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Re: IRS satisfaction survey for taxpayers abroad

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....... so I guess citizenship for you is taking advantage of all the benefits.........some more benefits that US citizens alone get even without represenation
Retire abroad,collect SS
Just a quick question.

I only worked in the UK for 20 years (and they kept the tax contributions), and I still get a UK State pension commensurate with 20 years work.
I only worked in France for 5 years (and they kept the tax contributions), and I still get a French State pension commensurate with 5 years work.
I worked in the US for 18 years (and they kept the tax contributions). They first deducted 35% for WEP, and then gave me Social Security based on the remainder.

Could you remind me again why this is a special benefit only because I'm a US person?
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Wrong, Americans abroad are allowed to vote in federal elections, which includes Congress.
I was never given that option.

In any case, now that I am a TRUE expat (as was defined in the survey), it no longer matters.

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Re: IRS satisfaction survey for taxpayers abroad

US citizens living abroad are allowed to vote in federal elections, but it requires some paperwork. In particular, your last legal residence in the US dictates the votes/races you may participate in. At least from my experience.

I am not certain what voting rights you have if you are a US citizen who has never lived in the US (e.g., born to US parents living abroad).

Expatriate taxation of global income may not be the only issue faced by US citizens living abroad. Take a look at this article:
America's Berlin Wall
Congress increases the ransom expats must pay to escape the taxman
Jun 12th 2008
www.economist.com/node/11554721
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