Bright!Tax's Allyson Lindsey, to expats: 'How to go about getting a COVID-19 rebate payment'

As Americans who have been resident abroad for years know only too well, when the IRS has news for U.S. expats, it's usually not good. However, as the American Expat Financial News Journal and other media organizations reported last month, the U.S. government actually included Americans who are resident overseas among those U.S. citizens who would be potentially eligible to receive a "recovery rebate" check, as part of a US$2.2 trillion bipartisan bill aimed at providing emergency relief to individuals and businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown...

IRS extends filing and payment deadlines for expats to July 15

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has pushed back the filing and payment deadlines for Americans who live overseas to July 15 – which some observers had actually expected it to do, in recognition of the huge issues many individuals, businesses and the IRS itself are facing as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic. 

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Acting National Taxpayer Advocate calls for IRS 'culture shift' as annual report released

In her 2019 Annual Report to Congress, acting National Taxpayer Advocate Bridget Roberts said the U.S. IRS needed to significantly raise its game with respect to the way it carries out its role as the nation's tax collecting agency.

But to "truly transform the organization" – which, she noted in a  five-page preface to this year's NTA report, Congress effectively called on it to do last year when it passed the so-called Taxpayer First Act – the IRS "needs to rethink the way it operates", starting with "a culture shift".

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TAP's Laura Snyder, to all overseas U.S. taxpayers: 'Now's your chance to tell the IRS what needs fixing'

Laura Snyder, as we noted earlier this year, is the sole overseas member of a grass roots volunteer advisory organization known as the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel that works – alongside the office of the National Taxpayer Advocate – to call the IRS's attention to issues that American taxpayers are struggling with, but which the agency for various reasons may have failed to realize were problematic. 

Potentially significant error in 2018 IRS tax guide for 'certain married taxpayers filing separately' in Expatland

An IRS tax guide published in January of this year and intended for "U.S. citizens and resident aliens who work abroad or who have income earned in foreign countries" contained a major error that has only now come to light, and which "may have caused certain married taxpayers filing separately to fail to file" a tax return that in fact they should have, acting National Taxpayer Advocate Bridget T. Roberts said on Friday. 

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Ahead of Christmas exodus, ACA reiterates importance of passports for Americans resident abroad

Fourteen days before Christmas, as American expats around the world were beginning to pack their bags and return to the States to celebrate the holidays with their families, the American Citizens Abroad formally reiterated its concern about a recent decision by the IRS to row back on a "temporary suspension" of a regulation that permits the government to revoke or deny U.S. passports to Americans "with open National Taxpayer Advocate Services cases".

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IRS to non-U.S. banks: 'You don't need to close accounts of Americans whose TINs you don't have after all'

Under pressure from European banks in particular, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service has issued clarification with respect to a FATCA requirement that "foreign financial institutions" be obliged to provide the so-called Taxpayer Identification Numbers of their American clients from January, 2020 onward, which tax experts say means that banks now won't have to close the accounts of their TIN-lacking "accidental American" clients at the end of this year.

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

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...

Jan-25-2022