Prologue – November 2014:
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) January 23, 2015
Boris Bows – January 2015:
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) January 22, 2015
The article from the Financial Times includes:
Mr Johnson has previously said he wanted to renounce his American citizenship but that it was “very difficult to give up”.
The clearance of his debt to the US government should remove the major obstacle to him renouncing his American passport, but his spokesman refused to comment on whether he would now do it.
Mr Johnson’s decision to pay up was taken grudgingly but will ensure that his visit to the US — intended to drum up investment for London — is not dogged by questions about his tax affairs.
All US citizens, including those with dual citizenship, are legally obliged to file a tax return and pay US taxes wherever they are living. Capital gains tax on the sale of a primary residence is not applied by UK tax authorities, but is levied in the US.
Mr Johnson’s troubled relationship with the land of his birth emerged last November on a tour of the US to promote his new biography of Winston Churchill, when he revealed he had been hit with a demand for capital gains tax.
Asked whether he would pay it, he said: “No is the answer. I think it’s absolutely outrageous. Why should I? I haven’t lived in the United States since I was five-years-old. I pay my taxes in full in the United Kingdom, where I live and work.”
London Mayor Boris Johnson is the author of – The Churchill Factor – a book about Winston Churchill. While on tour in America, Mr. Johnson announced that he would NOT pay a U.S. tax bill on the sale of his London residence. This announcement was particularly newsworthy. After all, the plight of Boris Johnson is the same as the plight of any “U.S. born person” who has tried to live outside the United States. They will learn that the U.S. regards them as “property” and not as “persons”. Those born in the U.S. do NOT have rights as human brings, but have only such rights as the U.S. allows.
Boris has bowed. He has acknowledged U.S. jurisdiction over him.
What does this mean for Boris? What does this mean for the U.K.? What does this mean for the world?
The end of the beginning …
I am reminded of an oft quoted remark by Winston Churchill:
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
The article generated a number of comments of interest, including:
Well done Boris. You are a great model for other politicians to follow. Great to see that he has put the interests of his adopted country ahead of his own selfish interests. May he go far?
I was so hopeful Mr. Johnson would have had the courage to stand up to this bullying and protect assets that belong in the UK. He was the poster child for the hypocrisy being a UK citizen placed against the backdrop of the American Revolution. The scene I wrote had him dumping Starbucks coffee in the Thames! Guess the 7.6 million US deemed tax slaves living abroad must look for another hero.
The US scheme (in both the US and UK senses of the word) taxes not only US citizens resident in other countries but also the countries in which they reside. Why these countries put up with this virtually unique transfer of their national incomes to the US is beyond me. They should pass laws forbidding the payment of such taxes.
Boris is NOT only the latest casualty, he is the greatest casualty …
Boris Johnson is the latest casualty of those with the bad luck to have been “Born In The U.S.”
The “Boris Johnson Chronicles” have provided:
– low grade entertainment (I am sure that there are plenty of “envy specialists” in around the world who believed that Boris should be punished “just because”)
– hope for those 7.6 million persons attempting to live their lives outside the U.S., with diminished value based on their “IRS Discount” and subject to “IRS Persecution”
– pain for Boris Johnson and his family (I feel particularly sorry for the family – don’t marry a U.S. citizen!)
– publicity for the U.S. policies of attempting to levy taxes on the residents of other countries
– confirmation of the obvious fact that the U.S. believes it has ownership over anyone born in it’s borders.
The clear lesson and message for all “U.S. Born” people …
Boris Johnson has “bowed” to President Obama, the U.S. Congress and the IRS. He has bowed deeply, respectfully and humbly. He has publicly agreed that he is subject to U.S. control wherever he may live in the world. He has assisted the President Obama in transferring “after tax” British capital to the U.S. Treasury. Mr. Johnson’s decision must be respected.
After all Boris Johnson never chose where he was born.
That said, Boris Johnson has agreed to become a conduit to facilitate the transfer of U.K. capital to the U.S. Boris has “set an example”for all U.S. born people. He has confirmed that their obligations to their “Birthland” are primary, permanent, and should receive priority.
The message is clear: If even Boris bowed, what hope is there for me?
It’s the end of the beginning. What should this mean for Boris and his future? What’s the next step?
I certainly understand WHY Boris agreed to pay his “tribute”. Yet, Boris Johnson is one of the few people with the resources and moral capital to fight the immorality of U.S. tax policies. But, he didn’t. If Boris didn’t, how could anyone else?
But, let’s not forget that:
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) January 22, 2015
Boris Johnson is the Mayor of London. He is a U.K. politician. It’s reasonable that he be held to a reasonable standard of behavior. Boris Johnson simply cannot be in a position where his is required to obey the laws of a foreign power. Boris has bowed. He has acknowledged his helplessness and his servitude. He has confirmed that he will both:
– accept that the U.S. has jurisdiction over him; and
– comply with whatever U.S. demands of him.
The conclusion for Boris Johnson is that …
Boris Johnson must resign his position as Mayor of London. He simply cannot both be the Mayor of London and the loyal and humble servant of the United States of America. One cannot both be the “Mayor of London” and assist in the transfer of U.K. capital to the U.S. Treasury. It’s a sad thing. But, the conclusion is inescapable.
Salvation lies only in renunciation of U.S. citizenship …
Boris must publicly announce his intention to renounce U.S. citizenship. He must then follow through in a public way. His obligations to the people of Britain demand nothing less. Only after he has renounced, will he be able to proudly say:
The name’s Johnson, Boris Johnson.
Without a CLN, he is nothing but U.S. property. It is not possible for him to serve in British Public Service.
The broader conclusion is that …
No Governments can allow “U.S. Born” people to run for or serve in public office. To do so is to cede the sovereignty of the nation to the United States of America.
The broader implications of a “U.S. place of birth” need to be considered by all governments.