While you keep your overseas tax return in the back of your mind, do not forget about your other obligation as a US person overseas – it is time to vote!
If you were too busy worrying about your overseas tax return and the rest of your life, you may want to take note that the time to vote is coming just around the corner! Primary elections are being held around the country for a Republican candidate to challenge President Obama for his position as President of the United States. The Overseas Vote Foundation does not want anyone to miss their chance to cast their ballot and is currently reminding New York residents that they need to get prepared for their 2012 presidential preference election, which is happening April 24, 2012.
While you don’t have to register to file an overseas tax return, you do need to register to vote overseas.
The Overseas Vote Foundation is dedicated to providing individuals with the information they need in order to take part in the entire voting process while living and working abroad. This is just the case with the NY presidential preference election. The foundation has sent out reminders to their database of New York residents and reminds visitors to their website to check in on when their forms need to be submitted.
“New York overseas civilian and military voters who wish to participate must submit an absentee voter registration by 30 March 2012. Already registered voters must submit a ballot request form by 30 March 2012.
You must submit your voter registration form by regular mail. If you send a voter registration by fax or email, the local board will send you a printed form for completion and return.”
Once you have registered to vote with New York or your respective state, you are on your way to being able to take part in the elections year round.
For those not from New York
The Overseas Vote Foundation is happy to provide a selection of online tools and important deadlines for those who file overseas tax returns and thus should easily be able to take part in elections taking place in the United States.
“The OVF Election Official Directory and State-specific Voter Information Directory provides complete contact information for local election offices, state-by-state filing deadlines, options for sending and receiving voting material and state-level contact information.”
The foundation is also quick to point out that expats should plan ahead for the 2012 November election and have their ballots postmarked by the day before the November 6, 2012, election. Just as you do with your overseas tax return, you should be aware of where your ballot needs to be sent and when it needs to be delivered in order to be considered valid and on time.
More information about the Overseas Vote Foundation
- Review the online voting tools provided by the Overseas Vote Foundation.
- Register to vote directions from the Overseas Vote Foundation
More information about your overseas tax return
The best place to start is our “US Expat Taxes Explained” series, a comprehensive resource that should cover every major aspect of your overseas tax return. If you have any other questions or would like to learn about our expat tax services, please contact us.