EU pushback on FATCA continues, as expats look for signs of commitment to their tax frustrations as election approaches

Following on from a written commitment made back in February by France's economy minister, Bruno Le Maire to the head of a France-based "accidental American" advocacy group – in which Le Maire stated that issues relating to the American law known as FATCA would be a priority during France's six-month Council of the European Union presidency, which began in January – a debate on the subject is now scheduled to take place in the Dutch House of Representatives (known as the Tweede Kamer) next week.

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U.S. tax expert Goulder: Theory of 'strategic forbearance' could help explain EU reluctance to challenge U.S. over FATCA

In July of 2018,members of the European Parliament resoundingly approved a resolution which supported the right of Europe's estimated 300,000 "accidental Americans"  to be allowed to cast off their American citizenship (and thus their taxation by the U.S.) more easily and cheaply than is currently possible under U.S. law. (The vote was 470 to 43, with 26 abstentions.) 

Americans and 'accidentals' in Europe react, after EU's Gentiloni quoted saying FATCA not a bloc issue

European Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni has again drawn fierce criticism from Americans and accidental Americans in Europe, with his remarks on the the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) – this time for saying that the European Commission is technically unable to directly address problems with "the monitoring and enforcement of EU data protection rules" that he acknowledges FATCA is causing. 

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U.S./European group claims EU discriminates by barring 'U.S. Persons' from Covid bonds

A recently-formed alliance of "accidental Americans" in the Netherlands and a group calling itself Bi-National European Investment Bankers (BiNEIB) is urging the European Parliament to end what they call the "discriminatory, fundamental rights-violating" practice of prohibiting U.S. citizens resident in the EU, as well as EU/U.S. dual citizens, from being able to purchase so-called EU SURE and Next Generation EU (NGEU) bonds.

U.S. agrees to discuss FATCA-related issues with EU

In what some campaigners for fairer treatment of EU/American dual nationals, particularly 'accidental Americans,' today hailed as a significant development, U.S. Treasury officials are reported to have agreed to meet with their EU counterparts to discuss FATCA-related issues, including those that these dual nationals are struggling with. 

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Coronavirus risk cited as EU unveils plan to block entry into Europe by Americans

As the European Union prepares to begin allowing outsiders to enter its 27 member countries again on Wednesday, July 1, it has been drawing up a list of countries from which visitors won't be welcome, at least initially, owing to these countries' inability to control their coronavirus outbreak – and one of the countries reported to be on this list is the United States.

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The FATCA/AEOI Papers: Mishcon publishes research trove, unearthed as part of crowd-funded UK FATCA case

Correspondence and other documents having to do with the way the U.S. tax evasion-prevention law known as FATCA was agreed upon, and is now enforced by EU governments – along with similar materials having to do with the OECD’s more recent automatic exchange of information (AEOI) regime known as the Common Reporting Standard – have been published by a campaigning lawyer with London’s Mishcon de Reya law firm.

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A Reader Asks: 'Someone mentioned that the IRS's Taxpayer Advocate Service can help expats. How?'

A Reader Asks: 'Someone mentioned that the IRS's Taxpayer Advocate Service can help expats. How?'

Many U.S. expats are still enjoying the sense that the annual nightmare of getting their American taxes done has come and gone, and they have a few months of peace...

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