Nat'l Taxpayer Advocate, in annual report: 'Harmonize reporting requirements for taxpayers subject to both FBARs and FATCA'

The IRS needs to change its regulations with respect to American taxpayers' obligations to report on their overseas account holdings by "eliminating duplication" of the FBAR and FATCA reporting requirements, as well as by "excluding accounts maintained by U.S. persons in countries where they are bona fide residents," National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins has told Congress, in her annual report.

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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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Potential major precedent seen, as Dutch court rules in favor of 'unintentionally American' pilot Ariës

In a ruling that has left many "accidental Americans" (as well as ordinary American expats) cheering, a Dutch court ruled yesterday (Dec. 29) that a Dutch citizen born in the U.S., but with no other connection to that country, is entitled to keep his accounts with his local bank, even if he doesn't provide it with a U.S. Tax Identification Number (TIN), as long as his total holdings in these accounts don't exceed US$50,000. 

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Now 'Jenny' (Webster) takes her FATCA data-sharing case to UK's High Court

Lawyers for a U.S.-born, UK resident woman who has become well-known in certain American expat circles for her ongoing challenge about the way the UK has allowed her personal financial data to be shared with the U.S. authorities, under FATCA –  today filed a claim on her behalf in the UK's High Court, arguing that the breaches of her data protection rights had caused her "personal damage and distress."

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Bloomberg Editorial Board: U.S. is 'hypocrite on international financial crime'

The U.S., which "pressed the rest of the world" to crack down on the type of financial secrecy that enables tax evasion and cross-border illegality, is now "a hypocrite on international financial crime," Bloomberg, the major global media organization based in New York, has said, in an Editorial Board opinion piece it published on Friday. 

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Essential Financial Acronyms for Americans Living Abroad

Essential Financial Acronyms for Americans Living Abroad

The American Expat Financial News Journal’s “Essential Financial Acronyms for Americans Living Abroad” is designed to help our fellow Yanks in Expatland to navigate the international seas of the financial...

May-05-2022