updated 11:54 AM CEST, Sep 27, 2020

Opinion

Tax Foundation: Joe Biden’s plan to address 'offshoring' comes with contradictions 

Last week, American voters – and business executives, onshore and abroad – finally got a look at Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's thoughts about how he planned to change the way the U.S. taxes cross-border commerce, if he wins the election in November.

Here, Daniel Bunn, vice president of Global Projects at the Washington, DC-based Tax Foundation think tank, reveals certain contradictions and discrepancies he sees in the Biden draft tax plan... 

American expats ask: 'Will my vote arrive in time to be counted?'

Editor's note: This article was updated on Sept. 22nd

With less than two months to go until the U.S. presidential election, American expats are more unsure than ever about whether their efforts to vote this year will pay off. Media reports of postal delays and other issues have caused many to wonder how, if at all, they can boost the chances their vote will arrive in time to be counted. 

Here, Laura Mosedale, co-chair of voter registration for Democrats Abroad UK and a Federal Voting Assistance Program-certified voting assistance official, provides an update on this fast-moving situation...

'After a 20-year relationship, I'm giving up on Mexico'

A retired dentist from Fort Worth, Texas, Kenneth Karger fell in love with Mexico two decades ago, as did his family. Here, in a first-person article addressed in part to Mexico herself, and republished with permission from the MexicoNewsDaily.com website, where it first appeared, Dr. Karger explains how he finally realized it was time to go.

As he explains, at a certain point, you realize you've had enough with invasions of your property by thugs, cartel impunity, untrustworthy banks and incompetence at the top – no matter how gorgeous the countryside, or amazing the people who live there are...

Uncle Sam wants YOU… to vote!

Many overseas Americans – even more, in percentage terms, than their homeland counterparts – don’t vote.  A common attitude among such expats is expressed by one thirtysomething New Yorker, who was raised abroad and now lives in London, who says, “New York doesn’t need my vote. I’m a Democrat, like everyone else there. If I did vote, the outcome would be exactly the same as if I didn’t.”  

Others think their ballots won’t be counted. Still others aren’t even aware that they are eligible to vote, especially if they’ve been away from the States for many years, or even grew up abroad.

Bright!Tax's Allyson Lindsey: 'Yes, expats w/o a U.S. bank account can still get the payment'

 As Bright!Tax partner and managing Certified Public Accountant Allyson Lindsey explained last month, Americans who are resident outside the U.S. are potentially eligible to receive a "recovery rebate" check or automatic deposit, 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.

Here, she addresses further issues expats are having as they try to secure their COVID-19 rebate money, including the fact that they don’t need a U.S. bank account to receive it...

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