News Americans Overseas 2017

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Published on: 21-12-2017 Last modified on: 23-04-2024

News Americans Overseas 2017

We hope you had a great year and have been able to handle your US tax challenges in the best way possible. We’re updating you on the current state of affairs regarding the US taxation of dual citizens. It has been a year with many developments for all Americans living Overseas.

US tax overhaul

The major tax overhaul proposed by President Trump has just been approved. We followed all developments in Washington very closely over the past months but unfortunately and to our surprise there was no mention at all of canceling CBT (Citizen Based Taxation) despite lobbying efforts. The tax laws are now being finalized and we will update you on any impact on Americans living Overseas.


The media is starting to pay more attention and reports more regularly on the impact of the US tax laws on those living abroad. Renunciations keep rising according to the reports unfortunately due to the unchanged policies. Please make sure if you decide to renounce to follow the proper route otherwise you will still not be relieved from any tax obligations. Do note that renouncing is irreversible.


We received many complaints about the difficulties of obtaining an SSN (social security number). Americans Overseas has communicated the problems to domestic politicians who in turn lobbied with the US. This amongst others has resulted in an easier and foremost much faster application process to obtain an SSN.

The SSN is important for those who never filed US taxes and want to apply for the streamlined procedure. The streamlined procedure is an amnesty program that ensures you can file for the first time without penalties. It is not clear when the US tax authorities will end the program. They have hinted at ending streamlined but have not followed through for now.

SSN and Banking

FATCA is still requiring all local banks to hand over all their US clients with an SSN. Banks were worried they would be penalized if they supplied incomplete files without an SSN. The banks would have had to start closing accounts of people who don’t have a Social Security Number next year. We have been lobbying with the banking organization and politicians to avoid this.

The US authorities have given banks until 2020 to include the Social Security Number when reporting all their US clients Despite the prolonged period some banks are already canceling (investment) accounts and mortgages. Please inform us if you have had a bad banking experience so we can help improve the service

Our advice is to start the SSN application as soon as possible to make sure that when your bank(s) starts asking for the number you can inform your bank (by showing the application forms) that you are in the process of obtaining one. We have lobbied to make the information provided by the banks much clearer. We found the letters that were sent unclear and the bank staff was often giving wrong information.

Double taxation

In most cases, the US tax obligation is “only” a matter of filing paperwork. We see a very small percentage where the US tax law and local tax law lead to a conflict of potential double taxation. Double taxation means that you’re being taxed twice on the same income. Unfortunately, it is not considered double taxation if your country doesn’t tax you on certain income while the US does.

If you think you’re being double taxed please let us know and we can help you apply with the proper government authorities who in turn can communicate with the US tax authorities and potentially cancel out taxation from the US. (We only disclose information to the authorities with your express permission).

As always if you have any other questions feel free to call or email. Regardless if you’re not filing or are already filing your taxes (elsewhere), we’re glad to help.

To end the year on a lighter note we wanted to thank everyone for supporting us and liking our initiative 3000 times on Facebook! If you haven’t done so please click and like our Facebook page to stay up to date

We wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!





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