So, there you have it. According to America, all Americans living abroad are “offshore tax dodgers” since they are taxed where they live to pay for the infrastructure they use.
A poll this year commissioned by the Main Street Alliance and the American Sustainable Business Council found 85 percent of small business owners oppose the “territorial” tax system pushed by offshore tax dodgers. By a margin of more than two to one, small business owners prefer closing corporate tax loopholes over cuts to education, infrastructure or Social Security and Medicare.
It’s time to end offshore tax dodging and close tax loopholes that benefit large corporations and wealthy special interests. Use the revenue to invest in strengthening the economy and creating jobs.
A residency-based tax system is pushed by Americans living abroad and anyone who pushes a residency-based tax system is automatically branded by America as being an “offshore tax dodger”, or “trash” which needs to be thrown away.
Whether you’re a small business owner cleaning restaurants in Billings or a U.S. Senator cleaning up the tax code in D.C., the first step is taking out the trash.
Why does America seek to trash its diaspora? Because it believes that they are pirates sailing around with stolen treasure.
Against this backdrop, some big business titans amazingly have the gall to advocate doubling down on offshore tax dodging, aggressively lobbying for a permanent tax “get-out-of-taxes-free” card on offshore profits — a so-called “territorial” tax system — while backing cuts to Social Security and Medicare that would wreak further havoc on the Main Street economy. In short, small business owners and our customers get trash while corporate pirates sail offshore with the treasure.
I doubt that Gy Moody, the owner of Cleaner Image Janitorial in Billings, Montana, and writer of this article realized that he was advocating for Americans living abroad to be thrown away as “tax cheats”. Yet, the impact of US policy on Americans living abroad has never been an American concern, as one fellow kindly stated to one who does not live in America:
The government is not responsible for actions of private sector organizations. To support a claim of rights violations you have to be able to demonstrate the denials were the result of an order given by a government to not provide services. Claiming that rights are being violated because a bank executive opted not to provide services will not stand up in court. The fact that you didn’t understand that concept, and see how adjusting Federal policy in response to decisions made by Swiss bank executives tells me that you’re pretty stupid and have a hard time understanding things like politics and government. It’s only a human rights issue if people are denied access to services by government decree. If people cannot access services from the institution of their first choice as a result of a private sector response to a government policy then the denial of service is the result of a corporate policy and cannot be blamed on the government.
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The US government clearly doesn’t give a damn if Americans are harmed as a result of US policy, but it is eager to brand its expats as “tax cheats” and to throw them away as “trash”.