— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) November 11, 2015
On November 15, 2015 I wrote a post asking for your assistance with the following question:
How should Americans abroad address the Homelander attitude (and argument?) which I expressed as:
Assistance required. Many people defend (not justify) citizenship taxation on the basis that:
- All U.S. citizens are subject to the same provisions of the Internal Revenue Code
- Americans abroad are U.S. citizens
Therefore, Americans abroad should be subject to the same provisions of the Internal Revenue Code as Homelanders.
Or in Homelanderspeak:
All U.S. citizens are subject to exactly the same set of tax laws. What could be unjust about that? We are ALL citizens. Therefore, we should ALL be subject to the same set of laws.
Could you please address your mind to the following question:
What is the best response to this argument? How can one best explain that it is wrong to justify citizenship taxation on the basis that ALL citizens are subject to it in the same ways?
Thank you very much for the responses. Please keep this coming. I would now like to use the following comment by Barbara as the basis for this post: