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American Citizens Abroad

Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad

Tax Legislation Reform: With April 16th coming up, many in the US are scrambling to do taxes. U.S. taxation law tends to be a burden to U.S. citizens living abroad, and it impacts many in unintended ways – from preventing us from opening bank accounts to doing online trading to having joint bank accounts with non-American spouses.  Some of our volunteers in Democrats Abroad have been working hard over the last two years to introduce the Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act.

For that purpose, they published a survey at the beginning of February – which many of you kindly filled out – so that they could identify and gauge the biggest issues Americans abroad have with taxation. If we want to get this bill into and through Congress, we have to be heard. So please call your members of Congress and make it clear how it would make a difference for you. Feel free to refer to the following the guide.  Updates from our team and the general timeline for tax reform in the 116th Congress can be found here.  For more information contact:infor@americansabroad.org.Washington, DC

Washington, DC - March 25, 2019

On March 13th and 14th, American Citizens Abroad (ACA) and American Citizens Abroad Global Foundation (ACAGF) hosted two webcasts updating the community on the recently introduced legislation, Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act (TFAA). Invited to speak at the webcasts were Matt Stross, Tax Counsel for Representative Holding, ACA Legal Counsel Charles Bruce and, several tax professionals (March 13 bios) (March 14 bios).

“ACA and ACAGF felt it important to have an update on the extensive work that Representative Holding’s office has been doing on this legislation and inform the community on next steps,” said Charles Bruce, ACA Legal Counsel and ACAGF Chairman. “Response to the webcasts has been very positive and the community has written ACA and ACAGF expressing how important it was for them to hear about this legislation from the Office of Representative Holding.  ACA will be working to make the content from these webcasts more widely available in the coming days,” added ACA Executive Director Marylouise Serrato. For full audio of both the March 13th and 14th webcasts click here

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Equal Rights Amendment

Help Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Thank you to all that wrote postcards and participated in the Women’s March.   Here’s another request.

There are now bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House to remove the deadline in the ERA preamble.  Note that although the ERA deadline does not appear to be constitutional, it could save time in court if Congress were to remove the deadline.  Please contact your 2 Senators and your Representative to support these bills. Here are links to look up your Congress members and what you can write in a simple email -  Senators and U.S. Representative. This will take less than 10 minutes and can help women have equal rights in the U.S. Constitution (like 85% of all countries).

Also, if you are from one of the 13 unratified states (AL,AR,AZ,FL,GA,LA,MS,MO,NC,OK,SC,UT,VA) please contact your state Senate and House representatives to support ERA.

There’s lots of information on www.democratsabroad.org/era.  This is really a women’s issue, not a partisan issue – and supported by our “parent” organization AAUW.  Feel free to contact Shari at ( era@democratsabroad.org ) with any questions and offers to help.

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Women’s March Munich 2019

Help Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 2pm until 5pm

The board of AAUPW voted unanimously to participate in this years Women's March. We will be marching and carrying our banner with great pride. Below is information regarding the march. If anyone is interested in helping carrying the banner, please let me know. Lastly if anyone feels like they would like to speak at this event, please contact me, so we can let the sponsors organizing the event know ASAP.

Come join with us for the Women´s March Munich 2019. The 2018 vote brought us a historic 24% congressional woman serving in the 116th Congress. We are celebrating this land mark event! This is only a beginning… If you were one of the 1900 that previously joined us in January, you know how invigorating having each other's’ support is.

This year there is a petition if you support adding the ERA or Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to guarantee women all the rights men have… not just the one right to vote. Come and Sign the Equal Rights Amendment petition! Bring your friends and request the petition for Virginia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on Valentine´s Day 2019.

WHEN
January 19, 2019 at 2pm - 5pm
WHERE: Geschwister-Scholl-Platz , Munich 80539, Germany - PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION!
Google map and directions
CONTACT: Patrick Oberlaender · DAG-Munich@democratsabroad.org

 

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Upcoming Events in December 2018

“Jetlag” at the Rationaltheater

November 29, 2018 and again in January 15,  16 and 17 2019
Einlass: 19:00 Uhr, Beginn: 20:00 Uhr,  Eintritt 20 Euro
Kartenreservierung: ticket@rationaltheater.de
Hesseloherstr. 18, 80802 München ; Tel: 089 335003

Austrian author and artist Roland Hagenberg describes in 21 acts how to deal with dementia –  from the point of view of a single mother in Munich and her son, who lives in Tokyo. Within a year, the mother suffers various stages of the illness, ranging from forgetfulness, denial and cover up to complete helplessness. The son regularly visits her. Every flight becomes a confrontation with himself. There are conflicts, reproaches, moments of despair and comfort.

“Jetlag” has autobiographical traits. Roland Hagenberg, who has been living in Japan for 25 year, describes not only the course of a deadly disease, but also a predicament of our time: “disproportionate distance,” as he calls it. “On the multicultural, interconnected, global level the world moves closer together. On the interpersonal it drifts apart. Conflicts arise within every family – at the latest when confronting old age, since sacrificing your time to care for parents puts your ability to compete at risk and therefore your income or even your own provision for old age in a market-oriented society.”

The recommendation of our fellow member Elizabeth who says, "the topic fits perfectly with the program meeting this month!  It is a small theater, but the various staging techniques were very effective and unusual.  I really enjoyed seeing it."

An English Advent Carol Serivce of Seven Carols and Seven Lessons

Samstag, 1. December 2018 at Klosterkirche St. Ottilien in Eresing at 3:30 p.m

The "Munich English Choir" offers a lovely Carol Service at Kosterkirche Arch-Abbey of St. Ottilien, their specialty being the singing of the English "Advent Carol Service" on the evening before the 1st Advent. The Christmas story is told from the foretelling of the prophets in the Old Testament and then the Annunciation to Our Lady in the New Testament up to the birth of Our Lord. Following each Lesson a Carol is sung by the choir, based on the text of the Lesson or a different advent text. The congregation then responds with a congregational carol, which is a hymn based on an Advent or Christmas text.

The "Munich English Choir" are semi-professional singers who have a passion for English choral music.  The choir was founded in 2010, by the English Organist and Choirmaster Stephen Norton and now has over 36 members. The choir recently returned from a very successful tour to England singing in Gloucester, Birmingham and Coventry cathedrals. St. Ottilien, is located about 40 km outside of Munich just west of the Ammersee near A96, also easily reachable by train or S-bahn. The same program will be held in St. Willibrord, Blumenstr. (Sendlinger Tor) on 19 December at 7 p.m.

Hands Gallery Holiday Cheer

Claudia Ziersch from 40 Stitches and Valerie Errante from Pudel Design invite you on December 1st between 10am and 4pm for a cozy get-together for the Christmas season. You can seek handmade Christmas gifts with advice while enjoying punch and cookies. Stop by - we look forward to seeing you!

Handel’s Messiah Open Sing

Sunday, December 9th 2018, 14:00-Church of the Ascension at 4 Seybothstraße, Munich

Join us to sing the Messiah with orchestra and soloists. Bring a score if you have one.

Christmas Carol Sing

Sunday, December 16th 2018, 14:00-Church of the Ascension, 4 Seybothstraße, Munich

Come and sing your favorite Christmas carols, sacred and secular with friends and family! A lovely way to celebrate the holiday spirit.

Both events held at Church of the Ascension, located at Emmauskirche Laurinplatz, Munich-Harlaching
Public Transport: Bus 139 to Autharistraße or Tram 15/25 to Authariplatz
Entrance is free; donations go to fund Church of the Ascension’s operating budget.

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Sichere Wiesn Action – September 21st

Sichere Wiesen - a safer Octoberfest for girls and women!

Sichere Wiesen offers a safe haven at Octoberfest for girls and women from around the world.  Please help us to support it!

When: Friday, September 21st, 6 p.m., near Hauptbahnhof

Oktoberfest time is rolling around soon, and that means it’s time for the Sichere Wiesn action. Our job is to pass out flyers to local hotels and hostels just in time for Oktoberfest, so that female guests know about it. As usual, we’ll split up into small groups with Sichere Wiesn staff and distribute flyers to hotels in the city center.

For those of you who are new to AAUPW -- our club supports this valuable non-profit organization which provides a security point at the Oktoberfest grounds for women and girls who need help.  Please volunteer to help. It just takes a little more than an hour. See the Evite for more details and to sign up.

Thank you!
Kate Rodriguez
Sichere Wiesn Coordinator

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ENTITY THEATRE presents…

English Theater in Westpark

Shakespeare’s Hamlet open-air at the Theatron in Westpark!

Presented by Entity Theatre, your local English-language theatre in Munich.  Adapted and directed by Conny Loder.

More at www.entitytheatre.com, including a link to the trailer and a map showing how to get to the Theatron from the U6 / Holzapfelkreuth.

When and Where:  July 12th  - July 15th  and July 19th – 22nd,  2018 playing each evening at 7 pm

Admission free. Show lasts about 1 1/2 hours. Bring something to sit on and maybe a picnic, also a jacket in case it cools off later.

 

 

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Reading list for Spring

Book Club - Spring 2018

March - The Handmaid's Tail

The Handmaid's Tail by Margaret Atwood

A dystopian novel set in a near-future New England in a United States governed by a totalitarian theocracy, where women have absolutely no rights.[1] The Handmaid's Tale explores themes of women in subjugation to misogyny in a patriarchal society and the various means by which these women attempt to gain individualism and independence.

 

April - The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover explores questions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the unknowable impact of fate on our lives. [1] 1939: As the world goes to war, Alma Belasco's Polish parents send her to live in safety with relatives in San Francisco. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, the son of the family's Japanese gardener, and between them a tender love blossoms. . . [2]

May - The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

In the novel, the Underground Railroad is chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.[1]  In Whitehead’s conception, the Underground Railroad is not a metaphor—but an actual railroad winding beneath the earth, as conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. A suspenseful tale of escape and pursuit, it combines elements of fantasy and the counter-factual with an unflinching, painfully truthful depiction of American slavery. [1]

Stay informed

Upcoming books are:The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics by John B. Judis,, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, and The Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt

See what books we've discussed in the past by visiting the book club section of our news page. For more information about upcoming book club meetings, contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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MVV-Stadtrallye

It's a Scavenger Hunt!

Saturday, May 5, 2018 (10:30 - 14:00)

3, 2, 1 ... and go! On Saturday, 5 May 2018, the MVV invites young and old to an exciting discovery tour of the city by taking part in the 16th annual Scavenger hunt. Whether alone, as a couple, with a few friends or as a family - quiz enthusiasts need nothing more than a single or group day pass. And with the right answers you may win a great prize! Says AAUPW president Jane, who has taken part in past Munich scavenger hunts “This is really a great, fun way to learn about this fabulous city we live in!” The tour takes about 2.5 hours, depending on how many breaks you take.

Questionaires are handed out on May 5th from 10:30 am to 2 pm at the MVV office on Isartor, Thierschstraße 2.

Answers sheets can be dropped off May 5th from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the MVV office on Isartor, Thierschstraße 2 for anyone wishing to take part in the winner's draw. Winners will be notified 1-2 days later.

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Mudbound– Film Screening and Talk

Amerikahaus Program May

What:      Mudbound – film screening and discussion in English with author Hillary Jordan
When:      Friday, 18th May 1900-2100
Where:    University of Television and Film Munich (HFF Munich), Bernd-Eichinger-Platz 1, 80333 München
Cost:         Free
Sign-up:   http://www.amerikahaus.de/veranstaltungen/detail/mudbound/

The film “Mudbound” follows the story of two men – one white, one black – returning home from WWII to life in the Mississippi Delta. As their families struggle to share the land, they discover that what they hold in common is truer than what tears them apart.  Based on the much appraised book Mudbound by Hillary Jordan, it was adapted into a critically acclaimed film in 2017.   The movie has earned numerous accolades and honors, including four Academy Award nominations. The Washington Post declared it “the best picture of the year.” 

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Upcoming Events in May 2018

U.S. Tax Seminar: The impact of Repatriation & GILTI taxes on Americans in Germany

9:30 - 12:00) Eden Hotel Wolff, Arnulfstrausse 4, Munich

Tax Briefing for tax professionals and US Citizens Living in Germany: The 2017 US tax reform created two new taxes: the Repatriation and GILTI taxes. Although intended for US multinationals like Google and Apple, these taxes have a severe impact on American citizens and Greencard holders who are professionals or business owners living in Germany. Mr. Silver has initiated a global tax advocacy effort to exempt expats from these taxes. To learn more about and support it, see the Democrats Abroad page for more information: taxes.  https://www.democratsabroad.org/letter_campaign_repatriation_gilti_taxes

See additional details: Tax Event Monte Silver
Munich event is free but advance registration is required.  To register, send email to:  info@silvercolaw.com

Evening Tax Seminar for US Citizens Living in Germany

Evening Tax Briefing and Program for US Citizens Living in Germany: The will be presented in English by members of the Forum für Nachfolge- und Vermögensplanung e.V.   The presentations span taxation for U.S. Citizens, wealth management and financial planning and estate planning. The discussions will be followed by light refreshments and networking.  The announcement along with details of how to register for the event appear in the attachment. 
For the complete Agenda: 180602EveningTaxBriefing.docx

2018 American/Bavarian Golf Tournament

In co-ordination with AIMS International, the AGBC is co-sponsoring the 2018 American/Bavarian Golf Tournament at Golfclub Tegernbach which is located in Tegernbach, near Mittelstetten, about 45 km northwest of Munich.   We will have 18 holes of golf for experienced golfers and a Schnupperkurs for beginners.  The golf activities will be followed by a relaxing and revitalizing round of drinks at the clubhouse and then an early evening American/Bavarian BBQ. 
Special request:  To help us estimate how many to plan for, please sign up ASAP on the AGBC Community Platform events tool at www.agbc-munich.com. ; Also we are requesting a deposit of Eur 50.00 for the golfers.  lf you know of firms or groups interesting in co-sponsoring our event, please contact Larry: lschulzl@aol.com.
Additional details can be found in attachment: 180602AmericanBavarianGolfTournamentVersion3

 

Understanding American Evangelicals in the Age of Trump

Amerika Haus Program:  An insiders political critique 
Amerika Haus, Barer Str. 19a, 80333 München. 

Discussion being led by Dr. Gary Edwards, Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies at Arkansas State University. See the Amerika Haus website for additional details: http://www.amerikahaus.de/veranstaltungen/

Münchener Volkshochchule in English

A wealth of courses and events await you!
If you’re an expatriate whose English is better than their German, look no further. MVHS has many interesting courses, events and seminars to whet even the most discerning of appetites! This semester’s program offers many courses to help you get creative in Arts & Crafts as well as a variety of new culinary experiences in Food & Drink. Brand new this semester is a section aimed at the expatriate parents in Munich. If you need help in negotiating the German school system, the People & Society section will point you in the right direction. Go to www.mvhs.de/en for further information.

Global Entry Enrollment Events in Germany

May 17 and 18, 2018 at Munich Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will hold special enrollment events for CBP’s Global Entry program, which allows expedited immigration and customs clearance into the United States for pre-approved, low-risk travelers. Global Entry is open to U.S. and German citizens as well as citizens of select other countries.  See more by visiting the US Embassy page
More information about the program and who is eligible can be found at: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/eligibility.