Mr Lewis’s assertion that all American’s who renounce are rich fatca-ts has got me wondering just how many non-resident US persons who neglect file do so because they can’t afford to pay an accountant to do it. Those of us required to file include seniors on fixed incomes, young people just starting out in life, the disabled, single parents, etc. I would think that the numbers could be as high as the hundreds of thousands if you consider everyone who should be filing. There was a time in my life as a single parent even if I had known about my obligation to file US income tax I would have been hard pressed to spend my Canadian child tax credit on filing US taxes.
I’ve investigated whether there are any services that provide free income tax preparation for low income Americans. According to The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, you may be eligible for assistance in tax preparation if you earn $49,000 or less. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available free to taxpayers “with low and moderate income.” Both are partially funded by the IRS.
Of notable interest is the statement at the end of IRS form “Intake/Interview Quality Review Form”, Form 13614-C:
“Your civil rights are protected: It is the Internal Revenue Service’s mission to provide America’s taxpayer’s top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all. Under no circumstances will the Internal Revenue Service tolerate discrimination by its employees, grantees, contractors, and/or subcontractors. NO ONE shall be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination because of race, color, sex, national origin, disability, reprisal, or age in programs or activities funded by the Department of Treasury-Internal Revenue Service. Any person who believes that he/she has been discriminated against on the basis or race, color, sex, national origin, disability, reprisal or age in programs or activities receiving financial assistance (eg Low-Income Tax Clinics, Tax Counseling for the Elderly) from the Department of Treasury IRS, may submit a written complaint to…”
No mention of discrimination based on geographical location. No surprise that there isn’t one tax clinic outside the US. This is just one more discriminatory obstacle to compliance for Nina Olsen to be informed of. I’ve got a list going.