambassador in Bern who hadn’t done much, in my view, to help us.
As I’ve said years ago, ACA is for negotiating some middle ground with congresscritters and folks in the executive branch of the US, but as for many of us at IBS/Maple (and also for many that I have read in several FB groups): we take the 1776 approach that the only solution is full and complete abolition of extraterritorial taxation—and I am personally of the opinion that we should not stop short of full abolition!
We want and merit the self-determination that is one of the key ideas behind the American Revolution of 1776! Our means are not “negotiating” some unsatisfactory middle ground but *demanding* full repeal of FATCA and CBT as the Republican platform has affirmed and pushing Republican Congresspeople to follow through with their promises via folks willing to lobby for us (examples: Jim and Keith) and suing (examples: ADCS charter lawsuit, the anti-FATCA lawsuit in Ohio, and the future CBT lawsuit if current lobby efforts do not succeed).
I believe that ACA officials were afraid that they would lose the Americans Abroad Caucus and Americans Abroad Week if they were seen as too “extreme” or observed actively to lobby foreign governments to refuse the FATCA IGA false-treaty scam. Perhaps there was also a remnant of the historical prohibition in Switzerland against foreigners participating in politics (I am speaking of lobbying; the vote by foreigners is still restricted to local elections, and such limited voting rights are only possible in certain Cantons at the date I am writing this post). Remember, the ACA was founded and based in Geneva, Switzerland, and its headquarters only moved to Washington (when it became a nonprofit US “INC.”) a couple of years ago.
Historically, paying US Citizen members of the ACA were permitted to visit with the officials of ACA once a year in General Assembly held at Geneva (as ACA used to be a Swiss not-for-profit association of persons—similar legal status to a sporting or hobby club for example). The purpose of the General Assembly was to reelect directors and officers, approve the budget of the coming year as well as the audit of the last year’s accounts and most importantly to caucus on the matters that interested the association and its members while defining objectives for the upcoming year. Of course, physical presence was required as far as I know. I am not aware of how all of this works now with the “INC.” Does one have to attend a General Assembly in DC?
What is clear is that ACA is required as a nonprofit association of people to uphold its objectives and the interests of its members as expressed through interaction with its governing body (-ies). This does not elect them as our sole representative. WE DID NOT ELECT THEM to replace congresscritters who mostly do not represent us.
With and/or alongside and/or parallel to and/or despite the ACA: we are free to do what we want / need / must do. If you do not like what the ACA does and wish it were different, become a paying member and try to influence their objectives / political platform…. and/or fight through other non-ACA channels. (Note that I said “and/or”… so you can ignore them (ACA) in your personal contributions and efforts to the Cause if you so will).
The bottom line is that this is a multipartisan / nonpartisan movement of people affected by specific issues that live in many different cultural environments and have varying levels of allegiance to the USG and/or the American culture and/or the American historical experience… etc.
Yet, I am certain that if one searched the feelings of everybody affected by the issues, all would unequivocally prefer that FATCA/FBAR/CBT were abolished for bone fide persons resident abroad…
Let us unite behind such objective, by whatever means necessary.
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