Americans Helping Americans Abroad

Question 1: Taxation

Would you commit to working with Americans residing abroad to reform the current citizenship-based US tax system?

I believe that the tax system has to work for all Americans, regardless of where they live. The 2017 Tax Act made the system less equitable for Americans in order to favor corporations and the wealthiest among us. In so doing, it lost a chance to take up the issue of the Corporate Business Tax (CBT) and move us to the international standard. Sadly, the tax bill actually made some things worse for overseas business owners with the Transition Tax. I believe that the purpose of taxation should be to raise funds to support the critical work the US is doing; it should not be a ‘gotcha’ to Americans who aren’t tax experts, have never lived in the US, or who are successful business owners abroad. At a minimum, the system needs to be heavily reformed to lessen the filing and tax burden on ordinary Americans and remove penalties for those “accidental Americans,” who were born to US citizens in a foreign country and who still live and work abroad. Ideally we would move to a more sensible Residence Based Tax (RBT) system, while still being able to crack down on those who fraudulently hide money abroad.

Question 2: Services

Will you support on-line access to government agencies and adequate funding for consular functions upon which Americans abroad rely?

While the State Department’s diplomatic mission captures the most attention, the consular functions are the lifeblood for Americans living abroad. Recent cuts in service levels, shutting down of some consulates, and even the de-funding of ‘nice-to-haves’ like community events harms our community abroad. Moreover, I believe that some consular services need to be modernized and streamlined across countries. America has long led the world in modernization and efficiency, and this key service to Americans living abroad can benefit taxpayers through this investment with long run benefits to Americans.

Question 3: Banking

Would you support an enforceable right for all US citizens to a US bank account so they can retain their US savings and retirement accounts and make and receive payments in the United States?

It is a good, proud thing to have American citizens wanting to bring their money back to the United States to invest in our collective financial future. This issue is quite similar to the current administration’s drive to repatriate corporate profits to the US to support investment and jobs for Americans. Invested funds by Americans living abroad are another source of similar investment, supporting the same purpose. We have the most open, free and potential-filled markets in the world. Wealthy individual investors from around the world bet on the strength of our economy, and yet ordinary American’s are prevented from doing so. To deny ordinary Americans the right to save for retirement, while wealthy non-residents can with ease, is patent nonsense.

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