Association of Americans Resident Overseas

Association of Americans Resident Overseas AARO is a volunteer, non-partisan service organization representing the interests of more than 8.7 million U.S. citizens living and working abroad.

AARO updates its members on vital issues such as taxation, citizenship, voting rights and Social Security through its quarterly newsletter, bimonthly e-mail bulletins, periodic seminars and other events. It also conducts ongoing advocacy efforts in Washington.

AARO updates its members on vital issues such as taxation, citizenship, voting rights and Social Security through its quarterly newsletter, bimonthly e-mail bulletins, periodic seminars and other events. It also conducts ongoing advocacy efforts in Washington.

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Former Paris Consul General Robert Hannan Receives AARO’s Outstanding Service AwardBefore going on summer vacation, AARO...
09/09/2021

Former Paris Consul General Robert Hannan Receives AARO’s Outstanding Service Award

Before going on summer vacation, AARO organized a brief ceremony the evening of July 8 in Paris to present departing American Consul General Robert (“Bob”) Hannan its Outstanding Service Award. This was the fifth time AARO has presented the award, established in 2010, to recognize exceptional contributions of those whose efforts have advanced the rights of overseas Americans.

During his three years at American Embassy Paris, Bob forged a strong working relationship with AARO, and, under his leadership, the consular section exemplified the sort of model operation for which AARO has long advocated. His commitment to excellence in providing vital American citizen services was complemented by his openness and eagerness to reach out to the American community.

This proved vital as the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly disrupted the lives of overseas Americans in numerous ways. Bob worked with AARO to clarify initial misunderstandings about the U.S. travel ban imposed in mid-March 2020 and strove to ensure continuity of consular services even as the embassy was forced to restrict access and perform much of its work online.

Bob was also a regular speaker in Paris and to a worldwide online audience answering all questions about citizenship and nationality, visas, federal benefits, voting, and other issues affecting overseas Americans worldwide. His commitment to efficient customer service, fair treatment despite often confusing or arbitrary rules, frankness, openness, and eagerness to maintain strong bonds to the greater American community underscored how central the consular corps of the U.S. Foreign Service is to the lives of all Americans living outside the U.S. and how much of a difference one person’s outstanding leadership can make.

AARO wishes Bob all the best in his next assignment and as, we hope, he moves on to even greater success and responsibilities in his career.

To see more photos from this event, please click here: https://www.aaro.org/events/photo-gallery/aaro-outstanding-service-award-2021

AARO also welcomes Bob Hannan’s successor, Colombia Barrosse, and looks forward to working with her.

Former Paris Consul General Robert Hannan Receives AARO’s Outstanding Service Award

Before going on summer vacation, AARO organized a brief ceremony the evening of July 8 in Paris to present departing American Consul General Robert (“Bob”) Hannan its Outstanding Service Award. This was the fifth time AARO has presented the award, established in 2010, to recognize exceptional contributions of those whose efforts have advanced the rights of overseas Americans.

During his three years at American Embassy Paris, Bob forged a strong working relationship with AARO, and, under his leadership, the consular section exemplified the sort of model operation for which AARO has long advocated. His commitment to excellence in providing vital American citizen services was complemented by his openness and eagerness to reach out to the American community.

This proved vital as the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly disrupted the lives of overseas Americans in numerous ways. Bob worked with AARO to clarify initial misunderstandings about the U.S. travel ban imposed in mid-March 2020 and strove to ensure continuity of consular services even as the embassy was forced to restrict access and perform much of its work online.

Bob was also a regular speaker in Paris and to a worldwide online audience answering all questions about citizenship and nationality, visas, federal benefits, voting, and other issues affecting overseas Americans worldwide. His commitment to efficient customer service, fair treatment despite often confusing or arbitrary rules, frankness, openness, and eagerness to maintain strong bonds to the greater American community underscored how central the consular corps of the U.S. Foreign Service is to the lives of all Americans living outside the U.S. and how much of a difference one person’s outstanding leadership can make.

AARO wishes Bob all the best in his next assignment and as, we hope, he moves on to even greater success and responsibilities in his career.

To see more photos from this event, please click here: https://www.aaro.org/events/photo-gallery/aaro-outstanding-service-award-2021

AARO also welcomes Bob Hannan’s successor, Colombia Barrosse, and looks forward to working with her.

In this eleventh, and final, installment of our "Survey Series," we conclude our focus on the difficulties overseas Amer...
08/09/2021

In this eleventh, and final, installment of our "Survey Series," we conclude our focus on the difficulties overseas Americans face with retirement, examining Social Security and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).
https://aaro.org/images/pdf/AARO_ARTICLE_11_SOC_SEC_AND_WEP.pdf

First, we tell you how Social Security benefits are calculated. Then, because 39% of our respondents told us that they do not know what WEP is, we step through the ABC’s of WEP: What is WEP? Why does it exist? Who is subject to WEP (the “WEPT”)? What are the exceptions? After adjusting for those who do not know what WEP is, or for whom WEP is not applicable (yet) we found that 20% of our respondents have been WEPT.

We illustrate these concepts by comparing the Social Security situations of Lois, who moved overseas and was WEPT, with Clark, who stayed stateside his entire career.
As a concluding note, we would like to thank again all our members who answered the Survey. Your efforts and clear communication of your issues have given us the information needed to draft these articles and will help us to better advocate for you.

For those who have missed earlier articles in the Survey Series (which cover banking, taxation, FATCA, retirement accounts, voting, renunciation of nationality, etc.), you can find them here: https://aaro.org/issues/2020-advocacy-survey

Doris Speer, AARO Board Member

In this eleventh, and final, installment of our "Survey Series," we conclude our focus on the difficulties overseas Americans face with retirement, examining Social Security and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).
https://aaro.org/images/pdf/AARO_ARTICLE_11_SOC_SEC_AND_WEP.pdf

First, we tell you how Social Security benefits are calculated. Then, because 39% of our respondents told us that they do not know what WEP is, we step through the ABC’s of WEP: What is WEP? Why does it exist? Who is subject to WEP (the “WEPT”)? What are the exceptions? After adjusting for those who do not know what WEP is, or for whom WEP is not applicable (yet) we found that 20% of our respondents have been WEPT.

We illustrate these concepts by comparing the Social Security situations of Lois, who moved overseas and was WEPT, with Clark, who stayed stateside his entire career.
As a concluding note, we would like to thank again all our members who answered the Survey. Your efforts and clear communication of your issues have given us the information needed to draft these articles and will help us to better advocate for you.

For those who have missed earlier articles in the Survey Series (which cover banking, taxation, FATCA, retirement accounts, voting, renunciation of nationality, etc.), you can find them here: https://aaro.org/issues/2020-advocacy-survey

Doris Speer, AARO Board Member

Mark your calendars for AARO's July Monthly MeetUp!5 July 12:30 to 2 pm CET4th of July edition! Meet with other American...
28/06/2021

Mark your calendars for AARO's July Monthly MeetUp!

5 July
12:30 to 2 pm CET

4th of July edition! Meet with other Americans abroad as we share stories and lessons from our lives in more than 46 countries.

Register here: http://www.meetup.com/american-197/

Mark your calendars for AARO's July Monthly MeetUp!

5 July
12:30 to 2 pm CET

4th of July edition! Meet with other Americans abroad as we share stories and lessons from our lives in more than 46 countries.

Register here: http://www.meetup.com/american-197/

AARO was honored to participate in last month's Memorial Day commemorations organized by the American Legion in Paris an...
26/06/2021

AARO was honored to participate in last month's Memorial Day commemorations organized by the American Legion in Paris and the ABMC (American Battle Monuments Commission). See our photo gallery from the day. https://bit.ly/aaromemday21

#weremember #americansabroad

AARO was honored to participate in last month's Memorial Day commemorations organized by the American Legion in Paris and the ABMC (American Battle Monuments Commission). See our photo gallery from the day. https://bit.ly/aaromemday21

#weremember #americansabroad

AARO SURVEY: Income source and views on taxation.Our 9th article looks at how the source country of income affects our m...
16/06/2021

AARO SURVEY: Income source and views on taxation.

Our 9th article looks at how the source country of income affects our members views on taxation. Check out our findings here: https://bit.ly/advocacy_survey

#americansabroad #citizenshiptax

Are you interested in how many and where Americans abroad vote? Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP's data center i...
15/06/2021

Are you interested in how many and where Americans abroad vote?

Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP's data center is an amazing resource with incredible data visualizations. Check it out: http://bit.ly/fvap_data

Are you interested in how many and where Americans abroad vote?

Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP's data center is an amazing resource with incredible data visualizations. Check it out: http://bit.ly/fvap_data

Having trouble registering for your online Social Security account from abroad? These tips may help you get connected.ht...
08/06/2021

Having trouble registering for your online Social Security account from abroad? These tips may help you get connected.

http://bit.ly/SSA_abroad
#AmericansAbroad

Having trouble registering for your online Social Security account from abroad? These tips may help you get connected.

http://bit.ly/SSA_abroad
#AmericansAbroad

Join us this Monday for our Monthly MeetUp! 7 June - 12:30 to 2 pm CETBring your favorite food & beverage and meet with ...
04/06/2021

Join us this Monday for our Monthly MeetUp!
7 June - 12:30 to 2 pm CET

Bring your favorite food & beverage and meet with other Americans abroad as we share stories and lessons from our lives in more than 46 countries around the world. All are welcome.

Register here: http://bit.ly/AARO_ZoomJune7

Join us this Monday for our Monthly MeetUp!
7 June - 12:30 to 2 pm CET

Bring your favorite food & beverage and meet with other Americans abroad as we share stories and lessons from our lives in more than 46 countries around the world. All are welcome.

Register here: http://bit.ly/AARO_ZoomJune7

On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, the U.S. Committee on Finance, Sub-committee on IRS Oversight, held a hearing titled, “Closing...
30/05/2021

On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, the U.S. Committee on Finance, Sub-committee on IRS Oversight, held a hearing titled, “Closing the Tax Gap: Lost Revenue from Noncompliance and the Role of Offshore Tax Evasion”.

Several AARO members attended this hearing via livestream.

AARO’s banking committee chairman, Paul Atkinson, vice president, Fred Einbinder, and president, William Jordan submitted a statement for the record on May 25th to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance for inclusion into the hearing record.

See AARO's submission here: https://aaro.org/issues/taxation-issues/877-closing-the-tax-gap

On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, the U.S. Committee on Finance, Sub-committee on IRS Oversight, held a hearing titled, “Closing the Tax Gap: Lost Revenue from Noncompliance and the Role of Offshore Tax Evasion”.

Several AARO members attended this hearing via livestream.

AARO’s banking committee chairman, Paul Atkinson, vice president, Fred Einbinder, and president, William Jordan submitted a statement for the record on May 25th to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance for inclusion into the hearing record.

See AARO's submission here: https://aaro.org/issues/taxation-issues/877-closing-the-tax-gap

AARO SURVEYRead Article #8: Citizenship-Based TaxationThis article addresses our respondents' views on CBT. Our survey s...
28/05/2021

AARO SURVEY

Read Article #8: Citizenship-Based Taxation

This article addresses our respondents' views on CBT. Our survey shows that 90% of you would like to eliminate CBT, citing unfairness; double/punitive taxation; FATCA reporting complications; investment and retirement account issues; and taxation without representation or benefit.
https://www.aaro.org/images/pdf/AARO_ARTICLE_8_CBT.pdf

AARO SURVEY

Read Article #8: Citizenship-Based Taxation

This article addresses our respondents' views on CBT. Our survey shows that 90% of you would like to eliminate CBT, citing unfairness; double/punitive taxation; FATCA reporting complications; investment and retirement account issues; and taxation without representation or benefit.
https://www.aaro.org/images/pdf/AARO_ARTICLE_8_CBT.pdf

AARO on May 11, 2021, submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsi...
18/05/2021

AARO on May 11, 2021, submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth related to its April 27, 2021, hearing entitled "Creating Opportunity Through a Fairer Tax System."

The testimony complains about prejudicial assumptions and exaggerated stereotypes related to the perception of the wealth and attitudes of Americans living outside the United States.

It takes on, in particular, the presumption that overseas Americans are a wealthy elite seeking to evade their U.S. tax obligations and notes the harsh consequences for individuals, families, small business owners, and entrepreneurs of the myriad tax laws and regulations adopted on the basis of assumptions that are false or cannot be proven.

AARO reiterates its call for consideration of proposals to move away from the current citizenship-based taxation system and for all members of Congress to take steps that would enhance their understanding of the socioeconomic conditions of overseas Americans.

See full text of AARO's submission here: https://www.aaro.org/issues/taxation-issues/872-senate-finance-committee-hearing-creating-opportunity-through-a-fairer-tax-system

AARO on May 11, 2021, submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth related to its April 27, 2021, hearing entitled "Creating Opportunity Through a Fairer Tax System."

The testimony complains about prejudicial assumptions and exaggerated stereotypes related to the perception of the wealth and attitudes of Americans living outside the United States.

It takes on, in particular, the presumption that overseas Americans are a wealthy elite seeking to evade their U.S. tax obligations and notes the harsh consequences for individuals, families, small business owners, and entrepreneurs of the myriad tax laws and regulations adopted on the basis of assumptions that are false or cannot be proven.

AARO reiterates its call for consideration of proposals to move away from the current citizenship-based taxation system and for all members of Congress to take steps that would enhance their understanding of the socioeconomic conditions of overseas Americans.

See full text of AARO's submission here: https://www.aaro.org/issues/taxation-issues/872-senate-finance-committee-hearing-creating-opportunity-through-a-fairer-tax-system

AARO Supports Reduction of U.S. Residency Requirement for Citizenship Transmission to Minor Children Born AbroadAARO on ...
17/05/2021

AARO Supports Reduction of U.S. Residency Requirement for Citizenship Transmission to Minor Children Born Abroad
AARO on May 5, 2021, endorsed the United Families Act (HR2920), introduced by Representatives Escobar (D-TX) and Valadao (D-CA), which would inter alia eliminate the U.S. residency requirement for a U.S. citizen parent in order to transmit American nationality to a child born overseas with a non-American co-parent.

This proposed change is consistent with AARO's longstanding goal of modifying legislation and regulations that have the effect of discriminating against American citizens living abroad.

AARO’s actions have always been particularly geared to preserving the unity of American families by promoting gender equality and reducing unwarranted impediments to the transmission of American nationality within the family unit. Another key provision would permit non-American family members of U.S. citizens, under certain circumstances, to remain in the U.S. while their application is under adjudication.

The full text of AARO's statement is posted on our website: https://www.aaro.org/issues/citizenship/873-house-committee-on-the-judiciary-hearing

AARO Supports Reduction of U.S. Residency Requirement for Citizenship Transmission to Minor Children Born Abroad
AARO on May 5, 2021, endorsed the United Families Act (HR2920), introduced by Representatives Escobar (D-TX) and Valadao (D-CA), which would inter alia eliminate the U.S. residency requirement for a U.S. citizen parent in order to transmit American nationality to a child born overseas with a non-American co-parent.

This proposed change is consistent with AARO's longstanding goal of modifying legislation and regulations that have the effect of discriminating against American citizens living abroad.

AARO’s actions have always been particularly geared to preserving the unity of American families by promoting gender equality and reducing unwarranted impediments to the transmission of American nationality within the family unit. Another key provision would permit non-American family members of U.S. citizens, under certain circumstances, to remain in the U.S. while their application is under adjudication.

The full text of AARO's statement is posted on our website: https://www.aaro.org/issues/citizenship/873-house-committee-on-the-judiciary-hearing

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For more information, including how to become a member of AARO, please visit our website at http://aaro.org/ AARO on Twitter: http://twitter.com/aaro

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Annual Membership Dues:
Individual Membership (Prorated April to September 2021): 40€
Couple/Family Membership (Prorated April to September 2021): 50€
Under 35 Years: (Prorated April to September 2021): 25€
Lifetime Member: 1000€
Couple/Family Lifetime: 1300€

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https://www.aaro.org/membership/aaro-member-benefits
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AARO offers a reasonably priced health insurance plan to members who are U.S. citizens living overseas.

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