Another opportunity to tell the US Senate what you think: “Creating Opportunity Through a Fairer Tax System”

The Senate Committee on Finance has scheduled another hearing relevant for Americans living overseas.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 2:30 p.m Eastern time.

The title of the hearing is “Creating Opportunity Through a Fairer Tax System.”

The two Committee members submitting statements are Elizabeth Warren (D – MA) and Bill Cassidy (R – LA).

The scheduled witnesses are listed below.

As was the case for the previous hearings, the issues of US citizens living outside the US will likely not be mentioned at all. However, it is important that Congress gain a better awareness of the multitude of injustices and losses of opportunity that Americans living overseas face every day as a result of the extraterritorial application of US taxation policies. It is equally important that Congress address these injustices and losses of opportunity.

The best solution is for the United States to come into alignment with every other developed nation on the planet and move to a residence-based taxation system for individuals. Taxing non-resident citizens is “Mission Impossible,” as it is impossible to fairly administer an extraterritorial tax system and afford non-resident US citizens the rights guaranteed by the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (IRC §7803(a)(3)), by multiple human rights instruments and by the US Constitution.

More information about the hearing is available at this link. It is our understanding that the hearing will be live streamed at the same link.

It will be possible for any individual and organization to present their views for inclusion in the hearing record.

This is another important opportunity for you to tell the Senate Finance Committee about your experiences with the extraterritorial application of US taxation policies and what solutions you want to see adopted. It is important to seize each such opportunity – to insist that the Senate Finance Committee and the US Congress as a whole finally accord to Americans living outside the United States the full attention, concern, and respect to which they are entitled as US citizens.

Instructions for presenting your views are as follows:

The statement must be in a Word document, single-spaced, and not exceeding 10 pages in length. No other file type will be accepted for inclusion. Title and date of the hearing, and the full name and address of the individual or organization must appear on the first page of the statement. Statements must be received no later than two weeks following the conclusion of the hearing.

Statements can be emailed to: Statementsfortherecord@finance.senate.gov

SEAT encourages all Americans living overseas who are able to watch the live stream to do so.

Further, SEAT encourages all Americans living overseas who would like to submit a statement to do so. We recommend that your statement be submitted by email to Statementsfortherecord@finance.senate.gov by no later than May 10, 2021 in order to be sure to meet the deadline.

SEAT is preparing and will submit its own statement. Further, within a few days after the hearing SEAT will post here a template for a statement that individual Americans living overseas can use if they would like to do so.

The scheduled witnesses are:

Abigail E. Disney, Ph.D.
CEO & Owner
Fork Films
New York , NY

Cheryl Straughter
Owner
Soleil
Boston , MA

David Gammage
Professor Of Law
Maurer School of Law, Indiana University
Bloomington , IN

Scott A. Hodge
President
Tax Foundation
Washington , DC

Jeff Hoopes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor And Harold Q. Langendefer Scholar Of Accounting
Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill , NC

Kyle Pomerleau
Resident Fellow
American Enterprise Institute
Washington , DC

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