Excerpted from AngloInfoBlog
Posted on September 21, 2017
by Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D.
My heart fell when I saw this tweet this morning, though I told myself it likely won’t affect any “minnows.” Haven’t we had more than our “fair share” of bad news? Will there never be an end to this perverse & persistent notion that #AmericansAbroad, #AccidentalAmericans et al are automatically guilty of tax evasion?
RS CID Chief: “Significant” International Tax Investigations Under Way
— V. La Torre Jeker JD (@VLJeker) September 21, 2017
So the IRS is forming a new International Tax Enforcement Group in Washington DC.The group will be comprised of IRS personnel in DC as well as IRS agents from other IRS locations around the nation, personnel from the Justice Department’s Tax Division as well as international partners.
Get your opinion delivered to President Trump: send it by Sept 30 to Expat’s POTUS-letter challenge at: email@example.com
Challenge 3 of your friends. And challenge them to challenge 3 of their friends.
This is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Don’t blow it. Send it now. Let’s get rid of these unconstitutional impositions now
- Write a letter to President Trump using the sample letters below and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org These letters will be hand-delivered to the White House on October 2, 2017.
- Sign the petition to have Territorial Taxation included in the Tax Reform Package. The petition will also be hand delivered to the White House on October 2, 2017.
Our submissions should number in the thousands
Homelander feels discriminated against in CA! “Nationality-based taxes are among the worst kinds of protectionism.” https://t.co/eeEolALkUj
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) September 13, 2017
The above tweet references the following comment by Muzzlednomore;
The full text of this Wall Street Journal article was sent to me by someone who reads here but does not post. It demands some response from this community! It’s written by an American who is (rightly, in my opinion) upset by Vancouver’s real estate tax on foreign ownership.
Amongst the article’s notable quotes is: “Nationality-based taxes are among the worst kinds of protectionism.” Instead of ranting solely against a Canadian tax of this nature it would have been marvelous if the author had acknowledged the nationality-based tax imposed by her own government against all its sons and daughters – including her! – who no longer live within its borders. Perhaps the author is unaware. Perhaps Brockers would like to enlighten her.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/canadas-tax-on-being-american-1505171378 I haven’t copied the full text of the article here for copyright reasons. I hope a non-paywall version becomes available
As per Muzzlednomore’s request:
Here is a link to the article, enjoy and if you can comment …
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
From George (Original George)
Could someone create a post on BOTH of these positions because it would be sure handy that we now have ammunition to write Reps and Senators REGARDLESS of Party!!!
This is very very important because BOTH parties Overseas have now converged on a common position.
WE will be attacked by do gooders in the homeland but now we have a shield from DA that must be used.
@Biscuit had a great llink to what Republicans Overseas is urging…
It seems that the RNC has passed a resolution calling for FATCA repeal and change to territorial taxation for individuals. Text is here:
Democrats Abroad is now speaking from the same song sheet;
I wrote this introduction for a program to be presented to tax professionals outside of North America back in March 2017. It was only meant as a general guide for those who might have been completely unaware of our grassroots movement as well as several attempts made by Congress to study our situation. It was not meant to be a complete discussion of the entire history of all our efforts but simply to inform them that we exist. To stimulate them to be more than paper-pushers and blind parrots for the IRS.
I still have a hard time believing effective tax reform for our dilemma will happen. Partially because awareness is not “new.” Since Dave Camp and the W&M call for submissions 4 years ago, there have been no less than 9 different studies, drafts etc and up to now, no real progress, no change. In addition, the general dysfunction of Congress (they can’t get health reform right) and the Trump Administration continues. It is now nearly September. There will be a huge effort needed to deal with Hurricane Harvey.
Will we or won’t we see tax reform?
Can this situation be tolerated as is for years to come?
What do YOU think?
August 24, 2017
UPDATE for Canadian FATCA IGA Lawsuit in Federal Court: Plaintiff Change
This update is to let you know that for health reasons, Ginny, one of our three Plaintiffs, has withdrawn as a Plaintiff in our Canadian FATCA IGA legislation lawsuit.
We are so grateful to Ginny for having been being a part of our team for so many reasons. Her good humour, wit, and wise counsel based upon her experience as an attorney has helped us get through many difficult days during the litigation. She was one of the very few who never had any doubts whatsoever about taking on the personal risk and hardships of being a Plaintiff in a lawsuit against the power of her own government. She provided a service not only to us, but to the entire community worldwide harmed by compliance of their own countries with the foreign FATCA law.
Plaintiffs Gwen and Kazia, the ADCS Board, and our supporters are indebted to Ginny for the sacrifices she and her family have made and we all wish her the very best.
cross posted from citizenshipsolutions
As I write this post, my mind goes back to one of my very first posts about U.S. compliance issues. This post was called “What you should consider before contacting a lawyer“. Since that time I have written hundreds of post describing the problems faced by Americans abroad.
More recently …
In Dewees 1, I explained the importance of the Canada U.S. tax treaty and how it provides “some protection” to Canadian citizens from U.S. tax debts.
In Dewees 2, I explained some of the characteristics of the OVDP program and how Mr. Dewees got caught in it.
In Dewees 3 (this post), I am suggesting some possible lessons that can be learned from the story of Donald Dewees.
Ten thoughts on U.S. taxation, non-compliance, Americans Abroad and the U.S. taxation of Americans abroad