VERY IMPORTANT! You want a change, sign the petitions. You do not want a change, do nothing.
VERY IMPORTANT! You want a change, sign the petitions. You do not want a change, do nothing.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to the 101 people (!!!!) who have recently added their names to the Human Rights Complaint that was originally filed with the United Nations in 2014. The number of signatories is now almost quadruple that of the original submission.
In addition, the number of countries represented by the signers has almost doubled, from 10 in 2014 to 19!!
Every year since the Complaint’s filing we have sent a “Support Document” detailing, from online testimonies, the abuses that have been suffered by ordinary folk around the world because of United States CBT/FATCA and FBAR. It has always been accompanied by a short, one or two-paragraph letter simply reminding the UN that we’re still here and waiting for their response. This year the complete failure of the US government to adopt RBT/TBT for individuals, despite its promises to do so, warrants a larger package and a louder message to be sent to the United Nations.
This year’s “Support Document” is accompanied by the long list of additional signatories as well as the following letter (signed by myself and “Karen”) updating our situation. She and “Calgary” have been instrumental in the success of this current campaign and I thank them both deeply for everything they have done.
I hope that supporters will tweet this out to the media, post it on every website they know, send the link to their government representatives, and just get the word out that this action is in the works and we will NOT be ignored any longer.
For the “update” letter, please continue reading. Continue reading →
UPDATED!!! PLEASE tweet this guy! Might I suggest creating #WhatAboutUs?! https://www.taxjustice.net/2017/12/08/human-rights-costs-proposed-u-s-tax-cuts/!
In light of the complete failure of the United States government to provide tax compliance relief for the eight to nine million deemed American citizens living outside US borders, creators of the United Nations Human Rights Complaint against United States CBT, FATCA and FBAR are actively soliciting additional signatures to the document. Signatures are kept confidential and will be disclosed only to the UN Human Rights Council. They will never be seen by the United States government.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request to view the document prior to signing it. You will be sent a link and a password. PLEASE NOTE!!! Once you’ve requested the link to the document and the password, your name will NOT be added unless you email “Calgary” AGAIN with your permission AFTER you’ve read the Complaint.
The Complaint was filed on August 7, 2014 and is still awaiting assessment for acceptance into the complaints process. We are working to find someone with knowledge of the UN bureaucracy who is sympathetic to our cause and can help to draw the UN’s attention to our issues.
Our “domestic avenues” have been exhausted. We must seek justice on the international stage.
Deadline to add your signature is December 12, 2017!!
Despite all promises and recent signs of hope, we “Americans overseas” (and those deemed to be such) have been ignored once again by the government that claims ultimate power over our lives. Now, and for the foreseeable future, we remain the only human beings on Earth who have an income tax imposed on them simply for who they are. We have been left out of the current tax reform plans developed by both legislative houses in spite of the huge efforts mounted collectively by those suffering under US tax oppression around the world.
While I am grateful to those individuals in the US government who have recognized our plight and plan to continue to search for ways to introduce the world standard of Residence/Territorial-Based Taxation to the United States, I fear that the efforts are too little, too late.
Except for the various lawsuits still pending (which could take years to resolve), domestic recourse has come to a crashing end. Our one remaining avenue of attack is in the international arena.
A Human Rights Complaint was filed with the United Nations in August 2014 and is presently awaiting assessment for acceptance into the complaints process. (Those not familiar with the history of our Complaint can find information on the link at the top of the sidebar.)
We have waited long enough. It is beyond time for our plight to be recognized by the international community as the forerunner of an entirely new form of governmental abuse perpetrated by a combination of outdated law and 21st century cyber-surveillance. Human rights in the computer age extend well beyond the food, clothing, and shelter issues which the UN has traditionally championed.
In preparation for “reminding” the world of our United Nations Human Rights Complaint against the United States for its triple policies of CBT, FATCA and FBAR (as applied to “overseas” residents):
Every year on the anniversary of the Complaint’s submission (August 7) we have sent a “Support Document” which details testimonials of harms suffered due to US tax policy and reported online over the previous 12 months. In 2017, with tax reform a very real possibility, we decided to wait until now to send this year’s document. It will be sent to the UN next week [postponed to mid-December to allow for a new round of efforts in Washington to prove successful or not]. It would be terrific to send them more signatures as well!
This fight will be over when the United States of America abolishes CBT.
Posted by Barbara on the Media thread. Cross-posted from there.
UPDATE: Emailed letters will be delivered to the White House on OCTOBER 2. Deadline for sending emails is SEPTEMBER 30!!!
Write your letters, people!!
YOU MUST ACT NOW!! NO EXCUSES!! PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL FELLOW AMERICANS OVERSEAS (regardless of party affiliation or non-affiliation) & ACCIDENTAL AMERICANS!! If you do nothing, nothing will change!!
We need your help. The Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee are working on tax reform, and we need to get overseas Americans’ voices heard. We have not had tax reform for 31 years, and if we miss our window now, we will not see another chance for 20 more years.
At the initiative of Republicans Overseas, the RNC recently adopted a White House approved resolution supporting the change from citizenship based taxation (CBT) to residence based taxation via RO’s proposed Territorial Taxation for Individuals (TTFI). We have champions and sponsors in both the House and the Senate. We have found tax loopholes that TTFI would close, thereby making TTFI revenue positive. The ingredients for success are lined up–but we’re missing one: the massed voices of ordinary overseas Americans.
What we need now is for our representatives to hear from as many overseas Americans as we can gather. We believe that the vast majority of overseas Americans support the inclusion of TTFI to the tax reform package, and we need to hear from thousands of them. We want to collect as many letters supporting TTFI and tax reform as we possibly can, which Solomon Yue will then present to the White House.
Can you please support our initiative by writing a letter to President Trump and copying your Congressman and Senator.
Here’s how it will work:
1) RO is providing a letter template along with an example which can be found here:
We urge letter writers to share their own short stories, but also to link their letters to the themes outlined by the White House in their press release on tax reform by focusing on two points: \
(a) TTFI reduces the cost of hiring Americans working overseas, increases U.S. exports, and creates more American jobs within the U.S., and (b) it reduces tax preparation costs for overseas Americans. The sample letter already does this, but it is important to reiterate that we need to reinforce the White House’s points and link those points to individual situations.
2) The letters should be emailed to email@example.com and copied to their local representative and Senators. Links to government databases providing this information can be found at
3) Solomon Yue will print out the letters and take the physical package to the White House. Clearly, the more the better!
Thank you for your support! If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Kym Kettler-Paddock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worldwide President, Republicans Overseas
Tax reform is now at the top of the Congressional agenda. It’s success could well be in the hands of six men who have taken up the task of developing a tax reform bill that can actually pass both houses of government. With the month of August upon us we need to remind ourselves that we still have a chance to influence the content of the bill by sending letters, emails and tweets to the “Big Six”.
Please see this link to my earlier post which will lead you, in turn, to the list of contact addresses.
Another person we should be adding to our contacts list is Shahira Knight of the National Economic Council who is working closely with the “Big Six”. In an article by Nancy Cook and Josh Dawsey, Shahira Knight is said to have been acting as “the face of the administration’s tax push”.
UPDATE: In fact, Shahira Knight has a title. She is “Special Advisor to the President for Tax and Retirement Policy”. You bet she needs to hear from us!
You can address letters to her at:
Shahira Knight, National Economic Council, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 2050
We have another important opportunity to make our voices heard. My post on this from a week ago might need a reminder. Please click on the link to bring up the earlier post and get those letters, tweets and emails flooding in to the “Big Six”. As somebody recently commented, “We have to be in it to win it.”
“Republican hopes for revamping the tax code rest, for now, in the hands of six men.” So says author Richard Rubin in a recent Wall Street Journal article (“GOP Tax Overhaul’s Fate Rests on ‘Big Six’ Talks“, July 7, 2017). These six men, all prominent, influential players in the upper echelons of the US government, have shouldered the task of producing a tax reform plan capable of passage through both houses and subsequently becoming law. The group meets regularly and plans to complete its work in September.
As members of this influential group, these men need to hear from us. What?! “Again”, you ask? Yes, again. We have never been so close to achieving the goal of ending FATCA and/or CBT as we are right now. Recycle an old letter, write a new one, email, Tweet, whatever, but … please … contact these people! (See link to addresses below.)
On Monday afternoon, July 17, 2017 Donald Trump provided some relevant fodder for our communications. In his remarks at the opening of “Made in America” week he said 1) he wants to create a “level playing field” for all Americans and their businesses; and 2) “reciprocity is my favourite word”!
We can inform the “Big Six” that the playing field with the steepest slope of all is the one created by the US tax system (now enforced by FATCA) as applied to Americans who live and work abroad. The alternative, and our request, is the abandonment of CBT in favour of the RBT/TBT of the rest of the civilized world.
And we can inform them also that if Donald Trump loves “reciprocity” it can’t just be the “tit-for-tat” border tax against nations who impose tariffs on US imports (to which he was referring in his speech). He must also be prepared to order US banks to turn over the banking data that foreign nations are demanding as reciprocity under the terms of the FATCA IGAs. His alternative, and our request, is the repeal of FATCA altogether.
For contact addresses please see this link. My thanks to Pacifica!