TIGTA reports: an interim report on the 2022 filing season; and 'strategy needed' to grow electronic filing of biz returns

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) this month has published two reports that consider differing aspects of the Internal Revenue Service's recent performance – and has arrived at many of the same conclusions that the National Taxpayer Advocate, Erin M. Collins, did, in her annual report to Congress back in January, on what the IRS needs to do to improve its efficacy. 

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Expats with U.S. tax problems told: Why not try the IRS's 'Taxpayer Advocate Service?'

Since the 2022 U.S. tax reporting season began in January, U.S. taxpayers at home and abroad have been repeatedly warned that this will not be an easy year for the IRS, which is starting off with a backlog of at least 10 million unprocessed tax returns from last year. 

In fact, National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins's annual report to Congress, published in January, was a disheartening litany of problems that continue to plague the IRS...

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ACA calls on Congress to 'investigate' expats' exclusion from Child Tax Credit improvements, while taxed for unobtainable healthcare

The American Citizens Abroad has called on Congressional leaders in both the House and Senate to "investigate" the fact that Americans with children who live outside of the U.S. are ineligible to benefit from certain improvements to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) that their Stateside counterparts have been receiving, since July, as a result of changes introduced by the Biden administration's "American Rescue Plan" legislation earlier this year.

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Most expat Americans ineligible for expanded Child Tax Credit amounts: IRS

American expatriates with children under the age of 17 "generally won't" be eligible to receive the expanded monthly Child Tax Credit payment amounts about to begin being provided under the Biden Administration's so-called American Rescue Plan, although they should be able to continue to receive the amount that has been available to them until now under the program, a spokesperson for the Internal Revenue Service has said.  

Dr. Snyder, Dr. Alpert and Richardson: 'Mission Impossible: 'Extraterritorial Taxation and the IRS'

The uniquely American definition of “tax residency,” which includes the imposition of worldwide taxation on the tax residents of other countries who happen to be American (even if they don't realize it), has left the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in charge of overseeing the implementation of three separate and distinct tax systems: residence, source, and extraterritorial, according to Paris-based attorney and U.S. taxpayer rights campaigner Laura Snyder, Toronto-based U.S. citizenship lawyer John Richardson, and Australia-based, recently-retired university lecturer and FixtheTaxTreaty.org founder Karen Alpert...

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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