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  • 24 Mar 2017 9:27 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Congress is slated after the summer recess to take up the issue of comprehensive tax reform. The upcoming tax-reform process is focusing on residence-based taxation changes for US foreign businesses, and American Citizens Abroad (ACA) advocates working to persuade Congress that the tax law should include residence-based taxation for individuals as well. Currently, Americans living overseas are taxed in the US based on citizenship.
     
    “Residency-based taxation for individuals is a relatively straightforward exercise and does not risk ‘muddying the water’ for changes regarding corporate international taxation. There are no obvious roadblocks to undertaking this step,” said ACAGF Chairman Charles Bruce.
     
    ACA’s ongoing advocacy efforts have raised awareness of the problems facing Americans living overseas and have provided proposals for treatment to alleviate tax compliancy problems. Now ACAGF is raising funds to commission a professional "scoring" or revenue estimates required to persuade Congress that tax reforms that would benefit individual American expatriate taxpayers are feasible and cost-neutral.
     
    “The tax-writing and other committees and Member offices that ACA has met with are all familiar with ACA’s approach to residency-based taxation of Americans overseas, and meetings in these offices lead us to believe that legislation making this change is eminently doable,” said ACA Executive Director Marylouise Serrato. “The House Republican ‘Blueprint’ for tax reform states that the Ways and Means Committee intends to address the treatment of individuals living and working abroad, opening the door for this important change.”
     
    This urgent "specified-need" fundraising campaign is being conducted by American Citizens Abroad, Inc.’s sister organization, American Citizens Abroad Global Foundation, which is a section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt publicly-supported charity (
    http://acaglobalfoundation.org/donate). Donations to ACAGF are tax-deductible. Details about the work are found here on ACA’s website at: https://www.americansabroad.org/nows-the-time-for-rbt-donate-today/
     
    For more information contact:  Marylouise Serrato +1 202 322 8441or 
    info@americansabroad.org.

  • 21 Mar 2017 10:38 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Advanced Master in Political Economy

    Joint Degree Solvay Brussels School & Georgetown University

    Diversity on two campuses, two degrees on two continents

    Discover a brand new degree in political economy, aiming at preparing the next generation of economists to rigorously analyze both the economics and the politics behind the key policy questions of the 21st century.
    The Brussels-Washington joint degree in Political Economy is an innovative one-year programme combining the strengths of two internationally renowned institutions. Successful graduates will receive two degrees:

    • a Master of Arts in Economics from Georgetown University, and
    • an Advanced Master certificate from ULB-Solvay Brussels School.

    Join us on the Solvay Brussels School campus on 28 March at 18:00 for our information evening. Together with the team, you'll explore this programme in detail and the career opportunities it has to offer.

    http://am.solvay.edu/political-economy/

  • 02 Mar 2017 6:53 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Join our friends at the Expat Club along with Martin King they will view the Emmy award winning documentary searching for Augusta. This powerful story is a must see:

    https://expatclub.org/event/29502/



  • 10 Feb 2017 4:39 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

    Dear U.S. Citizen Voter in Belgium, Netherlands or Luxembourg:

    The ACB was contacted by Lins Heivers, a master’s student in Comparative and International Politics at the University of Leuven (Belgium). For his master’s thesis, he is doing research into voting experiences of U.S. overseas voters in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg, and he needs your help by your filling in the survey. This is an opportunity for you to influence the body of research on overseas voters in a new way - and we hope you will participate.

    The survey will take approximately 10 minutes. Your input will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and the results will be anonymous. A €20 gift voucher from either Amazon or bol.com will be offered to one participant chosen randomly.

    If you would like to support this project and take the survey, we kindly ask you to sign up through the following link:

    https://www.research.net/r/US-Voters-BeneluxSurvey

    Thank you!

    This research is approved by the Overseas Vote initiative of U.S. Vote Foundation


  • 03 Feb 2017 11:22 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    2017 has kicked off with a bang thank you to our great board members! 

    I've heard  great things (and seen pictures)of both the Champagne and Jazz night that Patrick hosted and planned and the first ever brunch at Chez Wawa that Kathleen and Andrew organised. This has helped us with the renewal notices and bringing in some new members! :) 

    The Guggenheim exhibit that Maggie has organised is already sold out (as usual). We are requesting some help from the board (and members) to help on planning future dine outs and Final Fridays. If you're interested, in helping, please let us know! 

    Maggie, Marcia and I were lucky enough to meet with our new DCM, Matt Lussenhop. Maggie and Marcia did a wonderful job of making sure that he will be very willing to help partake in future events and also introduce the club to our new ambassador when he/ she is announced. 

    While I'll finally get to see the big game at a respectable hour for the first time in five years, that also means that I'll miss our board meeting on Monday. :( Enjoy the Super Bowl and if you have no plans join our friends and corporate members at the Hard Rock! 

  • 20 Dec 2016 4:30 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

      
    Come to Celebrate NEW YEAR 2017
    with Artist Marie Wyatt


    ART OPENING COCKTAIL PARTY
    to
    "INDIAN SUMMER"

    Wednesday January 11th , 2017
    from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
    at AWCB clubhouse's gallery
    Avenue des Erables 1, Rhode-St-Genèse

    You may bring some guests

    Please RSVP aglaiaponomareva@hotmail.com

  • 09 Dec 2016 2:17 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Whatever the problem, the CHS HELPLINE in Belgium (02 648 40 14) provides a listening ear and helpful advice in English, 24 hours a day, every day. Whether you are looking for confidential support during a difficult time, coping with a family crisis, or simply looking for the name of an English-speaking doctor, trained CHS volunteers are always on hand to take your call.

    CHS invites you to do your part to help it continue to help every person in Belgium who needs its services. The CHS HELPLINE relies on external funding and donations to remain operational. Please donate today.

    For US taxpayers

    U.S. donors can support CHS activities in a tax-efficient way through a contribution to the “American Friends of CHS in Belgium Fund” at the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS). Because KBFUS is a public charity, within the meaning of Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the IRC, donors may claim the maximum tax benefits allowed by U.S. tax law for their contributions. If you wish to support CHS, here is how to proceed:

    - Gifts by check: Write your check to KBFUS, write “Community Help Service ASBL” in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.  (See below for an example of the gift form which should accompany the check.)

    - Gifts by credit card: Go to the attached link on the KBFUS website and click on the Donate button. https://kbfus.networkforgood.com/projects/22546-c-kbfus-funds-community-help-service-asbl-be

    - Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Contact KBFUS by email info@kbfus.org, or by phone +1.212.713.7660.

    Example of a gift form to be completed by the donor, and returned to KBFUS together with their check:

    [X] YES! I want to support Community Help Service ASBL through a contribution to the American Friends of CHS in Belgium Fund at the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS). Enclosed is my check for:

    [ ] $50                      [ ] $250                   [ ] $500                  [ ] $1,000              [ ] Other $__________

    I understand that the Board of Directors of KBFUS is not bound by my designating my contribution for deposit in the American Friends of CHS in Belgium Fund and retains the ultimate control over the use of my contribution. I also understand that this is necessary in order for me to obtain the maximum tax benefits allowed by U.S. tax law for my contribution.

    [ ] I wish my gift to remain anonymous. Do not advise the beneficiary of my contact information.

    My name: _____________________________ Phone: ____________________________

    Signature: _____________________________ Email: _____________________________

    For Belgian taxpayers

    If you wish to support CHS, bank transfers are to be made to the “Friends of CHS Fund” managed by the King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium (KBF).

    IBAN of KBF: BE10 0000 0000 0404 - A structured message 016/0920/00007 needs to be included which identifies the CHS fund within KBF.

    Donors transferring €40 or more to KBF during a calendar year will receive early in the following year a certificate from KBF permitting a tax deduction in Belgium.

    For more information about KBF in Belgium and the US, please refer to their respective websites at www.kbs-frb.be/en and www.kbfus.org.

    For more information about CHS and its Helpline, mental health services and psycho-educational assessments, offered from its center at Avenue des Phalènes 26, 1000 Brussels (off Avenue Franklin Roosevelt), please refer to its website www.chsbelgium.org.

  • 27 Nov 2016 12:36 PM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    I'm happy to let you know that both John Metselaar and Avi Goldstein have accepted positions on the board! Welcome and we are excited to have you on the team. 

    This was probably one of the busiest weeks for the club in a long time. The bowling tournament was a huge success and the food was amazing. Thank you Erin and CJ for organising! I'm no longer the raining champion. :( 

    Thanksgiving was impeccably organised by Maggie with many families and Jo Anne doing a wonderful speech! I hope she will share the video with everyone?

    The Angel Tree fundraiser at Thanksgiving and FF was extremely successful as Erin sold out all 25 Angels and raised 730 Euros! All the gifts have been purchased and we look forward to delivering them on St Nicks day! 

    Membership has been growing with 17 new members in the last 30 days! We will keep the promotion going until the holiday party that they get to join the holiday party for free and get the rest of 2016 free!

    The year is nearly over, but don't miss the holiday party as we see the beautiful Grand Place on December 9th! We also have our tour of the Christmas Market on December 18th and Game Night at ChezWawa on December 12th

    Have a wonderful weekend and see you all soon. 

  • 25 Nov 2016 9:49 AM | Brian Dunhill (Administrator)

    Thanksgiving at the Sheraton was wonderful as always, but a big thank you needs to go to those that contributed to the Angel Tree. If you weren't able to make it (or donate), it's not too late to help us raise money for the St. Nicholas parties at the Alsemberg refugee centre and La Cité Joyous orphanage

    Join us at Final Friday tonight at the Stanhope and make a donation to help purchase gifts for these children. 

    How it works: Choose an angel tag from the tree and then place the angel tag and monetary donation into one of the gift boxes next to the angel tree. We will get the gifts on your behalf!

    Alternatively, you can take a tag, shop yourself, and then drop off the gift at the American Women’s Club of Brussels at Avenue des Erables 1, 1640 Rhode St Genèse or Cross Border Planning at Av. De Saisons 110, 1050 Brussels by no later than Monday, November 28th.

    We thank you for your generosity!


    Thank you to Fresh Response for the picture and all the great work! 

  • 24 Nov 2016 12:38 PM | Contact ACB (Administrator)

     

    The Bulletin and ING Belgium invite you to a seminar on « ESTATE PLANNING »

    Speakers:

    Marc Quaghebeur:
    Partner, De Broeck/Van Laere and Partners

    « Make the best of your wealth »

    Alexandre Caudron and Frederic Helsen:
    Notaries, Berquin

    « An update on the latest legal changes »

    Dave Deruytter:
    Head of Expatriates and non-residents, ING Bank Belgium

    « Getting your Estate Planning priorities right as an Expat in Belgium. »



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