Republicans Overseas Opposes the Impeachment of President Trump

Statement from Republicans Overseas on the House of Representatives’ Vote to Impeach President Trump (January 14, 2021)

Yesterday’s partisan vote to impeach President Trump increases the political divide that separates Americans and runs counter to President-elect Biden’s commitment to bring Americans together.  All Republicans, including President Trump, have denounced the extremists who occupied the Capitol building. We all mourn the people who died that day.

Democrats, instead of looking to heal the Nation after a heated election, are now conducting a purge.  Freedom of speech is being suppressed in a Chinese fashion.  Innocent Americans who peacefully attended the protest on January 6th in Washington and who did not enter the Capitol building are now being called Nazis and having their livelihoods threatened.

75 million American citizens voted for President Trump.  Republicans Overseas stands with them to defend the Constitution, especially the First Amendment rights of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, a free press, and the right of the people peaceably to assemble. We oppose cancel culture and its impact on all American citizens.  We call on the Democrats to turn down the rhetoric and join us in standing up for the rights of all citizens.

RO Statement on the Impeachment (Jan. 14, 2021)

January 6, 2021 Capitol Riots

Republicans Overseas unequivocally denounces the violence that occurred at the nation’s Capitol on January 6, 2021. We stand with our brave law enforcement officers who protected the Congress, and we lament the deaths of two police officers and four protestors. We support the prosecution of those who broke the law.

Citizens must be allowed their First Amendment right to peacefully protest, but violence is never acceptable and has no place in American politics.

 

Democrat Senate Candidate Warnock Really Did Say That

Democrat Raphael Warnock released a desperate new ad today where he claimed his decades of radical comments were taken out of context.

This got us wondering, what added context would benefit Warnock’s smearing of police officers, defense of anti-Semite Jeremiah Wright, or his attacks on U.S. soldiers?

Let’s review:

  • Warnock called police officers gangsters, thugs, and bullies.
  • Warnock said, “nobody can serve God and the military.”
  • Warnock supports the end of cash bail which would allow rioters and violent criminals get right back on the streets.
  • Warnock defended anti-Semitic pastor Jeremiah Wright and praised Marxism.
  • Warnock’s mentor called for the “destruction of everything white” and argued white Christians are “satanic.”
  • In 2019, Warnock signed a letter comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa.
  • In 1995, Warnock worked at a church which hosted brutal Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, where the head pastor prompted chants of support from the audience.
    • When asked earlier this month about his attendance of an event with Castro, Warnock had no good answers.
  • Warnock has also criticized the Second Amendment during his sermons and condemned Georgia’s “stand your ground” laws.
  • Earlier this year, Warnock was accused by his wife of running over her foot with his car after they got in an argument.
  • In 2002, Warnock was accused of hindering a police investigation into child abuse.

Bottom Line: No amount of shameless puppy visuals will distract Georgians from Raphael Warnock’s extreme record.

For more on Warnock and Jon Ossoff’s extreme views, click here from RNC Research.

Steve Guest
Rapid Response Director
Republican National Committee

Republicans Overseas Celebrates the Abraham Accord

Republicans Overseas supports Monte Silver’s GILTI tax case vs. IRS

Marc Zell, RO Legal Counsel and RO Israel Chair is  legal counsel for Monte Silver in his regulatory challenge to IRS regulations issued under the Transition Tax and GILTI tax provisions of the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act. The IRS tried to dismiss the Transition Tax case and failed.

Last month they filed a motion to dismiss the GILTI Tax case. Yesterday we filed our opposition to the Government’s motion to dismiss.

Republicans Overseas is supporting the Silver litigation in favor of small businesses and expats. This is also covered by our proposed Executive Order transmitted recently to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows by Solomon Yue.

Read the motion here.

Marc Zell, RO Legal Counsel, convinces New York to ease voter registration restrictions

Marc Zell, RO Chair Israel and RO Legal Counsel, convinced the New York State Board of Election to register overseas Americans without having to submit both an electronic and hard copy of the voter registration. Due to the issues with global airmail, this was a limiting factor in voter registration.

As a result of a complaint that Marc Zell filed with the NY State Board of Elections, NY has agreed to a compromise which will enable NY voters to register and request their absentee ballots by e-mail without having to send their applications by snail mail (referred to by NY election officials as a “wet copy”) before a ballot is emailed or snail-mailed. Under the compromise, the FPCA can be filed by email and a ballot will be sent. Persons already registered in NY can simply send in their absentee ballots. Persons registering for the first time or whose registrations may have expired, will also receive their absentee ballots but will be required to send in the hard copy of the FPCA along with their ballots. The exact procedure needs to be clarified in order to protect ballot secrecy.

Congratulations to Marc for helping overseas Americans to register to vote!

Marc Zell’s Cease & Desist Letter

NY State Board of Elections Response

Republicans Overseas has asked for an Executive Order to alleviate tax & regulatory burdens

Republicans Overseas has sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, urging him to ask President Trump for Executive Orders that would:

  1. Exempt small businesses from the GILTI and Transition Taxes;
  2. Create a Commission on Overseas Americans to consider remedies for the harms done to Americans abroad via onerous regulations such as FATCA;
  3. End citizenship-based taxation by instructing Treasury to redefine “individual” in Section 1 of the 1913 Tax Code to ‘resident of the USA

We hope that President Trump will consider extending tax and regulatory cuts to overseas Americans.

 

 

Biden’s disservice to union workers

Joe Biden’s cribbed Green New Deal agenda from Bernie Sanders’ and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would place over 10.3 MILLION jobs on the chopping block.

Biden is onboard for a “radical decarbonization” of our economy, a ban on fracking, and the elimination of oil, gas, and coal from the power grid.

And union workers would bear the brunt of Biden’s agenda.

The North America’s Building Trades Unions recently released a study that should be a warning to the Biden campaign: “oil and gas jobs are better paying and more reliable than jobs in renewable energy.”

The NABTU study notes, “The career opportunities for renewables are nowhere near what they are in gas and oil, and domestic energy workers highly value the safety, reliable duration and compensation of oil and gas construction jobs.”

You’d think Joe Biden would care about the job losses, yet he is willing to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of blue-collar jobs for Green New Deal policies.

And it’s not just job loss that Biden’s agenda would bring. Biden has pledged to raise taxes, and has said the “first thing” he would do is eliminate President Trump’s tax cuts.

When asked about the average worker receiving a $1,260 tax cut under President Trump, he called that “negligible.” Maybe that’s “negligible” to Joe Biden, but for the average worker that means less money in their pocket.

According to the Tax Foundation, Joe Biden’s tax plan alone would reduce wages, cut GDP growth, and destroy 585,000 jobs.

And while Joe Biden is slashing jobs and raising taxes, his record shows his trade policy would be a disaster for workers.

Biden supported the job-killing NAFTA trade agreement, while President Trump’s USMCA agreement is projected to create 76,000 auto and manufacturing jobs. And while Chinese unfair trade practices were ransacking U.S. industries under the Obama-Biden administration, Biden called a rising China a “positive development” for the U.S.

What’s worse, Biden is still soft on China. He continually insists “China’s not our problem” and claims “we should be helping” China.

Bottom Line: While President Trump delivers results and workers know they have a champion in The White House, a Biden presidency would be bad for America’s workers.

Steve Guest
Rapid Response Director
Republican National Committee

Biden: No time for a few questions

After announcing a multitrillion-dollar plan that would eliminate 10 MILLION jobs, Joe Biden did not have the guts to defend his plan this afternoon.

What we saw today was Biden pushing an agenda to “sacrifice” blue-collar jobs yet not wanting to answer for the job loss.

Biden’s refusal to answer reporters’ questions about his anti-fossil fuel agenda which would burden America with $4.5 TRILLION in expenses if oil, gas, and coal were removed from the power grid is shameful.

The Hill’s Joe Concha points out the double standard at play:

Bottom Line: If Joe Biden is unable to think on his feet and not use a teleprompter to answer questions about his agenda, how can he credibly seek the office of President of the United States?

Steve Guest
Rapid Response Director
Republican National Committee

Explanation of the GILTI Tax

Not sure what the GILTI tax is and why Monte Silver’s successful lawsuit is such a win for overseas American business owners? Then please read on as Monte has kindly explained what GILTI is and how it impacted overseas Americans:

Yesterday, Treasury issued the final regulation related to GILTI and the 50% GILTI-related deduction. The final regulation included 3 !!! significant and permanent wins for our advocacy!

1. The IRC 250 deduction is formally available to a taxpayer doing a 962 election.

2. The 962 election is retroactive to 2018, the first year that GILTI applied (new, not in the proposed regulations)

3. A company can make a 962 election in an amended return (new, not in the proposed regulations)

This is really dense stuff, so let me explain and provide a numerical example:

GILTI is a tax that was created in the Tax Cuts & Job Act. Its goal was justifiably to prevent Apple, Google and similar corporate Goliaths from abusively shifting profits from the US to low tax countries like Cayman Islands. To accomplish this, GILTI imposed a US tax on the US parent company for the annual profits of its foreign subsidiaries. The way that GILTI was structured is that GILTI tax would be due where the subsidiary was located in countries where the local corporate tax was less than 13.125%.

Unfortunately, the law caught about 200,000 small businesses in the same net. To make matters worse, until the final regulation was issued, small businesses paid higher GILTI tax rates than the corporate Goliaths. The numerical example below should help understand the problem and the relief. Until now, only the corporate Goliaths got the 50% deduction (in red below). Before the final regs (the numerical column on the left), a small business owner did not. As a result, not only did small businesses incur huge GILTI-related compliance costs, but at the end of the day they paid a higher tax rate than the Goliaths (25% compared to 20). Insane.

Under the permanent regulation (center numerical column), the playing field has been leveled. We and the corporate Goliaths are treated the same, and as long the corporation is incorporated in a country where the corporate tax rate we pay is at least 13.125%, then we will not own any GILTI.

In addition to the core relief, the permanent regulation also applies retroactively to 2018, and we can amend our 2018 return to take advantage of this benefit, to the extent we did not.

This is a major win. Small businesses are invisible to the federal government. And the fact that we accomplished this and other forms are relief from the Transition tax and GILTI is a testament to our combined voice and focused persistence.

This relief in no way makes the GILTI lawsuit moot. The GILTI lawsuit seeks to have small businesses 100% exempt from the GILTI tax – i.e. no need to comply each year, regardless of the tax rate of the country in which the corporation is incorporated.

To see the regulation, click here: https://www.silvercolaw.com/…/final-gilti-related-regulatio…