• Americans Abroad, IRS to be Audited

    By Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D.

    10-08-2016

    Maybe it's time for the shoe to be on the other foot.

    A new tax watchdog group, the Tax Revolution Institute (TRI) believes that the problems with the US tax system "demand nothing short of revolutionary change." TRI has commenced a major effort to independently audit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), with the help of all interested taxpayers.

    TRI is a nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based group, with its nonprofit status currently pending. TRI plans to conduct an "audit" of the IRS, in part, by collecting personal experiences from taxpayers detailing their encounters with the IRS. TRI is "committed to promoting transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels of the US tax system, while researching and developing simple and innovative tax reform solutions to advance freedom and prosperity for all Americans." As part of its efforts, TRI will also examine the IRS' employees, work culture, finances, policies and enforcement as well as taxpayer advice given by the IRS. "[T]hrough FOIA requests, briefings, testimonies, advocacy, research studies, white papers, and educational programs, TRI will expose corruption, fraud, and incompetence within the US tax system." TRI plans to "provide educational tools and resources for tax accountability to policy makers, grassroots organizations, and the American public".

    You can make your voice be heard. Visit TRI's website. Americans abroad who are experiencing hosts of problems caused by FATCA and citizenship-based taxation can use TRI as a platform for getting their views known and hopefully, acted on!

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Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D.

Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D., is based in Dubai. Virginia has been a member of the New York Bar since 1984 and is also admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court. She has over 30 years of experience specializing in the international aspects of US tax, including FATCA. She has been quoted in the New York Times and Newsweek, and is regularly quoted in many local news articles and publications."

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