Americans Helping Americans Abroad

Banking problems? Contact your legislators!

Many Americans abroad are having trouble maintaining and opening bank accounts in the US and in their country of residence, due to FATCA, the Patriot Act, and current IRS policy.  AARO is asking organizations of Americans abroad to send their members the attached model letter to their legislators concerning banking problems they may be having, to be adapted if they wish to their own situations.

The new Congress will be considering tax reform early in 2015 and it is very important that they hear from a maximum of Americans abroad on these issues, before it is too late.  Too often, overseas Americans are forgotten in the legislative drafting process. We hope you and other American associations can prevent that from happening this time! We will be in Washington at the beginning of March: all messages received by then can only help our efforts there!

The AARO model letter has instructions on how to adapt and send it.  It also has a link to the results of a 2008 study with estimates on the state-by-state population of overseas voters. Finally, it has a list of the key committee members (with their districts).

You can find the names, addresses, fax numbers and websites of your legislators at www.senate.gov and www.house.gov. Members of the key committees are listed at the end of the model letter.

Many thanks for any assistance you can provide. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

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