The latest news for Americans in the UK
22 dead in Manchester terror attack
22 people were killed and around 59 injured in an explosion in the lobby of the Manchester Arena immediately after an Ariana Grande concert Monday May 22. Responsibility for the attack has been claimed by the so-called Islamic State group.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that the police were treating the incident as "an appalling terrorist attack." A senior American intelligence official is reported to have been said that authorities suspect the blast came from an abandoned backpack or a suicide bomber. A police spokesman later confirmed that the perpetrator was a suicide bomber who used an improvised explosive device. Eye witnesses reported seeing nuts and bolts used as as shrapnel lying around the floor.
Ariana Grande's fans include young girls, many of whom were in the audience with their friends or mothers. Ms. Grande, who was not hurt in the attack but was reportedly in hysterics, later Tweeted: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."
In the chaos children have been separated from their parents and many people have not been able get to their hotels or cars. Using the hashtag #roomformanchester, the citizens of Manchester have been offering free accommodation, and taxi drivers offered free rides, to anyone stranded following the incident. The Manchester Arena is the second largest indoor concert venue in Europe, with a capacity of 18,500. The images were shared on social media by eye witnesses.
Assistance for Americans: At this stage it is not known if any American citizens have been involved in the incident but if you know of any who require assistance you can contact the US Embassy London's Special Consular Services unit by telephone +44 (0)20-7499-9000 or via the contact form on the Embassy website. There is also an emergency telephone number for those concerned about friends or loved ones: 0161 856 9400.
Electrifying! The truly American guitar
Lecture & Reception
June 15, 2017 18:30 to 21:30
St Giles Church, 60 St Giles High St, London WC2H
The American Museum in Britain invites The American's readers to a Summer Reception with a lecture by Dr Irving Finkel.Dr Finkel is back by popular demand after his scintinllating talk on the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, in which he said that he'd rather talk about electric guitars. Now he is!
The legendary British Museum scholar's discovery in 2014 of a cruciform tablet containing a Great Flood narrative was widely reported and his book, The Ark Before Noah, became an international best seller.
His lecture and the reception will be held at St Giles Church near 'Tin Pan Alley' & Denmark Street & the most famous 'guitar shop street', haunt of rock stars like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Keith Richards. The church is a Palladian gem and a well-known venue for musical concerts.
There's an interesting American collection too: Lord Baltimore, 'Proprietor of Maryland', is buried there.
To reserve your place contact Susan Hill at email@example.com or call 01225 823010.
Residency-based Taxation letter sent to Administration and Congress
Groups supporting American expats have sent a letter to President Trump, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, outlining why switching from Citizenship-based to Residency-based taxation for Americans overseas should be enacted.
The Co-sign letter explains that the United States taxes American citizens on their worldwide income regardless where they reside, the source of their income, whether they are or ever have been present in the US – in short, regardless of anything. Almost every other country in the world, with the possible exception of the African country of Eritrea, doesn't tax their citizens like this. They tax when a citizen actually resides in that country.
The letter is signed by ACA, Inc, ACA Global Foundation, Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce, Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Abu Dhabi, Americans for Tax Reform and US Wheat Associates. You can read it here
In a press release, Marylouise Serrato of ACA says: "The letter calls on the Administration and Congress to make this historical change and move to Residency-based taxation because it's the fair thing to do and puts Americans overseas in sync with that of citizens of other countries. Americans overseas are the salesman and promoters for US businesses and they should be helped, not senselessly burdened by tax policy. US exporters, especially smaller exporters, want to hire Americans to sell their products in foreign markets, but if they hire Americans, their costs are inflated because it's common for them to absorb the individual's US tax costs. Americans overseas are paying income taxes and often paying high consumption taxes, import duties, and other tax-like charges in the foreign countries where they live. This conversion can be made revenue-neutral, will reduce the disturbing upward trend in US citizenship renunciations and will be simpler to administrate for the US government and taxpayers."
ACA encourages organizations interested in tax reform and American overseas issues to add their names to the letter. To find out more contact Marylouise Serrato, (+1) 202 322 8441 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Be on Gordon Ramsay's
new Cookery Show
Gordon Ramsay's production company Studio Ramsay, based in London, is working on an exciting cookery series for Fox and are looking to hear from American home cooks who might be interested in the opportunity to take part. The show is an American version of the daytime cookery series Culinary Genius, which recently finished airing on ITV during weekdays (now available to watch on ITV Player). Filming will take place in London between the 1st – 5th July, contestants will be needed for half a day and all travel expenses to the studios will be covered. The series is due to be airing on Fox in the States later this year. There is a cash prize to be won and they would love to hear from competitive cooking enthusiasts, who are up for the challenge!To apply, please send an email at the earliest opportunity to email@example.com to receive an application form.
American Citizens Abroad, Inc. (ACA), the nonpartisan, volunteer organization representing the interests of US expats, is calling for nominations for its 2016 Thomas Jefferson Award honoring State Department employees who have given exemplary service to American citizens residing abroad. The award remembers America's first Secretary of State who himself lived outside the new republic for many years while promoting the interests of his country.
The winner receives a framed certificate, and his/her name is engraved on a plaque on display at the State Department. The names of all nominees are sent to State, and mention of nomination is added to their service records. They can be from any rank, from Foreign Service National through Ambassador), on any continent or in Washington, but through personal commitment, creativity and enthusiasm served, inspired and united "their" American communities. Check out previous winners here.
Your nominations should include:
- One or more letters of recommendation from individual Americans and/or groups, explaining why the candidate should be chosen, and citing anecdotes and examples of outstanding service to the local community
- If possible, an outline of the nominee's career to date
- A recent photograph of the candidate
- Your contact details
Send your nomination to: firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: "Thomas Jefferson Award nomination", or via mail to American Citizens Abroad, Inc., Attention: Thomas Jefferson Award Committee, 11140 Rockville Pike, Suite 100-162, Rockville, MD 20852, USA.
The deadline is 01 June 2017.
Financial Experts, Beacon Global, are hosting a series of seminars in London which will educate US Citizens, and US connected individuals, in the UK on a range of financial issues. Beacon's "Financial Awareness Seminars" will inform attendants on Lifestyle Planning, Protection Planning Strategies, FATCA Compliant Wealth Management, International Life Insurance Strategies and Tax Efficient Inheritance and Retirement Planning.
Up until June 8th the seminars will take place at CCT Venues Barbican, 135-137 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4JA. From June 15th BFE will host their seminar at the Imperial College London, Level 3, Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ.May 23 2017: Register Here
To find out more details about Beacon Global Education and if you have any questions about their Seminars, do contact them via their website at http://www.beaconfinancialeducation.org