Not the individuals who can easily afford expensive cross-border tax experts, but those lower and middle-income U.S. citizens/Green Card holders who live outside the United States who have discovered to their horror that these matters are of direct concern to them.
It has come to my attention that there are organizations out there (some of which I work with) that are offering low-cost seminars to help US Persons understand the FATCA law and to offer assistance for first-time filers of US Tax Returns. These seminars are free or low-cost (and that means under 50 Euros/70 USD/75 CAD). Here is a short list by date with links to where you can get more information and register/pay.
If you know of other free or nearly free events, let me know and I will happily add them to the list.
And, above all, if you don't see a session/seminar/workshop near you, contact these organizations and see if it's possible to organize one in your city/country/region.
March 2, 2014 - London, UK: Solving the problems of U.S. citizenship – Information session, The Church Hall, St Pancras Church House, Lancing Street, NW1 1NA, London, United Kingdom. Cost: 15 GBP/18 Euros (Posted at the Isaac Brock Society).
March 8, 2014 - Waterloo, Canada: Solving the problems of U.S. citizenship – Information session, Conrad Grebel Univ. College, Rm 1300, 140 Westmount Rd. N., Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G6 Canada. Cost: 20 CAD. (Posted at the Isaac Brock Society.)
March 13, 2014 - Paris, France: AARO Tax Seminar -Tax 101: An Introduction to Basic Tax Reporting Requirements for US Citizens Residing Abroad. Help for first-time filers in a workshop setting. Forum 104, 104 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris, Cost: AARO members €10; Non-members/Guests €15. (Association of Americans Resident Abroad event.)
March 16, 2014 - Montreal, Canada: Foreign Account Tax Information Act (FATCA) Information Session. Professor Allison Christians and Toronto lawyer John Richardson will be speaking about disclosure, compliance, and other obligations raised by FATCA. McGill University, Chancellor Day Hall: Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (NCDH 100), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada , H3A 1W9. Cost: Free. (Event hosted by the McGill Heward Stikeman Chair in Tax Law.)
March 17, 2014 - Paris, France: AARO Tax 202: AARO Annual Tax Seminar. This session is destined for those who have some familiarity with filing and just need to know what's new this filing season. Mona Bismarck American Center for Art & Culture, 34 avenue de New York, 75116 Paris, France. Cost: AARO Members 10€; Non-Members/Guests 20€. (Association of Americans Resident Abroad event.)
March 22, 2014 - North Bay, Canada: Solving the problems of U.S. citizenship – Information session, Legion #23,150 1st Ave W, North Bay, Ontario P1B3B9, Canada. Cost: 20 CAD. (Posted at the Isaac Brock Society.)
April 5, 2014 - Munich, Germany: Solving the problems of U.S. citizenship – Information session, Eine WeltHaus München, Schwanthalerstr.80, München, Rm 211-212 (top floor). Cost: 14 Euros. (Posted at the Isaac Brock Society.)