Après-Midi Recap

William Jordan – July 2022

William Jordan at Apres-Midi July 2022

William has spoken at Après-Midi many times in the past…because he’s a great speaker with a fascinating story and a fountain of knowledge. This session was devoted to the issues Americans living overseas face that are not addressed by their own government and, the big question is, how to fix the problem! William has a lot to say on the subject, having held the position of President for 1.5 years during the Covid-19 pandemic of AARO, the Association of Americans Resident Overseas.

The room was filled with Expatriates (he dislikes this term as you will discover) who either live in France full-time, part-time, or just visiting, but all of whom have experienced the problems of citizenship-based taxation, the Foreign Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the Guilty Tax and even the inability to maintain a US bank account simply because you’re resident overseas.

We discussed what we can do at great length, considering how disjointed this group of Americans living all over the world are, even with organizations like AARO and American Citizens Abroad (ACA). It isn’t easy to find a solution, but without question, what we all need to do is…VOTE!

Ada Shen from VotefromAbroad.org was present and added a lot to the discussion. It’s where it all begins, and then we have to join together to speak out so our voices are heard by the powers in Washington who can make a difference to our lives.

The session was recorded, although we apologize for the poor quality of the sound…our technical capabilities are not the best!

To watch the session in its entirety, click here.

About William Jordan:

If you watch France24, the national news channel that broadcasts in French, English and Arabic, then you may have seen William Jordan comment on a variety of issues. He’s also the ‘man in the know’ for BBC Radio, Radio France International and lectures on foreign affairs at the French Ecole Militaire and at the Paris campus of New York University. William is a former president of the Association of Americans Resident Overseas. In addition to that, he has joined the board of the St. Petersburg (Florida, not Russia) Conference on World Affairs. He’s one of those Americans in Paris who has made important contributions to our lives and of whom we, as Americans, are unduly proud.

William is a retired U.S. diplomat who has lived outside of the U.S. for 27 of the past 39 years. He was in the Foreign Service for 30 years (1981-2011) as a political officer specializing in the Arab world and France. His overseas assignments included Arab nations such as Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Syria, Jordan and Algeria and his responsibilities included reporting and analyzing foreign policy trends (especially as they related to the United States), as well as internal politics, including the rise of radical Islamist forces.


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1 Comment

  1. Maggie Herbert on July 13, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    As a US citizen, residing in Canada but 2nd home owner in France, I find the use of ‘overseas’ an inaccurate description. My biggest issues not mentioned include 1800 numbers that do not work if you need to contact any government agency, PFIC taxation rules which forbid one from having mutual funds in our country of residence without extreme taxes, FATCA extremes (making it difficult to be a signing officer of a company, charity or organization in your country of residence). Luckily escaped GILTI taxation of small business due to having given up incorporation the previous year, but this is the most unfair tax I have ever heard of. We need to be heard! I vote but feel it is futile.

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